Norwich Travel Guide

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Norwich Highlights

  • Pro
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     Self contained, rich in history and character 

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     A bit provincial .... 

  • In a nutshell
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     The very heart of East Anglia 

Norwich Things to Do

  • Norwich Guildhall

    In 1404, the city's most influential individuals decided to construct a hall for several purposes such as administration and meetings, but also including a prison in the cellar. This building however collapsed in the early 16th century and was reconstructed in 1534. With the exception of the 19th century alternations, the building is kept as it was...

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  • Cathedral Gates

    The two western gates leading to the Cathedral are worth a small detour: The Ethelbert Gate was built in the early 14th century after an predecessor structure was demolished in 1272. It is decorated with flushwork, an architectural feature typical for East Anglia. The upper floor once had a chapel dedicated to St. Ethelbert. It was placed on the...

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  • Norwich Cathedral

    The second tallest Cathedral in England (after Salisbury) is a must-do on any trip to Norwich. The Cathedral was built on the place of a former Anglo-Saxon church. Having been built between 1096 and 1045, it is a brainchild of the conquest and a true gothic beauty. Most of the original structure was retained, the main part to be altered centuries...

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  • Norwich Castle

    Castle, prison, museum, restaurant – here, you will find everything to spend a day in Norwich when good old English weather is preventing you from exploring the city. But even when the sun shines, a visit to Norwich would be incomplete without a visit to the castle and the cathedral.The main area is dedicated to the medieval castle and the city's...

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  • Quiz Night at the Rose Tavern

    If you are in the area and fancy having a go at a quiz get here. Prize for all teams ranging from sweets to top prize money.The Pub doesn't do food on Sunday evenings but The Unthank Arms and Mad Moose are all nearby

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  • Norwich Castle

    900 years of history lie perched on the mound in the city centre. It was built by the Normans and began its early life as a palace and then bacame a prison in the 14th centruy. It was then turned into a museum.Some of the exhibits include an Egyptian collection, modern art and also 18th/19th century watercolours.Don't miss the tour of the dungeons.

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  • See Norwich from a boat

    I took a guided boat tour of Norwich. The boat left from Elm Hill Quay and we were taken around on the river Wensum.Norwich had been a very important, big city in the Middle Ages and had had a large city wall. Parts of the city wall and its guard towers are still standing and we could see them from the boat. This is a tour I can recommend very...

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  • Norwich Cathedral

    The cathedral is just as magnificent as I had read. Almost 1000 years old, renovation was being done , but I could still see very much. It always amazes me how these large churches could be built without any electricity, machines, cranes, just ladders and scaffolds and of course many, many workers.I found something very special in Norwich...

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  • The Assembly House

    As I was walking through the twon centre - I came across the Assembly House. It is set back from the main road, and has a pleasant garden and water feature between the building and the roadway.During my visit - I visited the art exhibition being held there by John Patchett (one of the UK's leading exponents of pastel painting. There are regular...

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Norwich Restaurants

  • Traditional Pub with history

    A pub which lives tradition with old-style furniture and bars, patchwork architecture of past centuries, complete with an authentic atmosphere of good old pub culture. Indeed, it has quite a long history itself being first mentioned in 1249 as a placed used by the builders of the Cathedral. This makes is one of the oldest pubs in Britain. Adam &...

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  • The Mill Inn, Ipswich Road, Newton...

    A lively pub, live band was playing on Saturday but thankfully, you could not hear it while eating in the restaurant. It was busy and took 45 minutes to et the main course, veggie burger and chips and a burger and chips, 2 j20's and 1 and 1/2 fosters was £22. staff were pleasant and friendly, food was good.Large car park, abotu 20 mintes away from...

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  • Great Pub Food

    The Golden Star is a small pub on the edge of Norwich City centre (on the corner of Colegate and Duke Street). It has a lovely atmosphere and serves Bar meals in the evenings Tuesdays - Saturdays. The menu changes on a weekly basis and all the food is homemade by Liz the chef. She will make your meal just how you want it. There is often game on the...

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  • Waffles!

    Everything you can think of served on a waffle!WE arrived at The Waffle House at about 7:15 on a Wednesday and got a table straight away, you cannot book at this restaurant and sometimes you may have to wait.As a vegetarian, my firend chose mushrooms and cheese sauce, and I chose beef in guiness and roasted leeks, the food was delicious, the...

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  • Going to the cinema, try Frankie and...

    So I find myself back at Frankie and Bennys, meeting for a drink at 6:30 before heading off to see The Vow. The restaurant wasnt full but staff seemed busy and not very attentive while I waited to ber served. Loud music seemed to disrupt conversation.Returning at 9:00 for a bit to eat, we got a table in 10 minutes which for a saturday night we...

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  • The Marsh Harrier

    I was very disappointed with the fact that ths place had one vegetarian dish and on hte day we were there it was off the menu. My friend ended up eating breaded mushrooms and chips as this was pretty mush al there was.The sausage and mash was pretty good. The price was ok as well, two tonics, 2 pineapple and lemondaes and the two courses as...

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Norwich Nightlife

  • Good pub in central Norwich

    Went to this pub to fnish my day trip in Norwich and watch some sports on the telly. A friendly place, away from the main going out area which means that the atmosphere is rather laid back, but still lively. Audience is pretty mixed, but you wouldn't expect much of the party folk here. I am not really familiar withg the nightlife in Norwich as I...

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  • Not bad as it was before...

