A Weekend Escape to Norwich
Discover this characterful city with our rated recommendations
A visit to Norfolk’s picturesque county capital leaves you with the feeling of having taken a step back in time – in the best possible sense.
This beautiful city has history and character in abundance, but that’s not to say that it’s not a modern city. You’ll find yourself spoilt for choice when it comes to atmospheric pubs, vibrant bars and top tier dining. Planning a trip? Take a look at our recommendations for a Norwich getaway, all with the AA and/or VisitEngland’s seal of approval.
Things to do in Norwich
For the curious traveller, Norwich has a wealth of historical architecture. The city enjoyed its most prosperous time in the medieval period thanks to its booming wool trade. Norwich’s wealth during this period is embodied in the 11th-century cathedral, 12th-century castle and its impressive number of churches. During the Middle Ages, no fewer than 57 churches stood within the city walls – today, 31 remain. It’s this that prompted the local saying that Norwich had a church for every week of the year, and a pub for every day.
The best way to appreciate medieval Norwich is on foot. Historically the largest walled city in Europe, fragments of the flint walls remain to this day and are well worth factoring into your exploring. The larger sections feature in the fascinating Norwich’s castles and hills walking route, on which you’ll also discover one of the city’s most iconic sights – the magnificent Norman cathedral. Its exquisite craftsmanship, sheer scale and sense of tranquillity has attracted pilgrims and visitors for nearly a millennium. Pay a visit to see England’s largest monastic cloister, take in the fascinating exhibitions and enjoy a spot of lunch in the Refectory Café.
Norwich also punches well above its weight when it comes to culture and arts. Home to several theatres – including one of England’s few Puppet Theatres – check the venues’ diverse and varied calendars to catch a show on your visit. For a further dose of culture, spend an afternoon wandering the exhibitions hosted by the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts (on the University of East Anglia campus) to discover works that span over 5,000 years of human creativity.