Make the most of your free bus ticket when you attend an Open Day or Applicant Day

We've selected some of the best places to visit along the Blue Line - the bus route that runs between UEA and Norwich railway station, via the city centre.


Claim your free bus tickets


Once you have claimed your free bus tickets, head to the main bus stop on campus, next to the main car park, and take the Blue Line buses 25 or 26 into the city.  If you have any problems with obtaining your bus ticket please talk to a member of staff at the Applicant Day or Open Day.


If you are heading into the centre of city, you can get off at the stops listed below: 

  • Red Lion Street
  • Castle Meadow

Below are some of the places we recommend visiting along the bus routes. Click the name of the bus stop to drop down the list of locations.


  • Eaton Park 

Eaton Park is a beautiful park close to campus where you can go for a walk and visit the cafe which is in the pavilion at the centre of the park. 

  • Places to eat and drink

One of the main roads into city, there are several cafes, restaurants, and pubs to visit along Unthank Road and the nearby streets, including Kofra Coffee, William and Florence and Moorish. 

  • The Plantation Gardens 

A twenty-minute walk from Unthank Road, the Plantation Gardens is a hidden gem, a unique green space which is a favourite with our students. 

  • The Plantation Gardens 

A short walk from the Roman Catholic Cathedral, the Plantation Gardens is a hidden gem, a unique green space which is a favourite with our students. 

  • Places to eat and drink

One of the main roads into city, there are several independent restaurants, cafes, and pubs to visit along Earlham Road including The Black Horse, The Earlham and Bread Source which is a 10–15-minute walk towards the city centre. 

This is the centre of the city and a good place to start if you are not sure where to go first. There are a large variety of shops, cafes, restaurants, and pubs all within a short walk of the bus stop. 


  • Chantry Place Shopping Centre

A large shopping centre at the heart of the city, which houses chains like H&M, Lush and Apple as well as places to eat such as Costa, Byron and Wagamamas. Visit the Chantry Place website for a full list of facilities.

  • Norwich Market

One of the oldest and largest open-air markets in the country, the market is a must-visit when you're in Norwich. You will find a wealth of food, drink, flowers, clothes and much more to browse and buy. 

  • Norwich Castle and Museum

A Norman palace built 900 years ago, Norwich Castle is a distinctive landmark and now houses an art gallery and museum. Note that as of February 2022 the Castle is under refurbishment so not all facilities will be available. Check the website for more information.

  • The Forum 

Home to one of the most popular libraries in the UK as well as a café and a restaurant, the Forum is an impressive building in the centre of the city. It is is frequently host to festivals, food markets and other community events. You can find out if any activities are on while you are in Norwich on The Forum's website.

  • Norwich Lanes

A section of the city centre which is full of independent shops, cafes and restaurants, the Lanes are well worth a visit. Find out more on the Visit Norwich website. Some local highlights include browsing in Elm, eating at Grosvenor Fish Bar, afternoon tea at Biddy's Tea Room and ordering a coffee from Strangers Coffee.

The railway station is one of the last stops on the blue line bus routes. From the railway station you can get a train to some of the towns on the Norfolk and Suffolk coast or further afield to London, Nottingham and Liverpool. 

Carrow Road

  • The home of Norwich City FC, the city’s Premiership football club. There is a merchandise shop you can visit and they run tours of the ground at certain times of the year. 

Riverside Retail Park 

The retail park situated near the railway station and along the side of the river has a variety of different facilities including; 

  • Odeon cinema
  • Gravity Trampoline Park
  • Restaurants such as TGI Fridays and Chiquito
  • Hollywood Bowl

Find more detailed information about what to do, where to go and what is happening while you're in Norwich and the surrounding area.


Find out more about Norwich and Norfolk

Visit Norwich website