Situated in the heart of the beautiful Norfolk Broads, Norwich is the only city in England actually located within a National Park. It is a perfect blend of the modern and historic, and is one of the most intact medieval cities in the country.
Winding cobbled streets and half timbered buildings sit easily alongside modern glass fronted creations, in a fascinating city with a compact, accessible centre. Norfolk is a great destination for anyone looking for a relaxing short break with historic sites to discover, shops and restaurants to enjoy and stunning countryside right on the doorstep.
The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell is a great place to start discovering the rich history of this amazing city. With plenty of interactive, hands on exhibits, the museum explores over 2000 years of history. To see this history come alive, be sure to visit the Cathedral which has played an important part in the development of the city since medieval times. Enjoy a coffee in the cloisters cafe and discover the peace and tranquility of the Japanese and Herb gardens. One of Norwich’s most popular landmarks is the 900 year old castle used variously as a palace and a prison over the centuries, now a museum of art, culture and natural history. Kids will love dressing up and following a castle trail including a visit to the impressive dungeons.
Norwich is the ideal destination for anyone looking to combine an interesting city full of heritage and history with the pleasure of a modern shopping experience. Wander through narrow cobbled streets to discover a range of unusual shops and boutiques or seek out the bright modern, shopping centres with big high street names at the Chapelfield and Castle Malls. Norwich is home to one of the largest open air markets in the country and stalls are open daily selling anything from clothing and fabrics to home made sweets and preserves, as well a tantalising range of freshly made street food.
Eating out in Norwich is an absolute pleasure, with everything on offer from award winning restaurants to cosy bistros and quirky coffee shops. For a special treat, Cupcakes and Bubbles in the centre of town, serves homemade cakes with a glass of champagne or discover the joy of traditional English afternoon tea at the Tea House, tucked away in a quiet courtyard in the Cathedral quarter For more energetic fun, head to the bright lights of the Riverside Entertainment Centre. Situated between the river and the main railway station, this vibrant, modern area of the city offers visitors the best in relaxed dining and entertainment. Here, there is a trampoline park and gym, as well as cinema, theatre and a whole range of restaurants and bars, featuring many well known names.
There is accommodation in Norwich to match every taste and budget, from smart boutique hotels in the city centre to rambling country house hotels with easy access to the stunning Norfolk Broads. Choose the convenience of self catering lodges and apartments, either cheap and cheerful or with the added luxury of an outdoor hot tub. For a longer break, how about a family friendly holiday park with modern facilities and daily activities designed to keep everyone entertained.
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