Norfolk Travel Guide

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Norfolk Local History

Norfolk became a town in 1736 when it was incorporated by a charter from George II. During the Revolutionary war, English ships opened fire on the town, destroying many of the buildings; Colonial troops then further gutted the town to stop efforts by the British to occupy the town.

In 1801 the first navy yard was built in Norfolk beginning its long association with the sea. The city further elevated its importance in naval matters when it became the headquarters of the Atlantic command of NATO. The naval base in Norfolk is home port to most of the US Atlantic Fleet.

Norfolk Attractions

Norfolk Shopping

MacArthur Center Mall This mall offers upscale shopping with restaurants as well as entertainment.

Ghent District This area has many fascinating boutiques, cafes and galleries to browse through.

Norfolk Beaches

Norfolk Beaches Lifeguards are provided from the Memorial Day Weekend through to Labor Day. Picnic shelters are available at most beaches, as are restrooms.

Norfolk Restaurants and Bars

Norfolk Restaurants

19th Hole BBQ & Grill You will find this restaurant at 9643 C Granby Street. Service is super-fast running Mondays to Saturdays from 11am to 4pm. The food is very affordable and tasty.

The Painted Lady For a unique dining experience, this place is a must especially if you are tiring of the ever-present BBQ steakhouse variety of American cuisine. This is a Victorian styled restaurant that has earned the 'most romantic restaurant' award. The upscale, fine dining restaurant has a warm, comfortable ambiance that is unmatched. A Victorian tearoom and boutique are also on the premises. The address is 112 East 17th Street.

Spaghetti Warehouse Combining a festive atmosphere with hearty portions of traditional Italian dishes makes this restaurant very popular indeed.

Norfolk Bars & Clubs

Cogan's Instant Art Bar A popular hangout of the young and arty crowd. The bar is smallish so it can get full quickly but still makes a nice place for a drink or two before moving on somewhere else. The address is 1901 Colonial Avenue.

Kelly's Tavern Located at 1408 Colley Avenue, this tavern is the local meeting place for most locals with its friendly atmosphere and decent selection of drinks, combined with a tasty menu should you want something to eat.

O'Sullivan's Wharf This is a friendly, popular beer lovers pub featuring nightly entertainment, with a view of the river. Popular with college crowds and the thirty something's, you can also get food here if you are early enough for a table. The address is 43rd Street and Colley Avenue.

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