Finding a city that blends the warmth and character of a small village with the excitement of a big city isn’t easy, but Norfolk’s capital city Norwich does just that. With a thriving arts scene, more pubs than you can shake a stick at and plenty of gourmet eateries, you can rest assured that you won’t regret booking a city break to Norwich.
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Norfolk’s capital city Norwich is a fascinating blend of past and present, where Norman churches are converted into contemporary art-houses and bustling gastropubs sit alongside ancient monuments. In May 2012 Norwich’s affinity for the arts was recognised with England’s first UNESCO City of Literature award, designating it as a go-to destination for fans of literature old and new. As well as a rich arts scene, the city is also famed for its passion for football, with the home team (affectionately dubbed ‘The Canaries’) invoking a passion that has seen them win the fan’s ‘Pride of Anglia’ title. The city has also seen plenty of redevelopment in recent years, notably in the Riverside area where millions of pounds have been spent to create a cosmopolitan hub where dining, shopping and residential spaces exist with stunning views over the water. So why not try something new and check out all Norwich has to offer with our handy guide to the city.
Whether you favour a laidback pub with live-music or a buzzing cosmopolitan bar with a killer cocktail menu, Norwich has it all. If it’s the aforementioned live music you’re after then check out any one of the independent clubs and pubs such as The Blueberry Music House, which showcases the best of upcoming rock talent, or the award-winning Brickmakers that plays host to everything from reggae and ska to rock and pop acts. Pre-club bars are also in abundance with Number 12 Bar and Dining leading the way, but this really is a city for pub-lovers with watering holes seemingly hidden at every turn. The dining scene is equally prolific with gems such as Tatler’s serving up the best of British cuisine that won’t break the bank, not to mention plenty of popular chains around the thriving Riverside area.
As one of the UK’s hottest shopping destinations, you can rest assured Norwich will deliver whether it’s designer boutiques, high-street bargains or one-off pieces you’re after. Castle Mall is a great place to pick up a bargain, with five floors of big name brands and independent stores housed under one roof, whilst its rival mall intu Chapelfield offers much of the same just a little further away from the hustle and bustle of the centre. Support for independent shops, boutiques and stalls is very much alive in this vibrant city, with The Lanes worth visiting for those after unique souvenirs and Magdalen Street for vintage and bohemian pieces. Open 6 days a week, The Norwich Market is also well worth a visit for everything from food to trinkets hidden under a maze of colourful candy-striped tents.
Families, sports-lovers, history buffs and everyone in between will find an abundance of things to see and do in Norwich. Arguably its most famous landmark, Norwich Cathedral boasts the second highest spire in England and grounds that include an informative visitor centre and guided tours. Historians with a taste for the more abstract may also enjoy The Mustard Shop – a replica Victorian shop that tells the 200 year old story of Colman’s Mustard. The arts are also well represented with a medieval church converted into The Norwich Arts Centre. A must for all footie fans is a visit to catch the Canaries in action at the Norwich City Football Club on Carrow Road.
The airport is situated roughly 5.2km to the north of the city centre, with good transport links including taxis and local bus and train services.
IATA code: NWI
Name: Norwich International Airport
Address: Amsterdam Way, Norwich NR6 6JA
Telephone: 01603 411923
Norwich Airport’s short stay car park is conveniently located just in front of the terminal building for easy access. Whilst the long stay car park is just short walk away with several security measures in place for your peace of mind.
A Park and Ride service is in operation between the airport and the city centre and trains also run to and from the city’s railway station.
After disembarking your Flybe flight you’ll find Norwich International Airport’s approved taxi firm Norwich Airport Taxis in the main airport building. Taxis can also be arranged prior to your arrival.
If you fancy getting further afield, Avis operate in the airport. We recommend booking your car in advance so you can be sure to get the type of car that suits your needs.