Buoyant Arts and Culture Scene
Norwich Arts Centre
Discover art in all its forms at this cultural community hub.
This small, independent venue is the place to come to discover new artists. Catch some comedy, live music, dance performances, poetry readings or live art. Take in the visual art exhibitions in the space. There’s always something exciting going on, so head down and get involved with the Norwich cultural scene.
Opening times: Variable
Museums and Halls
Discover more of Norwich’s rich and fascinating history.
Norwich is an ancient city. Step back in time on a guided tour of Dragon Hall, a medieval trading hall. Explore Stranger’s Hall, one of Norwich’s oldest buildings that dates back to 1320. Learn about the Bridewell’s time as a prison. Uncover a slice of more recent history at the Maddermarket Theatre. A great way to spend a few hours.
Norwich City Football Club
Get behind the Canaries as they battle it out on the football pitch.
Norwich City has a proud footballing history. Join the locals for a home match and soak up the atmosphere as the Canaries play against other big-name teams. Take a stadium tour to see behind the scenes and learn about the club’s achievements. Not a football fan? Keep an eye on the other events at the stadium, like music concerts.
Discover more than 900 years of history in the cathedral’s walls.
Norwich Cathedral is a striking landmark and the most complete Norman cathedral in England. As well as enjoying the Romanesque architecture, explore the free exhibitions, which regularly change. Follow the labyrinth in the centre of the cloisters. Keep an eye out for the pair of nesting peregrine falcons that make the cathedral spire their home in the summer.
Dive into Norwich’s past at the castle and its museum.
Norwich Castle dates back to the time of the Normans and has a rich and fascinating history. Learn some of its stories on a guided tour. Explore the galleries at your own pace. See works of art, natural treasures and artefacts from the Anglo-Saxons, Egyptians and Iron Age. Don’t miss the Castle Keep, the heart of the original Norman castle.
Norwich Theatre Royal
Catch a live show with your friends and enjoy an evening at the theatre.
A variety of shows come to the Theatre Royal. Laugh along with top comedians. Get swept up in one of the touring plays. Sing your heart out at a musical. Be wowed by a dance show. Or enjoy a concert or orchestral performance. It’s a great alternative evening to a night at the pub.
More student guides
“Blend is my go-to for a quick snack between lectures, the curly fries and mozzarella sticks are my personal favourite.”
“The Waffle House has the tastiest waffles around, whether you choose sweet or savoury.”
“As social secretary for a sports club, I chose St Andrews Brewhouse for our Christmas meal and it didn’t disappoint!”
“On campus: Work up an appetite in the sports facilities, fuel up in Sportscafé.”
“Frank’s Bar in Norwich offers a chilled spot for coffee, dinner or drinks with friends.”
“Ruth’s Kitchen: They just want to feed you and feed you well! The food is cheap but super tasty with great portion sizes.”
“The Bicycle Shop: Quirky and cosy – the perfect spot to escape the bustle of Norwich’s lanes. Pop in for a light bite or a larger meal.”
“The dental practice is really useful to have on campus as it saves going into the city for dental treatment.”
“I’ve visited both Norwich Cathedral and Norwich Castle, which are both incredibly beautiful.”
“Chapelfield has a good selection of shops, as does St Stephens Street. Many of them offer student discounts, which helps a lot with budgeting.”
“Strangers Coffee is widely recognised as the best coffee in Norwich. They even have their own roaster.”
Toyin, East Anglia
“I enjoy Mantra because it plays music like afrobeats and R’n’B, which I love.”