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The affluent city with easy access to the Norfolk Broads.
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Norwich is a thriving regional capital that is just two hours’ train journey from London. You can discover history and heritage, enjoy a year-round calendar of festivals and events or just relax with a river cruise and a stroll around the city’s Cathedral Quarter. The Normans built the magnificent Castle and Cathedral creating a collection of iconic architectural examples. Other cultural must-sees include the Castle’s world-class museum, Wymondham Abbey, the Museum of Norwich and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.
This vibrant and cosmopolitan city has everything from culture to cuisine and will provide you with a perfect base for exploring the Broads National Park, visiting the picturesque market towns of South Norfolk and enjoying the beautiful Norfolk coastline.
The Norfolk Broads
The Norfolk Broads are a series of rivers and broads (lakes), most of which are navigable. The square area of the Norfolk Broads totals 303 kilometres, most of this is in the County of Norfolk, and just over 200 square kilometres of these waterways are navigable, covering seven rivers and 63 Broads. The depth of these waterways is usually less than 4 metres deep. Thirteen of the broads are completely navigable whilst three others have channels open to navigation running through them.
The Broads range from small ponds through the large areas such as Hickling, Barton and Breydon. The majority are located in the northern half of Broadland which encompass the Rivers, Bure, Ant and Thurne. Central and Southern parts of Broadland encompass the Rivers Waveney, Yare and Chet, however all the waterways are tidal but the effect of the tide decreases the further away from the coast until reaches upstream from Barton Broad are almost non tidal.
All the Broads are either on or situated adjacent to the rivers.
Hotels in Norwich
There’s plenty of places to stay in Norwich, whether you are on a budget or looking for something more luxury. Dunston Hall is located in 150 acres of wooded parkland and is an Elizabethan style hall. The hotel has a golf course and a pool and spa area, making it perfect for a weekend getaway.
The Maid’s Head Hotel is a 4 star hotel located in the city centre, opposite the Norman cathedral. With elegant hotel rooms, this hotel is great if you want luxury and still be in the city centre. The hotel is also old-fashioned so its got character to the hotel. Within the hotel they have there own resturant which has just been re-furbished and serves good food.
There is the Ramada Jarvis which is located between the airport and city centre, you are welcome to check in at 14:00 but If you want early check in then you are welcome to ring up and ask, then there is check out which is by 12:00 same again if you are wanting late check out just let them know. It has an indoor pool within the hotel, a gym and sauna all customers are welcome to these when they are in the hotel. Within evry room there is internet access, so you don’t have to worry about having no interent, just ask at reciption when you arrive.
Restaurants in Norwich – a taste of the city
There’s a wide choice of restaurants in Norwich from Thai to Italian and Indian. Sugar Hut is one of the best Thai restaurants with excellent food which is served with a smile and a good choice of wines, sugar hut is owned by a couple who own 2 other restaurants within the city, but sugar hut is to be said the best and original Thai restaurant! It is a popular restaurant so it’s best to book a table for yourself so you know you have a table reserved.
In the centre there is a great Indian called “Oasis” which is rated one of the best Indian restaurants in Norfolk, there is a lot of space within the restaurant so you aren’t all cramped into a small place. There is a good atmosphere within the restaurant, the food is to a medium spice which is English standard but if you are used to Asian or Indian food and want it with a bit more spice they are more than happy to do that for you.
There is a Malaysian buffet called Malaysia Delights, this is a very highly recommended buffet with smiling hard working staff, they are always there to help you and if you have any problems they are there as well! The range of food on the buffet is very big for lunch and even bigger for dinner, they have a super range of food that anyone is welcome to try out. The prices arent bad either, and the pricers also include all you can eat buffet so you can go up as much as you want.
Explore Norwich – shopping and sightseeing
Within the city of Norwich you can explore the famous architecture such as Norwich Cathedral – the city’s most spectacular landmark. Other points of interest include the Bridewell museum, Blickling Hall and Elm Hill which is a charming cobbled street with interesting and quirky shops and cafes.
You can also explore the famous Norfolk Broads. This is by far the county’s most beautiful attraction. The charming and peaceful Broads are made up of slow-moving rivers, freshwater lakes, wild water meadows, nature reserves and bird sanctuaries. Together they form 201km (125mi) of lock-free waterways. A boat is best to spy on its birds, butterflies and water-loving wildlife.
From Norwich Airport
Getting from Norwich airport you can travel by taxi, which will cost around £7 to get form the airport to the city, this will show you what the city’s like and you will be able to find out how there taxi services run.
There is also car hire from the airport, which means you can hire out cars from the airport and you will be able to drive around the city whilst you are away, you can book it when you book your flights or you can go when you arrive and they will be able to hire you a car out then for the time you want it.
From the airport there is a bus which runs about every 15 minutes from the front of the airport and that will cost you around £1.70 to get into the centre.
There is a park and ride from the airport, which will cost around £2.50 to get into the city and they run every 7-8 minutes so you won’t be waiting long once you come out the airport.
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