Countdown to Christmas in Norwich

Steeped in history, Norwich is home to a 900 year old castle, two cathedrals and 32 medieval churches.

Once England’s ‘second city’ after London, Norwich is more than worthy of its Fine City title with stunning architecture, beauty spots and a picturesque river running around the periphery.

Christmas in Norwich - Sara Hardman Travels

Norwich Market, The Forum & St Peter Mancroft Church

I’ve always thought it looks its best in December when the nights draw in, the pre-Christmas hustle and bustle begins and the cafes glow invitingly with the promise of hot chocolate and winter warmth.

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Coffee shop with a Christmas glow

Norwich has a vibrant cultural scene and is a world UNESCO City of Literature. It was the first city in England to have this status and one of seven cities in the world.

Museums, art, heritage and literature fuse with vintage, shopping, eating, drinking and a vibrant nightlife scene to provide a city break experience for all ages and tastes.

Christmas in Norwich - Sara Hardman Travels

Norwich Cathedral

The Cathedral Quarter is home to the beautiful Tombland area and historic Elm Hill with its half-timbered Tudor houses. There are also lots of great places to eat and drink or you can get away from it all by taking a stroll down to the river through Cathedral Close.

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Jarrold – independent department store

Norwich is a UK Top 10 Shopping Destination for good reason. Vintage, high street, big brands, designer shops and two shopping malls will help you bag a fashion fix. If you’re looking for something different, lose yourself in The Lanes, a thriving independent retail area; one-off shops are nestled around a maze of cobbled streets and quaint alleyways.

Last month The Lanes won the City category of the great British High Street of the Year Award, well worth a visit – #GBHighSt

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Norwich market and castle at night

The city looks especially beautiful at this time of year as the Christmas lights are up and the city Christmas Tree Trail is underway – discover narrow streets, cobbled hills and medieval alleys as you search for 15 real Christmas trees around the city.

To find out more about the city, take a look at or download the free Discover Norwich App.



13 thoughts on “Countdown to Christmas in Norwich

    1. Thank you Dan, it really is a great city to visit. People think it’s hard to get to but it’s just 2 hours from London and you could easily fill a few days here with the beaches and Broads to see, too 🙂

    1. Hello and thank you! The Lanes are lovely, lots of beautiful little alleyways and so many great places to eat, drink and shop. Fantastic to see it recognised with the award it deserves.

    1. Thank you! I was lucky to catch the city at a time when it was rather quiet. I’m looking forward to inventing my own Mulled Wine Trail while I hunt down the 15 Christmas trees 🙂

  1. I agree with why you like it in December, it looks wonderful with all the decorations.

    I also didn’t know about that UNESCO Literary recognition either. It sounds like a great accolade for the city. I think Melbourne is one the nominated cities too?

    1. Yes, Melbourne does have the status and is another fantastic city. I did miss the pre-Christmas excitement when I lived in Australia, it was very hard to get in the spirit in the Sydney sunshine 🙂

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