24 hours in Norwich

24 hours in Norwich

Norwich is a beautiful city with so many stunning places to explore, activities to enjoy, and food and drink to taste. But if you’ve only got 24 hours, it’s no easy feat deciding what to do. Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you, and put together the perfect itinerary for a day in the City of Stories.


You won’t get far without a good breakfast. Start the day with an indulgent meal to set you up – it’s the most important, after all! Head to The Cosy Club for classic brunch options, including Shakshuka and Huevos Rancheros, Bill’s for classic English breakfasts and egg inspired dishes, or to The Waffle House for delicious sweet and savoury waffles.

The Waffle House

The Waffle House, Norwich

Walk & Explore

Now you’re fully fuelled, why not go for a wander around the city! Norwich is perfectly compact, meaning you can take in the whole city and still get your steps in. From riverside walks to city centre paths, you can discover lots without going too far. Remember to look up and admire the architecture! Keep an eye out for our City of Stories Murals too – there are dragons, books, cityscapes and more. Find a map of Norwich here to help guide yourself around the city. Or why not book onto a walking tour? It’s a great way to orientate yourself and learn some fascinating history of the city. We recommend Paul Dickson Tours, Norwich Guided Tours or Cheryl Cade Tours.

Pop to the Shops

Norwich is a top shopping location, which is no surprise to anybody who lives here. With its flagship stores, big name shops, and small independents, there’s something to please everybody. Fancy sprucing up the house a little? Head to Jarrold Department Store to pick out some gorgeous pieces or Elm for hard-to-find small brands. Want to spend a few hours browsing? Castle Quarter and Chantry Place are jam packed full of shops, from the big to the small. Antique and vintage finds are waiting at The Norwich Lanes, Magdalen Street and Elm Hill. And The Royal Arcade is home to some fabulous independent shops.

Jarrold Department Store

Jarrold Department Store, Norwich

Time for a snack?

We recommend popping to the market for a light lunch (or a big one if you’ve worked up an appetite)! Founded in the 11th century, Norwich Market is award-winning, and packed full of amazing food stalls. Follow the one-way system, and check the maps outside if you’re after something particular. You might also like this blog about our pick of food stalls for picnics.

Try something new!

Norwich is a city that likes to do different – just ask UEA! So whilst you’re here, why not have a go at something more unusual? Pub & Paddle will have you kayaking down the Wensum, and stopping for drinks at some of the city’s best pubs, giving you a new perspective on Norwich. Test your mettle at Cryptic Escape – you’ve got an hour to follow the clues and escape the locked room. Or you could try axe-throwing at Boom: Battle Bar, just like the Viking invaders did (probably).

Time for a drink?

Head to the Playhouse Bar for a pint or two – the riverside terrace is the perfect suntrap for a late afternoon or early evening drink. Fancy a cocktail? The Ivy Norwich has a great selection of unique cocktails, and beautifully decorated surroundings. If you’re in the mood for more intimate surroundings, head to Norwich institution Frank’s – we recommend their bread platter to go along with the drink!


Playhouse Bar, Norwich

Stop for supper

Benedicts, offers a sophisticated menu for real foodies – treat yourself to something special. You can also enjoy luxury dining at the Maids Head Hotel, whose chef has been shortlisted for the National Chef of the Year award. If you’re in the mood for something more low-key, head up to Chapelfield, where there are plenty of well-known favourites.

Stay the night

You’re going to want a comfortable room after all that adventuring! There are plenty of city stays that are just a short stroll away from all the delights of Norwich. The luxury rooms at The Assembly House will settle you in for a relaxing night. Or for a charming historic home for the night stay at The Maids Head Hotel or Gothic House.

One of the luxurious rooms at The Assembly House

One of the luxurious rooms at The Assembly House