A hidden gem which offers panoramic views of Norwich has closed for a £250,000 revamp.

The city council-owned Kett's Heights, in Thorpe Hamlet, is undergoing works to improve accessibility to ensure the public space "can be enjoyed by all".

Norwich Evening News: Kett's Heights offers stunning views of NorwichKett's Heights offers stunning views of Norwich (Image: Newsquest)

The project is being funded by the Greater Norwich Growth Board through the Infrastructure Investment Fund, with a top-up from Norwich City Council.

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Works will run until January, with the site remaining closed due to the use of heavy machinery.

The scheme includes the construction of new ramped access into the site, the resurfacing of the existing entrance path and the widening of the approach with parking for bikes.

Norwich Evening News: Cllr Adam GilesCllr Adam Giles (Image: Norwich City Council)

The historic site contains the remains of a medieval chapel and 19th-century garden terraces, and is a strategic viewpoint overlooking the city, being the hill from which rebel Robert Kett and his 10,000 followers laid siege in 1549. 

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“Kett’s Heights is a very special site, with an iconic place in the history of the city," said Adam Giles, the city council's cabinet member for communities and social inclusion.

"We want to ensure everyone can gain access to it to enjoy its natural beauty and the events, such as heritage open days and tours, which are held there from time to time.”

Norwich Evening News: Kay Mason BilligKay Mason Billig (Image: Norfolk County Council)

Kay Mason Billig, chair of the Greater Norwich Growth Board (GNGB) and leader of Norfolk County Council, added: “When we talk about growth, people often imagine new houses and business premises and, while these are important, it takes more to make a place a home than just buildings.

"That’s why I’m delighted that the GNGB has been able to fund these improvements to Kett’s Heights, which will allow many more to enjoy the peace and beauty found there and put this important space at the heart of the local community.”