City of culture Norwich sits beside the Norfolk Broads and picturesque south-east coastline. Cambridgeshire lies to the west, whilst Lincolnshire borders on the north side. It is famous as a tourist destination – but also as the setting for popular TV comedy series featuring fictional character Alan Partridge – who is himself a proud Norwich resident.
The city is proud of its historic past – which is celebrated throughout its narrow cobbled streets and ancient architecture. Sightseeing opportunities and attractions include the Norwich Puppet Theatre, Theatre Royal, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery and the city’s medieval, Romanesque cathedral with ornate stone cloisters. Norwich City FC. The Tombland area is home to an anxient Saxon market place, whilst the Museum of Norwich recreates history with a real old-fashioned replica pharmacy and exhibits detailing its successful textile industry.
Its riverside location (beside the River Wensum) gives rise to a cosmopolitan, continental feel – with cafes and restaurants lining the water’s edge and ornate bridges crossing at intervals. Guided walking tours are on offer to help you make the most of your stay and learn more about the area’s intriguing past – and present. Shops and boutiques can be found at Castle Mall, Intu Chapelfield, the gorgeous Victorian Royal Arcade and various market stalls throughout the city. The historic Cathedral Quarter is the place to go for independent coffee shops and quaint boutiques.
Norfolk county itself is a pretty and popular destination for visitors and tourists. Outside of the city attractions include the historic Bure Valley Railway, Bewilderwood and Felbrigg Hall. Norwich can be reached via road and rail – with trains frequently running between its central railway service directly to Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge. Norwich Airport is less than five miles from the city centre.