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Why choose Norwich?

  • '‘Norwich is a good place to study English because the people here are really nice. The best thing is that there are lots of things to do here’'

    Jessica Romano
    A 16 year old student from Barakaldo, Spain

  • '‘My students are highly impressed with Norwich and its friendly people. Thanks for creating such a special atmosphere of trust and respect. Our stay was truly rewarding’'

    Olga
    Russian teacher from St Petersburg

  • '‘When I set foot in Norwich I fell in love with it! I enjoy my English classes and experiencing the cultural differences. I am so happy to be in England!’'

    Xu Miao
    A 13 year old student from Wuhan, China

  • ''Norwich is a good place for learning English because of the kind people and qualified teachers. I like the Castle, Cathedral and commercial areas’'

    Cristina Valero
    A student from San Sebastian, Spain

  • '‘Little city, very beautiful. It has a lot of shops and facilities: cinema, bowling, etc. Norwich is a river city with many interesting historical sites’'

    Catherine (Marseille) and Lydia (Paris)
    French group leaders

  • '‘It's the cultural wealth that makes a stay in Norwich so perfect. The politeness and kindness of the people makes us feel part of the city’'

    Itsaso
    a 16 year old student from the Basque Country

  • '‘I was very happy in Norwich. Everyone was so nice! Thank you’'

    Chen, I-Ta (Eddie)
    A student from Taipei,Taiwan

  • '‘The thing I most like about Norwich is the city itself. I love the centre of the city, there are all the shops I need. It’s a great place to study’'

    Iker Navarro
    A 15 year old student from Alegia, Spain

  • Traditional and historic English city
  • Not too big but not too small
  • Friendly people
  • Easy to navigate by foot or transport
  • Very safe, and very low crime rate
  • Highly ranked University
  • England’s first UNESCO City of
    Literature

Historic City

Norwich is rich in history and has a reputation as a friendly, safe and culturally thriving city.  It dates back over a 1000 years and is known as the most complete medieval city in the UK. It is home to over 1500 historic buildings and is sure to have something to interest everyone. Here within the city walls you can visit two cathedrals and a Norman Castle. Excitingly, Norwich also has the largest intact medieval street pattern in Europe, which is often seen in films and TV.

Art and Culture

A diverse and engaging arts and cultural scene, Norwich is never short of activities. Visitors have plenty of choice of galleries, museums, theatres, live music venues and cinemas. Visit the Sainsbury Centre and explore art collections from around the world and across thousands of years of history. There’s never a dull moment in Norwich as it hosts festivals and art events year round ranging from drama, music, film, animation, comedy, food and drinks. Norwich was voted England’s first UNESCO City of Literature and has also been shortlisted for the UK City of Culture.

Sport and Leisure

There is no shortage of sports and activities for visitors in Norwich. Enjoy watching championship football at the Norwich City Football Club, affectionately known by locals as ‘The Canaries’. There are plenty of sports facilities, from swimming and tennis to dry skiing and dancing. There is also access to watersports such as kayaking and sailing. Or why not enjoy a relaxing stroll and picnic in one of the many green spaces in and around the city?

Shopping and Eating

Not only is Norwich one of the top 10 places to shop in the UK, it is set against the amazing backdrop of cathedrals, churches and a castle! Norwich offers visitors a multitude of shopping choices from independent shops to designer brands and the nation’s favourite department stores. Norwich is also home to the largest open-air market in the UK. The medieval alleys host the historic shopping areas of the Norwich Lanes and the Art-Deco styled Royal Arcade, built in 1899. The Upper St Giles Street area in Norwich has been named one of the “30 coolest places to live in Britain”. Norwich offers boutiques, vintage shops and a range of restaurants and eateries.

Around Norwich

Don’t just end your visit in Norwich. Nearby are the famous Norfolk Broads, a large network of rivers and lakes, where you can enjoy boat trips and water sports. It is so famous you can do your own celebrity spotting while you are there. Superstars such as Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford have enjoyed the Norfolk Broads. Don’t forget to stop off and say hello to the Queen at Sandringham House, one of the many stately homes to admire in Norfolk (with Park House close by, the birthplace of Princess Diana), or you could visit Blickling Hall, a beautiful country estate that used to be home to the Boleyn family. Only a short train ride away, the Norfolk coast features a number of beautiful sandy beaches and pretty seaside towns.

Access

Norwich is ideally situated for transport links.

  • Norwich International Airport is only 15 minutes from the city centre by car, bus or taxi
  • London’s Stansted Airport is only 1 hour 40 minutes by direct train from Norwich
  • London is less than 2 hours from Norwich
  • Cambridge is only 1 hour by direct train from Norwich
  • Local towns and villages are within easy reach using East Anglia’s efficient bus and train network

Further rail times and prices can be found here.