Guests regularly ask us for suggestions of ‘Things to Do’ in Norwich and our surrounding area, during a city break or holiday.
So here is a 7 day itinerary put together by the family!
Day 1 – Cathedrals & Churches: AKA Religion, History & Architecture.
Norwich Cathedral – The most complete Norman Cathedral in England home to 900 years of worship with events & exhibitions running year round , set in the beautiful grounds of Norwich’s Cathedral Quarter.
32 Medieval Churches – you may wish to pick one from the many to visit. May we suggest St Giles, with the tallest tower in Norwich (it’s very close to Upper St Giles Street, a good spot for lunch or dinner at Louis Deli or Roger Hickman’s)!
Day 2 – Norwich Castle & Castle Mall
Norwich Castle was built by the Norman’s (under the orders of William The Conqueror) as a Palace and later used as a prison. For a bit of a deal, if you like your history but like it quick: Pop in for £2 one hour before closing and 12pm – 1pm on weekdays during school term!
Day’s 3 & 4- Wander off from the city!
Nip over to Norwich Rail Station and grab 2 days Bittern Line Ranger tickets. On day 3 take the train to the Norfolk Broads, a 125 mile area of navigable waterways in our own Norfolk National Park. Include Hoveton & Wroxham. Jump off and hire a day boat for a couple of hours, have lunch at Bouchon in Hoveton.
On Day 4 take the train to Cromer (Carnival Week from 13 August 2016 & Cromer Crab & Galton Blackiston’s No 1 Fish & Chips) and Sheringham (Blue Flag beach & August Carnival) on the North Norfolk Coast, amble along the Norfolk Coast Path at any time of year, during summer in warm weather and in winter for peaceful, less touristy yet no less stunning scenery.
Consider also a drive to Wells Next the Sea on the North Norfolk Coast, the beach has just (July 2016) been voted The Times Best British Beach, a place we love and visit literally every week! Grab a pizza at The Fleece, a drink on The Albatross Boat and walk down to the Pinewoods and beach along the coast path…
Day 5 – Norwich Parks and Plantation Garden.
Eaton Park is our favourite park in Norwich, there’s a boating lake, café, it is great for strolling, visit the Rotunda and Pavillion, watch a game of football in the autumn and winter, there’s pitch & putt, skate park, bowls and table tennis. On Saturday mornings at 9am a Parkrun is held. Visit the website from the link above for lots more information.
The Plantation Garden, we love!
A Grade 11 English Heritage Garden, ‘comprising nearly 3 acres, Gothic fountain, flower beds, lawns, an Italianate terrace, ‘Medieval’ wall, summer-house, woodland walkways and a rustic bridge. It is an idiosyncratic garden, a haven of peace and tranquility and a glimpse into a bygone age..’
Find it behind the Roman Catholic Cathedral, so could make a day with that visit! It will cost a small donation of £2 (at this time), the gardens are beautiful, serene and just warrant a calm, meander. Take a picnic, watch our website for their events, which in summer include afternoon teas, jazz and open air cinema.
Day 6 – Norwich City Centre & Shopping
Each to their own with this one, but Tombland, Elm Hill, The Norwich Lanes, Gentleman’s Walk, Norwich Open Air Market & The Royal Arcade are all architecturally stunning and really do offer the best of Norwich, for sights, independent shops and restaurants. Do mill around the market, it has so many small Norwich businesses, The Cheeseman, CupCakes & Co, Vintage Clothing, Butchers, Norwich Providore Bread, Gluten and Dairy Free Food, a Mushy Pea Stall, Fish Stalls…
Day 7 – Visit 2 of the Norwich 12!
We recommend Surrey House, the home of the former Norwich Union Company designed by George Skipper, ask to see the Boardroom and the way home to 106 pop into Dragon Hall, a medieval Grade 1 Listed Trading Hall on King Street.