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Destinations > UK > East > Norwich guide

Norwich is a great city full of culture and entertainment, with plenty to explore and discover. Today Norwich is a Cathedral City set in the beautiful landscape of this area of England, within easy reach of The Broads and the arc of the north east Norfolk coast. One of the finest views of the city is from Mousehold Heath, a tract of furze and heather. From the heath can be seen the towers of more than 30 medieval parish churches, dominated by the cathedral spire soaring 315 feet. The cathedral has a superb Norman nave and tower, to which the present day stone spire was added in the 15th century. The Norman Keep of Norwich Castle stands on the most substantial of the city's hills, surrounded by a moat converted into attractive gardens and walks great for a leisurely afternoon stroll.

The city is full of amazing sights and historical heritage, plus full of attractions and entertainment, great shopping, with plenty of places to eat and drink.

The surrounding area also has a lot of charm and character. There is also plenty of opportunities to take a drive, a stroll, walk or cycle into the surrounding countryside to soak up the atmosphere and wildlife of the area.

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Arts in Rural Norfolk
Location: Prospect House, Great Melton Road, Hetherselt
Telephone: 01603 813 323

Theatre Royal
Location: Theatre Street
Telephone: 01603 630 000

University of East Anglia
Location: Studio Theatre, Earlham Road
Telephone: 01603 592 272

Norwich Puppet Theatre
Location: St James, Whitefriars
Telephone: 01603 629 921

Norwich Playhouse Theatre
Location: 42-58 St George Street
Telephone: 01603 612 580

Norwich Arts Center
Location: Reeves Yard, St Benedicts Street
Telephone: 01603 660 352

Maddermarket Theatre
Location: St Johns Alley
Telephone: 01603 620 917



An excellent hands on science centre, with many permanent hands on exhibitions, shows and special events.
Location: St Michaels Church, Coslany Street, Norwich
Telephone: 01603 612 612

The Aviation Experience
This is an exciting museum were you can enjoy a great collection of Aircraft, including a Vulcan Bomer.
Location: Old Norwich Road, Horsham St Faith, Norwich (3 miles from Norwich centre, off the A140 Cromer Road.)
Telephone: 01603 893 080

Grimes Graves
Descend 30 feet into an excavated Neolithic flint mines and take a glimpse into prehistoric life. This tour takes you underground and back in time by 4000 years to the Stone Age, were you will explore and experience the condition of Stone Age man as he mined for flint to make weapons and domestic utensils in over 300 pits and shafts.
Location: 7 miles North West of Thetford off A134
Telephone: 01842 810 656

Bure Valley Railway
Explore and enjoy some of the areas most unspoiled countryside from this amazing railway, which provides an 18 mile round trip between Aylsham and Wroxham.
Location: Norwich Road Alysham
Telephone: 01263 733 858

Redwings Horse Sanctuary
Come and meet these delightful rescued horses, ponies and donkeys.
Location: Caldecott Hall, one mile North East of the village of Fritton on the A143 between Great Yarmouth and Beccles
Telephone: 01493 488 531

Dinosaur Adventure Park
Explore acres of woodland and discover the giants of the world past, for an excellent day out.
Location: 9 miles from Norwich off the A1067 at Lenwade
Telephone: 01603 870 245

Discover the EcoTech Environmental Experience, explore the world, its environment, and its people. Find out about our role in its future, plus many more activities.
Location: Swaffham (Signposted off the A47 and A1065
Telephone: 01760 726 100

Castle Rising Castle
Explore the massive defensive earthworks, one of the largest keeps in the country and the well preserved medieval kitchen, richly decorated exterior. This elaborate Norman building is one of the largest in the Country, set in twelve acres of defensive earthworks, this castle is an impressive site. It is also the site of Isabella, the 'she-wolf' of France imprisonment after she murdered her husband, Edward II. Although, she was allowed to retire here in comfort. The castle tour is accompanied with a free audio talk of its history.
Location: 4 miles east of King's Lynn off A149
Telephone: 01553 631 330

Castle Acre Priory and Castle
This is the site of Britain's best preserved Cluniac priory, with a superb Norman Façade still raised to its original height. Here you can learn about the daily life of the monks. This site is also the place of one of the greatest Norman settlements in England, were you can explore the ruins of the moated Castle, which boasts the most impressive earthworks in Britain.
Location: 0.25 miles west of the village of Castle Acre, 5 miles North of Swaffham.
Telephone: 01760 755 394

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden
Enjoy over 3 miles of wonderful woodland walks, amazing wildlife and flowers.
Location: 9 miles East of Norwich at South Walsham off the B1140
Telephone: 01603 270 449

Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens
Why not visit some really wild animals and other exotic species in this amazing setting. Watch the Red Pandas rest in the tree top canopies or the Sumatran Tiger walk through the trees. You may sit and picnic wherever you please.
Location: Thrigby Hall, Filby, Great Yarmouth (off the A1064 between Caister and Acle)

Pleasure Beach
Enjoy from over 70 rides at Great Yarmouth's Pleasure Beach.
Location: South Beach Parade, Great Yarmouth
Telephone: 01493 844 585

The African Adventure
Have a great family day out at this safari trail.
Location: 20 minutes South of Great Yarmouth off the A12
Telephone: 01502 740 291

