Norwich City breaks

The city of Norwich is a very special place indeed. The mix of cosmopolitan shopping and cultural events, with a backdrop of Cathedral and church spires, gives it an atmosphere like no other. This, together with its surviving medieval street plan, city wall and impressive Norman castle, puts Norwich of equal standing with other main European city destinations.

Visit and you’ll discover a wealth of shopping – from a prestigious high street and two shopping centres to The Royal Arcade and the Norwich Lanes, home to a variety of independent shops and the award-winning, independent Jarrold Department Store. Norwich also possesses a permanent and vibrant daily market.

Foodies will relish the city’s array of gastronomic offerings. Stylish coffee shops sit alongside characterful tearooms, whilst award-winning restaurants and cafes pride themselves on menus crafted with local, seasonal produce. It’s said that Norwich once had a pub for every day of the year – no wonder it’s referred to as The City of Ale! A saunter down St Benedict’s Street or Upper St Giles is highly recommended if food is your fervour.

Norwich may not be renowned for its cultural offering, but it should be. The first in Europe to be awarded UNESCO’s City of Literature, the city is a hub of events, festivals and performance. The famous Norfolk and Norwich Festival runs each May, whilst Norfolk Food and Drink ensures foodie events year-round. The Norwich Theatre Royal runs a programme of headline shows, whilst smaller theatres including The Playhouse and Maddermarket greet international and local acts to their stage.

Norwich also has many museums and galleries to visit and while away an afternoon. With heritage abound, you may also wish to tour the 33 medieval churches – you won’t find a city with more North of the Alps. To uncover the city’s secrets, why not book a tour with a Blue Badge Guide, which are available throughout the year.

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