Norwich Skyline

Our 5 favourite things to do in Norwich

  • Share on Facebook

Norwich might be small for a city but don’t let that fool you into thinking there isn’t much to do. The city is a wonderful fusion of the modern and historic, with a thriving arts, music and cultural scene, a sprawling marketplace as well as superb independent and high street shopping.

Lively restaurants, bars and nightlife and a fascinating heritage can also be discovered through its ancient buildings. The Norfolk city has one of the most complete and well-preserved medieval centres in Europe with a delightful river at its heart and is easily explored on foot. In this list, we have put together some of the best things to do in Norwich for you to peruse. We have a hunch that you will fall in love with this city just as we have at Haven.

1. Norwich Castle

1. Norwich Castle

Address: Castle St, Norwich NR1 3JU

Built after the Norman Conquest 900 years ago, the medieval castle of Norwich now houses a museum and art gallery with decorative art collections, costumes, jewellery, glass, ceramic and silver pots amongst other treasure. On your visit you can also enter the fine art gallery and museum with a combined ticket that allows visitors to browse displays of watercolour paintings, Dutch landscapes and modern British paintings as well as a well-stocked natural history exhibition.

The palace is rich with history and culture which can be discovered on one of the tours available at the dungeons and battlements. These unique tours, delivered by enthusiastic members of staff, are what make the castle one of the best things to do in Norwich. This unmissable historic site is full of interesting artefacts and provides a history of the city and the wider history of the country.

2. The Plantation Garden

2. The Plantation Garden

Address: 4 Earlham Rd, Norwich NR2 3DB

This is a little treasure tucked away near the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Norwich. A Gothic fountain, a Medieval wall, a rustic bridge, magical woodland walkways, and beautiful lawns are all found in this Grade II English Heritage registered garden. As soon as you walk into Plantation Gardens you can sense the sheer magnitude of the rich history it has been part of.

The gardens are one of the best places for walking in Norwich. Great photo opportunities lie at every corner, while the volunteers who run the place are a wealth of knowledge and will be proud to talk you through the project.

3. Norwich Market

3. Norwich Market

Address: 1 Market Place, Norwich NR2 1ND

This fabulous outdoor market in the city centre of Norwich consists of around 200 colourful, covered stalls and has been in operation on the present site for over 900 years making it one of the oldest and largest outdoor markets in the country. The market is now an attractive and vibrant mix of food, flowers, arts & crafts, services and much more.

Make sure to leave your appetite open so that you can try the delights of the Covered Market. There are cuisines from all around the globe such as Caribbean curries and pad Thais, to the home comforts of English bacon butties and fish and chips. You won’t be lacking for choice! Make use of the seating spaces available opposite the market and gaze at the majestic city hall as you wash your food down with a barista coffee or an Asian bubble tea. The market is open for trading Monday to Saturday, with a handful of Sundays dotted throughout the year.

Discover breaks in Norfolk

Wild Duck self catering holidays

Wild Duck, Norfolk

4 nights from £49
Hopton self catering holidays

Hopton, Norfolk

4 nights from £49
Caister on sea self catering holidays

Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk

3 nights from £49
Seashore self catering holidays

Seashore, Norfolk

4 nights from £49

4. Norwich Cathedral

4. Norwich Cathedral

Address: 65 The Close, Norwich NR1 4DH

Despite being 800 years old, Norwich’s cathedral remains in an immaculate state and is, quite rightfully, top of the list for all visitors to Norwich. With beautiful architecture, vibrant stained-glass windows and many little miniature chapels concealed within, you spend all day at Norwich Cathedral. The cloisters are magnificent and give you a surreal feel, the grave of the First World War nurse Edith Cavell’s, venerated as a saint in the Church of England, in particularly a day when there is an organ recital on, or on a day when the evensong choir is singing.

There are free guided tours on the hour where you can learn who smashed the statues inside the cathedral, what was hidden in the gardens and why the skeleton of a man was found buried standing up! There is a £5 discretionary charge for entry but it well worth it for one of the best things to do in Norwich.

5. City of Norwich Aviation Museum

5. City of Norwich Aviation Museum

Address: Old Norwich Rd, Horsham St Faith, Norwich NR10 3JF

The City of Norwich Aviation Museum is home to an impressive collection of both preserved and mocked up aircraft as well as a number of exhibits concerning aviation, its history and the socio-economic impact on the region. The museum houses a Vulcan bomber and some of the military and civil aircraft which have flown from the county’s various airfields. Other displays include a history of the American 8th Army Air Force who were involved with the local are, the history of RAF Horsham St Faith, the role of women in aviation and tell of the heroes and pioneers who have made local aviation history.

It’s a great day out for any air enthusiasts and for children who are really into planes, remember to take a camera and sketchbook to help them get the most from it and release their creative energies. Opening times vary seasonally, so check online before you visit. Children under 8 years are free and adult tickets are just £4.50 with concessions and family tickets also available, you need not break the bank to visit this museum.

Start planning your Great British break

Important information

Brand new holiday homes from £34,995

Holiday home price is for a new 3-bedroom ABI New Horizon holiday home and includes siting, connections and standard accessories.   

Price excludes 2024 site fees, running costs and add-ons requested at point of sale. Subject to status and availability.   

As at 9 July 2024, price is available at all parks, excluding Church Farm, Cala Gran, Cleethorpes Beach, Craig Tara, Far Grange, Golden Sands, Haggerston Castle, Kiln Park, Littlesea, Lydstep Beach, Orchards, Penally Court, Perran Sands, Rockley Park, Seashore, Seaview, Skegness and Thornwick Bay. 

