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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.