Boating on the Broads
The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads is a unique area of water, grazing marshes, fen and woodland, and home to some of the rarest plants and creatures in the UK. It is Britain's largest protected wetland, having similar status to a national park.
To get there is a short trip from Norwich. And when you are there you can hire a boat and cruise on the broads.
Norwich - A Fine City
"More than just insurance!"
Although probably best known as the home of Norwich Union (insurance group), there's more to this city than boring financial types.
In medieval times, Norwich was one of the greatest cities in England, and today as East Anglia’s capital city, it still is - offering a rare blend of historic interest and modern sophistication.
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery has stood since the 12th century and is one of the finest Norman secular buildings anywhere in Europe. Norwich Castle is Norfolk's principal museum, packed with treasures and collections of national importance.
Also known as the City of Churches, Norwich has over 30 flint-built medieval churches; more than London, Bristol and York combined! In magnificent contrast is Norwich’s newest public building, The Forum, which houses ‘Origins’ a multi-million pound heritage visitor attraction, the finest regional public library in the country, the tourist information centre, BBC East television and radio studios and a variety of places to eat, drink or just hang out.
A shoppers’ paradise, Norwich is open 7 days a week. In contrast to its modern precincts and Castle Mall with many of the big store names, it has the added attraction of the country’s largest 6-day open-air market, as well as hundreds of speciality shops in a maze of cobble-stoned lanes and alleys.
Norfolk and Norwich Festival, a superb multi-venue musical event, is held in May, the Lord Mayor’s celebrations including carnival and firework display in July, the largest beer festival outside London in October, plus the Norfolk Comedy Festival running throughout October and November
Norwich has an excellent choice of venues for a great night out. A multitude of new café bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and cinemas have recently burst onto the scene and with such a diversity of entertainment on offer Norwich has something for everyone, whatever their age.
For those with an interest in the arts, there is the 1300-seater Theatre Royal, which provides musicals, opera, ballet, drama and cabaret from top national and international production companies.
The Maddermarket Theatre offers local repertory in atmospheric “Shakespearean” surroundings whilst the Playhouse Theatre attracts contemporary theatre and music from all over the UK. Housed in a converted medieval church, Norwich Puppet Theatre is one of only two dedicated puppet theatres in England. The Norwich Gallery offers year round exhibitions of contemporary art with free admission. You can see world-class art from the Tate and other international galleries at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery and at the architecturally stunning Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.