The ancient city of Norwich prides itself on a rich history filled with medieval heritage and a thriving town centre easily explored on foot. Boasting over 30 medieval churches, including two cathedrals, it’s a hotspot for eye-catching architecture and religious relics.
Norwich’s ancient city centre is home to buildings dating back almost 1,000 years. The imposing Norwich Cathedral has the second-tallest spire in England, making it visible from any part of the city. Dating back to the 12th century, it’s free to enter and features wonderful stained-glass windows and hand-carved bosses. If you’re lucky, you may even spot the pair of peregrine falcons that have been known to nest in the spire during summer. The area around the cathedral is home to around 80 listed buildings, including the 15-century Bishop’s Palace and charming Georgian properties.
You can take a deep dive into the city's extensive history at the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery. The castle itself was founded by William the Conqueror around 1095 and now hosts various galleries and exhibitions related to archaeology, natural history, fine art, and more. It’s also worth paying a visit to Dragon Hall, a striking 15th-century timbered building once used for medieval trading and now home to the National Centre for Writing.
Norwich makes for a great base to explore the nearby Norfolk Broads. This national park has endless things to keep you entertained, including boating lakes, thrilling theme parks and quaint seaside towns dotted along the 72 kilometres of unspoilt coastline.
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From £168 per night
|Most popular time to visit||October–December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January–March|
|Average weekend price||£111 per night|
|Average weekday price||£101 per night|
|Typical stay||1 night|
It has the biggest hand full of things for everyone. Gravity is a great place to go! Has bowling, drinks and food, arcade games, pool tables. So many places to go eat. Massive shopping selections, primark etc! Great night out life! Gay clubs, clubs, bars, pubs. Amazing scenery also! Cathedral, football stadium, castle!
Norwich itself we didn't like enough to go back, a fight broke out during day abuse hurling and someone threatened to smash a flat up and break some legs, the outdoor market was brill for food proper street food. Anther pub we visited beer wasn't too great. But I guess everywhere u visit has bad bitd
We included Norwich in our itinerary: Sandringham, Nelson's birth place, Cromer, National Trust - Felbrigg and Blickling, Broads quick look see, Norwich and Ely (Cathedral, Oliver Cromwell and Waterside Antiques). 4 days. For us Norwich has it all - walking tours, architecture, history, shops, stories, restaurant and good hotels (St Giles House Hotel). We tracked the architect George Skipper around Norfolk.
A Lovely Historic city with modern shopping centre. Only spent Saturday afternoon in the city so it was rather busy. Visited the Cathedral and received a very warm welcome from the custodians. A beautiful building 900 years old with lots of history. The choir was practicing and the organ playing which was an added bonus. Found a very nice Café in the old quarter and had a proper coffee and hunk of cake, there are many eating establishments in Norwich to suit all tastes and pockets. There are a large variety of shops in the old and new quarters of Norwich to delight the most hardened of shopaholics. Parking is plentiful but be prepared to que for central car parks at busy periods.
We didn't go into Norwich itself - we stayed in Buxton, which was a lovely location, especially if you want to visit Bure Valley Railway or Redwings Horse Sanctuary. We visited Aylsham, and ate at the fabulous The Black Boys Inn - a little pricey I thought, until I realised that everything is sourced locally, and once I saw the food and then tasted it - WOW! Would definitely eat there again. It was evening, so I can't really say much about Aylsham itself, except for the fact that it looks like a lovely traditional market town, and I can imagine the hustle and bustle on market days! We visited Wroxham during the day, and found it simply beautiful. It felt like a trip to the seaside - I'd not been to the Broads before, so had no idea what to expect. As well as the wonderful scenery, everyone we spoke to was friendly and helpful. We also went to North Walsham, and were not that impressed, though I've been told it was the part we were in, and had we gone into the older bit we might have come away with a different, more positive impression.
Probably the best preserved Tudor City in the UK, Elm Hill - close to the Norman Cathedral - is regarded as the best medieval street in the UK, Add to that a Norman Castle, a large covered market, a river, numerous museums and you can't go wrong. If you often thought about visiting Norwich but haven't then go. You will not be disappointed.
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