The largest city in the East Anglia region, Norwich is one of the oldest in the UK, something which becomes apparent as soon as you set foot there. Much of the city’s architecture dates back several centuries, including its eponymous castle and cathedral, although there are plenty of signs that Norwich has an eye on the future, being home to two universities. While Norwich itself is spectacular in parts, many visitors come here to explore the world-famous Norfolk Broads and the North Norfolk Coast; one of the most beautiful coastlines in the UK. It’s a cultural hub for the region, with a number of museums, galleries and theatres attracting people for more than the city’s famous market.
As some of the streets in central Norwich are pretty close together, a smaller car would make it easier for getting around. Much of Norfolk is flat, so driving uphill in a supermini is unlikely here.
Driving in Norwich
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Important things to note
The A11 and A47 are the best roads for travelling into and out of Norwich, although they can be packed during rush hour
Many of the roads in and around the city centre have cycle lanes, so you should watch out for cyclists while driving
Norwich has six ‘park and ride’ car parks located on the outskirts of the city. From these car parks, you could catch a bus into town if needs be, although parking is plentiful elsewhere.
Highlights & Hotspots
The Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery will keep even the youngest visitor entertained for some time. Walking around the castle grounds, you’re sure to learn a lot about Norwich’s importance during medieval times, as well as see works from local artists.
The Forum, a new facility built in the city centre, is home to a local broadcaster, the city library and an arts and information centre. Be sure to check out the Origins exhibition, which documents Norwich through the ages.
Norwich has a thriving theatre district. The Norwich Theatre Royal hosts many of the major productions, while the Maddermarket Theatre is also worth paying a visit to. The Norwich Puppet Theatre is ideal for kids, especially during summer holidays and Christmas.
Football is very popular here. At Carrow Road Stadium, you could go and watch Premier League team Norwich City play every other weekend, although tickets are scarce as most Canaries games attract 26,000 capacity crowds.
Norwich International Airport is two miles north of the city centre. It has one passenger terminal and has flights to destinations mainly across the UK, although some airports in sunnier parts of Europe are also served including Amsterdam.
The airport is just off the A140, which, going south, forms part of the inner ring road. To go to the city centre, take the A1402 Aylsham Road and you‚Äôll be there in a matter of minutes.