In addition to the delights of the city, basing yourself in Norwich gives great access to the rest of Norfolk, too
Things To Do
Visit the Norwich Lanes area of the city, where you’ll find The Guildhall, England’s largest medieval city hall and Strangers’ Hall, a 14th century masterpiece. The Lanes is Norwich’s independent enclave, brimming with character that has made it a past winner of the Great British High Street award.
Don’t miss Norwich Cathedral – indeed, you can’t miss it; its spire, at 315ft tall, is visible for miles around and dominates the city skyline. Elm Hill, close by, is one of the most complete medieval streets in the UK, where you can see more medieval buildings than in the City of London.
Visit the Castle Quarter, one of the oldest parts of the city. The castle was built by William the Conqueror when he invaded Britain in 1066, while Norwich Market, also in this district, has been trading in the same place for more than 900 years.
Visit The Plantation Garden, a 3-acre, Grade II registered garden established more than 100 years ago in an abandoned quarry. What’s all the more remarkable is that this garden is just 600 yards from the city centre. The garden is heavily wooded, with sunny glades to sit and enjoy the peace and tranquility of this little city oasis.
Head out of town to the wide open beaches of the North Norfolk coast around Holkham, where you can also visit the historic Holkham Hall, and Blakeney, within both an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a National Nature Reserve. Both offer wonderful coastal walks.
When To Visit
February sees a festival to brighten dark skies – the Love Light Festival offers light, fire and cultural art installations.
For real ale lovers, book ten days off in May to visit the city-wide Norwich City of Ale Festival.
One of the most colourful and traditional pageants of the city is the Lord Mayor’s Celebrations, held over a weekend every July.
And, don’t forget the Thursford Christmas Spectacular, a renowned full-on festive extravaganza that wows thousands each year; book early as tickets sell out fast.
There are no motorways direct to Norwich.The A11 is the main dual-carriageway towards the city, which links to the M11 from the south and A14 from the Midlands. From the north, the A17 and A47 will bring you to the city ring road.