Norwich Castle and Market place at twilight

East Anglia Spotlight: Norwich

Is Norwich the UK’s best undiscovered city break? Creativity is in abundance in this cultural hub with quirky coffee shops and incredible museum collections, Norwich is ripe for exploration. Buzzing with life and less than two hours from London it’s the perfect getaway!

What to do:

Historic Elm Hill

Begin your trip to Norwich by experiencing the historic Elm Hill and Cathedral Quarter. The cobbled streets and medieval architecture of the ancient area date back to the 15th Century and is incredibly picturesque! Once you’ve wandered the cobble it’s time to head to the Norwich lanes. The Lanes are a hive of activity for those seeking to stumble upon a myriad of independent shops, cafes and art galleries and epitomizes the creativity of the city. If you’re looking for art, then Fairhurst Gallery is a hidden gem tucked away off a cobbled street and the glass fronted East Gallery is a beautiful modern gallery with a fantastic catalogue of exhibitions. The city’s museums are an incredible way to while away the hours. The Norwich Castle museum and Art Gallery is set within the 900-year-old Norman castle sits in a domineering position above the city giving fantastic views and has an awe inspiring natural history collection. If you want a local history head to the Museum of Norwich in Bridewell Alley for an interactive experience of history within the fine city. From the timber frames of Elm Hill top off your visit with a trip to the Forum, a unique building to celebrate the millennium with a great array of events and exhibitions throughout the year.

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Pub and Paddle Canoe Hire in Norwich

Feeling adventurous? Discover the city in a hand crafted wooden canoe with a Pub and Paddle trip along the river Wensum. A fun way to view Norwich from a different perspective as you glide along to great riverside pubs for a tempting pint of local ale!

Where to eat & drink:

The Bicycle Shop Cafe

Popular with locals and visitors alike No 33 Cafe on exchange street is the perfect little spot for breakfast well worth the queues that often adorn the entrance and don’t miss the wedges of incredible cake! After exploring the lanes stop for a freshly roasted coffee at Strangers Coffee Company on Pottergate to keep you going before lunch. The Bicycle Shop on St Benedicts Street doesn’t actually sell any bicycles but does make an incredible stop for your lunch, nestle yourself among the plants and enjoy a locally sourced and delicious meal. Take your day up a notch with a traditional and fancy afternoon tea under chandeliers in the beautiful Assembly House and relax the sumptuous surroundings. By now you’re already making dinner plans and the Last Wine Bar on St George’s Street is a great place to revel in fantastic food in a beautiful building that was originally a 19th century Victorian shoe factory. Norwich is steeped in brewing history and famous for its large number of pubs you can’t miss trying a local ale or two, head to The Tap House on Redwell Street for a craft beer experience! If beer isn’t quite your thing you might want to try The Wallow where wine is an abundance at one of Norwich’s newest bars.

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The Grosvenor Fish Bar

Fish and Chips isn’t just for the seaside as The Grosvenor Fish Bar proves so well. Located on the bottom of Lower Goat lane grab your delicious fish and chips and find a good spot on the green outside St Gregory’s Antiques.

Where to stay:

The Assembly House Luxury Bedrooms

With boutique B&Bs and historic hotels there’s so many places to rest your head after a busy day of exploring you might never want to leave! You can immerse yourself in the character of the Maids Head Hotel in historic Tombland, the hotel is dates back nearly 800 years and is Grade II listed status. Located adjacent to the exquisite cathedral it’s ideal for those looking to delve into the remarkable history of Norwich and origins of the city. For a boutique experience in the buzz of the city centre 38 St Giles Street is a fabulously stylish town house and an idyllic base for city explorers. There are copious personal touches including the homemade bread and preserves that make this an incredibly special spot for guests. With fun décor and a great restaurant, The Georgian Townhouse is a short walk from the city centre and has a lovely large garden perfect for enjoying a drink in the evening sun. But, if you’re looking for opulence and grandeur, why not try the luxury bedrooms and suites of The Assembly House? The beautiful Grand Hall held a fantastic ball in 1805 to celebrate Nelson’s victory at the Cape of Trafalgar and the majestic building is still as impressive as ever.

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Bat spotting in East Anglia
Add a twist to your city break by staying just outside the city in the Broads National Park. The calm and magic of the waterways is best experienced with a boating weekend. You can still moor close enough to the city to experience the excitement of city life before retiring to your boat for the evening.

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