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And the Best Place to Live in Norfolk is…

The votes are IN and counted, and you - our lovely Muddy readers - have decided where the best place to live in Norfolk is....


Woooohoooo! Our bootiful city of Naaarch (yep, that’s Norwich) has been voted by YOU, our Muddy readers as not only the best place to live in Norfolk, but *drumroll, please* also the best place to live in the UK!

Elm Hill, Norwich

It’s no surprise really – with it’s huge castle, stunningly quirky medieval streets, bustling market plus a literary heritage to boot (Unesco’s city of lit, no less) lush parks, cool bars, welcoming pubs, and of course plenty of cutting edge eateries, including three Michelin Guide city restaurants; Farmyard, Benedicts and Roger Hickmans, Norwich certainly meets the needs of us locals, and then some.

UEA’s famous brutalist concrete architecture by Denys Lasdun

The UEA is world-class as is it’s Literary Festival and stunning exhibition space SCVA, where the work of Damien Hurst mingles with raw local talent. (UEA alumni include Ian McEwan, Matt Smith, Paul Whitehouse, Rose Tremain to name a few). NUA attracts many a budding creative (the legendary John Hurt was chancellor here). Phew – so many celebs to spot we need our shades!

Town Close School

Then there’s the top independent schools, including Town Close, Norwich High and Norwich School. Theatre Royal always attracts the big names (I’m so excited/terrified about Derren Brown this summer) and continues to be the number one spot for culture in the city. At under two hours on the train to London, you’d be smart to snag a home to here if you’re thinking of escaping the big smoke or want a little more change and a pretty (very) nice lifestyle for your hard earned dollar. Properties here give you loads of return for your cash too, with a semi-detached starter home setting you back around £240k or for those with a bit more to spend, a four bed home on the most sought after road in NR2 will be yours for around £800k.

  1. Norwich
  2. Holt
  3. Wells-next-the-Sea
  4. Sheringham
  5. Wymondham
  6. Blakeney
  7. Aylsham
  8. Swaffham

Want a peek over the border at the best places to live in Cambridge, Suffolk or Essex, or maybe plot the location for your next break or dream holiday home? Check out the full list of winners across 25 counties.

Don’t agree with the verdict? Let us know in the comments below if you have a gem we’ve missed out and we’ll hotfoot it down there to see if can make the cut for next time.

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2 comments on “And the Best Place to Live in Norfolk is…”

  • lilylaw March 8, 2021

    Many thanks Mark – I’ve emailed you back now.

  • June Muskett March 6, 2021

    I agree with it as i chose to move from Lowestoft area to Norwich,Worked here fell in love with city moved here 11 years ago now retired would never go back to coast.Norwich is home and home isnt where you were born its where the heart is ,And mine is here.,cant find any fault with,I ve always been a city girl at heart though born in a small town and Norwich ticks all the boxes, with all advantages and few of the disadvantages of city life.


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