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Car hire in Norwich

Hiring a car in Norwich

Norwich is based on the east coast of England, which became England's first UNESCO City of Literature in 2012.

Hiring a car means that you have the freedom to travel around the city and see the stunning sights that this destination has to offer.

The A47 is one of the main roads surrounding Norwich, running from Great Yarmouth on the east coast all the way to Leicester in the Midlands. It's other main road is the A140, which goes from Cromer down to Ipswich.

What you need to know

A number of well-known hire car providers can be found in Norwich, and our online website tool can help you find the best deal for you.

You can choose anything from a family vehicle to a fancy sports car, so why not treat yourself to the perfect vehicle for your holiday?

In addition, our 24/7 support and free cancellation and amendments will leave you confident that whether your needs change or if you have any problems, we're here to help.

Where to pick up your car

You can either pick up your hire car at Norwich airport (NWI) or in the city centre, depending on which supplier your booking is with.

If they're based at Norwich airport, you'll find the car hire desk on the main concourse of the arrivals hall.

Alternatively, if you've chosen to collect it from the city centre then you can easily get a taxi to take you to the office.

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Where to go

As well as Norwich city centre, which offers all of the benefits of a large city in England, you can explore the suburban towns and villages that surround it.

The area is popular for its successes in art, literature and publishing, so you won't want to miss a visit to The Forum, which houses the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library.

A number of buildings are known for their stunning architecture, while the city also boasts some fantastic green spaces for those looking to relax on a sunny day. Some of the most popular places to visit include Norwich Castle and Pulls Ferry.

Nearby Norwich

You can visit a number of stunning towns and villages that surround Norwich, as well as many others that are still less than an hour away.

Great Yarmouth is a hugely popular destination, and just 30 minutes east along the A47. This is a beautiful coastal town that attracts tourists from across the UK and the rest of the world.

An hour south-west of Norwich is Bury St Edmunds, a historic market town whose rich heritage can be seen even today. It boasts medieval architecture and Georgian squares, as well as the Cathedral and Abbey gardens. It's award-winning markets also draw in visitors from all of the surrounding areas.

Longer drives

To make the most of your hire car, why not go further afield and explore more of what England has to offer?

Just over an hour south-west of Norwich is Cambridge, a city well-known for its university. As well as the world-class education it offers, Cambridge is also popular for its culture. Here you can enjoy a Punt tour on the river, or visit the sculptures that have been created throughout the city. If you're a fan of horse racing, then you can also head to the nearby Newmarket Racecourse to enjoy a day out.

For a longer drive, you can head west for just under three hours to reach Birmingham. As it's such a large city, one of the best things to do in Birmingham is to hit the shops. The city has various different shopping centres, as well as a number of vintage stores and independent boutiques that sell unique and handmade goods.

Top attractions to visit in Norwich

Hiring a car gives you the freedom to go anywhere that you please during your trip to Norwich.

Eating and drinking

As the city sits at the heart of a county that's dedicated to farming, restaurants in Norwich are lucky enough to enjoy the freshest produce.

It's known for its hearty traditional food, with a great choice of independent cafes, gastropubs and restaurants. However, you can also find restaurants serving almost any cuisine you could think of, so you're in for a treat whatever you fancy.

Due to its micro-brewing industry, real ale is a popular tipple in Norwich. There's a huge choice of pubs in the city, as well as some brilliant bars and nightclubs if you're looking to spend a night out on the town.

Things to do

Being so well-known for its literature, book lovers can enjoy a number of festivals throughout the year in Norwich devoted to this art.

It's also a city brimming with culture, so there's a range of museums and art galleries including Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Strangers' Hall and The Museum of Norwich.

The surrounding towns are popular for their markets, so to explore and find some hidden gems, a trip to to the likes of Diss, Harleston, Loddon and Wymondham are a must.


Norwich truly is a beautiful city, which you'll see for yourself during your visit. Don't miss out on a trip to Norwich Castle, which was built by the Normans as a Royal Palace 900 years ago.

It still stands today as one of Norwich's most famous landmarks, and is home to a hugely popular museum and art gallery.

Norwich Cathedral Quarter is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the rich history of the city. Stroll down the cobbled streets and head to the Norman Anglican cathedral, which sits on 44 acres of land surrounded by independent shops, pavement cafes, restaurants and galleries.

Norwich Cathedral is considered one of the finest complete Romanesque cathedrals in Europe, boasting spectacular architecture and more than a thousand medieval sculptures.


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