Top 10 Things to do in Norwich, United Kingdom (UK)

April 5, 2018 Nobuko Falco

Norwich boasts museums spanning a ten centuries of history as well as a renovated city center with a pleasant pedestrian area lined with modern businesses and thriving nightlife. With two colleges, both with renowned art and writing programs, travelers will also step into a vibrant cultural scene. Tourist sites, dubbed the Norwich 12, include the historical Norwich Castle, Norwich Cathedral and City Hall, as well as the newer library and the glass Forum which hosts events from opera to skating.
Restaurants in Norwich

65 The Close, Norwich NR1 4DH, England +44 1603 218300
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Norwich Cathedral

“Norfolk’s favourite building”Founded in 1096 and built using Normandy stone shipped from Caen, Norwich Cathedral is set in the 44 acre Cathedral Close, a peaceful city centre sanctuary.The Cathedral itself is one of the finest complete Romanesque buildings in Europe, with the highest Norman tower and largest monastic cloisters in England. Inside, the Cathedral tells almost 1000 years of history, with our enthusiastic volunteers on hand to talk you through the incredible stories of its past.There is more to see at Norwich Cathedral than you think. Our award-winning 21st century Refectory restaurant is open seven days a week, as is the Hostry which features a rolling programme of Exhibitions, many of them featuring local artists.You can also experience the tranquillity of our expansive Library, Herb Garden or Japanese Garden, as well as guided tours of the building throughout the week.Afterwards, feel free to explore the lanes of the Cathedral Close, a quaint village just minutes from the bustling city centre, and stop for a picnic on one of our many well kept greens. Norwich Cathedral is a living centre for worship, learning and hospitality, extending a warm welcome to all our visitors from Norfolk and beyond.Part of the Norwich 12 - An initiative of Norwich Heritage, Economic & Regeneration Trust.

Reviewed By slimtimBanbury - Banbury, United Kingdom

We visited on Wednesday of this week ; ate in the refectory first , then toured the building ,saw all they were doing to help various organisations of various types ( a Paralympic Games exhibition is on at the moment) and then stayed for Evensong - all in all a most uplifting and satisfying for mind , body and spirit!

2. East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden

East Ruston, Norwich NR12 9HN, England +44 1692 650432
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4.5 based on 773 reviews

East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden

The garden is open from 29th March to 24th October 2015 on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays from 1pm to 5.30pm. The Gardens at East Ruston Old Vicarage are one of the most exciting surprises in the county, who would expect to find a verdant, sheltered garden in the prairie landscape that is north east Norfolk? Enter the garden and you are worlds away from the local landscape for here there are many Gardens within the whole including a new Walled Garden, Rose Garden, Woodland Garden, Mediterranean Garden and a stunning Desert inspired by the landscape of Arizona. These areas are connected by magical avenues and areas of informal planting with some places allowed to be wildlife friendly which includes a stunning Corn Field that contains the corn field weeds of yesteryear and has been known to move visitors to tears. Wild Flower meadows lead down to ponds full to bursting with the sights and sounds of nature giving way to rolling lawns all enclosed by tall sheltering trees and hedges for because of its coastal situation this is an inward looking garden. But, the views out are both stunning and amusing, a port hole cut in the hedge allows tantalizing glimpses of the Happisburgh lighthouse one mile away whilst other highlights are the views of both St. Mary's churches at East Ruston and Happisburgh. Overall there is a feeling that this garden is exceedingly well designed; there is incredible use of colour, an exuberance of planting making it a very special experience, this garden has that certain je nais se quoi that is sadly lacking in most modern Gardens today. There is a well equipped tea room serving delicious locally produced refreshments and a nursery selling many of the rare and unusual plants found growing in the garden.

Reviewed By Rosanne H - Norwich, United Kingdom

A friend and I visited this privately-owned garden which is open to the public, both in springtime and in the autumn. Both visits were delightful. The very large garden is divided up into different areas and there is always something there to surprise and delight, such as the 'window' in a hedge through which you can see a distant lighthouse. I enjoyed seeing the alpacas, pretty chickens wandering around, and even tortoises and lovebirds. There is a lovely cafeteria with home-made and local cakes, pies and other produce - so good we visited it twice on each visit. There is also a plant sales area if you would like to take something of the Gardens home with you.

3. RAF Air Defence Radar Museum

RRH Neatishead, Horning, Norwich NR12 8YB, England +44 1692 631485
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5 based on 337 reviews

RAF Air Defence Radar Museum

Air defence radar operations began at RAF Neatishead in 1942 and continued until 2004 when RAF Neatishead ceased operations and became Remote Radar Head (RRH) Neatishead. RRH Neatishead supplies engineering support to the radar at Trimingham. When operations at RAF Neatishead moved into the underground bunker in 1995, the Operations Room was left intact and it eventually became the centre piece of the ADRM. The museum has expanded considerably since its inception and the most common observation of the visitors is that they wished they had scheduled more time for their visit. There is so much to see, including presentations on the part radar played in the Battle of Britain, night fighter operations, the history of radar, Space Defence and the Coltishall rooms. Now visitors can see the once Secret Cold War Operations Room and have its secrets explained in detail. Visitors are encouraged to participate in the guided tours during which the Volunteer Guides tell the story and add a personal touch to the experience.

