Things to do in Norwich

Norwich, a city in the East of England, is renowned for its rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant cultural scene. It was once the second-largest city in England after London during the Middle Ages, indicating its historical significance. Today, Norwich boasts a blend of modernity and tradition, with its ancient buildings and cobbled streets sitting alongside contemporary shops and art spaces. The city is also famous for its Norwich Cathedral, a splendid example of Romanesque architecture with a history that stretches back over 900 years.

Aside from its architectural marvels, Norwich has a strong literary heritage and was designated as England’s first UNESCO City of Literature. This recognition is a testament to the city’s commitment to nurturing creativity and literature through various festivals, events, and institutions like The Writers’ Centre Norwich. Additionally, Norwich Market, one of the oldest and largest outdoor markets in the country, offers a glimpse into the everyday life of its residents while providing an array of local produce and goods.

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  • Norwich Cathedral: A visit to this historic cathedral is essential for anyone coming to Norwich. With its magnificent spire that dominates the skyline and beautiful cloister walks, it offers peace and beauty amidst the bustling city.
  • Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery: Explore thousands of years of history within the walls of this Norman castle. The museum houses significant collections of fine art, archaeology, and natural history.
  • Norwich Theatre Royal: Enjoy performances ranging from plays, musicals to comedy shows at this leading arts venue in Norfolk. It’s known for hosting both local productions and international tours.
  • Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts: This world-class art gallery hosts a diverse collection ranging from antiquities to modern works by artists such as Picasso and Degas within an iconic building designed by Norman Foster.
  • The Plantation Garden: Discover this hidden gem near the city center; a restored Victorian garden offering tranquility with its lush landscapes, gothic fountain, and unique planting schemes.
  • Norwich Market: Experience one of the oldest outdoor markets in England. Browse through stalls selling everything from fresh local produce to crafts and clothing.
  • East GalleryNUA: Showcasing contemporary art exhibitions by students from Norwich University of the Arts as well as internationally acclaimed artists. A must-visit for art enthusiasts.
  • Dragon Hall: Step back into medieval times at Dragon Hall on King Street – a rare example of a medieval merchant’s trading hall beautifully preserved for visitors to explore.
  • The Plough – Adnams Pub: Sample some local ale or cider at this cozy pub which epitomizes Norwich’s thriving pub culture with its warm atmosphere and selection of fine Adnams beers.
  • Riverside Walk: Take a leisurely stroll along the River Wensum which winds through Norwich offering picturesque views and passing by several historic landmarks along its path.
  • Boating on The Broads: Just outside Norwich lies The Broads National Park where you can hire boats for day trips or longer excursions exploring tranquil waterways surrounded by beautiful countryside.