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Norfolk Offers & Links

Norwich is the most complete medieval city in Britain with over 30 flint-built medieval churches and many cobble-stoned lanes and alleys. It is a busy modern city too with shopping precincts and a large 6-day open-air market. The riverside walk to the picturesque Pull's Ferry leads to the peaceful Cathedral Close and this is a quiet walking route to the city centre, away from busy traffic.

TI The Forum, Millenium Plain. Tel. 01603 213999.

Holiday Cottages

If you plan to book a self-catering cottage in the countryside or a small village check the location carefully and remember to plan your grocery shopping.

Norfolk National Trust Holidays, East Anglia

Norwich Cathedral ½ mile

The splendour and tranquility of Norwich Cathedral have attracted visitors and pilgrims for over 900 years. It is one of the finest complete Romanesque buildings in Europe. Guided tours available. Restaurant (open Mon-Sat). Tel. 01603 218321.
Open Daily 0730-1800.

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery ½ mile

Situated on the Castle Mound in the centre of Norwich, this Norman castle is one of the City's most famous landmarks. It is Norfolk's principal museum, housing nationally important collections of art, archaeology and natural history. Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum. Café and indoor picnic room. Holiday activities. Tel. 01603 493625.
Open M-S 1000-1630, Sun 1300-1630.

Cow Tower EH ½ mile

A circular brick tower which formed part of the City's 14th century defences, external viewing only. Admission free.
Open Any reasonable time.

The Bridewell ¾ mile

This museum tells the story of how Norwich people earned their living. Recreated shops include a pharmacy, pawnbrokers and smithy. Tel. 01603 629127.
Open Apr-Oct, TWThFS 1000-1630.

Strangers' Hall ¾ mile

Strangers' Hall dates back to 1320 and was home to wealthy merchants and Mayors of Norwich. Rooms with period settings show how people lived in the past. Collections include historic toys and shop signs. Tel. 01603 667229.
Open Wed & Sat 1000-1600.

Norwich attractions map

Roman Catholic Cathedral 1¼ miles or by bus

Norwich is one of the few English cities to have two cathedrals and the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist is the second largest Catholic cathedral in the UK. Tel. 01603 624615.
Open Daily.
Bus 26/26A from Rail Station forecourt to Earlham Road, 15 minutes journey, M-S every 15 minutes, Sun & BH every 20 minutes. Operated by First.

Plantation Garden 1¼ miles or by bus

A restored three acre Victorian town garden containing a huge gothic fountain, flowerbeds, lawns, Italianate terrace, woodland walkway and rustic bridge.
Open Daily 0900-1800 (closes 1600 in winter).
Bus 26/26A from Rail Station forecourt to Earlham Road, 15 minutes journey, M-S every 15 minutes, Sun & BH every 20 minutes. Operated by First.

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts by bus

A major art collection at the University of East Anglia covering 5000 years of human creativity from around the world. Exhibitions programme. Café. Tel. 01603 593199.
Open TWThF 1000-1800, SSu 1000-1700. Closed BH.
Bus 25 from Rail Station forecourt to University of East Anglia, Chancellor's Drive (ask for the Sainsbury Centre), about 30 minutes journey, M-S every 10-15 minutes, Sun & BH every 20 minutes. Operated by First.

Pensthorpe by bus

Over 200 acres of nature trails, lakes, woodland walks, wildfowl, wildflowers and gardens in the Wensum Valley. Walk-through aviaries. Activities for children include pond dipping and den building. Café. Tel. 01328 851465.
Open Daily 1000-1700 (1600 Jan-Feb).
Bus X29 from Bus Station and Castle Meadow (½ mile from Rail Station) to entrance (on left a few minutes after Guist), about 60 minutes journey, M-S hourly, Sun & BH infrequent. Operated by First.

National Trust Holidays
National Trust Holidays
National Trust Holidays

Blickling Hall, Gardens & Park NT by bus then 1½ mile walk

Blickiling Hall is of England's great Jacobean houses with a spectacular long gallery, superb plasterwork ceilings and fine collections of furniture, pictures, books and tapestries. Colourful gardens, lake, plus woodland and lakeside walks in the surrounding Historic Park. Cafés and picnic areas. Tel. 01263 738030.
Open Daily 1200-1700 (1500 Nov-Mar), Garden from 1030. Park open all year, daily dawn-dusk.
Bus 43/44/44A/X44 from Bus Station and Castle Meadow (½ mile from Rail Station) to Aylsham Market Place, then 1½ mile walk as shown on the map. Daily, about hourly, about 40 minutes journey. Operated by Sanders Coaches.
For the Bure Valley Railway please see Hoveton and Wroxham.

The National Trust has a selection of holiday cottages in Norfolk, including some on the Blickling Estate.

Blickling Hall
Blickling map

Explorer Map Norfolk Coast West

Explorer Map Norfolk Coast Central

Explorer Map Norfolk Coast East

Explorer Map Norwich & Wymondham

Explorer Map The Broads

Rough Guide to Norfolk and Suffolk