Discover Norwich with Greater Anglia

Published on: Thursday, 11 April 2024
Last updated: Monday, 15 April 2024

Norwich, a historic city nestled in the heart of Norfolk, is a captivating blend of rich heritage, stunning architecture, and vibrant culture that offers something for everyone. Whether you visit as a family, couple, or solo, it is the perfect place to spend a day out, weekend or longer break.

With a history dating back over 2,000 years, Norwich boasts a wealth of historic landmarks, including its iconic Norman Cathedral, and the city's well-preserved medieval streets, such as Elm Hill, offering a captivating journey back in time.

There are so many things to do in Norwich that you will be spoilt for choice.

Here are our top picks whether you’re looking for things to do in Norwich with kids, or looking to explore the more romantic side of the city as a couple, we’re sure you won’t be disappointed with your visit.

Things to do in Norwich

Norwich Cathedral

Explore the awe-inspiring Norwich Cathedral, a magnificent example of Norman architecture with its towering spire and stunning stained glass windows. Don't miss the chance to climb to the top of the cathedral for panoramic views of the city.

Norwich Castle

Visit Norwich Castle, a medieval fortress turned museum that offers fascinating insights into the city's history. Explore the exhibits showcasing everything from Anglo-Saxon treasures to modern art, and enjoy the panoramic views from the castle's battlements.

Norwich Market

Experience the vibrant atmosphere of Norwich Market, one of the largest and oldest outdoor mar-kets in England. Stroll through the bustling stalls selling fresh produce, artisanal goods, and inter-national cuisine, and soak up the lively ambiance.

Elm Hill

Take a stroll down Elm Hill, one of Norwich's most picturesque streets lined with timber-framed buildings dating back to the Tudor period. Admire the charming architecture, browse the independ-ent shops and cafes, and immerse yourself in the city's medieval charm. Elm Hill has also been made famous as a filming location. Movies that have been filmed in Elm Hill include Stardust and Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey.

Riverside Walks

Enjoy a leisurely walk along the River Wensum, which winds its way through the heart of Norwich. Explore the scenic riverside paths, discover hidden green spaces, and soak up the tranquility of this idyllic waterway.

Norwich Lanes

Wander through the charming Norwich Lanes, a network of narrow alleyways and streets lined with independent shops, boutiques, and eateries. Discover unique treasures, sample delicious local food and drink, and soak up the bohemian atmosphere of this eclectic area.

Plantation Garden

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and unwind in the tranquil surroundings of the Plantation Garden. This Victorian garden oasis is a real hidden gem of the city and features lush greenery, ornate fountains, and winding pathways, making it the perfect spot for a peaceful stroll or a picnic.

Castle Quarter

If you are looking for things to do with kids in Norwich, there is much fun to be had for all the family at Castle Quarter. Enjoy board games, gaming, cinema and crazy golf at this fun indoor leisure destination set over five floors.

Norwich Theatre Royal, The Playhouse, Maddermarket Theatre and Norwich Arts Centre

Immerse yourself in Norwich's vibrant arts scene. Catch a live performance, attend a workshop or exhibition, and discover emerging talent from across the region and beyond.

Food and drink

After all that exploring, you’ll want to stop for rest and refreshment and Norwich is bursting with fantastic places to eat and drink. Every taste and budget is catered for.

We recommend Norwich’s Rooftop Gardens for stunning views of the city and delicious food, just a short walk from Norwich rail station, or the Assembly Rooms – a stunning Georgian venue famous for incredible afternoon teas.

Where to stay

There are so many places to stay in the city to suit all budgets and group sizes. Premier Inn Norwich Nelson and Travelodge Norwich Riverside offer low rates and are very close to the train station and within walking distance of the city centre.

For something a bit more special try St Giles House Hotel which also offers spa and dining and is just off The Lanes, or the Maids Head Hotel, Norwich’s famously haunted 13th century venue next door to the Cathedral.

Getting there

There’s no better way to arrive into Norwich than by train with Greater Anglia. Admire stunning Norwich station as you make an easy connection into the city centre, either on foot, taking in the beautiful Riverside walk to the Cathedral, or via an easy bus link.

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