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Why hire a car in Norwich?

Situated 118 miles northeast of London, in East Anglia, Norwich is a county town in Norfolk, found by the Romans. It has borders with Lincolnshire to the west and northwest, Cambridgeshire to the west and southwest and Suffolk to the south and the North Sea in the north and east.

A car hire in Norwich will allow you to explore the sights along the North Sea coast as well as the stunning Norfolk countryside.

How to get to and around Norwich?

Travellers flying to Norwich will arrive at Norwich International Airport, north of the town. From there you can pick up your hire car and access the A140 highway.

A scenic drive 22 miles to the east (37 minutes) via the A47 will take you to Great Yarmouth on the North Sea coast or Lowestoft further south (51 minutes).

In a little over an hour travelling south via the A140, you will reach Ipswich, one of England’s oldest towns and, via the A11, the historic market town of Bury St. Edmunds, with easy access from there to Cambridge.

What brands are available?

Car hire at Norwich International Airport is available from:

  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Europcar (open 24hs)
  • Hertz
  • Keddy By Europcar

Must-sees within an easy drive of Norwich

Nature lovers mustn’t miss the Broads National Park, 18 miles east of Norwich (approx. a 35-minute drive). It’s worth a day trip in any season, with its beautiful lakes, waterways and rich wildlife. Go walking, cycling, boating or take a river cruise. There are plenty of good pubs on the way too.

For a time travel experience back to Roman times, visit Burgh Castle (approx. a 40-minute drive) in Great Yarmouth to see the fort’s original walls intact from 300AD and enjoy its magnificent views. There is free entry and parking, and wheelchair access is available.

Felbrigg Hall, an elegant 17th century country house 50 minutes north of Norwich, is known for its Jacobean architecture and Georgian interiors as well as the stunning walled garden with its delightful nurseries and orchards. Travellers with young children will appreciate the entertainment options provided by Pettitts Animal Adventure Park in Reedham, a 35-minute eastward drive from Norwich. The park offers a mixture of rides, events and animals, some of which for petting and feeding. It is closed part of the year, so check opening times before visiting.

Tips and tricks for driving in the UK

Most UK car rentals companies provide vehicles with a manual shift gear. If you cannot operate one, make sure you ask for automatic transmission when making your reservation for car hire in Norwich.

The driver’s seat in British cars is on the right side, and you must drive on the left side of the road. Always carry your driver’s licence and the vehicle’s insurance papers with you.

The speed limit on British motorways is USAually 70mph. In country roads this can go down to 40 to 50mph and 20mph or lower in residential areas and city centres. A speed camera sign means there is one within 200 yards.

Ready to plan your Norwich city break?

To start organising your trip to Norwich and other parts of the UK, check out this city guide and use the Expedia search tool to help you find the best Norwich car hire, flight and hotel deals and research the best attractions and activities.

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