Living in Norwich

Living in Norwich

Here is everything you need to know about Norwich, use the list below to jump between the relevant sections!

Norwich Insights
Norwich History
Norwich Arts and Culture
Norwich’s population
House price’s in Norwich
Is Norwich a nice place to live?
Is Norwich safe?
Travelling in Norwich
Education in Norwich
Eating and drinking in Norwich
Shopping in Norwich
Places to Stay in Norwich
Top 10 things to do in Norwich
Locksmiths in Norwich

Norwich Insights

Norwich, the city of stories, is a city in Norfolk, England. As a city Norwich prides itself on celebrating the independent, creative and encourages change and diversity within its walls, encouraging creating new stories to tell, it’s no surprise after the city was England’s first UNESCO City of Literature, hence its tagline. Norwich boasts plenty of outdoor walks and activities making it a great place to be for adventure lovers. It takes around 2.5hrs to reach London from Norfolk via the A11 and M11 and just under two hours via train.


Norwich History

Norwich is steeped in history dating back to the Iron Age where Romans ruled the area, the Normans who built the original castle and Norwich Cathedral and in Medieval times Norwich was named the second city in the UK after London. It was the Georgians and Victorians who really expanded the city which continued throughout the 20th and 21st century and gaining it’s title as a UNESCO City of Literature in 2012.


Arts and Culture in Norwich

Not only is Norwich steeped in history but it also revels ambitiously in the arts and culture. Norwich has no less than four independent theatres, three museums and a world-class museum of world art at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. As well as all of this that is available all year round, Norwich frequently holds festivals (pre-covid) that include celebrations of international arts, beer, literature, crime writing and historic buildings. There is so much more to see and do within the arts and culture sector in Norwich, find out more here!


Norwich Population

The last census in 2011 recorded that Norwich was home to 132,512 people with 3,480 people per square kilometer which is quite densely populated in comparison to other parts of the country. In 2017 the average growth rate for the city was estimated to be 1.3% totaling to 143,000 people, we can only imagine this number will have grown once we get the results of the 2021 census report. Norwich has quite a young average age of residents within its population of around 37 years old, the majority of these people being female at 51%.


House Prices in Norwich

The average price homebuyers paid for their home in Norwich over the last 12 months £277,199. This number produced by Zoopla is the average from 2,614 homebuyers until April 2021. Zoopla currently estimate the average value to be slightly lower at £275,716, despite this Norwich’s property market saw a positive increase of 0.40% over the last year.

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Detached House Prices in Norwich

There were 997 sales of detached homes in Norwich over the last 12 months with the average buyer paying £366,586. Zoopla estimated the value change of a detached property in Norwich to decrease in value at -3.51% over the last 12 months with the average estimate of a detached property in Norwich to be worth £360,356.

Semi-Detached House Prices in Norwich

Unlike detached properties, semi-detached homes in Norwich increased in value by a healthy 3.75%. This figure comes from 692 sales that took place over the last 12 months with semi-detached buyers paying £245,641 on average which is slightly higher than Zoopla’s current average value of £243,554.


Terraced House Prices in Norwich

The average buyer of a terraced house in Norwich paid £226,298 on average from the data collected by Zoopla of 668 sales in the last 12 months. This is slightly less than Zoopla’s current average value of £233,456 where –2.04% decreases in value change has been seen.


Flat Prices in Norwich

There were further decreases in the value change of flats in Norwich with a chunk of -4.43% which is a great time for flat buyers entering the market. On average people who bought a flat in Norwich over the last 12 months paid £146,951 which is way below Zoopla’s current average value of £167,517.


Renting in Norwich

The average property rents is £1,006pcm in Norwich. The average price you can expect to pay to rent a room is £478pcm, a flat will cost around £947pcm and a house rents for £1,340pcm on average.


Is Norwich a Nice Place to Live?

Norwich has topped The Sunday Times Best Place to live in the UK charts numerous times! Just last year Norwich was named the best place to live in the East. The Times describes Norwich as “A small city that’s bursting with history and ahead of the game on fun, friendliness and creativity” which we make out to mean for home movers that Norwich is the perfect city to reside whoever you are! Norwich is also aware of the city’s green record and carbon emissions within the city have fallen by a huge 45% since 2008! The city have managed to achieve this by encouraging its residents to take up more cycling which is on the up by 40% and the number of people who walk to and from work is impressively more than double the national average. Norwich is consistently working on improving themselves as a city and even won a prestigious architecture prize for their Goldsmith Street development in 2019. Despite all of this, Norwich retains its friendly, community feel within the city as the locals enjoy the countryside, heritage, independent shops and galleries and the glorious coastline! There really isn’t much to not like about Norwich!


Is Norwich a Safe Place to Live?

There were 501 reported crimes in Norwich in January 2021. 162 of these were violence and sexual offences, 100 reports were for anti-social behavior, 67 for public order and 46 for shoplifting. The stats for January are relatively low for the city of Norwich with the lowest number of crimes reported was in November 2020 at 466 reported crimes and the highest amount happened in February 2020 with 803 reports. Since then the crime rate has dropped with the number of reports ranging roughly from 500-700 reported crimes per month. You can look more in-depth into crimes in Norwich as focus on a specific area within the city by visiting the website.


Travelling in Norwich

Due to its location right on the east coast you will not pass Norwich on your way to and from other parts of the country but the A11 that runs into the city of Norwich will make your journey easy.

