A trip to the Norfolk Broads wouldn’t be complete without paying a visit to the region’s finest city. Norwich is located on the edge of the Norfolk Broads & the River Wensum flows through the centre, which links the centre of the city with the rest of the Norfolk Broads river network via the River Yare. Even if you’re in the city you will still be able to enjoy traditional fish & chips by the river, while having a selection of shops & attractions to take advantage of.
The city is home to a number of fantastic museums, the most impressive of which is the Castle Museum, which sits on a large mound close to city hall. It’s open throughout the year & houses many fascinating exhibits including local archaeological finds, stuffed animals and even ancient Egyptian artefacts. You can even scale the castle & reach the battlements at the top, where you will have amazing views of the surrounding area. There are also many other smaller museums located around the city, which includes the Bridewell Museum. Also, don’t forget to visit Norwich Cathedral, which is arguably the most impressive piece of architecture that the city has to offer. Both the cathedral and the castle were built after the Norman conquest of England. William the Conqueror wanted the castle built as a strategic location but construction began on the cathedral in 1096, nine years after he had passed away. Both still stand in superb condition to this day.
Once you’ve enjoyed a bit of history, why not take advantage of the modern sites & visit the new library, the recently refurbished market and the many other modern delights. These include two large shopping centres, the Castle Mall, located next to the Castle Museum and Chapelfield shopping centre, which can be found close to the old Norwich hospital.
Location of Norwich
Norwich is located in the heart of Norfolk in East Anglia & is only a short walk from one of Norfolk’s most popular broads.
Where can I stay?
Because Norwich is directly connected to the Norfolk broads by river & by road, you will be able to stay at some beautiful & scenic locations, while still having easy access to the city & it’s attractions. To the southeast of Norwich is Waveney River Centre, a multi-award winning holiday park situated on the banks of the River Waveney. The accommodation here ranges from luxury lodges & penthouses, to glamping pods and waterside camping & touring pitches. A selection of the luxury lodges also feature brand new hot tubs, which are ideal for the winter months.
To the north east of Norwich is Horning Ferry Marina, which is the perfect place to go if you want to experience an unforgettable boating holiday on the Norfolk Broads. The range of luxury holiday cruisers is quite impressive and there are also luxury riverside holiday homes should you prefer to stay on dry land.
What else is nearby?
Just because you’re visiting a city doesn’t mean you will be completely detached from nature & the beauty of the Norfolk Broads. Quite the opposite in fact, as not only is Norwich a very green city but Whitlingham Country Park is within walking distance from the city centre. This popular area offers plenty of wonderful green space, woodland and two beautiful broads, Whitlingham Great Broad & Whitlingham Little Broad. There is also an outdoor education here that’s great for kids looking for something new to learn, which includes a selection of watersports.
Norwich also sits on the River Wensum, which joins up to the River Yare, one of the main rivers of the Norfolk Broads, meaning that you can visit Norwich even if you’re enjoying a boating holiday. If visiting by car, you can reach Wroxham (the capital of the broads) quickly and easily, allowing you to take advantage of everything that the Norfolk Broads have to offer.