Tropical Butterfly Garden & Bird Park
Set in 15 acres of conservation area and waterside walks, enjoy from the 2 acre Garden Center, 2400 square feet of tropical gardens with free flying Butterflies and Birds. Also enjoy the exciting Falconry Center.
Location: Great Ellingham, Attleborough (from the A11 Attleborough bypass follow the Brown Butterfly signs)
Telephone: 01953 453 175

Bressingham Steam Museum and Gardens
Celebrate the age of steam with five miles of steam railway rides, Victorian steam carousel and much more.
Location: Bressingham, Diss, Norfolk (2 miles west of Diss on the A1066)
Telephone: 01379 687 382

Anglia Karting
Fast and Exciting, enjoy this crazy sport day or night, there is also a new Mini Motor Grand Prix with arrive and drive sessions arranged any time, ands all weather outdoor race circuit.
Location: North Pickenham, off the B1077
Telephone: 01760 441 777

For a perfect family day out watch the amazing craft of glass work being sculpted before you eyes. As well as watching live glass making, working craft demonstrations enjoy the Rose and Clematis garden or the adventure playground.
Location: The Long Barn, North Street, Langham, Norfolk
Telephone: 01328 830 511



Location: 24-26 Prince of Wales Road
Telephone: 01603 611 113

The Loft
Location: 80 Rose Lane
Telephone: 01603 623 559

Ikon & Fifth Avenue
Location: Tambland
Telephone: 01603 621 541

Manhattan's Night Club
Location: 15 Dove Street
Telephone: 01603 629 060

Location: 24 Tambland
Telephone: 01603 621 155

Fat Pauly's
Location: Edward Street
Telephone: 01603 441 044

Location: 50 Prince of Wales Road
Telephone: 01603 767 671

The Bank Nr1
Location: 57 Prince of Wales Road
Telephone: 01603 626 261



There are plenty of places to drink in Norwich with a venue to suit everybody. Listed below is a sample selection of what is available.

Cat & Fiddle
Location: 105 Magdalen Street
Telephone: 01603 625 492

Location: Dereham Road
Telephone: 01603 620 340

The Iron Duke
Location: 93 Waterloo Road
Telephone: 01603 441 182

The Nelson
Location: 122 Nelson Street
Telephone: 01603 626 362

Albert Tavern
Location: 51 Devonshire Street
Telephone: 01603 627 567

The Larkman
Location: 566 Dereham Road
Telephone: 01603 250 956

Bridge House
Location: 1 Rosary Road
Telephone: 01603 625 701

Location: 8 Fye Bridge Street
Telephone: 01603 623 810

Location: 1 Magdalen Road
Telephone: 01603 491 492




Fatso's Speakeasy Restaurant
Location: 63-67 Prince of Wales Road, Norwich
Telephone: 01603 762 763


China City restaurant
Location: 81 Prince of Wales Road, Norwich
Telephone: 01603 768 688


Adlard's Restaurant
Location: 79 Upper St Giles, Norwich
Telephone: 01603 633 522

Orange's Brasserie
Location: 7 Pottergate, Norwich
Telephone: 01603 766 667

St Benedict's Restaurant
Location: 9 St Benedict's Street
Telephone: 01603 765 377


Little Ikaria
Location: 24 Bridewell Alley, Norwich
Telephone: 01603 625 087


Nazma Brasserie
Location: 15 Prince of Wales Road, Norwic
Telephone: 01603 616 101


Trattoria Rustica
Location: 20 Princes Street, Norwich
Telephone: 01603 621 043

Location: 1 All Saints Street, Norwich
Telephone: 01603 611 129

Umberto's 'Trattoria Italia'
Location: 68-70 Benedict's Street, Norwich
Telephone: 01603 615 581

Pinocchio's Restaurant
Location: 11 St Benedict's Street, Norwich
Telephone: 01603 613 318

Adriano's Trattoria & Pizzeria
Location: 68 London Street, Norwich
Telephone: 01603 622 967


Medina Restaurant
Location: 25 Prince of Wales Road, Norwich
Telephone: 01603 611 617


Brummells Seafood Restaurant
Location: 7 Magdalen Street, Norwich
Telephone: 01603 625 555


Thailand Thai Cuisine
Location: 9 Ring Road, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich
Telephone: 01603 700 444


The Treehouse Vegetarian Restaurant
Location: 14-16 Dove Street, Norwich
Telephone: 01603 763 258

Changing Times Organic Vegan Café
Location: 3-5 Dove Street, Norwich (Upstairs at Emily Milsom Clothing)
Telephone: 01603 612 561




Stanstead is the nearest large international airport, there is also smaller airports at Norwich and Canterbury.


Norwich is easily accessed by car from the A47, A11 and A12, which in turn are easily accessed by many roots. Ones in the centre there are many car parks to choice from in different part of the city, all of which are sign posted and pay and display.


Norwich bus station is in the centre of the town on Riverside. Here there are regular services to and from all over Norwich and the surrounding area. National Express Coach services run all over the U.K. offering a good service from a wide range of pick up points and destinations.
Telephone: National Express - 0990 80 80 80


Norwich train station is situated close to the centre and there are services to here from all over the U.K. if not direct with good connections.
Telephone: 0345 48 49 50


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