phone mail2 facebook twitter play whatsapp
Norwich on a Budget

Norwich on a Budget

11 September 2018 | Stephanie Brandhuber

Norwich is known for being the UK’s most complete medieval city, but it also has a flourishing music, arts, and cultural scene, bringing together the richness of its past with the innovation and spirit of its people today. Clearly, there’s more to this East Anglian city than just Alan Partridge! Norwich was also England’s first ever UNESCO City of Literature, proving that along every winding street you explore, there’s a story to be told. It’s time you make your own Norwich story by taking a day-trip to this gorgeous city, and we’re here to show you how for under £20.

10am - Norwich Cathedral (Free)
There’s no better way to start your day out in Norwich than by visiting its most impressive landmark. Norwich Cathedral was built in 1096, and has managed to preserve its Norman features better than any other church in the UK. The cathedral’s most striking feature is its 315-foot barbed spire, which is the highest in England except for Salisbury’s. Other highlights include the cathedral’s magnificent ceiling with fine lierne vaulting, its large cloisters, and the Hostry, which boasts many modern features, including a high-tech display that takes visitors on a journey through the cathedral’s fascinating history.

Image Credit: Michael Board via Flickr
 
Norwich Cathedral is located at 65 The Close, Norwich NR1 4DH.
 
11am - Stranger’s Hall (Free)
Take a step back in time with a visit to Stranger’s Hall, a beautifully preserved medieval merchant’s house that explores domestic life from the Tudor period to the Victorian era. Stranger’s Hall, dating back to 1320, is one of Norwich’s most historic buildings, and was the home to many of the city’s most notable citizens. Wander through the house’s maze of passages and inter-linked rooms and explore the beautiful period settings of the Tudor Great Hall, the Georgian Dining Room, and the impressive stone-vaulted undercroft.

Image Credit: Brian Peacock via Flickr
 
Stranger’s Hall is located at 4 Charing Cross, Norwich NR2 4AL.
 
1pm - Lunch at Timberhill Bakery (From £5.35)
After soaking up some of the city’s rich history and wandering around its enchanting streets, it’s definitely time to rest your feet and fuel up on a delicious lunch. Stop by Timberhill Bakery, a smart, independent bakery, with some of finest fresh bread in town. The folks at Timberhill make their bread from scratch every day and create some of the most delicious artisanal sandwiches you’ll have the pleasure of eating. Choose from a delectable selection of homemade tartines, sourdough toasties, cakes, and more, all made with locally sourced, organic ingredients.

Image Credit: Timberhill Bakery via Facebook
 
Timberhill Bakery is located 27-, 29 Timber Hill, Norwich NR1 3LA.
 
2pm - Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell (Free)
After lunch, head over to the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell, but be sure to be on your best behaviour! The 14th Century Bridewell was once a house of correction and acted as a “prison for women, beggars and tramps.” Today, the museum chronicles the city’s story from the medieval ages up to the modern day, focusing on the stories of Norwich’s people and industries over the years. Ten galleries over two floors will take you on a journey through this city’s past, from being a leader in the textile trade, to its production of shoes, chocolate, and mustard. There’s no better place to really immerse yourself in the city’s rich history, and with plenty of interactive and engaging displays on offer, you’ll truly see the past come to life thanks to this wonderful museum.

Image Credit: Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell via Facebook
 
Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell is located at 9 Bridewell Alley, Norwich NR2 1AQ.
 
4pm - The Forum (Free)
While Norwich’s many historic sites offer a fascinating glimpse into how the city once was, it’s time to soak up some contemporary culture, so head over to The Forum, one of Norwich’s most iconic landmarks and most beloved community buildings. Open to the public seven days a week, The Forum offers an ever-changing, year-round program of events, including art exhibitions, music, dance performances and crafts fairs. There’s always something on at The Forum, whether you’re seeking arts and culture for yourself or entertainment for the kids.

Image Credit: The Forum, Norwich via Facebook
 
The Forum is located The Forum, Bethel St, Millennium Plain, Norwich NR2 1BH.
 
6pm - Dinner at Brick Pizza (From £7)
There’s nothing more satisfying than ending your day with a big, cheesy pizza, and if you’re looking for scrumptious comfort food on a budget, Brick Pizza is the place for you. This popular restaurant’s motto is “proper pizza, made with proper ingredients”, and they definitely don’t disappoint on this promise. The ingredients Brick Pizza uses are locally sourced, and the simplicity of their menu means that they perfectly execute each and every one of their dishes. This is truly “proper pizza”, so, if you’re after an authentic Italian in Norwich, look no further than this friendly, pizzeria.

Image Credit: Brick Pizza via Facebook
 
Brick Pizza is located at 39 Market Pl, Norwich NR2 1ND.
 
Aha! There we have it, a beautiful day out in Norwich for just £12.35. It’s about time you explore it for yourself.
 

Tell us what you think

You may also like

Most popular

A Literature Lover’s Guide to Dorset

A Literature Lover’s Guide to Dorset

From Thomas Hardy to Enid Blyton, Lawrence of Arabia to Ian McEwan, many writers have been inspired by and sought solace in the beautiful Dorset countryside.
Go Green!: Environmentally Friendly Bristol

Go Green!: Environmentally Friendly Bristol

This week is Recycling Week, and what better way to observe it than to take part in some environmentally friendly activities in Bristol, the first UK city to be named the European Green Capital back in 2015!
FILM REVIEW: Bliss!

FILM REVIEW: Bliss!

The North of England meets Norway in Bliss! a bizarre tale in which a girl attempts to find her father. Out on VOD channels from 24 September.
“Art and life imitating each other”: An Interview with Richard Twyman

“Art and life imitating each other”: An Interview with Richard Twyman

We chatted to Director Richard Twyman, about English Touring Theatre’s latest production of Othello, which re-analyses the classic play through the lens of religion and spirituality.
“Radical, unconventional and international… much like the artists who lived here”

“Radical, unconventional and international… much like the artists who lived here”

The Bloomsbury Group may be a thing of the past, but that doesn’t mean their work and relevance has to be. In this spirit, Charleston House in East Sussex has opened an exhibition space filled with work inspired by the work of the renowned artistic group!
Windsor, Booze and Running Shoes: An Interview with Holly Light

Windsor, Booze and Running Shoes: An Interview with Holly Light

Think a beer (or two) at the finish line would make you run a bit faster? Then the British Beer Run is the event for you! We chatted to Holly Light from AAT Events about the upcoming race in Windsor on 13 October.
The Trocks on Tour!

The Trocks on Tour!

If you’re a fan of RuPaul’s drag race, and also a dance devotee, then you’ll love Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Catch the all-male comedic ballet company as they tour the UK through till November!
Films to look forward to from Venice Film Festival!

Films to look forward to from Venice Film Festival!

Why not check out our summary of what films to (and what not to!) look forward to from the Venice Biennale? With many of the films soon to be streamed on Netflix, you’ll soon be able to get a taste of the world’s oldest film festival right from your sofa!
Gardens just don’t lose their charm for artists!

Gardens just don’t lose their charm for artists!

The Enchanted Garden at Newcastle’s Laing Gallery explores how gardens have been an ongoing inspiration through 100 years of art history. We chatted to curator Amy Barker to learn more about the artists who have flirted with fauna and flora in their work.
Stones Rock! – Top 5 Shingle Beaches in the UK

Stones Rock! – Top 5 Shingle Beaches in the UK

Tomorrow (16 September) is collect rocks day, so why not become a geologist and pick up some pebbles from one of the UK’s Top 5 stone and shingle beaches in our handy guide? We’re sure they will rock your world!

Your inbox deserves a little culture!