What is there to do in Norwich?
There's a wealth of fun things to do and see while living in Norwich, so you'll never get bored. You'll find:
- Historical sites. Norwich Castle was built by the Normans 900 years ago and is now a museum and art gallery.
- Art galleries. The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts holds a world-class collection of artwork and exhibitions.
- Festivals. Norwich offers a year-round calendar of festivals, including food and drink, literature and music festivals.
- Markets. Discover one of the largest open-air markets in England, with 200 stalls selling food, crafts and more.
- Shops. Norwich has two shopping centres, an independent department store and many boutique and vintage shops.
- Live music venues. You'll find top music acts performing at The Waterfront, run by the UEA Students' Union.
- Cinemas and theatres. Norwich has four cinemas and six theatres that have a diverse programme of events all year.
- Natural beauty. Norfolk has 100 miles of coastline and 280 square miles of ‘areas of outstanding natural beauty'.
- Restaurants and pubs. There's a mix of modern and traditional pubs and restaurants catering to most cuisines.
- Sporting opportunities. Try sailing, windsurfing and kayaking, or stay on dry land with skiing and snowboarding.
Norwich offers a unique blend of traditional architecture and modern facilities
The stunning Norwich Castle is more than 900 years old
Explore one of the largest open-air markets in England
Cycling is a great way to get around Norwich and UEA's campus
Norwich has hundreds of high street and independent shops to browse
A student-friendly city that is cheaper to live in than London
Norwich is rich with history and culture
Norwich was England's second biggest city for more than 700 years. Reminders of its historic past are everywhere, including two cathedrals (one has a 315 foot high spire!), a Norman castle, 659 surviving medieval churches – the highest concentration in Europe – and more than 150 deserted medieval villages in the surrounding county of Norfolk.
The cobbled medieval lanes of old Norwich serve as a counterpoint to the abundance of modern attractions. Alongside iconic architecture spanning 900 years of British history, Norwich is one of the greenest cities in the UK. There are 23 parks, miles of riverside walks, and 150 acres of historic woodland running right into the city centre.
Shopping and entertainment in Norwich
With two modern shopping centres – Chapelfield and Castle Mall – and an independent Jarrold department store, you'll never run out of places to buy the best high street brands. For something a little different, explore the Norwich Lanes – home to creative independent retailers. Here, you'll find an array of boutique shops running through the medieval lanes.
Elm Hill is the most intact medieval street in Norwich and has a range of craft shops and antique markets, while Magdalen Street houses vintage fashion stores, art galleries and second-hand bookshops.
The city has a variety of cinemas, including an Odeon, Vue and Cinema City – an ‘art house' cinema within a Grade I listed building. As well as the latest Hollywood movies and indie films, you can also watch comedy and plays. There are range of theatres, such as the Norwich Playhouse and the Norwich Theatre Royal, that bring you the latest performances.
For live music, most UEA students head over to The Waterfront – a venue ran by the Students' Union. There's always something going on here, whether it's performances from some of the best bands of the moment or a themed dance night.Find a course in Norwich