Get away to Norwich! Enjoy the history, monuments and churches.

The city of Norwich is many things: a modern business hub, a bustling student town and a treasure trove of medieval architecture. It is also the gateway to the Norfolk Broads, a network of scenic lakes and rivers. Fill a weekend here with a mix of sightseeing, shopping, country walks or boating, and don’t forget to make time for the museums.

The city’s oldest landmark is also the hardest to miss. On a hill in the heart of the city stands Norwich Castle, a wonderfully preserved building that dates back to the 11th century. Step through its ancient doorway to discover the museum and gallery now housed inside. A trip here is the best way to learn about the area’s history, while seeing some impressive works of art too. While you are here, pay a visit to the nearby Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum to discover an extensive collection of military uniforms and memorabilia.

Also close by are many other attractions, such as the City Hall and Norwich Guildhall, which was built in the 15th Century. Walk northeast from the castle for less than 10 minutes and you will arrive at Norwich Cathedral. Norwich has the country’s highest density of medieval churches outside of London, and this grand Norman masterpiece is particularly impressive.

Head southeast instead of northeast to reach Dragon Hall, another historic must-see. This wonderfully restored building is close to 600 years old. Join a guided tour to see its beautiful interior.

Not all of Norwich’s charms are ancient, however. It has modern attractions too. Get your souvenir shopping done in the Norwich Lanes, where unusual independent stores can be found in abundance. Or, in the evening, see a stage show at one of the city’s renowned theaters, such as the Theatre Royal. No matter how you choose to spend your time here, make sure you leave time to explore the Norfolk Broads, either on foot or by boat.

Norwich is well connected to most major cities in the United Kingdom. Fly into Norwich airport, or take advantage of the good train connections from London.

Known for

Historical Buildings, Monuments and Natural Parks

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Where to stay in Norwich

Bowthorpe
Bowthorpe, Norwich, England, United Kingdom

Bowthorpe

4/5(19 reviews)

Though Bowthorpe may not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Earlham Park and UEA Sportspark.

Top hotels in Norwich

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Best Western Brook Hotel Norwich
Best Western Brook Hotel Norwich
3 out of 5
2 Barnard Road, Norwich, England
£38
per night
27 Oct-28 Oct

Located in Bowthorpe, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3 km) from Earlham Park and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from University of East Anglia. UEA Sportspark and Sainsbury Centre for ...

3.7/5Good! (471 reviews)

"Just what we needed for an overnight stay. Comfortable bed and great breakfast."…"

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2019

Best Western Brook Hotel Norwich
The Maids Head Hotel
The Maids Head Hotel
4 out of 5
Tombland, Norwich, England
£95
per night
11 Nov-12 Nov

Situated in Norwich, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Elm Hill and Norwich Castle. University of East Anglia and Norwich Theatre Royal are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (738 reviews)

"A lovely hotel close to where we wanted to be. Great staff and super rooms"…"

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2019

The Maids Head Hotel
Sprowston Manor Hotel, Golf & Country Club
Sprowston Manor Hotel, Golf & Country Club
4 out of 5
Wroxham Road, Norwich, England
£69
per night
27 Oct-28 Oct

Situated in Norwich, this romantic hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Mousehold Heath, Sewell Barn Theatre and Norwich Puppet Theatre. Wensum Park and Magdalen ...

4.3/5Excellent! (517 reviews)

"If you like surly service, uncomfortable surroundings and something to complain about then this hotel is not for you. Great hotel, wonderful staff and superb location. Would definitely return"…"

Reviewed on 8 Sep 2019

Sprowston Manor Hotel, Golf & Country Club

Popular things to do in Norwich

Norwich Castle
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Norwich Castle

4/5(67 reviews)

Norwich’s most prominent historic site is now home to a splendid museum and art gallery, with exhibits spanning many centuries.

Norwich Cathedral
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Norwich Cathedral

4.5/5(105 reviews)

Visit this spectacular historic building to attend a service, event or exhibition, or simply to marvel at its splendid Romanesque architecture. 

The Forum
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The Forum

4/5(23 reviews)

Home to art exhibitions, a café, a library and family-friendly festivals, this is one of Norwich’s most visited attractions. 

Top activities in Norwich

Norwich Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Norwich Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

£12

Make way for all things medieval. This hop-on hop-off ride through Norwich covers castles, cathedrals, and plenty of centuries-old cobblestones. Watch cityscapes whirl by with the wind in your hair, and step off—at any point—for greater inspection of this town’s Gothic appeal.

SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth
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SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth

£10

Here at SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth you can’t help but be amazed when you step in front of our 250,000 litre tropical ocean display, housing 14 species of fish including as well as Blacktip reef sharks, Noah the 17 year old green sea turtle and Jimmy the black chin guitar fish! Venture into our under the Ray-Dar area with its iconic yellow submarine, and home to our native sharks and rays.

yoga with Lucy
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yoga with Lucy

£5

Itinerary I create yoga classes, private sessions, events, workshops and retreats for every body! Sessions vary from dynamic fitness Vinyasa Yoga, restorative Hatha Yoga with props of blocks and straps, gentle slow Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra to help with sleep, Chair Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga, Yoga for Babies, Toddlers, Children, Teens, Families and Special Needs.