Norwich is a vibrant city, with a rich mixture of old and new, and a wealth of interesting places to visit. For an evening of entertainment, the Theatre Royal offers a varied choice of performances including music, dance, comedy, opera, drama and family shows, and the Norwich Playhouse and Maddermarket Theatre also have a good mix of entertaining shows. If you’re eating out, the choices are numerous, with restaurants ranging from traditional to chic and modern, and with cuisines from around the world, and for a lively night out, you’ll be spoilt for choice, with a large selection of pubs, bars and live music venues. The city is host to many festivals throughout the year, including the Norfolk and Norwich Arts Festival with a great mix of international entertainment.
For shopping, the city will satisfy all your needs, and includes intu Chapelfield and Castle Mall Shopping Centres, both offering large selections of shops, and there’s also Norwich Market which is England’s biggest open air market. The Norwich Lanes are also a great shopping experience, with narrow alleys full of a vibrant mixture of independent shops, eateries, bars and pubs. The city is home to a number of business conference venues, such as The King’s Centre and The Space, and Norwich Airport serves the city for air travel.
Norwich Car Hire
Wherever you are in Norwich, it’s guaranteed that you’ll to get a car from one of the leading suppliers who provide Norwich car hire services, you can choose from many of the suppliers including Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, Sixt and others.
Among the places you could visit while in Norwich, here are some suggestions:
You can visit this Grade I listed Cathedral, built between the 11th and 12th centuries in superb Norman and Gothic architecture. Some of the features that the Cathedral is noted for include the beautiful nave vaulting and intricately carved bosses, the tall spire, large cloisters with ornate carving and medieval panel and wall paintings.
This imposing Norman Castle Keep is a distinctive landmark in the City, and is also a Museum and Gallery. You can see the remarkable architecture and learn about its history, including its use as a prison. There are numerous exhibits to be seen here, including fine art with works by artists such as Hogarth and Gainsborough, along with costumes, jewellery, ceramics, metalwork, ancient Egyptian artefacts including an Egyptian mummy and many Anglo-Saxon artefacts.
This is a grand country house built in the 1600’s with Jacobean architecture. You can come have a look around the building with its elegant interior, including the Great Hall with stained glass windows, ornate Chinese Room, decorative plasterwork and collection of fine art. The house has a delightful walled garden with colourful flowers and orchards, along with parkland, woodlands and a lake.
Located in Wells-next-the-Sea, at this outstanding country house built in the 1700’s in Palladian style, you can marvel at the state rooms which include the Marble Hall with stunning classical columns, ceiling and statues, the Statue Gallery with ancient Roman statues, Green State Bedroom with impressive tapestries, and there are many works of art including works by artists such as Claude Lorrain, Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck. You can also enjoy the lovely parkland where you can see deer, follow the nature trail and take boat trips on the lake.
Strumpshaw Hall Steam Museum
You can come here to enjoy a range of steam exhibits such as steam engines, traditional fairground rides, beam engines, organs, tractors and cars, as well as a narrow gauge railway, and the Museum hosts a number of events over the summer months.
Close to Norwich is this large adventure park with numerous attractions and activities for a family day out, including zip wires, slides, tree top rope bridges and houses, together with a Sky Maze with tunnels, bridges, nets and staircases. There are lots of fun characters at the Park, and you can also have a boat trip while you’re there.
Norwich Puppet Theatre
Here you can enjoy enchanting puppet shows in this charming Grade I listed theatre which is a former medieval church. The theatre also runs workshops where kids and adults can learn how to make puppets at a variety of levels, and learn different puppeteering skills.
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