(Re)discover Norwich

Norwich is rightly described as a fine city. For new and returning students, Norwich is a hugely exciting place to be, and the range of activities you can do and places you can visit is vast. Although I’ve spent a lot of time here, since the end of lockdown there are so many things I’ve rediscovered about the city.

There are a million things I’d love to write about Norwich, so, from food venues to historical trips, I’ll share with you some of my favorites.

When discussing with my housemates what we loved about Norwich, the first thing they all mentioned were the places to eat, so it would be criminal not to start with these. Norwich has SO many wonderful places to have breakfast, from the American Pancakes at No 33 to the Full English breakfasts at The Ber Street Kitchen. There’s no better way to get to know your new flatmates or reconnect with old friends who you’ve distanced from over lockdown than to go for a luxurious breakfast. 

If you’re not a breakfast person, then don’t worry. Paolo’s Restaurant offers authentic Italian food and serves the most delicious lunch and dinner courses. Junkyard Market is also a significantly popular venue for students in Norwich, and as well as serving food offers a lively and enjoyable night out.

Although I only lived an hour from Norwich before moving here to study, one thing I’d never done was visit the market. Right in the city centre, the brightly colour market stalls are a key sight of the city. However, I know personally that I neglected this, and instead spent time shopping elsewhere. Now that I’ve explored the market, and spent the occasional afternoon there, I’d recommend it to any student. The stalls offer a huge variety of products, from your typical market grocery stores to vintage clothes (I’d personally suggest you try the stall ‘and eat it’, which sells the best homemade biscuits, cakes, cookies and brownies).

If you fancy doing something educational with your time in Norwich, both Norwich Castle and the Cathedral offer an enjoyable day out (this is also something ideal to do when your family comes to visit). The Cathedral is completely free to enter, and if you visit Norwich Castle one hour before closing, they offer a £2 twilight ticket.

Maybe after spending the day walking around the historical streets of the city, you’d fancy a drink or two. We are lucky enough to have some great pubs in the city centre, some of my favorites include The Black Horse, The Lamb Inn and The Ten Bells, and you should definitely give them a visit!

Although Norwich may be a small city, this is one of the charming things about it. It’s a city filled with culture, music, and did I mention good food? Whether you are only here for a couple of months or for the next three years, Norwich is a city that very easily starts to feel like home.

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