Travel & Tourism Tips

norwich castleBeing the capital of East Anglia, Norwich holds East Anglia’s most significant shopping center, as well as entertainment places, and hotels. Yet, despite the commercialization, Norwich still manages to hold a certain historic charm, being the home of about 30 medieval parish churches made of flint.

Located about 175km northeast of London and about 32 kilometers west of the North Sea, Norwich is placed smack dab in the middle of rural Norfolk. Its main industries include the production of machinery, machine tools, electric equipment, railroad equipment, as well as textiles, paper products, and other consumer goods.

It is populated by about 1,600,989 locals, with about 81.5% of the population of English descent, 9.6% Scottish, and 2.4% Irish. These locals speak English, Welsh, and a Scottish form of Gaelic.

Getting There & Around

Norwich International AirportFlights are welcomed at the Norwich International Airport, with flights pouring in from Manchester, Amsterdam and London Stansted.

A train leaves every hour from London’s Liverpool Street Station, and the trip lasts about two hours. National Express buses can also take you to Norwich from London’s Victoria Coach Station, which leaves every hour. The trip will take about three hours.

If you’re taking your own car from London, make your way up north, going to Cambridge on M11. Afterward, turn northeast at the A11 junction, and you will find yourself in Norwich in no time.

Getting around

Pay a visit to the Norfolk Bus Information Centre at Castle Meadow for information about buses that you can take if you want to explore the area.

Main Attractions

Blickling Hall

Blickling Hall is an enormous Jacobean house built during the early 17th century and is one of the best symbols of Jacobean architecture in Britain. Upon approaching the building, you will be welcomed by great yew hedges that effectively frame the driveway. Its gallery boasts of an intricate 17th-century ceiling. Inside, you will also find the Peter the Great room, with a wall covered by an elaborate tapestry. In the garden, an ornamental park, a formal garden, and an orangery can be found.

Norwich Cathedral

norwich cathedralThis structure has been standing since 1096 and boasts of Norman design and architecture. One of the cathedral’s main features is its long nave and lofty columns. Built in the tradition of the Perpendicular style, its spire reaches 95m or about 315 feet, and with the keep of the castle, it forms a magnificent landmark in the Norwich skyline.

Other features are the 300 bosses, which are protruding, knob-like ornaments found on the ceiling, where biblical scenes are pictured. Its choir stalls with fine misericords were added in the 15th century. It also boasts of quadrangular cloisters, dating all the way back to the 13th century, and are the largest cloisters in all of England. The cathedral’s Life Green is the final resting place of Edith Cavell, an English nurse who died in the hands of the Germans in the First World War.

For any queries, you can always approach the cathedral’s visitor center, where you can also get a few snacks and enjoy exhibits and films about the cathedral. Guided tours are available from June to September. Afterward, you may also want to explore Tombland, which is a short walk from the Cathedral.

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Located on East Anglia ‘s Earlham Road, this center was given to Lady Sainsbury by Sir Robert. They contributed their very own art collection to the East Anglian region in 1973. The couple and their son David, provided an endowment to fund the building of this center so that there will be a place for their collection.

The center was created by Foster Associates and has won several national and international awards for its design. Its unique feature is the flexibility and interchangeable quality of the materials – solid and glass areas can be interchanged. Light quality is also quite remarkable and gives enough light for people to completely appreciate the art pieces contained within.

Its Crescent Wing extension is the site of many special exhibitions. The vast collection of masterpieces range from ancient to classical to modern art, and also includes a number of ethnographic pieces. Works by Francis Bacon, Henry Moore and Albert Giacometti, are prominently on display.

Second Air Division Memorial Library

You can find this library along The Forum, on Millenium Plain. Books and materials in this library are about the different bomber groups, and veterans who would like to reminisce and visit their old air bases can do so.

Events

Most of the holidays observed in Norwich are holidays observed in other nations as well. These include New Year’s, Good Friday, Easter Monday, and Christmas.

However, there are special Norwich holidays, such May Day Bank Holiday, held in May, the Spring Bank holiday held at the end of May, Summer Bank Holiday during end of August.

Important Visitor Information

Norwich’s Tourist Information Centre can be found at Millenium Place, close to the marketplace at the heart of town.

Visa information
Your visa should be valid for at least six months before you are allowed entry into the UK. However, citizens from EU countries, as well as Monaco, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are waived from this rule.

Visas are not required for Australians, Japanese, New Zealanders, Singaporeans and Americans. However, some of these regulations may change, so check first before planning your trip.

Emergencies and health risks
The emergency number to call is 999, to summon the police, fire assistance, or ambulance. Health risks are very rare, and no vaccinations are required upon entry.

Useful Links & Resources

Norwich City Council
http://www.norwich.gov.uk

Norwich International Airport
http://www.norwichairport.co.uk/

Visit Norwich
http://www.visitnorwich.co.uk

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