Located in the heart of Norwich, Surrey House is one of the most elegant and opulent Edwardian office buildings in Britain.
In the early 16th Century, the land was the city house of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, but the current Surrey House, designed by George Skipper, was built at the beginning of the 20th Century.
The Palladian-style foyer is adorned with 15 varieties of marble, classically inspired frescos and a stunning glass atrium, as well as a selection of items that were originally made for the Great Exhibition of 1851.
Surrey House has been home to insurance company Aviva (formerly Norwich Union) since the turn of the 20th Century. The foyer is open to the public during office hours. Group tours of the building can be booked in advance at Aviva.
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