Local area guide

Living in Norwich

Voted one of the best UK cities to live in by the Sunday Times three years in a row, Norwich has it all: a city buzz, surrounded by beautiful countryside, with the Norfolk Broads and beaches nearby.

Your guide to moving to Norwich

Why Norwich is a good place to live

Voted one of the best places to live by the Sunday Times three years in a row, the historic city of Norwich in the heart of East Anglia offers a unique blend of old-world charm with a cosmopolitan vibe. 

Known for its stunning medieval architecture, including the awe-inspiring Norwich Cathedral and Norwich Castle, Norwich is also a bustling cultural hub, with a thriving arts scene, numerous theaters and a lively music and nightlife culture. 

The University of East Anglia brings a youthful energy to the city, while its excellent schools and abundance of green spaces make it an attractive place to raise a family.

What is Norwich famous for?

Aha! Of course, Norwich's most famous resident is the illustrious Alan Partridge. But it's also the home of Delia Smith and her beloved Norwich City FC, along with Hugh Jackman's mum (who knew!).

Foodies will love that Coleman's mustard and Cromer Crabs both hail from here, as do - wait for it - postcodes. Postcodes were first trialed here in 1959. Today there are 1.8 million in the UK.

The Norfolk Broads, featuring 25% of UK’s rarest wildlife, have existed across Norfolk and Suffolk since the middle ages - and were actually created by accident. Excavated for peat in Medieval times, which was sold as fuel, the pits were flooded - causing the beauty that exists today. Now, it’s the 3rd largest navigable waterway extending a whopping 125 miles.

Things to do in Norwich

For a compact city centre, Norwich offers a lot of culture. Museums and galleries  include: Norwich Castle Museum & Art GalleryThe Museum of NorwichStrangers’ Hall and The South Asia Collection at County & Eastern

Norwich's medieval streets are filled with boutique stores and independent shops. Head to the Norwich Lanes and St Benedict’s if you want to purchase something unusual and unique.

The Norwich Plantation Garden and expansive Eaton Park are great places for outdoor outdoor fun and strolls, while Norwich's central location in East Anglia makes it easy to explore the picturesque Norfolk countryside and coastline.

And foodies are spoilt for choice, with plenty of options ranging from fine dining to cheap and cheerful options.

Average asking prices in Norwich today

We update our average asking prices every day using data from millions of properties for sale.

Terraced

Avg. asking price

£260,000

510 properties for sale

Detached

Avg. asking price

£447,500

1086 properties for sale

Semi-detached

Avg. asking price

£280,000

493 properties for sale

Flats

Avg. asking price

£167,500

412 properties for sale

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Local pubs in Norwich

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  • Last Pub Standing

    Thorpe Hamlet, Norwich, NR1

    Pub fare from tapas to burgers served in a relaxed environment with live music & outdoor seating.

  • Rooftop Gardens

    Thorpe Hamlet, Norwich, NR1

    Dine on the Norwich skyline in the city’s first restaurant of its kind: the Rooftop Gardens. Our unique urban venue invites you to eat from our luscious modern menu, grab a drink from our vibrant bar and enjoy the stunning 360-degree panoramic views.

Transport in Norwich

Trains

An hour and 45 minutes from London on a direct train from Liverpool Street, Norwich also has links Liverpool, Brighton, Peterborough, Nottingham, Sheffield and Manchester.

More locally, regular train services operate to Great Yarmouth, Sheringham, Dereham and Lowestoft.

Buses

Norwich is a city built for walking. But when you need to go further than your legs can carry you, catching the bus is one of the easiest ways to travel around the city and into the county.

With ten different lines across 19 different routes, getting anywhere in Norwich or Norfolk is easy. Local services are run by: KonectFirstLynx.

Roads

Driving around Norwich is fairly easy - but as with any city, do try to avoid rush hour if you can.

The A11 provides access to London, Cambridge and much of the rest of the UK via the M11 and A14.

The main east-west road link is the A47, which connects to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft to the east.

Park & ride

Konect Buses operate 6 Park & Ride sites. Keep in touch on Twitter @nparkandride. To view all car parks in Norwich, visit Parkopedia. 

To view real-time car parking in Norwich, click here. 

And for parking for Blue Badge holders, visit the City Council website.

Airports

Norwich airport offers direct flights to mainland Europe and connecting flights via Amsterdam to North, South and Central America.

Transport connections

Norwich
National Rail
0.4 miles / 0.6 km
Salhouse
National Rail
5.1 miles / 8.2 km
Brundall Gardens
National Rail
5.1 miles / 8.2 km
Brundall
National Rail
6 miles / 9.7 km
Hoveton & Wroxham
National Rail
7.6 miles / 12.2 km
Buckenham
National Rail
7.6 miles / 12.2 km

Schools in Norwich

When it comes to education in Norwich, parents are spoilt for choice, as the city has an abundance of good and outstanding schools.

Outstanding primaries include: Charles Darwin, Recreation Road Infant School, Colman Infant School, Heartsease Primary Academy, West Earlham Infant and Nursery School and Mile Cross Primary School.

For secondary education, Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form Free School is rated Outstanding by Ofsted, while Jane Austin, Hewett Academy, Sewell Park Academy and the City of Norwich School are among a host of secondaries with a Good Ofsted rating.

For further education, The University of East Anglia makes the UK's top 25 universities in the Complete University Guide's league tables for 2024.

Specialising in sciences, health, medicine, social sciences and humanities, its campus is designed to house everything students need for living and studying, while accommodation is guaranteed for first-years.

Schools in Norwich

Norwich School
Ages: 4 - 18 years old
Charles Darwin Primary School
Ages: 2 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Outstanding (2019)
Jane Austen College
Ages: 11 - 19 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2022)
Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form Free School
Ages: 16 - 19 years old
Ofsted Rating: Outstanding (2023)
The Free School Norwich
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2023)
Notre Dame High School, Norwich
Ages: 11 - 18 years old