Few holiday cottages are as well placed as the luxury holiday cottages at White Lodge Farm for those wishing to explore Norwich and the surrounding area.
Norwich, once the second most important city in England, offers much more to interest and engage the 21st century visitor than might, at first thought, be expected of a city the size of Norwich.
Norwich is one of Europe’s great heritage cities and the most complete medieval city in Britain. The Norwich 12 buildings span the last millennium, and the city boasts Europe’s largest collection of pre-Reformation churches north of the Alps, fascinating medieval undercrofts, magnificent merchant halls and houses, the world-class Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, and much more.
It’s also alive with culture: theatres, museums, galleries, music venues, an art house cinema and festivals year-round. The city was accredited as a UNESCO City of Literature in early 2012 – the only English city to hold this accolade – and was a finalist for the 2013 UK City of Culture title.
As a top 10 UK shopping destination, Norwich offers top class department stores and shopping malls, stylish boutiques and the Norwich Lanes, a historic area of independent shops, cafés and restaurants.
The Norman Castle, Norwich Cathedral, the Roman Catholic Cathedral, Norwich Market, Chapelfield Shopping Centre, City Hall, Elm Hill, the Royal Arcade, the Forum, the Millennium Plain, Dragon Hall, the Norwich Cathedral Close, riverside walks, Mousehold Heath, the Guildhall, Norwich Lanes, Bridewell Alley, the Maddermarket Theatre, the Assembly House the - there is so much to please the eye and so much to experience that most visitors to Norwich will find that a single visit is not enough.
It's a place with such a multitude of delights and treasures that we can barely scratch the surface here of the beautiful, historic city of Norwich.
White Lodge Farm Cottages are only a thirty minute drive from Norwich city centre and rather less from the Costessey 'Park & Ride' and Thickthorn 'Park & Ride'. If you're planning to explore Norwich on foot there's a helpful route planner on the internet.
Elm Hill, in a single street, boasts more medieval buildings than the entire City of London and a walk around Norwich would seem to confirm the favourite claim that it had a church for every week of the year, a number having more recently become home to acitivities as diverse as a Puppet Theatre,a martial arts centre, a bookshop, the Norwich Arts Centre and a hands-on science exhibition. The claim to have a pub for every day is now a little harder to verify for a number of reasons!
Six stunning buildings contribute to the Norwich skyline:
Norwich market place has been home to a market for over 900 years - since the Normans displaced it from its earlier home on Tombland, which now bustles with cafes and restaurants offering pavement dining.
Remaining from the early 15th century, and recently restored in an award-winning lottery-funded project is the Grade 1 listed Dragon Hall, built around 1430 as the home and workplace of Robert Topps, a wealthy merchant.
With such a long trading pedigree, it's perhaps no surprise that Norwich has been ranked in the UK's top 5 shopping destinations (by Venuescore) and that it was the eighth most prosperous shopping destination in the UK in 2006. The fact that it punches so far above its weight in retailing is due to its sphere of influence going far beyond Norfolk, drawing day shoppers from Suffolk and Cambridgeshire as well.
Whilst its oldest school, Norwich School, can trace its history back to 1096 and was granted its Royal Charter in 1547, Norwich has also made its mark on the modern academic map with the Norwich School of Art and Designand the opening, in 1963, of the University of East Anglia (UEA), now perhaps best known for its contributions to the study of economics and climatology, but also as home to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, founded on a gift to the UEA by Sir Robert and Lady Sainsbury of their private collection of world art,and now housed in the Sainsbury Centre, designed between 1974 and 1976 by the then little-known Sir Norman Foster.
No visit to the region is complete without a day or two in Norwich which, whilst small enough to be explored on foot (guided walking tours are available), can also be viewed by boat, in the summer months from a punt, on an open-top bus or from a charabanc, with a visit rounded off by a morning coffee (try the Caley's 'Cocoa Cafe' in the prestigious setting of the 15th Century Guildhall, England's largest and most elaborate provincial medieval city hall), afternoon tea (perhaps even high tea taken in the beautiful Georgian architecture of the Assembly House), or a meal in one of the huge array of restaurants and bistros.
If you'd like to discover a little more about the rich history of Norwich you could use the links below:
and there's also this great website:
Guests say ...
"Norwich Castle was well worth a visit - we took our two toddlers and they loved it. Very interactive."
“Beautiful city, full of charm and quant cobbled streets. Wonderful architecture.”
“We had a wonderful day for adults and children alike. The castle was very interesting and well worth a visit - our 5 year-old loved
dressing up. Jarrolds and the Royal Arcade were highlights.”
“Norwich has surprised us to be a modern, vibrant city with a beautiful cathedral.”
“Norwich is a fantastic city blending old with new and good value car parking.”