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How to Spend 48hrs With Kids Discovering Norwich – Part 1

Norwich is known for its fascinating medieval heritage, famous literary significance and of course its Castle! But delve a little deeper and you’ll soon find yourself discovering the cities winding, cobbled lanes. Packed full of great family experiences with lots of activities and fun, interactive ways of exploring the city. There’s plenty to inspire, amaze and exhaust your kids here. But will we be able to pack it into 48hrs??

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Older children like ours will be enthralled by the stories of Norwich’s medieval history on a ‘Visit Norwich Guided Tour‘. Especially as over our ‘Roadschooling Year in Europe‘ we’ve decided these guided walking tours are the best way to keep it interesting for the girls allowing us a feel for new cities. Offering the chance to pause, reflect and choose where we actually want to spend the hours or days ahead in any city. But if you prefer to explore Norwich at your own pace, there’s plenty of  quizzes and puzzles to solve along the way. Just head for the Forum and the Tourist Information Centre  as this is the best place to start any visit to Norwich.
Our guide, John, proved adept at dealing with the questions thrown at him by both girls. Immediately interested in the different architecture on show, the flushed flint proved a great start to our exploration of the architecture of the city. But the tour also encompassed the ‘art deco’ Grand Arcade or the Market Cross in the centre of what must have been a huge medieval market. Norwich’s proximity to the coast offers plenty of interesting architecture with plenty of houses boasting timber probably taken from ships dating back to the times of it’s most famous son ‘Admiral Horatio Nelson‘ Someone we’d heard much about during our discussions at the excellent ‘Age of Discovery‘ centre in Porto, Portugal.
With Norwich dating back to 800AD, we learnt of Norwich’s times of prosperity due to it’s trading of textiles and geographic location when it became Britain’s 2nd biggest city. A city that could mint its own coins and even had the first pedestrianised street in England (London Street). It even has links to Anne Boleyn, a person we’d recently learnt more about during our tour of the Tower of London. But Norwich’s royalty links don’t stop there with links to Queen Victoria via the Trimmings shop… There’s just so much history to devour in Norwich… it really does take a morning at least to digest all the information…

But talking of digestion and rumbling rummies…

Norwich also has a huge range of family friendly restaurants, cafes! But on this visit, we headed away from the conventional restaurants.. Heading instead for a food lesson across two continents – at the family run Indian ‘Namaste’ & the impressive French ‘Côte Brasserie‘.

Something for everyone… Even if you’re not a camper

The Castle even offered further opportunities this half term, with craft tables making Iceni ‘snake bracelets’ whilst the little toddlers loved the ‘dressing up’  Roman fashion shows….

​For the budding stage and screen stars over this February half term, you’d have loved hearing stories brought to life within Norwich Castle especially the abbreviated version of  the entire history of the Romans in just 20mins. In an enjoyable Neil ParisHail Caesar‘ production that had our girls jumping up and down in sheer unbridled enthusiasm.

Forgot something? Don’t worry the facilities are fantastic

With night setting where better to find somewhere to eat than the informal yet family focused Indian restaurant ‘ Namaste India‘. Their menu is vegan friendly and entirely vegetarian but with a wonderful array of region specific dishes. Whilst, the owners were superb in answering the many questions both girls had about Indian customs, food and geographical differences. We love finding little gems like this colourful restaurant and would recommend it to any other families with kids who love to experiment with food.

On first glance, Norwich compares well with cities like Exeter  or Lincoln that we’ve already visited on our ‘UK Cities Tour’. But we’ve got another day tomorrow to see more of this friendly, welcoming city and we can’t wait!!

Norwich

so where did we park the bus for the night?

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Richard

Ever wanted to pack your bags, just jump in a motorhome and go off and explore Europe as a family? Well, that’s exactly what my family has done since September 2015. Visiting 35 European countries, travelling over 54,000 miles and grabbing over 450 family experiences on the way… enjoying Bobsleigh in Norway, Climbing into Mt Etna in Sicily or Kayaking the River Dordogne.

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