Cheap flights to Norwich are available from a number of regional airports around the UK. Most flights to Norwich will arrive at Norwich International Airport. Buses by First Eastern Counties are available from Hellesdon, a short walk away from the airport terminal. The number 27 bus service runs between Hellesdon and Norwich city centre. Taxis operated by Norwich Airport Taxis are available from the taxi rank outside the terminal building.
Norwich is a compact city, and it is fairly easy to get around the city centre on foot or by bicycle. Bicycle lanes are clearly marked out on most of the major roads. FirstGroup operate local buses around the city centre and to neighbouring towns. Check the website for routes and timetables. A variety of tickets and passes are available – they can be purchased online, from the bus driver on board the bus or from Norwich Bus Station. Minicabs and black cabs in the mould of the famous London cabs can be hired in Norwich.
The 900 year old Norwich Cathedral boasts a magnificent spire that dominates the city centre. Explore the cathedral’s grounds and cloisters to discover its many quirky features such as detailed plaques and figures of saints and demons. Take a look at historic Dragon Hall, a splendid medieval trading hall. The eponymous dragons can be found among the wooden ceiling beams. Discover ancient Norwich Castle and learn about its past through informative exhibits at its museum. The Castle also houses an art gallery that often organises temporary art exhibitions. Stroll through the maze-like quarters of Strangers’ Hall. The network of rooms are decorated in a variety of styles ranging from the Tudor to Victorian periods.
High street favourites such as John Lewis, Topshop and Marks and Spencers are all available in the city centre, but the many independent stores here should not be overlooked. Norwich Market is said to be one of the largest markets in the UK. Packed with over 200 stalls, almost anything from food to fashion can be found here. The intimate lanes and streets are packed with many hip boutiques as well as charming cafes. St Benedict’s Restaurant on St Benedict’s Street has a fresh, modern menu of with plenty of comfort food. Elm Hill’s cobbled streets are lined with crammed antique shops and cosy tea shops. Visit Caley’s Cocoa Café, a Norwich institution located at the Guildhall, for a calming cup of hot chocolate or a light meal. Pop into The Adam and Eve, possibly Britain’s oldest pub, for a thirst quenching pint. Norwich Arts Centre offers events ranging from art exhibitions and music performance to plays and talks.
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