Travel // A Guide to Norwich…

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Plans for 2016, for me, is to visit many places around the UK.  One of which is the charming city of Norwich, I hear it has so much to offer, and is the perfect travel destination for all kinds of adventures, from a quick day trip to a long weekend break. With its eclectic mix of historic and modern architecture, unique sights, boutiques and vibrant atmosphere,I am hoping to fall in love with this spectacular city.

So on my list to do are the following:

Getting there

First things first, you’ve got to get there. The easiest way to travel to Norwich is by rail. Direct services run from London Liverpool Street to Norwich Station in the centre of the city, so you can start enjoying your time there as soon as you step off the train.

Where to stay

Immerse yourself in history and book a room at the Maids Head Hotel for your trip to Norwich. Known to be the oldest hotel in the UK, this independent establishment is full of character and in a fantastic central location – a perfect base for exploring the city with ease. Dated at over 800 years old, this traditional hotel offers excellent service and a welcoming atmosphere.

Sight Seeing

Norwich Cathedral.  As one of the oldest cities in the country, Norwich is packed full of historical and architectural sites. Visit the cathedral and gaze in awe at the second tallest spire in England, or jump on a City Boats tour for the day and see the city and the famous Norfolk Broads by water. A Norwich Ghost Walk with the Man in Black is also not to be missed – become a ghost hunter and discover the ghoulish side to this historic city.


Norwich is a haven for shopaholics, offering everything from independent retailers to high street and international brands. Head to the cobbled streets of the Norwich Lanes to discover unique retailers, or check out the not one, but two shopping centres in the city that are home to the big brands we know and love. If vintage is more your thing then a trip to Magdalen Street is highly recommended.

Eating and Drinking

There are so many fantastic restaurants to treat your taste buds too in Norwich. Head to the Library Restaurant for tapas and cocktails with an ultra-cool vibe, or stop by Jamie’s Italian Norwich for seasonal Italian dishes in the beautiful setting of the Art-Deco Royal Arcade. Be sure to sample some local delights at Norwich Market and become a wine connoisseur at The Last Wine Bar who offer over 100 carefully chosen wines.

There’s so much to see and do in this city the list could be endless! Hopefully this guide will set you on your way to having an amazing time in Norwich.

This is a collaborative post.

Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed.  A UK lifestyle & travel blog

Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.

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