Images are shown for representational purposes. Access to holiday home is subject to park opening times.  

Park cannot be used as a permanent residence. Haven Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 01968698) and is a FCA appointed representative of Bourne Leisure Limited (t/a Haven).  Bourne Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 04011660) and is authorised and regulated by the FCA (Financial Services Register No. 312847) as a credit broker and insurance distributor. Registered office:  One Park Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 4YL. We may receive commission from the finance provider if you enter into an agreement with them.  

Pre-owned holiday homes from £19,995

Holiday home price is based on a Bronze Grade pre-owned holiday home 6 years or older and includes siting, connections and standard accessories.   

Price excludes 2024 site fees, running costs and add-ons requested at point of sale.  Subject to status and availability.   

As at 9 June 2024, price is available at all parks, excluding Cala Gran, Church Farm, Cardigan View, Cleethorpes Beach, Craig Tara, Far Grange, Golden Sands, Haggerston Castle, Kiln Park, Littlesea, Lydstep Beach, Orchards, Penally Court, Perran Sands, Rockley Park, Riviere Sands, Seaview, Skegness and Thornwick Bay.   

Access to holiday home is subject to park opening times. Park cannot be used as a permanent residence.  

Haven Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 01968698) and is a FCA appointed representative of Bourne Leisure Limited (t/a Haven).  Bourne Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 04011660) and is authorised and regulated by the FCA (Financial Services Register No. 312847) as a credit broker and insurance distributor. Registered office:  One Park Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 4YL.  We may receive commission from the finance provider if you enter into an agreement with them.  

Free 2024 site fees when you buy a Haven holiday home

Offer is applicable to new customer purchases made through Haven from 19 April 2024, completing by 31 December 2024.

Offer excludes part-exchanges or private sales. Available on new & pre-owned holiday homes at the following selected parks only: Kent Coast, Burnham-on-Sea, Cleethorpes Beach, Craig Tara, Far Grange, Golden Sands, Haggerston Castle, Hopton, Orchards, Skegness and Wild Duck.

A credit equivalent to the value of your site fees due during the 2024 season will be applied to your account balance on completion of your purchase for use against your running costs e.g. utilities, after-sale add-ons e.g storage boxes or site fees. It cannot be applied to your purchase or refunded in cash.

Subject to availability and status. Deposit required. Access to your holiday home is subject to park opening times.

Offer cannot be combined with any other offer, discount, or promotion. Offer may be withdrawn or changed at any time without notice. Full site fees will be payable for subsequent years.

Images are shown for representational purposes.

Park cannot be used as a permanent residence. Haven Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 01968698) and is a FCA appointed representative of Bourne Leisure Limited (t/a Haven). Bourne Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 04011660) and is authorised and regulated by the FCA (Financial Services Register No. 312847) as a credit broker and insurance distributor. Registered office: One Park Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 4YL. We may receive commission from the finance provider if you enter into an agreement with them.

Let2offset - make no site fee payments until 2031

Let2offset is a contractual lettings product that offers eligible owners a guaranteed letting income at a preferential rate (calculated each year) in exchange for a stipulated number of letting breaks. It also allows eligible owners to pay their site fees and receive their letting income in 12 equal monthly instalments; the monthly site fee amount charged by Haven will be after deduction of the letting income.

‘Make no site fee payments when using Let2offset until 2031’ is available at 33 Haven parks excluding Burnham, Cardigan View, Far Grange, Garreg Wen, Lydstep Beach, Riviere Sands and Seaview.  The letting income received will vary by make, model and location. The monthly site fee payment does not include running costs e.g. utilities, rates & insurance.

“Make no site fee payments when using Let2offset until 2031” is applicable to new and existing customer purchases of new Atlas Sahara 3 Bed or equivalent or superior grade holiday home purchases made through Haven where customers have also signed up to Haven’s Let2offset contract. It is not applicable to private sales and cannot be used in conjunction with our free Site Fee promotion.  It is available across 40% of eligible Parks and applies when letting a new Atlas Sahara 3 Bed holiday home (or equivalent or superior grade for 15 weeks.

An example of how “Make no site fee payments when using Let2offset until 2031” operates under Let2offset is the purchase of an Atlas Sahara 3 Bed holiday home at Primrose Valley with a monthly site fee of £585.00 (includes purchasing discount of £45) and monthly letting income of £803.67. The monthly difference equates to £218.67, which will be credited to the owner's account. Both letting income and site fees are subject to yearly pricing reviews and the monthly site fee costs and letting income shown in the example are based on 2024 figures.

Modelled assumptions on expected annual site fee and letting income charges over the 7-year lettable life of the Atlas Sahara 3 Bed indicate that under Let2offset it is anticipated that these customers will continue to receive a monthly credit during this period, however, this is not guaranteed. The modelled assumptions are based on the historical performance of Haven over the past 5 years of trading.

Images are shown for representational purposes. Access to holiday home is subject to park opening times.

Park cannot be used as a permanent residence. Haven Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 01968698) and is a FCA appointed representative of Bourne Leisure Limited (t/a Haven). Bourne Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 04011660) and is authorised and regulated by the FCA (Financial Services Register No. 312847) as a credit broker and insurance distributor. Registered office: One Park Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 4YL. We may receive commission from the finance provider if you enter into an agreement with them.

Get the latest Haven exclusives!

Receive Haven news and offers to your inbox

By providing your email address, you are consenting to being updated on all things Haven! Manage preferences via your account or by clicking the update preferences link in our emails. Privacy policy