Trains in Norwich

Norwich Station is located in Riverside in the centre of the city so is easily accessible. It is the terminal station for the Great Eastern Main Line which serves the city and Norfolk as a whole with trains available directly into London on the Greater Anglia train which takes just under 2 hours on average.

Coaches and Buses in Norwich

National Express run coaches in and out of Norwich from all over the country as well as a number of local buses including First and Konectbus that will get you to and from places around the city easily.

Park and Ride in Norwich

There is also a park and ride available within the city that helps reduce their carbon footprint and traffic and will help you save money on car parking charges.

Norwich Ferry

Harwich is the closest ferry port to Norwich and offers routes to and from Holland in the Netherlands. Harwich ferry port is around a 2hour drive from Norwich and just over an hour by train.

Norwich Airport

Norwich Airport is located in the north of the city and offers destinations to places in the UK and Europe. For flights further afield London Stanstead, London Luton and London Southend are all accessible within a couple of hours drive.


Schools in Norwich

Norwich has plenty of schools and colleges available for your children. 37 schools are available for children in primary school, 11 of these are Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ including Charles Darwin Primary School, Clover Hill VA Infant and Nursery School and The Parkside School, Norwich. Other than 2 primary schools that were rated in ‘Requires Improvement’ in 2018 and 2019, Tuckswood Academy and Valley Primary Academy all other primary schools were rated a very respectable ‘Good’.

There are 18 secondary schools in Norwich, 5 of these were rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted including The Clare School, Eaton Hall Specialist Academy and Harford Manor School, Norwich. 4 schools achieved a rating of ‘Good’ and only one rated ‘Requires Improvement’ in 2019, City Academy Norwich. All other secondary schools are unrated as it stands.

There are also 18 schools and colleges in Norwich that offer 16-18 education. 6 of these are ‘Outstanding’ including Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form Free School and Notre Dame High School, Norwich. City Academy also falls under the ‘Requires Improvement’ category for this age group and 4 are rated ‘Good’ including University Technical College Norfolk and Jane Austen College. As above the further schools and colleges are unrated.

Find out more about Norwich schools here.

Universities in Norwich

There are two universities in Norwich, Norwich University of the Arts and University of East Anglia. The Norwich University of the Arts offers courses in art, design, architecture and media and is based in the centre of Norwich not too far from Norwich Cathedral. The University of East Anglia offers a whole range of courses with almost 400 postgraduate, almost 300 undergraduate courses and just over 150 PhD/Doctorate courses as well as plenty more, ensuring there are plenty of choices here for those going into further education. The University of East Anglia is located to the west of the city close to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.


Eating and Drinking in Norwich

Norwich has plenty of places to eat and drink within the city.

The top three places to grab a drink or a bite to eat according to TripAdvisor (April 2021) are:

  1. The Wallow: A self-service wine bar where you can grab yourself a drink from one of the ever changing wine dispensers and charcuterie boards are served alongside the wine!
  2. Woolpack Inn: A British pub that serves all the classic food and drink in a lovely, cosy setting.
  3. The Farmhouse: Another British pub that serves a carvery.


The top three places to eat in Norwich according to BBC Good Food are:

  1. Benedicts: A great place for a special occasion where you’ll dine on food that combines comfort with haute cuisine.
  2. Farmyard: If you’re after something more casual with an elegant touch, Farmyard is your place where you’ll dine on local produce that are simple, seasonal dishes.
  3. The Assembly House: A place for the whole family in a Grade 1 listed building and was a finalist for the best afternoon tea in 2017!


Shopping in Norwich

Norwich excels in their thriving independent shops that sit alongside classic high street favourites. Gentlenman’s Walk, Westlegate and St. Stephen’s Street are where you’ll find shops like John Lewis, House of Fraser and Primark as well as two shopping malls, Chantry Place and Castle Quarter. If you’re after something unique, check out the independent shops that are located around the Norwich Lanes, Cathedral Quarter and Magdalen Street!


Places to Stay in Norwich

The top three places to stay in Norwich according to Tripadvisor (April 2021) are:

  1. Stower Grange: From £120, your stay at Stower Grange will transport you back to the 17th All 11 bedrooms are individually decorated and the restaurant serves delicious lunch and dinner using local ingredients.
  2. The George Hotel: From £98 a night you can stay in the recently refurbished George Hotel. The Arlington coffee and bistro lounge serve award winning food all day so you can grab something whenever you feel like it.
  3. Park Farm Hotel: From £119 a night you can stay in the grand Park Farm Hotel, the rooms are clean and modern, the restaurant light and classic and the pool wouldn’t be out of place in a home interior magazine.


Top 10 Things to do in Norwich

  1. Norwich Cathedral
  2. The Broads National Park
  3. Norwich Castle
  4. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
  5. BeWILDerwood Norfolk
  6. Norfolk Market
  7. Plantation Garden
  8. Felbrigg Hall
  9. Elm Hill
  10. Norwich Theatre Royal


Need a Locksmith in Norwich?

When moving into a new home changing the locks is vital as you never know how many keys are out there and risk the keys falling into the wrong hands. Arrange for a Norwich Locksmith to come and fit a new lock the day you get your keys to provide you with peace of mind. We at Keytek® Locksmiths Norwich provide a professional local mobile Locksmith service complying with British Standard and Home Insurance policies to ensure your home is as secure as can be! What’s more is all our customers benefit from a FREE home security check on site to ensure your home is as secure as can be!

There are many other things you need to consider when moving home so check out our Moving Home Checklist to help you along the way! Once you’re in consider improving the security of your home further still by checking out our Ultimate Guide to Home Security here!

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