We love the city we call home and we hope you fall in love with it a little too.
This page should provide you with the information you need to get your weekend in our fine city arranged.
Or perhaps you are planning to come up a bit earlier to have a holiday in Norfolk. Please let us know if you intend too as we would love to spend time with you.
Norwich is a really fun city to explore, and it's also got some hidden gems that you should check out on your adventures.
Inspiration to help you plan your trip| www.visitnorwich.co.uk/
Parks and Gardens
We love to amble around the parks and there are some gorgeous ones in Norwich. Go have a look at The Plantation Garden which is just outside of the city centre. If you bring your tennis racket and are staying for a few days then Adam would love a game of tennis in Eaton Park. If you are feeling spritely on Saturday morning you can even join the 5km Norwich Parkrun in Eaton Park. We also love to walk around Whitlingham Broad which is just outside of Norwich, and it would be great if you could join us for a stroll here on Sunday morning.
Plantation Garden| www.plantationgarden.co.uk/
Eaton Park | www.friendsofeatonpark.co.uk
Whitlingham Broad| https://bit.ly/2NF6tjI
There is a great free gallery in the city centre called East Gallery which hosts touring exhibitions. We would also recommend you make a trip to the Sainsbury Centre at the UEA which has a lovely collection and is home to the Avengers.
NUA East Gallery |www.nua.ac.uk/university-life/east-gallery/
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts| scva.ac.uk/
There is a castle in the city centre! Norwich Castle was built by the Normans as a Royal Palace 900 years ago and is now a museum and art gallery, it is packed with treasures to inspire and intrigue visitors of all ages. You can also visit Norwich Cathedral which is a spectacular Romanesque building, it has the second tallest spire in the UK and the roof is incredible. You can take a free guided tour and learn about how the Cathedral survived riot, war, plague and fire from Monday to Saturday every hour between 11.00am and 3.00pm. The tour lasts approximately one hour.
Norwich Castle | www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/norwich-castle
If you get a chance to stay a few more days then Norfolk has so many beautiful places to explore. The Broads and the county’s beautiful coastline are just a short train or bike ride away from Norwich. We think the best way to see Norfolk is by boat, bike or canoe.
Boat Hire | Head to Wroxham and hire a boat for the day. It's first-come, first-served and is very popular. | www.broadstours.co.uk/standard-broads-day-boats/
Bike Hire | It's best to call and book a bike in advance | www.bicyclelinks.org.uk/bike-hire/
Blicking Hall | This beautiful National Trust site is a place we visit often and it is where Alice proposed. Maybe you could see if you can find the hidden yew arbour where she said will you marry me? | www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blickling-estate
Beach | Everyone has a favourite beach and ours is Winterton-on-Sea. Sand, sun and a delicious cafe; an awesome way to spend a day | www.explorenorfolkuk.co.uk/winterton-beach.html
Whitlingham Broad Campsite is situated in beautiful surroundings within the Broads National Park and is just 15 minutes by bike from Norwich's historic city centre.
- Regular Camping: £9.50 per adult per night. £5.50 per person per night
- Glamping: Take a look at their website for options to book bell tents or shepherds huts if you want something a bit more glamorous
There is plenty of choice when it comes to Hotels in Norwich.
We've selected 3 hotels that range in price. Closer to the time we will look at getting a group booking price, so expect this to be updated. Recommendations may change.
Wensum Guest House | A 15-minute walk to town | wensumguesthouse.co.uk/
Best Western Annesley House Hotel | Situated within a 10 minute stroll to the city centre. Price starts from £94.50 | www.bw-annesleyhouse.co.uk/
The Maid's Head Hotel | The oldest hotel in the UK, dating back over 800 years. Price starts from £120 | www.maidsheadhotel.co.uk/
Train | Direct trains operate from London, Cambridge and Ely. It generally takes 2 hours to travel from London Liverpool Street to Norwich train station. Prices are much cheaper if you book in advance.
Bus | Megabus and National Rail both operate services to Norwich
Fly | The closest international airport is Stanstead which is a 1.5 hours by car from Norwich. Norwich does have a small regional airport.
The old saying about Norwich used to be that it had a church for every week of the year – but a pub for every day.
Norwich Playhouse | This place has an awesome outdoor space, make sure you look up at the ceiling when you buy your drink | www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk/bar
St Andrew's Brew House | There are heaps of pubs which brew their own beer in Norwich but the weissbier brewed here is pretty special | www.standrewsbrewhouse.com/
The Birdcage| Al loves this pub because it hosts the life drawing class she attends. You can also eat your chips from the Grosvenor Fish Bar in here |www.thebirdcagenorwich.co.uk/
Redwell Brewery | The location of Sunday sessions, tasty beer and a great location by the broad | www.redwellbrewing.com
B'nou | Try out their DIY Drinks Menu
Gonzo's | Great cocktails, great music |www.gonzostearoom.com/
Tofurei | The GREATEST vegan cake you will ever try. | http://tofurei.co.uk/
The Urban Jungle| This is a bit outside of Norwich but you do get to eat your cake in a greenhouse surrounded by luscious plants. There is even a pond complete with a bridge and carp in the center of the cafe.| www.cafeurbanjungle.co.uk/NorfolkCafe.asp
Cafe 33 | Delicious cakes and a popular breakfast location| http://www.no33cafe.co.uk/
Biddy's Tea Room| Very cosy with a vast range of teas| https://www.biddystearoom.com/
There are so many incredible places to eat in Norwich!
Norwich Market | It's the largest open air market in Europe and there are so many different food stalls. Have a stroll and see what takes your fancy. | www.norwich.gov.uk/directory/1036/norwich_market_stalls
Bicycle Shop | They serve super tasty small plates. | www.thebicycleshopcafe.com/
The Workshop | Al is salivating over the thought of their pan fried broccoli as she types this. The food is great and you can chill with a board game as you eat, what more could you want. | bit.ly/3658X19
Belgium Monk |Anywhere that stocks La Chouffe is a fine establishment! Renowned for their mussels and great selection of beers. |
Grosevnor Fish Bar | The best fish and chips in the city. Eat your delicious grub in the the wood lined bunker under the frying area listening to jazz or take it over the road to the Birdcage. | www.fshshop.com/
Brewdog | A great selection of beer and dirty divine grub. Their Clucky this Time, seitan deliciousness, burger is a favourite of Al's. | bit.ly/378KTvy
Namaste/Namaste Village | Ad took Al on their first date here. A really tasty curry house, all of their dishes are veggie/vegan regional Indian dishes. It is an incredibly welcoming place. | www.namasteindiannorwich.com/
River Green Cafe | This cafe is situated in Trowse near Whitlingham Broad and serves great hearty veggie/vegan grub. | www.rivergreencafe.co.uk/
The Temple Bar | The best place to get a Sunday Roast. Super popular and you can't book a table, first come, first serve. Their vegetable selection is incredible and all seasonal. | bit.ly/2GclTb7