Visit Norwich by train this spring and discover a city steeped in history. The castle, cathedrals and medieval buildings make Norwich one of Britain’s finest cities!
Norwich has bags of energy and spirit. Norfolk's captivating capital was once the second most prosperous city in England and there's still a thriving business community and a fair dose of affluence, not to mention a huge student population. As a result, oodles of history are combined with plenty of modern attractions, including superb shopping, eating out and entertainment.
Situated in the heart of Norwich on Gentleman’s Walk, Norwich Market is open 8.30am – 5.30pm from Monday to Saturday. As the largest open-air market in the country, its rich heritage and traditional appearance is sure to charm you. You’ll find a fantastic range of goods and service available; whether you’re after clothes, children’s toys, jewellery, household goods, flowers, keys cut or shoes mended, the market has it all!
Stalls also sell a delicious range of quality local food including meat and fish, freshly baked bread, jam and chutneys plus a wide range of cheeses. For some tasty lunch on the go enjoy fish & chips, sandwiches, ice cream, sweets or a hog roast plus many more tasty offerings.
Whether you're a heritage fan, a shopaholic or a culture vulture, Norwich is your kind of place. The cathedral and castle date back nine centuries and there are cobbled alleyways lined with handsome half-timbered houses from the medieval wool boom. Two shiny modern shopping centres are packed with famous-name stores. And there's certainly no shortage of creative flair, with many famous writers, artists and musicians living in or closely connected with this UNESCO City of Literature, the only one in England.
Relax in Castle Gardens
Have a picnic in the delightful park which surrounds the magnificent Norman royal palace. The Green has awesome panoramic views over the castle and cityscape.
Take a river cruise
Get a different perspective on old Norwich by taking a leisurely boat ride on the River Wensum. Services run regularly from convenient quays in the city centre.
Stroll and shop
If you're looking for something a bit different, head for The Lanes. There's a wonderfully eclectic mix of shops, selling everything from vintage fashions and distinctive homewares to hand-crafted gifts from around the world. There are also plenty of welcoming cafes and excellent eateries, not to mention places to beautify or pamper yourself.
Go to market
Right in the heart of the city, Norwich's open-air market is the largest in the country and a cornerstone of the city's heritage. There's a mind-boggling array of goods on offer, from fresh meat and produce to kids' toys. Food stalls satisfy hungry shoppers with traditional favourites, including fish and chips, sandwiches and hog roast.
Kick back in the Cathedral Quarter
Norwich's gorgeous Cathedral Quarter is a great place to relax and enjoy the sun. Wander ancient cobbled streets, walk by the river or watch the world go by from a pavement café.
Enjoy a great British institution
Visit the elegant Georgian Assembly House for a traditional afternoon tea. Delicious cakes, pastries, scones and sandwiches are served on classic tiered stands.
Find treasures at the Castle
Once a royal palace, Norwich's amazing Norman castle is now a brilliant museum and art gallery. Super-cool interactive displays bring history to life.
Visit a museum that really cuts the mustard!
Learn the story of one of Norwich's most famous exports at the Colman's Mustard Shop and Museum, a faithful replica of a Victorian emporium.
Glory in the Cathedral
Voted Norfolk's favourite building, this awe-inspiring architectural tour-de-force has the biggest cathedral close and monastic cloister in England. Its amazing stonework is a masterwork of English medieval masonry.
Feel the buzz at The Forum
This unique glass-fronted building is the hub of Norwich's city centre and community life. There's a lively coffee bar, open-plan pizzeria, exhibition space and more.
Dating from 1320, this beautiful building houses a wonderful collection of rooms dressed with period textiles and objects.
This is a really lively city with lots to do in the evening that won't cost a bomb. Choose from scores of fantastic pubs and restaurants dotted around the city, take in a show at the celebrated Theatre Royal, a film at the Riverside complex, or a classical concert at historic St Andrew's Hall.
For unlimited bus travel around Norwich to get to all the attractions, buy a PLUSBUS ticket with your train ticket (at station or online). For details about Norwich PLUSBUS click here.
A considerable number of taxis serve a taxi rank on the station forecourt.