11 Things to do in Norwich and East Anglia 11 Things to do in Norwich and East Anglia

What to do in Norwich...

Most people want to know what the nightlife is like in the place where they’re going to uni, but what about things to do during the day, at the weekend, or when you need to take a break from the books? What is there to do in Norwich? Take a look at our guide to the best spots in the city and slightly further afield - it might come in useful when the thought of another afternoon in front of the TV or in the pub doesn’t appeal.

Access to renowned art on campus

In the mood for some culture? The collection at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts includes internationally-renowned works of art from Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti, Henry Moore and Pablo Picasso. Alongside the permanent collections are special exhibitions throughout the year. The gallery is located on UEA campus, so you’ve got no excuse not to head over there at least once during your degree, even if it’s just to go to the cafe.

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts













Visit creative spaces in Norwich city

Like your art a bit more modern? Head down to Outpost. Founded in 2004 the artist-run gallery holds bi-monthly exhibitions throughout the year. Feeling creative yourself? You can become a member for just £15, allowing you to contribute to gallery archives and apply to rent studio space in Anglia Square.

Outpost, Norwich









Explore Norwich Cathedral

While you’re in the city, take a look around Norwich Cathedral. Built in the 12th Century, you can explore the inside of this magnificent building from 7:30am until 6pm, and services are held every day. There’s even a labyrinth in the grass section of the cloisters. If you don’t fancy going into the cathedral itself, there’s a traditional cafe (The Refectory) and gift shop for a change of scene, and peace and quiet.

Norwich Cathedral













Visit the Castle Museum

If history is your thing, then you definitely need to visit the Castle Museum at some point during your time at UEA. Converted to a museum in the 1800’s, the castle was founded by William the Conqueror between 1066 and 1075. Now it’s home to everything from Egyptian artefacts to taxidermy, as well as one of the largest British teapot collections in the world, in case you’re really passionate about your morning brew. And make sure you don’t miss out on the Battlements and Dungeon tours.

Norwich Castle Museum













Eating destinations in Norwich

Look no further than the Moorish Falafel Bar, tucked away in the Norwich Lanes. Catering for everyone, with vegan options available, their pittas are perfect for curing post-night-out grogginess. There are loads of great independent shops and cafes in and around the Norwich Lanes area, so it’s always worth a wander.

Norwich Lanes and Moorish Falafel Bar













Places to drink and enjoy coffee in Norwich

You may arrive at your uni accommodation anxious and excited, having never touched a drop of coffee in your entire life, but give it a few weeks of coursework deadlines and/or nights out, and this may just change. The Little Red Roaster has two coffee shops across the city, and a stall on the market if you need your caffeine fix on the go. Norwich has a really good choice of mainstream coffee shops, offering a much better alternative to instant.

The Little Red Roaster, Norwich














Shopping in Norwich - Retail therapy recommendations

Need a break from studying? Why not get the bus into the city and indulge in a little retail therapy while you’ve still got some of your loan left! With shops for any kind of budget and a well-stocked food court upstairs, Chapelfield is the perfect place to hide from deadlines while you pretend to be buying your Mum’s birthday present.

Chapelfield shopping centre, Norwich
















Food and Shopping at Norwich Market

If record stalls and second-hand books are more your thing, Norwich market is one of the best shopping destinations in the city. Selling everything from fresh strawberries to vintage skirts, you’d be hard pushed to find something you don’t love. And if the thought of shopping turns you green, the range of food stalls will perk you up.  

Norwich Market













Norwich's watering holes

Sometimes, the only way to beat the coursework blues is with a quick pint, but if you can’t face spending another minute on campus, The Playhouse Bar is the place for you. A few feet away from the city centre, you can spend your day drinking German beer or herbal tea in the bar, or out in the riverside garden. But don’t worry, if you really need to study, someone’s sure to give you a space on the sofas to finish your work.

The playhouse bar














Visit the coast

Something most students do at least once during their time at UEA is to visit some of the great beaches on the beautiful Norfolk coast. You could head north to the quaint seaside town of Wells-Next-The-Sea and the stunning sand of Holkham. Cromer (the surf capital of East Anglia) and Sheringham are both easily reached by train from Norwich, and if funfairs and slot machines with a serving of doughnuts and rock are more your thing, head to Great Yarmouth.

Cromer beach, Norfolk













A day at the zoo

Got a car at uni? Or a friend you could bribe? Banham Zoo is just a 35 minute drive away from campus. With every zoo animal you can think of, as well as burger and ice cream restaurants a plenty, who cares if people laugh at you for being a big kid, at least, you got to see a giraffe or two on your day off.

Giraffes at Banham Zoo














So we hope we’ve convinced you that there is plenty to do in Norwich and Norfolk. Make sure you venture off campus during your time here and explore, and at the very least you’ll have some interesting facts to share at the dinner table when you go home at the end of the semester. 

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