Norwich

Norwich is a historic county town whose flagship club Norwich City play within a short stroll of the train station. An easy and pleasant groundhop, Carrow Road is also a notch above as far as gastronomy is concerned – its destination restaurant and daily-opening diner were set up by celebrity chef Delia Smith, a co-majority shareholder in the club.

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Welcome to Norwich/Peterjon Cresswell

Known for her heartfelt half-time plea over the tannoy to fans to get behind the team during a vital relegation battle, Smith (responsible for the cake depicted on the sleeve for the Rolling Stones’ album ‘Let It Bleed’ in 1969) shares majority club ownership with her husband, editor and publisher Michael Wynn-Jones.

Games between Norwich and local rivals Ipswich Town, the Old Farm Derby, are as fierce any cross-city clash. The role of regional kings has not always been a given – in 2007 it belonged to Colchester United. In fact, Norwich have often flitted between divisions since first gaining top-flight status in 1972 – the Canaries flew back into the Premier League again in 2015.

The Canaries are most known for memorable performances in cup tournaments: the FA Cup run of 1959, the League Cup wins of 1962 and 1985, and, most notably, the UEFA Cup win over Bayern Munich in 1993.

Though Norwich have no rivals within the city itself, some of the local teams prominent in the club’s early days still play in the Anglian Combination League. This is the modern-day version of the Norfolk-Suffolk League, whose criterion for entry is to be within a 50-mile radius of Norwich. One such are league founder members and recent Division 1 champions CEYMS FC, an acronym for Church of England Young Men’s Society, whose key players revolted in 1902 to form Norwich City.

Founded a year later, Poringland later became Norwich United, who today compete in the Eastern Counties League at Plantation Park in Blofield, just east of Norwich. Before then, they played at nearby Heartsease Lane, previously occupied by the wonderfully named Gothic FC. It derives from the popular term for the factory that once stood on Carrow Road – or rather derived, for Gothic FC, four times winners of the Norfolk Senior Cup, are no more.

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Norwich

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Norwich City/Carrow Road: 52.621705, 1.309111
Norwich station: 52.626264, 1.306365
Holiday Inn Norwich City: 52.622216, 1.310656
Premier Inn Norwich Nelson City Centre: 52.627459, 1.304217
Number 3 B & B: 52.629047, 1.308442
Central Hotel: 52.628491, 1.306708
Station Hotel: 52.628255, 1.306527
Travelodge Norwich Central: 52.623858, 1.291926
Maids Head Hotel: 52.630793, 1.298807
Prince Of Wales: 52.629507, 1.299686
The Mischief: 52.633089, 1.296827
The Glass House: 52.632357, 1.297898
The Bell Hotel: 52.627348, 1.295465
The Gardener\'s Arms/ Murderers Pub: 52.626944, 1.295193
Delaney\'s: 52.630664, 1.294728
The Rose: 52.620792, 1.300961
Compleat Angler: 52.628077, 1.305526

Bearings

Norwich Airport is 5km (three miles) north of town, and serves mainly seasonal traffic. Bus No.603 (Mon-Sat every 15min, not Sun, journey time 24min) runs to the bus station in the city centre.

A taxi (+44 1603 424 044) should cost £12.

Stansted Airport is 134km (83 miles) away. A direct bus to Norwich (£20) leaves every 2hrs and takes 3hrs.

If travelling by train from London, the Greater Anglia service takes just under 2hrs from Liverpool Street. Norwich station is a short walk from town, and an even shorter walk to the stadium. If you need a quick hop across town by bus, there’s a 90p two-stop fare.

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Holiday Inn Norwich City/Peterjon Cresswell

Bed

Norwich Tourist Office offers a hotel-search service.

Norwich is the only ground in England where a hotel provides rooms with a match view. Overlooking Carrow Road, the Holiday Inn Norwich City contains 25 rooms with the pitch in full sight, offered for a match-day supplement of £50-£80. Room No.315 is perhaps the most luxurious. According to FA rules, a maximum of two adults and two children per room may take advantage of this unique feature. The hotel lays on a match-day carvery and its pleasant, expansive bar adjoining the lobby is also open to the public.

Near the ground, over the river from the train station, the Premier Inn Norwich Nelson City Centre features a popular bar with a long terrace overlooking the waterfront.

Also close and convenient, Number 3 B&B is a friendly spot with comfortables beds, whose cheap rates are made even more attractive by the free in-room WiFi and breakfast. Help yourself to tea and coffee. The nearby Central and Station Hotels also benefit from this prime location.

Nearer town, the Travelodge Norwich Central is the kind of place used by fictitious TV character Alan Partridge. In the city centre, the landmark, upscale Maids Head Hotel is said to be the oldest in the UK, dating back 1,000 years. Previous guests include Queen Elizabeth I and Catherine of Aragon.

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Compleat Angler/Peterjon Cresswell

Beer

Many pubs in the city centre provide TV football and offer cheap drinking hours for the significant student clientele. The main drag for nightclubs is along Prince of Wales Road, which leads directly from the station to town.

Typical of the genre is the Prince of Wales pub itself. Turning right there towards the cathedral, the multi-named street that snakes north over the river is also lined with pubs. Best of them is The Mischief (8 Fye Bridge Street), dating back to 1599, slightly bohemian in feel and showing football action on a flat-screen TV at the end of the bar. Pool tables downstairs.

On the same stretch, The Glass House is a convivial Wetherspoon pub, as is The Bell Hotel – both show TV football. Close by, The Gardener’s Arms/The Murderers justifiably prides itself on its outstanding choice of ales, live TV sport and traditional feel. The alternative name is linked to a heinous crime a century ago – the pub itself dates back to 1530.

Delaney’s (41 St.Andrew’s Street) is a standard, friendly, sport-focused Irish pub while away from the student hordes, south of the town centre, The Rose (235 Queen’s Road) is a lovely pub to relax and watch the game, tucked in behind Carrow Hill.

Closer the ground and diagonally opposite the station, the Compleat Angler is a popular pre-match meeting place, offering meal deals and ales such as Adnams and local Woodforde’s Wherry. Tables overlook the river.


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