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Pack a picnic and head off for a day on Mousehold Heath, the perfect sunny-day destination. This tranquil oasis filled with wildlife is a popular escape from the city, for both locals and tourists alike. Look for the many different animal species which reside here, wander the scenic walking trails, or take part in one of the various events held throughout the year.
Mousehold Heath has long been a cherished green space and a haven for wildlife. Records show that in the Tudor period its circumference was as much as 22 miles (35 kilometers). Its size has decreased over the years, but it remains the most spacious nature reserve under the authority of Norwich City Council. Visit today and you will still find that there is no shortage of green spaces and wooded areas here for you to discover. The reserve now stands at around 184 acres (88 hectares) in size.
The heath includes a variety of different habitats, but the majority of it is comprised of woods. This type of landscape makes the ideal home for a range of flora and fauna. Try to spot butterflies, dragonflies, lizards, frogs and mice and other small mammals as you stroll the pathways here. Birds you might see include the greater-spotted woodpecker, as well as birds of prey such as the sparrowhawk and the kestrel.
Learn about the natural history of the nature reserve by following the signposted Mousehold Heath Earth Heritage Trail. Check what is happening at the heath before you come. With regular events held here, including the likes of guided walks, concerts, sports games and more, you may find that something fun is scheduled during your visit.
As Mousehold Heath is a public space, it is free for all to visit and is open 24 hours a day. Take the bus from Norwich city center to reach the heath in around 20 minutes. Remember to bring a camera to capture photos of this very picturesque area of the city.
Located in the heart of Norwich, this hotel is steps away from Elm Hill and Norwich Cathedral. Norwich Castle and The Forum are also within 15 minutes. Norwich Station is 11 minutes by foot.
Situated in Norwich, this romantic hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Mousehold Heath, Sewell Barn Theatre and Wensum Park. Magdalen Street and John Jarrold Printing Museum are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Hellesdon Hospital and within 3 miles (5 km) of Norwich Theatre Royal and University of East Anglia. Anderson's Meadow and Wensum Park are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Situated in Norwich, this bed & breakfast is within 2 miles (3 km) of Sewell Barn Theatre, Wensum Park and John Jarrold Printing Museum. Elm Hill and Mandell’s Gallery are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated in Norwich, this cottage is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Sewell Barn Theatre and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Norwich Theatre Royal. Mousehold Heath and Norwich Puppet Theatre are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in the heart of Norwich, this holiday home is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Woodrow Pilling Park and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Norwich Theatre Royal. Lion Wood and The Great Hospital are also within 1 mile (2 km). Norwich Station is 22 minutes by foot.
Located in the heart of Norwich, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Norwich Cathedral and Norwich Theatre Royal. University of East Anglia is 3 mi (4.8 km) away. Norwich Station is only a 5-minute walk.
Situated in Norwich, this apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Norwich Puppet Theatre and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Norwich Theatre Royal. Magdalen Street and John Jarrold Printing Museum are also within 15 minutes. Norwich Station is 23 minutes by foot.