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The Best of Norwich

Published: 14/09/2019

Welcome to A Fine City. We often wax lyrical about all the natural wonders of Norfolk, from the coast to the countryside, but our only city, Norwich, holds an abundance of treasures waiting to be discovered.

Norwich Castle 
This 11th century fortification has stood over the city since the Norman conquest and is one if its most famous landmarks. It now houses a range of artefacts from Saxon gold hoards to regimental regalia.

A Cathedral City 
Norwich Cathedral is also a Norman construction with a stunning, distinct wooden spire which is home to a family of peregrines. There’s also a 19th century Catholic cathedral, the second tallest in the country.

Plantation Garden 
Just 600 yards from the city centre is this 100-year-old haven. Known as the Secret Garden, it boasts beautiful Gothic fountains, a Victorian style greenhouse, a rustic bridge and colourful flower beds.

Norwich Market
Voted as the best large outdoor market in the UK, this city centre stalwart has a culturally rich heritage and has a huge array of foods from around the world, plus a whole host of other wares and services.  

The River Wensum
Escape the city crowds and stroll along the riverbanks, studded with historic monuments like Cow Tower, Whitefriars Bridge and the Old Textile Mill. Or, why not canoe the river stopping at pubs along the way?

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
This outstanding building on the UEA campus hosts a collection of modern works from artists such as Henry Moore, John Davies and Francis Bacon, along with art from all around the world. A must-see!

Shopping in Norwich Lanes 
Norwich is one of the UK’s top shopping destinations. Head to the narrow alleys and historic buildings of Norwich Lanes, where independent and quirky retailers offer everything from fashion to artisan coffee.  

Food
Find local produce in Jarrolds, Norwich’s only independent department store, experience fine dining at modern British restaurant, Benedicts, and celebrate vegetables at a plethora of exciting vegan eateries.