One of the most dynamic cities in the UK, Norwich is fast earning itself a reputation as a great destination. Offering a choice of cultural activities, some great pubs and restaurants and more independent shops and boutiques than you can shake a stick at, Norwich is well worth a day or two of exploration.

Main sights and attractions

The most prominent landmark in Norwich is the city’s castle. Built in the years following the Norman Conquest in 1066, and mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086, it’s one of the most historic sites in the UK. Inside the castle you’ll find Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, a great destination for anyone who wants to learn a little more about the region.

At the other end of Norwich is the city’s impressive Cathedral. Built in the 12th century, the cathedral is open to visitors every day. Explore the labyrinth in the grass section of the cloisters or pop into the traditional café to refuel.

Places to eat

If there’s one thing that Norwich has plenty of, it’s great places to eat. Most of the city’s cafes and restaurants are in the centre of Norwich, making it easy to stop for a bite to eat after a day exploring the local attractions. With everything from traditional British fare to Indian and Italian on offer, you’re guaranteed to find something to suit your taste perfectly.

Shops in Norwich

If you enjoy shopping for unique gifts and hunting for bargains, you’re in for a real treat during your stay in Norwich. One of your first ports of call should be Norwich Market, the largest open-air market in the country. It’s open Monday to Saturday and offers a huge choice of both modern and retro products. A large number of independent shops can also be found across the centre of Norwich and other seasonal markets take place throughout the year. Underneath the rainbow-coloured roofs you will find stalls that sells everything you could possibly need – don’t forget to have a cone of chips with plenty of salt and vinegar! Why not you’ve escaped to Norfolk!

Norwich is the paradise for shoppers offering two shopping centres called Chapelfield and Castle Mall, four department stores and a wide variety of independent stores and boutiques in the fabulous Lanes and Timber Hill. Norwich is rated in the Top 10 UK shopping destinations, take a look for yourself you won’t be disappointed.

Tips for travelling around Norwich

Norwich is well-connected to the surrounding area by buses and trains. Car parks and park and ride schemes are also available in locations across the city.

Take a day out and explore Norwich by car, the average journey can take up to thirty minutes and is well worth a visit when staying in one of our cottages.

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