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Charming 18th Century Cottage close to The BroadsThyme Cottage is a fully self contained 18th century cottage, with original features and an enclosed lawn garden with patio area. Set within the Norfolk countryside village of Blofield Heath, with the Norfolk broads on your doorstep, and situated half way between the fine city of Norwich and the coastline, you are spoilt with everything that Norfolk has to offer. Ideal for couples or small families who enjoy countryside getaways, numerous sights and attractions are within easy reach.
Brook Cottage Bawburgh in the heart of NorfolkBrook Cottage is situated in heart of the beautiful village of Bawburgh in the west of Norwich, about 5 miles from the city centre. The cottage is set with a thriving, friendly and welcoming community. It is a popular location due to having a school, church, mill, public house and a golf course, with the river Yare running through the centre, a great spot for visitors to sit on the village green and paddle in the river.
The Yard - period property in the heart of NorwichSituated in the heart of Norwich, this three-floor period property is the perfect combination of old and new; with a black-metal spiral staircase, exposed wooden beams, log burner and the traditional ‘Norfolk pamments’ kitchen floor. Situated in ‘Norwich Lanes’, you access the property through a secure communal courtyard. You also have your own private yard at the rear of the house, overlooking the beautiful church next door. A fantastic location to explore the city.
Norwich is a city with an overwhelming historic tradition fused with an excitable student scene. It’s one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe, filled with quaint meandering alleyways and featuring a staggering cathedral, a stunning Norman castle, and around 1,500 historic buildings. But it also has a vibrant market and nightlife scene, with an inn for every day of the year and a different church to repent in afterwards. Known as the “City of Stories,” it was the United Kingdom’s first UNESCO City of Literature and has a lively arts scene, plus a plethora of independent bookshops and festivals. The city sits on the doorstep of the Norfolk Broads, the United Kingdom’s largest nationally protected wetland, so you can easily combine a laid-back city break with an exploration of some of England’s finest countryside.
Handily, Norwich International Airport (NWI) is just 4 miles away from the city centre, so jetting in is a breeze. On the train, London’s Liverpool Street Station serves the city, taking under 2 hours to travel. From elsewhere, trains run from Cambridge with connections via the Midlands, the North of England, and Scotland. The city is around 110 miles north of London and 160 miles east of Birmingham, with the A11 the main driving route in. Norwich is a compact city with few hills, so the ideal place to walk or cycle. There are a number of bus lines coded by colour (pink, turquoise, orange, and green) serving various parts of the city plus a sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus, which is a great way to get your bearings.
There’s never really a bad time to visit Norwich. There are events and festivals occurring year round and, if the heavens do open, there are lots of museums, galleries, and historical sites to shelter in. If your visit is going to include a trip to the coast or an amble on the Norfolk Broads, then late spring, summer, or early autumn are ideal times. In May, the Norfolk and Norwich Festival hits the city for 17 days of international arts performances including music, theatre, and dance. For bookworms, the UEA (University of East Anglia) Literary Festival takes place throughout the spring, there’s the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival in September, and July sees the city’s Shakespeare Festival swing into action. Also in September, the city’s Heritage Day opens up historical sites not usually accessible to the general public.
You really can’t miss Norwich Cathedral. It’s everywhere. This being one of the flatter parts of the United Kingdom, the 315-foot-tall spire of this amazing edifice, completed in 1145, dominates the landscape. Set in 44 acres of beautiful tranquil grounds, it is a glorious place to spend some time. And there’s plenty to see and do around the building, including temporary art and science exhibits, a cafe, and music concerts.
Built by the Normans as a royal palace 900 years ago and completed by 1121, this imposing structure eventually became the city’s jail. Now it’s an acclaimed museum and art gallery, featuring galleries dedicated to archaeology, natural history, and fine, decorative, and contemporary art. Highlights include Roman artefacts and a rare (stuffed) specimen of the extinct great auk.
It’s hard to believe that this little oasis of calm is right in the city centre. This 3-acre garden was built over a hundred years ago in an abandoned chalk quarry. After World War II it was abandoned and overgrown, but a team of volunteers has lovingly brought it back to life. As well as beautiful plants and flowers, it features Victorian follies and fountains plus hosts music events throughout the year.