Flights to Norwich
Norwich is the county town of Norfolk and is located in the east of England. This ancient city was at one time the second largest in the country, even though today it is relatively small compared with many large cities in the UK. Even so, Norwich has many different attractions including plenty of history and historical architecture.
Flights to Norwich International Airport (airport code: NWI) typically have 2 connections from South Africa, except when flying with KLM. Their route has just 1 stop in Amsterdam. If you choose a flight to Norwich with Virgin Atlantic, you’ll have transfers in London and Manchester but BMI goes through London and Aberdeen instead. Alternatively, you can get a flight to Norwich with Kenya Airways and have connections in Nairobi and Amsterdam. The airport is 5 kilometres from the city, and reachable by train, bus or taxi.
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The Tourist Attractions of Norwich:
As well as offering an interesting and attractive set of attractions Norwich can be used as a gateway to the Norfolk Broads; an extensive network of waterways that are best enjoyed by boat. With several different things to do in the area surrounding Norwich this makes a great city for a short break, combined with boating on the Norfolk Broads if you’re looking for a slightly different way to see parts of the UK you haven’t visited before.
The commanding Norwich Cathedral is one of the city’s major landmarks and it was begun back in the year 1096. By 1145 the largely Norman style cathedral was finished though there were several alterations over the next couple of hundred years. An award winning visitor centre was opened in 2004 where you can find out more about the cathedral and its history, and of course you can go inside cathedral to see the beautiful interior when services are not taking place.
Dating back to 1067, Norwich Castle was built under order of William the Conqueror because he wanted somewhere fortified within the city. During this period Norwich was one of the most important and largest cities in England. Originally the castle was built of motte and bailey and though this part no longer survives, the keep, which dates from 1120, does. For centuries Norwich Castle was used as a gaol, until the late 1800s when it was converted into a museum and art gallery that’s still open to this day and is one of the city’s popular attractions.
If you’re interested in Norwich Castle you might also like to visit the historic Cow Tower. This is another of the fortifications that stand in Norwich, and even though you cannot go inside, you can admire this tower from the outside.
Dragon Hall is also a historic structure. It was a trading hall, dating from the medieval period, and has recently benefited from renovation and restoration.
Norwich is one of the UK’s most popular shopping destinations so there are plenty of places to do some shopping while visiting Norwich. Among these is Norwich Market, one of the largest outdoor markets in the country, and according to some one of the oldest too.
When Should You Visit?:
The temperate climate in Norwich means you could visit this British city at any time of the year, though summers would be best. Average highs in the low 20s C in July and August make these popular months, or come during the spring or autumn for mild temperatures. Rainfall is steady throughout the year, though quite light.