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Norwich Guide

Norwich is an absolutely beautiful city that we’re pretty sure you’ll never get tired of! If you’re at a loose end or simply need a little help and advice with your navigation and use of the city, we’ve put together this handy guide which really makes sense of Norwich. Who’s ready to go east?

Getting In


Just like most areas of the UK, it’s quick, easy and convenient to arrive in Norwich by car and you’ll be able to find it on the A11. You shouldn’t find it too difficult driving in the centre but if you don’t fancy traffic, try the park and ride and relax on the bus. If you do decide to park right in the centre of Norwich however, it’s easy to find reasonable priced multi-storey and on street parking everywhere.


It’s simple to take the train, even though it may take a little longer than in the car and you’ll park up at the city’s main station which is a 10 minute walk away from all the main amenities. If you’re feeling lazy and can’t be bothered to walk or are carrying a lot of luggage, hailing a taxi from the rank outside isn’t difficult.


Although there aren’t a huge amount of national long distance coach routes through to Norwich, there are plenty from London. So, if you’re travelling from the capital, you can get in for a really great low price. Coaches take a while but are handy for taking the pressure off any potential drivers and mean you can all catch up on your beauty sleep!

Entertainment Venues

Norwich Theatre Royal

This is probably the most traditional out of all Norwich’s surprising arsenal of excellent entertainment venues. It was refurbished completely in 2006 leaving modern facilities but retaining the character of an art deco building. See comedy, dance, theatre and music here all year round.

Norwich Playhouse

This venue is really prestigious and plays host to big acts like Stephen K Amos, Paul Foot and Steve Hughes. There’s a bar on site for a cheeky glass of vino before curtain up and if you’re getting tired of waiting, why not create the next Leonardo da Vinci on the Etch-a-Sketch?


It’s not the most exciting place to try out but if there’s something on which you absolutely must see, you can find a standard mainstream cinema in the city.


If you’re a fan of more raw, edgy and grungy sounds, check out the Waterfront. Having hosted MGMT, Plan B, Foals and Babyshambles in the past, you might even end up seeing the next big thing before everyone else does.


This funky looking university is home to some of the biggest and best acts in the UK – lucky students! Even though you’ve probably outgrown your lecture hall days by now, it’s still a great place to see the likes of Rizzle Kicks, Professor Green and The Fratellis perform.

Top of the Shops

Norwich is a great place to shop and the streets are lines with fancy boutiques, cute cafes and genteel jewellery shops making it ideal for any weekend where you’re keen to sample the finer things in life! Here are a couple of the best stores unique to the city.   


This store is about as synonymous with the city as mustard and the cathedral and has been trading since 1770. It’s still in the business of making the city’s ladies look stylish today and stocks brands like Gucci, Hobbs, Kenzo, Mac and literally hundreds more.

Prim Vintage Fashion

Well established Prim has been supplying Norwich with the most glamorous of vintage fashion finds since 2003. make sure to have a rummage through the gorgeous dresses, shoes and bags in a pretty boutique where the owner prioritises quality and style over quantity.

Poppy Valentine

This up and coming designer has one of her few boutique stores on the Royal Arcade in Norwich. Take a look – we promise you won’t regret it! Gorgeous jewellery, homewares and pretty clothes are often more than our purses can bear.

The Wedding Party

What could be more appropriate for a hen weekend than a little wedding shopping? As an offshoot from a massive online directory, this wonderful treasure trove sells everything you could possibly want for your big day from favours and decorations to hen accessories and wedding stationary. If you’re sick of organising nuptials however, we’re sorry we brought it up... 

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