Norwich is a city where heritage landmarks spanning 1,000 years of history blend with striking 21st century architecture. It is an inclusive place alive with all the sights, local delights and cultural vibrancy of a major city while still being possible to navigate on foot.
Visit Norwich have put together a guide for anybody visiting from outside the region:
Things to do
If our jam-packed Noirwich lineup and fringe events aren’t enough (!), Norwich really packs a bunch with the rest of its cultural offering. Museums, exhibitions, festivals, performance and music plus special events – culture in Norwich is thriving 12 months of the year.
Visitors will find Norwich littered with galleries, theatres and entertainment venues with many located in courtyards, alleys and historic buildings like; Norwich Puppet Theatre, Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Strangers’ Hall and The Museum of Norwich. The award-winning Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is a 70’s Norman Foster building and The Forum is Norwich’s Millennium celebration sporting an incredible glass atrium and outdoor amphitheatre.
Norwich Station is located in the heart of the city and with connecting routes stopping at many of the beautiful towns and villages around, it’s easy and convenient.
Norwich is on the main line to London with frequent direct services taking 1 hour 45 mins or less from London Liverpool Street on Abellio Greater Anglia. Services via Cambridge travel into London King’s Cross on Abellio Greater Anglia/First Capital Connect.
Norwich is only 110 miles north of London and is easily accessible by road from major ports and airports.
- View Larger Map“>London 110 miles 189 km
- View Larger Map“>Birmingham 160 miles 257 km
- View Larger Map“>York 180 miles 293 km
- View Larger Map“>Felixstowe 58 miles 94 km
- View Larger Map“>Dover 179 miles 287 km
National Expresss coaches operate services all over the UK and even to and from the continent (Eurolines) from Norwich. Mega Bus offer a more limited service to Norwich. Plan your journey or contact a Tourist Information Centre for help.
Norwich International airport is located just 4 miles from the city centre with easy transport links via a regular bus service. In addition the airport offers access to an onsite taxi company (Norwich Airport Taxi Association) which ensures a prompt reliable service when arriving at the airport.
Direct flights are currently available to Norwich from: Aberdeen, Alicante, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Malaga and Manchester. In addition flights from Guernsey and Jersey operate direct to Norwich during the summer months (May-Sept).
Flights are also available into Norwich from many other destinations within the UK, Europe and beyond by connecting through Amsterdam, Edinburgh or Manchester.
Hertz operate from Norwich Airport and are one of the world’s leading car rental agencies; check their listing for more information.
There is a direct coach link from all the main London airports to Norwich, or the train fromLondon Liverpool Street takes under 2 hours.
- Plan your coach journey from an airport
- Plan your train journey from an airport
- Find out more information from Visit Norwich
Hop on a bus to take you around the countryside or city. There are a number of bus companies operating in the area, many offer day passes or group discounts.
Park & Ride
Norwich is surrounded by six Park & Ride schemes, located on major roads, making it the easiest and most affordable way to travel into Norwich by far.
There are several mutistorey and surface car parks within the city centre, including parking at the shopping centres and retail parks. Some city centre streets have short term parking bays with pay and display machines.
Where to stay
From budget to a little bit of luxury, Norwich and the surrounding area can cater to everyone.
There’s a wealth of accommodation options dotted in and around the city, with delightful B&Bs, guesthouses and a whole range of hotels, including the Maid’s Head, the oldest hotel in the UK.