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The most popular car hire location is Norwich Airport (NWI), just under 20 mins' drive from the centre (about 10km).
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The most popular car rental brands in Norwich are Europcar, Alamo, Keddy, Hertz and Budget.
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For a long time, Norwich was considered England's second city.
East Anglia’s traditional capital was one of the largest Norman strongholds and one of the wealthiest towns by 1700. Its decline in size has not affected its beauty or charm.
As England’s first UNESCO City of Literature, it has an unbeatable literary heritage and annual festival, in which world-renowned authors descend upon the city. With its close location to England’s east coast beaches, wetland surroundings and a population of only 140,000 people, Norwich is an easy city to enjoy.
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Q. What is the most popular rental length in Norwich?
A. Six to seven days.
Q. When is the most popular time to rent a car in Norwich?
Q. What's the best value car hire brand in Norwich?
A. Hertz is the cheapest car rental brand in Norwich, offering cars from just £11 per day.
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Norwich rests within the Broads National Park, a stunning countryside laced with a network of over 125 miles of navigable rivers and lakes – that’s more waterways than Amsterdam.
Although the waterways may look natural, they are in fact man-made. During the 12th century, peat digging – extracting the decayed plant material from the soil – was used as a fuel source. This digging formed massive holes, which eventually filled with water and flooded.
Home to more than a quarter of Britain’s rarest wildlife, including Kingfishers, otters and Swallowtail butterflies, the Broadland is perfect for bird watching and breathing in the fresh air.
Boat tours will transport you from one small village to the next, a favourite holiday activity since the 1930s. You can also enjoy the region by taking advantage of its footpath and cycling trails.
The ultimate Norwich road trip
Norwich Airport – NWI
A minor international airport.
Explore this impressive stately home, once owned by the Boleyn family, it is said to be haunted by Anne Boleyn.
East coast resort town with sandy beaches, seaside entertainment and famous maritime heritage.
Visit the nature trails here from July to September and witness lush fields of purple heather and yellow gorse.
A 17th century Anglo-Saxon burial site excavated in 1939. Walk around the reconstructed burial chamber and River Deben.
When the Normans conquered the area of East Anglia, they relocated the city and built 4km of defensive walls around it. The era was a prosperous one, which you can still see reflected through the remaining architectural achievements.
Designed as a royal palace, Norwich Castle was constructed in 1094 on an artificial mound, overlooking the newly relocated Norman city. A symbol of political and military control, it never actually served its original purpose, though it was used as a fort and jail. Today, it is a museum and art gallery.
Built in 1096, this cathedral is one of the best preserved examples of a Norman church anywhere in England. The Romanesque style cathedral makes a statement, with the second tallest spire and largest monastic cloisters in England. The area surrounding the cathedral, known as The Close, is filled with historic buildings and the Cathedral Quarter and is also worth exploring.
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A literary city
Julian of Norwich
Born in 1342, Julian of Norwich was the first female to be published in the English language. Her writings provide an opportunity to understand what it was like to live in a very different time than ours.
Julian was an anchoress who lived alone in a cell adjoined to a church. You can still visit the restored church today.
University of East Anglia
Norwich is home to UEA and its prestigious creative writing department. Established in 1970, it is England’s longest-running creative writing programs and has hosted a wealth of literature professors over the years.
The university’s program has also produced a notable list of graduates, including author and screenwriter Ian McEwan.
The Book Hive
Nestled in the Norwich Lanes, this little store is the city’s only truly independent bookshop. The three-storey shop has become an icon in the city, with its teal storefront and book displays. It stocks a wide range of intriguing titles and even has its own publishing house – Propolis – onsite. The store also hosts a range of book signings and readings.