It won’t take long to make Norwich your own. Like to go your own way? We get that. We’re a city used to welcoming friendly strangers, so don’t be shy. Linger over a sale rail, dive into a cafe on impulse for lunch or spend an afternoon immersed in history. Be as busy or as laid back as you like – it’s all about you.
Start with the Cathedral, nestling in picturesque Tombland. Then it’s a short stroll to Elm Hill. This winding, cobbled street is a bona fide film star. It’s starred in Stardust and Netflix musical Jingle Jangle, among others. You can’t miss the imposing castle, which has sat overlooking the city since 1067. To hear their fascinating stories, book a walking tour with local historian Paul Dickson.
Year-round the city is alive with things to do but there are times when we’re extra festive. If you join us for the annual Lord Mayor’s Celebration in July, you’ll find the streets and parks buzzing with parades and live music. While the Lanes Fayre is a great chance to sample the independent shops, bars and cafes in one of our most popular areas. Every May, the Norfolk and Norwich Festival brings theatre, music, art and culture from all over the world and Christmas brings with it the shimmering Tunnel of Light.
Visit the beautifully restored Plantation Garden on Earlham Road. The perfect tranquil spot to hole-up with a book. Carry on walking into the famous Golden Triangle to experience a hip mix of bakeries, eateries and real-ale stops. Visit the Marble Hall on Surrey Street, an architectural marvel. Finish your solitary wander in a gallery like the Fairhurst, nestled into the Lanes or browse for a take-home treasure at the South Asia Collection of Decorative Arts and Crafts.
People-watching over a coffee at Strangers. Grabbing some street food from the ‘Best Large Outdoor Market’ in Britain. Norwich is full of great places to find a quick bite. Try Saporita for delicious pizza, Namaste for irresistible vegetarian and vegan curries, or the legendary Grosvenor for their unique take on fish and chips. With great food and a friendly welcome, solo diners needn’t feel self-conscious.
We’ve been awarded Purple Flag status for the safety and quality of our nightlife. Which means there’s no shortage of full of friendly pubs and people. Grab something from the market to eat outside The Sir Garnet, perched just next door. Settle in for a riverside pint at the Ribs of Beef. Or head to The Playhouse Bar; unofficial HQ of our vibrant arts scene.