Though it’s off the beaten track for most travellers, Norwich is one of the most vibrant and quirky cities in England, as well as being one of the oldest. Here are 10 fun things to do in Norwich!
1) Check out Norwich Castle
This museum offers vistors almost a thousand years of history — from its Norman roots as a motte-and-bailey to later use as a Victorian prison. If there are any fun things to do in Norwich that you HAVE to do, it’s this one.
2) Shop at the market
Norwich’s charming street market is one of the best things about the city. Selling everything from vintage clothes to fresh seafood, it’s a wonderful place to explore.
3) Visit the Millennium Library
Norwich is a UNESCO City of Literature, and no book lover will be able to resist paying a visit to this awesome library. After you’re done browsing, enjoy a coffee (or a gin!) downstairs in Cafe Bar Marzano.
4) Hang out at the Norwich Playhouse Bar
Attached to the Norwich Playhouse Theatre on St George’s Street, this bar is one of the most happening places in Norwich. Worth visiting for the hip atmosphere and outdoor garden, and there’s a great selection of tea, coffee, juice and snacks as well as alcohol.
5) Visit the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
This award-winning art gallery is one of the most prestigious university art galleries in the UK. The Sainsbury Centre permanently houses the art collection of its namesakes Robert and Lisa Sainsbury and its iconic exterior was featured in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Spider-Man: Homecoming.
6) Walk around the UEA broad
One of the most beautiful wildlife trails in Norwich is on the university grounds, beside the Sainsbury Centre. The broad is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including kingfishers, grebes and (if you’re lucky) otters. There are also barbecues by the lakeside.
7) Shop for vinyl
If you like your music old-school, Norwich is a great place to be! It’s a hipster paradise and dedicated to its vinyl. Check out Soundclash Records, Beatniks Records, Out Of Time and of course HMV.
8) Visit Eaton Park
The most beautiful park in Norwich, complete with a model boating pool, miniature railway and wildlife garden. A perfect place for picnics on a sunny day!
9) Norwich Theatre Royal
If you’re in the mood to see a show, this centuries old art-deco theatre in the centre of Norwich offers a brilliant range of productions. Kemp’s Restaurant, inside, is also pretty great…
10) Norwich Cathedral
Built in 1096, this remarkable building has been used as the set for countless films and documentaries, and it’s not hard to see why. Vistors can explore inside the church or stroll through the magnificent cloisters (bring your camera!) free of charge. If you’re especially lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the pair of peregrine falcons that live on the spire.