Norwich

A Fine City

Norwich is considered the capital of East Anglia and has much to offer its residents. Norwich city centre has streets that still carry a lot of their medieval charm, including some remains of the ancient city walls and a wealth of historic buildings. Like any great city its centre is easy to walk around and has a river at its heart. It has a flourishing arts, music and cultural scene, superb independent as well as High Street shopping, lively restaurants, bars and nightlife and a heritage that is a delight to explore.

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Where to start your property search

The most sought-after area in Norwich is the ‘Golden Triangle’. This hotspot spreads west and south-west from the city centre to Unthank Road and Earlham Road. Many properties within the Golden Triangle are Victorian terraces and villas with a peppering of 1930s and 1940s semis and modern flats. Take a look if you’re seeking a cosmopolitan atmosphere, plenty of amenities and quick access to the city centre.

The network of residential streets to the north of the city offers a more affordable alternative to the Golden Triangle. Hunt for properties on Aylsham Road and Sprowston Road for bay-windowed Victorian terraces with original features.

In the city centre itself there are several new-build developments on disused land. There are also former industrial building conversions, such as Paper Mill Yard near the Riverside retail and leisure complex. Even the 19th-century buildings of the old Norfolk & Norwich Hospital have been converted into contemporary flats.

Norwich’s suburbs are popular with families as they offer modern semi-detached and detached homes. They’re within easy reach of both the city centre and the countryside. Parks, amenities and schools are also close by.

Attractive areas to the north of the city include Old Catton and Hellesdon, which are close to Norwich International Airport. To the east, Sprowston, Heartsease and Thorpe St Andrew are favoured.

KeswickCringleford and Colney are close to the A11, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and the UEA, while Bowthorpe and Costessey sit in the west.

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Things to do

Shopping: Norwich is one of the UK’s top 20 shopping destinations. In the city centre are two shopping malls – the Castle Mall and the newer intu Chapelfield shopping centre, where many high street chains have outlets.

For other shopping needs, head to Norwich Market, the largest open-air market in the country, or browse through the independent shops, art galleries, cafés and eateries in the historic Norwich Lanes.

Heritage and culture: Norwich boasts two cathedrals. The 19th-century Roman Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist is an example of Victorian Gothic architecture, while the early medieval Anglican Cathedral of the Holy and Undivided Trinity still bears the scars of the Protestant Reformation.

Other historic sites include Strangers’ Hall, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery and the Museum of Norwich. Residents can also stroll around the old city walls and visit the Art Nouveau Royal Arcade, which houses shops, cafés and restaurants.

For art, visit the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, which has regular exhibitions as well as a permanent collection.

Music-loving residents can take advantage of the city’s music venues. The LCR at the UEA is the largest and hosts a mix of well-known and amateur musicians. Alternatively, attend one of The Waterfront’s weekly club nights.

Food and drink: If you like beer and ale, sample the offerings on tap at The Fat Cat Brewery or The Coach and Horses. Visit the annual Beer Festival in the autumn for the ultimate selection of beer and cider. For cocktails, try 42 King Street. This bar serves up a wide selection of drinks alongside tapas dishes.

Bohemian hang-outs include The Bicycle Shop and Frank’s Bar. If you like tapas, try B’nou, which serves up small dishes of seasonal food. There’s no menu, so it suits those who are happy to experiment.

Green and coastal spaces: Stroll around Eaton Park to see the model railway and boating lake. For more wilderness, hike through the trees to Mousehold Heath and explore its rambling paths. Bike or walk along Marriott’s Way from the city to Aylsham and indulge in sloe and blackberry picking when summer ends.

If you want a trip to the beach, take the train to CromerSheringham or Great Yarmouth and have a go at hunting for crabs.

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How much will it cost to buy?

For buyers, the current average asking price in Norwich is £277,760. You can check up-to-date house prices by clicking on the link below. The data shows how many properties have sold in Norwich over the past 12 months, the average sale price, the current average value based on Zoopla's data and how values are on the rise.

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Getting around Norwich

Train: Norwich station is near the city centre. It offers direct routes to London Liverpool Street (two hours), Liverpool Lime Street (five hours), Cambridge (75 minutes), Ipswich(40 minutes) and Great Yarmouth (30 minutes).

There is currently no high-speed rail network, although the Government-backed Norwich in 90 campaign is planning to secure a 90-minute journey to London in the future.

Car: The city operates in places on a one-way system, and some areas are now pedestrianised. Routes into and out of the city are busy at peak times, although the ring road eases some congestion. Dedicated bus lanes make public transport convenient.

There is no motorway network serving the city, but the A11 towards Cambridge and London is now a dual carriageway in its entirety. The A140 leads north to Cromer and south towards Ipswich, while the A47 traverses the city from King’s Lynn to Great Yarmouth.

The Northern Distributor Road, currently under construction, will provide a dual carriageway from the national road network to Norwich International Airport and beyond.

Air: Norwich International Airport offers domestic and European flights, as well as 1,000 worldwide destinations via Amsterdam. Direct international flights can be accessed at London Luton and Stansted Airports, which are two hours away by car.

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Schools in Norwich

There are 103 schools and colleges within five miles of Norwich, 23 of which have earned Ofsted’s highest 'Outstanding' rating. You can compare school and college performance on the Government website by clicking the link below.

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