A Blink Of An Eye In Norwich
We all have different expectations and hopes of what we want to achieve when we go on holiday so here is a flexible itinerary to help you get the most out of your stay here!
Day One – Two
- Norwich Cathedral is an absolute must! Not only is there so much history to take in – Richard I granting city charter, the Tombland riot damages, hurricanes and lightning striking the Spire, Kett’s Rebellion – the architecture itself is magnificent with the Spire being one of the tallest in England.
- Going to the Cathedral means being able to walk around the beautiful grounds of the Cathedral Close and inhaling the breath taking exterior view. You’re not far from Cow Tower or the Riverside Walk either!
- Elm Hill (a short stroll from the Cathedral) is a favourite in our city. With its cobbled pavements, The Bear Shop and eateries like The Briton Arms - you can’t want more from one location. Experience Norwich’s most complete medieval street which has retained its charm and allure – its picture perfect!
- Norwich Market is as bright and colourful as a Matisse painting. Not only a picturesque haven, it holds over 100 unique stalls, all bringing something individual to Gentleman’s Walk: including vegan food from Bia Kitchen, traditional fare from Lucy’s Chips, handcrafted gifts and more!
- Open Monday to Friday during office hours discover one of Norwich’s best kept secrets at Surrey House on Surrey Street – Marble Hall. This exquisite space is floor to ceiling marble – of 15 varieties. It’s a ‘don’t miss’ attraction!
- We’re fortunate to have yet another major exhibition at Norwich Castle this Summer – Nelson & Norfolk – focussing on Admiral Lord Nelson’s relationship with Norfolk, the exhibition will also include a very special exhibit - The Ensign of Le Genereux! Don’t forget to visit the permanent collection too.
- If you’re out and about in the evening, check out Norwich Playhouse. With gigs and events happening each day, there’ll be something for you to see and experience. It’s been home to the likes of Bridget Christie and Russell Howard, so you know you’ll be in for a great night. Plus, we hear the people who hang out there are the coolest of the locals, so get involved!
*if you are here for a day trip, this is totally achievable! Norwich’s huge advantage is that everything is in close proximity so the walk is enjoyable. Or, you can take advantage of our City Sightseeing Bus Tour.
Day Three – Four
- Fallen in love with Norwich yet? Wait until you see the OTHER cathedral – the Cathedral of St John the Baptist – just over the bridge (quite literally) from the city centre, it’s exquisite! A Victorian Gothic build, it is the second largest Catholic cathedral in the country. They also hold Tower Tours on Saturdays and the views of the city are breath-taking. Plus, the Garden Café on site does a spiffing lunch!
- If you’re in this area, visiting Plantation Garden is an absolute must! Around the corner from the Catholic cathedral is this hidden, Victorian garden. A Grade II English Heritage garden, it comprises of nearly 3 acres and features a Gothic fountain, flower beds, an Italianate terrace and a medieval wall: plus there’s more, but we’ll leave that for you to discover. It’s such a tranquil and restful spot in Norwich, you wouldn’t know you were still in the heart of a busy city centre. Also, if you are visiting on a Sunday, the Cream Tea delights make an appearance from the pop up tea tent! AND another thing – Outdoor Cinema Screenings and favourites such as La La Land are showing. Do it. Book it!
- Back over the bridge is a delightful place called The Waffle House where you can fill up on either savoury or sweet (or both!) waffles to your hearts content. A personal favourite of ours are the Bolognese waffles or the Banoffee waffles with chocolate mousse and whipped cream AND chocolate sauce. Whew!
- To see more of Norwich quickly and with some historic commentaries, go on the City Sightseeing Open Top Bus Tours, where you can hop on and off at any location of your choosing. Top tip – take a moment at Café Britannia on Mousehold Heath for an exquisite view of the city.
- If you’re looking to move slightly out of the city centre, try the Broads. A really short drive or a nice hour’s walk takes you from the city centre to Whitlingham Country Park – gateway to the Broads National Park. Enjoy countryside walks, or book in advance one of their activity courses such as windsurfing or sailing, go a bit further on into Trowse, for lunch at the ever popular River Green Cafe.
- Due to popular demand, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is back at Norwich Theatre Royal once again. Winner of 7 Olivier Awards and 5 Tony Awards, this adaptation is one not to be missed.
Day Five and Beyond
- After a packed week of touristy delights, replenish yourself with a gorgeous breakfast at The Assembly House – ready for the day!
- Head to Holkham Hall for a bit of Jazz in the Courtyard which is occurring every Sunday in August. Look around the new Lady Elizabeth Wing and have a glass of Pimms!
- If you wanted more art and culture, the Sainsbury’s Centre for Visual Arts at the UEA is another gem. Currently holding the Paul Nash and Rana Begum exhibitions (which we seriously recommend), there is also the permanent collection donated by Lord and Lady Sainsbury. For you Marvel fans: the Sainsbury Centre is also the location for the new SHIELD team shown in The Avengers- Age of Ultron. Have a look and see if you recognise it.
- Head Out Not Home – free entertainment in several locations in the city centre including Covent Garden acts and local bands! Walk around and enjoy the local musical talent. Follow Norwich Evenings on Facebook to find out what musical delights are playing!
- Strangers’ Hall & Museum of Norwich – one of Norwich’s oldest and most fascinating buildings, dating back to 1320. Peruse through each room as they all tell a story about the Tudor/Stuart life and finish in the beautiful enclosed garden.
- Theatre Galore! Our wonderful Puppet Theatre always has something on; whether it’s as interactive as an Advanced Puppet Making workshop or watching Jack and the Beans talk in a play – there is something for everyone here. Plus, we have The Maddermarket Theatre too – staging plays, musicals and other events in the city for almost 100 years!
- For those of you who love a good workout even on holiday, download the VisitNorwich app and head to the Trails section where you can complete the Run Norwich trail and even get a medal in return. A great way to see the city, work out AND leave with a prize.