Lose yourself in the City of Stories
The written word is to Norwich what canals are to Venice and nonchalance is to Paris. So much so, that the Norfolk capital was designated England’s first UNESCO City of Literature in 2012. Norwich is also home to the National Centre for Writing, while the city’s University of East Anglia runs arguably the best creative writing Masters course in the world, with an alumni including Nobel, Booker and Costa prize winners.
But the city’s literary legacy isn’t the only reason for the culturally inclined to visit. The cathedral city boasts one of the country’s finest art galleries, in the shape of the Norman Foster designed Sainsbury Centre (pictured), and several nationally-revered theatre spaces spearheaded by the 1,300 capacity Norwich Theatre Royal.
What’s more, one of the country’s longest running outdoor events, the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, takes place in the centre of the city every May, plus the city is home to three excellent museums, including the 900-year-old Norwich Castle.
The cosmopolitan vibrancy of Norwich also stems from the city’s wide range of eateries and hotels, not to mention its 365 pubs – that’s one for every day of the year.