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Norwich

Art, culture and history are the main attractions served up (with a good dollop of world-famous Colman’s Mustard!) in Norwich – city of two cathedrals, capital of Norfolk and home to the University of East Anglia, whose creative writing course has given the country some of its most famous writers. Ian McEwan and Kazuo Ishiguro are both alumni of the programme, as are Tracy Chevalier and Rose Tremain. As befits a city of such cultural importance, green and pleasant Norwich is well equipped with cafes, galleries and museums: many of the former housed in extraordinary medieval buildings.

Trains to Norwich

Great places to visit in Norwich!

Wander down a mishmash of ancient streets, while away an afternoon watching the cognoscenti thinking great thoughts in the bizarre Brutalist surroundings of the University. The city that gave the world Alan Partridge, Delia Smith and Tim Westwood pulses with an alternative vibe that’s hard to beat. Norwich is the people’s Cambridge, and it has plenty to say. Aha!

Plantation Garden

Norwich’s much-loved Victorian centrepiece is a beautiful green space in the heart of the city. First laid out by philanthropist Henry Trevor, the Garden contains a beautiful Gothic fountain and showcases riotous plant growth both outside in the British climate and inside, in its greenhouse. Much of the Garden is unfinished restoration: an on-going project to return it to its original glory. You can see the massive Plantation House still, and volunteers aim to restore some of the other structures including the palm house. Perfect for a day out in good weather, and an ideal site for a picnic with the family.

Great for: Day Trips

Colman’s Mustard Shop and Museum

Despite its massive contribution to culture and political reform, Norwich’s best known export is a spiky variety of mustard whose bright yellow jars and tins are as much an emblem of the city as the canaries that inspired them. The Shop and Museum are dedicated to the history not just of the mustard and Colman’s company, but to Norwich itself. Visit the imposing Art Nouveau Royal Arcade and see how a Victorian shop would have looked and worked. You can buy Colman’s mustard here in its original powdered form, as well as a broad range of Colman’s memorabilia and gifts.

Great for: Mustard Lovers

Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

Norwich Castle’s spectacular ornamented keep is one of the city’s most treasured landmarks, and now houses a first rate museum detailing the history of the area – and an upmarket art gallery. The keep itself is wonderfully preserved, inside and out: and the art collection comprises some of the most important historic works of the last three centuries, plus a constantly changing collection of modern art. Admission charges vary depending on the type of visit – you can go to the Castle and its exhibitions, or just to an exhibition. There’s also a “pop in for a pound” ticket, which comes into effect one hour before the Castle and museum close for the day.

Great for: Art