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  • Writer's pictureGabriella Walker

Norwich Uncovered: The Best Things to Do in Norfolk's Vibrant Capital

Before we moved to Norfolk, I'd never actually been to Norwich. I'd been to the Norfolk Coast many times but I'd never visited "the City". Coming from London, it was the beauty of rural Norfolk which drew me in; the stunning coastlines, the incredible nature and the mind-blowingly good yet mostly undiscovered foodie scene. The pull of 'yet another' city just wasn't there for me. But I was so, so wrong to discount it!

Not only is Norwich a vibrant and historical city with plenty to see and do but it's BEAUTIFUL. From exploring medieval streets to discovering cutting-edge art, there's literally something for everyone. Here are the best things to do in Norwich, UK.

Explore Norwich Cathedral - Norwich Cathedral is one of the city's most iconic landmarks, and for good reason. The cathedral dates back to the 11th century and boasts stunning architecture and intricate carvings. Take a guided tour or attend a service to learn more about the history of this beautiful building.

Discover the Norwich Lanes - The Norwich Lanes are a maze of narrow medieval streets, home to independent shops, cafes, and bars. Spend an afternoon wandering through the Lanes, picking up unique gifts and souvenirs along the way. Don't miss the historic Royal Arcade, which dates back to 1899.

Visit the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery - The Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery is home to a fascinating collection of art and artefacts, including works by local artists and ancient Egyptian treasures. The castle itself dates back to the 12th century and is a stunning example of Norman architecture.

Stroll Through Eaton Park - Eaton Park is one of Norwich's largest and most beautiful green spaces, and a popular spot for picnics, walks, and sports. The park boasts a boating lake, tennis courts, and a bandstand, as well as plenty of wildlife to spot.

Experience the Norwich Market - The Norwich Market is one of the oldest and largest outdoor markets in the UK, with over 200 stalls selling everything from fresh produce to artisan crafts. Take a stroll through the market and sample some of the delicious street food on offer.

See a Show at the Theatre Royal - The Theatre Royal is one of Norwich's premier entertainment venues, with a diverse programme of theatre, dance, and music. Check the schedule and book tickets for a night out at this stunning venue.

Visit the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts - The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is located on the University of East Anglia campus, just a short bus ride from the city centre. The centre houses a collection of over 1,200 works of art, including pieces by Picasso, Bacon, and Degas.

Enjoy a Pint at a Local Pub - Norwich is known for its excellent pubs, many of which date back centuries. Head to the Adam and Eve, which claims to be the oldest pub in Norwich, for a traditional pint in a historic setting. Or, try the Fat Cat, a popular spot with a great selection of craft beers.

Norwich is a fascinating and beautiful city with plenty to see and do. From historic landmarks to cutting-edge art, there's something for everyone to enjoy. So, next time you're in Norfolk, don't miss the chance to explore Norwich like I did and uncover its many hidden gems.


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