    Walking through St. Benedict Street, I decided to drop in for a pint of Guinness before deciding where I would really finish my Norwich day trip before going home to Cambridge. Nice Greene King Pub with an old-fashioned atmosphere, not as sterile as some of the same brand I have seen in Cambridge. Didn't get any food, but I assume that they had the...

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  • New cool bar

    On Bedford Street, opposite Bedfords at the site of an old sandwich shop, this new bar is an excellent addition to the area. Its bigger than it looks from the outside as there is a big back bar. Table service only, friendly staff, and much attention has been paid to the decor. It comes across as slightly quirky and cool but very relaxed. It opened...

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  • Real ale pub

    The trafford arms is a traditional pub with a wide range of real ales. Its an alternative to the fat cat which I'm increasingly leaning to. Its bigger than the cat and although the range of beers is not as good, they still offer several decent pints. Normal pub grub, not tried it myself

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  • Nice place, confused idenity

    Comfortably numb used to be called the lounge, a far better name in my opinion. It started life as a sofa based wine bar, but has morphed into sports/live music venue. I like the place and go there to watch footy, but its a bit schizo. Its too posh looknig for the footy crowd but not really located ideally for the wine bar crowd. Still, friendly...

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  • Football pub

    The Castlegates in the town is the most dedicated football pub I've ever seen. It seems to be designed purely for watching football on the telly. Its a square room, and there are three plasma screens on the walls not occupied by the bar, and at least 4 smaller TVs. In front of each plasma is a big sofa! Great for watching footy (although maybe a...

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Norwich Transportation

  • To Norwich by train

    Norwich's good train connection reflects its importance in Victorian times when there were three large train stations in the city. After the other two closed down, Norwich Thorpe became the main station. The station is located east to the city centre with most places of interest within walking distance.Hourly services are available to Liverpool,...

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  • Some travel advice

    Useful bus numbersBus number 25 goes from the station in to town and onto the University, use this bus for Unthank Arms and Mad Moose.Bus 35 goes from the station to the university through town but not near the pubs

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  • From London to Norwich

    You can get from London to Norwich by train from Liverpool Street Station. It is a 90 minute ride and costs £66 return peak (April 2007), there are cheaper rates I believe after 7 o'clock.

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Norwich Shopping

  • An Assembly of Teddy Bears

    Walking back from the boat into the city centre I passed this teddy bear shop. I've been in many bear shops, but this one was one of the best. Teddy bears from tiny to huge, from 99 p to several hundred pound, just about anything you can think of with a teddy bear.I bought several gifts there and asked if I could take a picture. As you can see, I...

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  • Right under the castle!

    I loved the Castle mall, because you can shop for "non-gift shop" items. This mall has all the normal types of stores: women's and men's clothing, books, cards, footwear, etc. It also has a number of restaurants and cafes. Whether you want Burger King, or something more refined, you can find it.Castle Mall is open Mon, Tues, Weds, Fri: 9am -...

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  • Mall

    Underneath Norwich Castle is the Castle Mall shopping centre, opened in 1993 the site redeveloped one of the oldest streets in Norwich (Timberhill) as well replacing the unsightly area of the old cattle market. The Castle Mall features a vast array of shops on three levels, food courts, two car parks, bars and restaurants, a cinema and even park...

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Norwich Off The Beaten Path

  • University walk

    If you are into Brutalist architecture (and I'm told some people are) this is the place to get your fix of blocky, grey, concrete buildings. Ziggurats are good though and there is plenty of green space. A walk around the lake gives a nice view of the university campus. People come to go fishing, walk their dogs or feed the ducks. Not a tourist...

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  • Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

    Calls itself a public art museum. Has exhibitions and a permenant collection. Not an essential place to see if you are on a short trip (unless you are very into art) but an interesting place to spend a few hours if you have longer to explore the region. I would recommend combining this with a look around the University of East Anglia campus. The...

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  • 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...

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Norwich Sports & Outdoors

  • Norwich City FC, Carrow Road

    Carrow Road is home to Norwich City Football Club.Norwich moved to their current stadium in 1935. It's not he biggest of grounds and so tickets can be hard to come by. Today it's an all seater stadium with a capacity of just over 27,000.The combination of a city centre stadium, a nearby train station and plenty of decent pubs nearby makes Norwich...

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  • Norwich City – The Canaries

    Norwich City was founded in 1902, and was formed following a meeting at the Criterion Cafe in Norwich by a group of friends led by three former Norwich Church of England Young Men's Society players.Norwich City currently play their games at Carrow Road which was originally built in 1935. Today the ground has an all-seater capacity of 27,220....

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  • Delias Cookbook Canaries

    Norwich City are a professional Football team who play in the English Premier League.They are nicknamed The Canaries and play in distinctive yellow shirts, green shorts and yellow socks. The Canaries play their Home games at Carrow Road Stadium. The Club is owned by Tv Cook Deliah Smith who is often seen with a City scarf around her neck. I don`t...

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Norwich Favorites

  • Samphire

    If you're coming to Norwich, you have to try Samphire! Samphire is a type of seaweed that only grows around Norwich. One way restaurants serve it is as an appetizer. My family and I had a great time learning how to eat it. Samphire info

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  • Chill out

    Norwich is a very laid back place with a lot to offer, it is so laid back that some people might find it a little boring (not me). There is a gentle pace to life, it is like being in a village but having all the amenities of a city. There are many historial places in Britain but Norwich being a little off the beaten track is perhaps less visited....

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  • Lots of little streets

    In the Norwich city centre they are little streets and alleys with quaint shops, galleries and delis. Strange street signs about streets that aren't adopted or that are partially adopted. Also a really crooked building opposite the main gate to the cathedral.

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