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Everyone’s idea of an escape is different, whether you’re escaping half an hour up the road or driving a few hours for a unique adventure. Escaping the everyday means you’re escaping your usual routine – though to be fair, routine is something 2020 has thrown out of the window for most of us! Missed out on an overnight stay so far this year? Or fancy a weekend break with the family? We might be heading into the months that require us to add a few extra layers, but it doesn’t mean there is any less fun to be had. Come and escape the everyday in Norwich this year …
Norwich is a city full of colour, atmosphere, and walkable streets. A city to enjoy hundreds of years of history and architecture, an award-winning marketplace where small local businesses sell everything from local produce to vintage clothes. Come and discover hidden gardens, soaring cathedral spires, stunning riverside walks, and more.
Look back but move forward. Enjoy a marvellous walking tour in Norwich or further afield with Paul Dickson Tours (there are plenty to choose from). Prices start at £7 per person.
Play Revolting Earl’s & Body Snatching Bishops with City Escape Games, featuring History Mystery – a new outdoor experience in the city. Or why not book an augmented reality Magic Portal outdoor game with Cryptic Escape. From £45 up to 6 people, plus indoor escape games too.
Discover Norwich Cathedral’s secrets. Search for medieval graffiti and their c.1382 Despenser Retable.
Meander The Norwich Lanes including Upper St Giles to find beautiful architecture, blue plaques, etched pavement slabs about the area’s history, independent shops, coffee houses, pubs, ancient churches and many restaurants.
Take a picnic to Plantation Garden and while away a couple of hours. This is one of Norwich’s best kept secrets. Entry £2. Put your picnic together at Norwich Market or from the deli in Jarrold department store.
Make time to watch the sunset from Mousehold Heath with a flask of something to toast when day turns into night.
Set-jetting – the trend of visiting locations that were first seen in movies or books – has become a very popular trend amongst holiday makers, and Norwich has a detailed history of book, film and TV tie-ins. We’ve Assembled Avengers, slayed giants, and played host to the stars. Come and walk the same paths as some of Hollywood’s biggest names!
Sip steaming coffee in the hidden-from-view courtyard garden at The Britons Arms (c1420). It’s one of only five thatched buildings in Norwich.
Find all 8 large urban art murals across Norwich, then look for 12 smaller ones dotted around Norwich Market.
Walk or cycle 26 miles through Marriott’s Way from the centre of Norwich. Start behind the roundabout where Barn Road meets Barker Street.
Norwich is the only city in the country within a national park. The Broads National Park can be enjoyed just 2 miles from Norwich city centre either at Whitlingham Country Park (over 200 acres of countryside and large Broads) or across the railway bridge at the corner of 56 Yarmouth Road. Both areas are an oasis of reeds, grasses, natural habitats, pathways, and riverside walks.
Kick back with nature and outdoor sculpture at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts Sculpture Park. See works by Thomas Moore, Antony Gormley and Elizabeth Frink. The indoor arts collection is spectacular too. Both are free.
Play crazy golf at Norwich’s heritage park Eaton Park then watch the model boats on the boating lake. Followed by a bite to eat in the delightful café. This is one of the best parks for planting, architecture and things to do in Norwich.