Reviewed By Lorrylingo - Lowestoft, United Kingdom

I spent a few hours here that included lunch with my 11yo. We had a great time and the Jaguar cockpit with lots of volunteered info was great!!thank you for your comments and we are pleased you had a good time! Don't forget that we still have 2 days left of our Spooky Halloween Hunt & our Back in the USSR special exhibition.

4. Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell

Bridewell Alley, Norwich NR2 1AQ, England +44 1603 629127
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4.5 based on 237 reviews

Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell

The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell proudly tells the story of the city and its people. The museum is now fully accessible and refurbished after a £1.5m redevelopment project. Come pay us a visit! The ancient building is packed full of collections and displays, with lots to enjoy by all the family. Highlights include the last surviving Jacquard loom in the city, fully restored to full working order, a recreated chemist shop, countless fantastic shoes, as well as engineering marvels, such as the world's first wire netting machine. Catch a film in our mini cinema, relax in the 1950s living room or listen to local people sharing their memories of the city. Find us in the heart of the charming Norwich Lanes area. We would love to welcome you to this unique museum.

Reviewed By GrossenB

Excellent journey through the history of Norwich. We took our time as we watched many of the videos on offer. Good valueThank you for your review, we're glad you enjoyed your visit and found time to watch the archive film footage in the galleries too!

5. The Broads National Park

Norwich, England +44 1603 610734
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4.5 based on 996 reviews

The Broads National Park

Discover dramatic landscapes, raw natural beauty and a rare quality of light. Where big, bright skies meet endless horizons and dreamlike landscapes. A place where time stands still. Real peace, open space – it’s a place unlike anywhere else... The Broads National Park.

Reviewed By Madrilesmary - Lincoln UK

We rented a cruiser from Richardsons boat yard in August 2017 for 4 nights with our grandsons. Beautiful weather, beautiful scenery, appalling boat! Curtains falling off the rail, no curtains in the cabin, so no privacy. A toilet which showered us in sewage,extremely basic inventory......no wine glasses, broken shower curtain, unusable tv( which we didn't want anyway)
We couldn't complain during the trip as there was no signal, we couldn't moor anywhere near a pub to make a phone call, and only having 4 nights did not want to return to base. On our return our concerns to management were met with total derision, we were told we had an agenda!...... Not really what you go on holiday with.
The more expensive boats looked fabulous and seemed to be fully fitted out, our craft probably saw service at Dunkirk. If you rent a craft from this boat yard, please make sure which boat it is and check facilities yourself before you cast off and don't rent a cheap option. Good luck I hope you have a lovely holiday, we were offered £50 discount off another holiday, as if we'd like to relive the experience !

6. Salhouse Broad

Lower St Salhouse, Norwich NR13 6RX, England +44 7795 145475
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4.5 based on 142 reviews

Salhouse Broad

Reviewed By Kevin1962060 - Norwich, United Kingdom

We took a walk down to Salhouse Broad with two of our grandchildren.
The weather was nice and warm and a few boats moored up with people fishing.
The broads cruiser went past with quite a few people aboard.
They have a very small area with some wood items for the children to walk and balance on.
They have a camping area with no vehicle access so a walk from the car park would be
required with your tent and they have barbecues available to use on the site.
The car park is free with a box for donations towards the upkeep of the broad.
We had a nice time and a good place to take a dog for a walk.

7. Strangers' Hall Museum

Charing Cross, Norwich NR2 4AL, England +44 1603 667229
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4.5 based on 162 reviews

Strangers' Hall Museum

Reviewed By Neil S - Sheffield, United Kingdom

If you visit Norwich don`t miss a visit to this historic gem,
as you walk around you can feel the history of the place oozing from every wall,floor and ceiling .the displays are interesting , imaginative and varied.
staff at the museum are all friendlyhelpfull and well informed
entry fee is £5 which is fantastic value,

8. Green Pastures

Mill Road, Norwich NR15 1BQ, England +44 1508 480734
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4.5 based on 128 reviews

Green Pastures

Reviewed By tomsnan2017 - Suffolk, United Kingdom

I use this venue to meet friends for lunch regularly . There is a good varied menu and always something for vegetarians ( one of our group is vegetarian), as well as specials. It is always busy, up if there is a big group of you I advise you to book in advance.

9. The Plantation Garden

4 Earlham Road, Norwich NR2 3DB, England +44 7504 545810
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The Plantation Garden

A beautifully restored Victorian garden of 3 acres which is run by volunteers for the benefit of the community. All your entrance fees go the the upkeep of the garden, new plants etc. On Sundays in summer teas are served to musical entertainment. PLEASE NOTE: TOILETS are only open when there are volunteers on duty...on Sundays in the summer and for special events. Please see our website for details of events. Refereshments and toilets are available at St. John's Cathedral Narthex next door. We regret we have NO PARKING, but there is a pay and display carpark next door.

Reviewed By filthurlow - Chesterfield, United Kingdom

A beautifully well kept Victorian Town Garden which provides an oasis of tranquility and escapism from the city centre. There are information boards dotted around the garden to provide the novice gardener such as my wife and I, with guidance regarding the history of the...MoreThank you for your great review. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit.

10. Elm Hill

Waggon and Horses Lane, Norwich NR3 1HG, England +44 1603 666071
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4.5 based on 531 reviews

Elm Hill

Reviewed By BigSamsWanderer - Bolton , England

A lovely peaceful area to walk around and a great place to take pictures. You can step back in time walking around and forget you are in a city. Lots of nice independent shops and some very nice coffee and cake opportunities.

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