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Our city’s warmth and inclusivity extends far beyond expectations – there’s more to Norwich than meets the eye. Its beating heart is its annual festivals, hidden-away coffee houses and independent bars, street performers on summer evenings and beautiful architecture all year round. If you’re coming here to study, expect the place to charm you.
Norwich is a city of independence. A city of stories. A city infamous for riots and rebellions, and doing things its own way ever since. It’s a place where streets morph into green open spaces. A riverside walk will lead you to the football match, and a ring-road roundabout is the entrance to a 26-mile cycle route into beautiful countryside.
Bang up to date yet 900 years old and integral to the city, Norwich Market has seen it all. Centuries ago, slick-tongued traders fleeced and entertained, farmers negotiated their price, there were executions and riots. Today update your wardrobe, take a punt on second-hand book, replace your hoover bag and pick up lunch while you’re at it. Tuck into Walsingham Farm pie, mash and gravy or dive guilt free into a Cardamom Bun from Bread Source.
Spend evenings with friends in outdoor terraces by the River Wensum – Norwich Playhouse or The Ribs of Beef – on summer nights or wrapped up warm in later seasons. Weeknights are for retro bowling and cocktails, art-house cinema, life drawing at The Birdcage – ‘Bums’. Good times, making memories.
On the edge of the city, follow a long, winding road leading to a hidden gem – Whitlingham Country Park: gateway to the Broads. Norwich is the only city in the country in a National Park. And from Norwich train station reach the coast – Great Yarmouth is the Blackpool of the East; or Cromer: a Victorian seaside town complete with pier, long sandy beach and fresh fish and chips.
With their student success rates reaching highest ever levels and with now five different National Skills Academies (Financial Services, Manufacturing, Hospitality, Retail and Creative and Cultural), it’s no surprise that one third of all 16 to 18 year olds in Norfolk attend City College.