Norwich is located on a bend of the River Wensum, once understood to be the second largest city in the country during medieval times. These days, the narrow alleys and cobbled lanes lead onto the Market Place, an open square, very much the centre of the town. With lots of tourist attractions, most of it within easy walking distance of the centre, see the amazing Gothic Cathedral in the picturesque Norwich Cathedral Quarter, relax with a river cruise and experience some of the best shopping in the UK.
Search the Rent My Caravan website to find caravans for rent in the South Norfolk region, to make the perfect base to explore the cosmopolitan, vibrant City of Norwich or to enjoy the Norfolk Broads national park and explore the beautiful Norfolk coastline.
History of Norwich
In the early tenth century, Norwich was first established by the Saxons, pillaged by the Danes then became a busy exporting hub with many of its goods traversing the North Sea. The Normans are known for their building of the famous Cathedral and Castle. The city became a centre for the wool trade during medieval times, with many immigrant workers arriving from France and Flanders making up a large percentage of the population during the Tudor period. After being passed by in the industrial revolution, its fortunes flagged until the construction of the University of East Anglia in 1963, since when it is now one of the UK’s most economically successful cities.
Wroxham Miniature Worlds
Visit this huge indoor model exhibition, with its enormous model railway set up, slot car displays, dolls houses, Lego and many vintage toys on show, in addition to the top 100 toys from the previous decades.
Bure Valley Railway
The railway runs through nine miles of stunning scenery between Wroxham and Aylsham in the Bure Valley, with stopping off points at quaint villages along the route. It is Norfolk’s longest 15 inch narrow gauge railway, operating both steam and diesel trains.
A footpath and cycle route has been constructed along the length of the railway track, allowing pedestrians and cyclists to enjoy the Norfolk countryside. Why not cycle or walk one way and take the return journey on the train? You will find caravans for rent on holiday parks near Wroxham and Aylsham by searching on Rent My Caravan.
Set in 100 acres of coastal parkland, this walking safari park is one of the UK’s largest and most popular wildlife centres. On the A12 road, 3 miles south of Lowestoft, this recreation of the African Savannah region has rhinos, giraffes, hyenas, cheetahs and many more African animal species.
With a wonderful bird of prey display and many animal encounter sessions and feeding talks. A safari road train offers a free ride around the park, with a running commentary about the animals you will see. Rent a Static Caravan near Lowestoft to explore this and many other attractions
Somerleyton Hall and Gardens
Located on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, not far from the coast, this outstanding country house is home to Lord and Lady Somerleyton. The house is open to the public from Easter until October.
The walled garden has ornate greenhouses designed by the architect of Crystal Palace, Joseph Paxton, as well as a huge pergola, with climbing roses, wisteria, vines and clematis plants. Visit the enormous yew hedge maze, created in 1846, or one of the many glorious garden settings, including the white garden, and the Victorian pleasure gardens.
There are many more places and attractions to visit in and around the city, but you may need to Rent a Static Caravan in or near the City Norwich for longer than just a weekend to enjoy them all.