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Norwich Area Guide

Norwich Cathedral, Norwich Image courtesy of Flickr user Robert Cutts

Steeped in history, Norwich is the most complete medieval city in England and its reputation as a city of vibrant heritage can be attributed to the 1,000 year old architecture, arguably some of the finest in the UK. Not to be considered twee however, Norwich has a thriving media and creative scene and an abundance of theatres, galleries, art centres and museums scattered across the city has positioned Norwich firmly on the map as a cultural heartland.

In addition to the culture on offer in Norwich, the city is a major player in the financial services sector as home to Aviva (previously Norwich Union) and is fast developing a reputation as a centre for science and commerce following the development of Norwich Research Park. The government has prioritised Norwich as a new 'Growth Point'; an area for major housing and employment growth.

Norwich is the county town of Norfolk. The city boundary extends into leafy suburban areas on the western, northern and eastern sides, including Hellesdon, Thorpe St Andrew, Bowthorpe and Costessey to name just a few.

Demographics

Greater Norwich currently has a population of 230,000, with 26% of its population aged between 16-29 years old. This young population is largely considered to be due to the fact that over 40% of the University's graduates live and work locally. More than half of the population of Norwich own their own homes (51%), and almost half of Norwich's working age population (16-74 years) is qualified to A-level and above, resulting in a large skilled workforce - one third of whom are employed in banking, finance and insurance. The number of education and health professionals working in Norwich is significantly higher than the national average.

Education

Early-years education in Norwich is well catered for by over 450 childcare providers in the greater Norwich area, including independent schools, nursery schools, pre-schools and play groups.

Excellent state schools including Framingham Earl High School, Wymondham College, which takes boarders and day students aged 11-18 years, and Wymondham High School are within seven miles of the city. The Norwich Steiner School caters for 6-10 year-olds and offers a curriculum developed by educationalist Rudolf Steiner which covers arts, humanities and sciences.

Private schools in the area include the highly regarded Norwich School and Norwich School for Girls. Sixth Form and College education is well served with specialist colleges for technology, sport, science, languages, the arts, engineering, rural interest and business. City College Norwich is one of the largest colleges of further education in the UK, and the city is also home to the University of East Anglia, one of the country's top 20 universities. Norwich School of Art & Design is the only specialist art and design institution in the east of England.

Transport

Norwich's geographical position makes it relatively easy to connect with London and mainland Europe via its excellent air, rail, road, and sea links. Much of the city is pedestrianised, ideal to explore or commute on foot, and there are six award-winning Park & Ride sites, more than in any other UK city. Cyclists are well catered for with designated council operated cycle storage provision at St Andrew's Car Park as well as traffic free cycling lanes, designated cycle routes and paths.

Amenities and Shopping

At the core of city life is the popular Norwich Lanes, a labyrinth of courtyards and alleyways that are home to a thriving independent retail area and fine eateries just a stone's throw from the imposing clock tower of Norwich City Hall. The quaint Cathedral Quarter is another hub of activity where green spaces, shops, cafes and historic buildings combine around the River Wensum.

The Prince of Wales Road and Tombland areas of the city are popular as the hub of a lively nightlife which includes bars, pubs and clubs. Norwich City Football Club has become famous for its links with celebrity chef and national treasure Delia Smith. Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is a National Health Service academic teaching hospital located on the Norwich Research Park.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.