Love a tour or a trail? Then it’s time to wrap up warm and get out and about in Norwich! Between now and Christmas there’s plenty waiting to be discovered, and sometimes taking a tour of the city is the best way to learn something new – even for regular visitors!
Image: Norwich at Christmas
Image: Guided Walks around Norwich
First off, why not join a guided walk? There are tours covering a range of topics, from the ‘City of Centuries’ tour (which is a great introduction to the city) and tours about the city’s architecture, to tours around specific areas such as the Cathedral Quarter – whatever you fancy learning about! There are also special Festive Winter Walks, showcasing the city’s history whilst allowing you the chance to walk off some of that Christmas food, on 28, 29 and 30 December at 11am. Tours last 90 minutes and meet outside The Forum. Ticket price is £5 per adult and £1.50 per child. Take a look at their Walking Tours schedule.
Alternatively join the Man in Black for a truly different tour of Norwich – his Ghost Walks offer fun and frights. Listen to real-life stories and tales about the buildings and people of historic Norwich as you learn more about Norwich’s intriguing past! There are three different walks on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and tickets cost £7 for adults, £5 for under 16’s and £5 for concessions. Find out more here.
Image: the Maids Head Hotel bar - part of the City of Ale trail on the Discover Norwich app
Alternatively, if you want to explore the city in your own time then follow a self-guided trail. The Discover Norwich app has various trails to lead you around the city, using GPS to automatically recognise whether you’ve found the correct spot. Pick from seven City of Ale trails (perfect for discovering your NFP – ‘New Favourite Pub’), Run Norwich (which features 12 of the city’s most historic landmarks included in the Run Norwich 10k route) and the Norwich Literary Trail (learn more about Norwich’s literary heroes – and check out our blog post about it here). The app is free to download on iOs and Android operating systems, and is a very handy tool to have, whether you’re participating in the trails or not, because it’s packed full of useful information about Norwich – plus business and event listings.
Also on the Discover Norwich app, but available to complete on a paper trail map too, is the Medieval Churches of the Cathedral Quarter trail. This trail leads the user around churches in Norwich which have shaped the city, community, and architecture over the years, and features some truly impressive churches plus various ‘lost’ churches. Download the map online here or complete the trail digitally on the Discover Norwich app.
Just for Christmas - enjoy a fun, family activity is - the Sweet Trail, where participants must hunt down giant sweets sitting in shop windows across the Cathedral Quarter – each has a letter on it which altogether makes a secret word! Once you’ve figured out what word it is, return your answers to Norwich Puppet Theatre or Norwich Tourist Information Centre (in the The Forum) to be in with a chance of winning some fab prizes! The trail is inspired by the Puppet Theatre’s production of Hansel & Gretel; more information about the show can be found here.
Image: Christmassy vibes at Strangers' Hall
Take a historical tour of the Great Hospital on 15 December and go on a journey through history, right up until the present day, with your tour guide. Booking is essential as this is bound to be very popular and spaces are limited; book online here.
Join a Fighting Gallery Tour at Norwich Castle; run periodically throughout the year, they’re great fun for all the family and the next is on 10 December. Learn all about the Castle’s defensive past, walk through the Fighting Gallery and see some medieval graffiti! Check out our blog post all about the Fighting Gallery Tours here. Their dungeon tours are also well worth taking part in, too! For more information and ticket prices visit our website.
Christmas at Strangers’ Hall is always a fabulous occasion, with this amazing medieval building decorated to the hilt and a truly festive atmosphere. Their Christmas Special Tours event (21 Dec, 5.30pm) is really exciting as the building will be open after the usual opening times so visitors can enjoy an after-hours tour of the building followed by a glass of punch and a mince pie! Tickets £8 for adults, £7.50 for concessions. Tours are limited so booking is essential!
If you need directions or information about Norwich, the City Hosts are the people to see! They'll be easy to spot around the city centre in their blue 'Here to Help' tabards and they'll be happy to help you!
For the finer details on Christmas in Norwich visit our dedicated Christmas section on VisitNorwich.co.uk. There's info on where to stay, eat, shop and explore as well as lots of additional information - it's all here!
Greater Anglia have Advance fares from £9 one way between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. Trains run every 30 minutes. Abellio also serves Colchester, Ipswich and Diss on the Norwich line. Direct trains also run from Cambridge.
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