Top places to live in Norfolk Norwich
With its indie shops, buzzy cultural scene and riverside walks Norwich is a worthy overall winner of Muddy's Best Place to Live. Top 200 Places to Live series.
Because it is UNESCO city of literature and has too many other awards to mention – and you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to independent shops, bars, cafés, restaurants and culture. Plus, it’s less than an hour from the coast.
Brunch, lunch or cake – Cafe No. 33 is a Muddy favourite. St Benedicts Street has lots of foodie options – family bistro dining at The Farmyard, plant-based cuisine at Tipsy Vegan, and desserts only at The Fig Bar. Special occasion? Head to celebrity chef territory – The Last Wine Bar, Benedicts and Roger Hickman’s.
Pop to The Lanes via Norwich Market, a hive of both small street food vendors and independent outlets, including Muddy Award-winning gift and jewellery boutique Lisa Angel. All the main brands (Joules, Oliver Bonas, House of Fraser, Mint Velvet) can be found at Chantry Place. However don’t miss the opportunity to wander down Gentleman’s Walk and visit 250-year-old family-run department store Jarrold.
Norwich Castle dominates the city skyline and is great for a family day out. Lots of creative arty entertainment at the Norwich Arts Centre and Norwich Playhouse. The Sainsbury Centre on the UEA campus is worth a detour to the edge of the city for the exhibitions including the Antony Gormley sculpture tour. Fans of the Marvel movies will be in for a surprise too! (Clue: it features in Avengers: Age of Ultron.)
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Plenty of excellent private school options in the city centre including Norwich School in the cathedral grounds, Norwich High School for girls and Town Close. Nearby countryside boarding options – Wymondham College and Langley.
BEST KEPT SECRET
Norwich’s own Diagon Alley – secret passageways and abandoned houses beneath Castle Street. A relatively recent discovery, you can now take a Hidden History tour with the KindaKafe (£10.50pp).
118 miles and 2 hours 17 drive from Norwich to London or 1 hour 30 mins by direct train into Liverpool Street. Cambridge is 1 hour 14 mins by car or 1 hour 20 mins by train.
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