New homes in Norwich
Welcome to Norwich
From quaint cobbled streets to castles, museums and nature parks, there’s lots to see and do in the beautiful city of Norwich. If you’re looking for a place to live that’s near the coast, has good employment opportunities and a vibrant events calendar, a new home in Norwich could tick all the right boxes for you.
A quick history
Norwich began life as a small Anglo-Saxon settlement, growing into a town thanks to its location on the River Wensum. By the 10th century, Norwich had become a big and important town, with a weekly market and its own coin mint. Although the Danes burned much of Norwich down in the early 11th century, it was rebuilt and by the time of the Domesday Book in 1086 was one of the largest towns in the country.
During Medieval times Norwich was a wool and leather making town, and in the early 13th century a large number of friars arrived in the town. There were more fires in the 1500s, but by the 17th century Norwich was growing quickly again, and in 1849 was connected to London by rail. Today, Norwich is a thriving city with a population of around 140,000.
Business and industry
Historically, industry in Norwich has centred around wool, silk, leather and shoemaking. By the end of the 20th century, the city was known for its electronics, engineering, printing and finance industries, while tourism was also booming.
Today major employers in Norwich include the University of East Anglia, Norwich University of the Arts, BBC East, ITV Anglia, Norwich City Council as well as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Aviva, Handelsbanken and Virgin Money.
Things to do in the area
Norwich Cathedral is one of the most well-known sights in the city, while the city centre is also great for shopping. Whether you’re exploring the cobbled streets, discovering independent boutiques and finding vintage treasures in Norwich Lanes, or shopping at high street stores at Chapelfield Shopping Centre and Castle Mall, Norwich is a great place to enjoy some retail therapy. The city also has a regular traditional market.
If you enjoy discovering local history, Norwich is home to Norwich Castle, the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell, the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum and the City of Norwich Aviation Museum. For children there are lots of great family-friendly attractions nearby including Norwich Puppet Theatre, Banham Zoo and Bure Valley Railway.
For a day in the great outdoors, Mid-Yare National Nature Reserve is located right on the edge of the city, while The Norfolk Broads are popular with walkers.
Norwich is also known as a UNESCO City of Literature and hosts a number of book-related events throughout the year including the Worlds Literature Festival, the Norfolk and Norwich Festival and the UEA Literary Festivals.
Travel and commuting
Norwich is well-connected by road and rail to nearby towns and cities, including a popular direct train route to London with a journey time of one hour 45 minutes to Liverpool Street. Cambridge is one hour 20 minutes away by car or train, while Peterborough can be reached in one hour 45 minutes by car or one hour 30 minutes by train.
If you’re going on holiday or taking a business trip abroad, Norwich International Airport is less than 15 minutes away from the city centre by car.