Norwich is voted one of the best small cities in the world Norwich is voted one of the best small cities in the world

Norwich was recently voted the 12th most cost effective place to study in the UK, according to the Natwest Student Living Index. With a range of shops, from small convenience stores, large supermarkets and one of the oldest outdoor market stalls in the country, Norwich has much to offer in terms of consumer variety and choice. Natwest Student Living Index 2016

Norwich is one of the most vibrant, historic and attractive cities in Europe, ranking in the top 10 shopping cities in the UK, as well as being England’s first UNESCO City of Literature. The Complete University Guide 2017

The University itself is situated in parkland, with easy access to Norwich, voted one of the best small cities in the world. The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017

It’s easy to fill your time in Norwich with so many attractions to experience, many of which can easily be reached on foot. Visit Norwich

Norwich was listed in Britain's 20 best cities - according to you. The Telegraph 2016

As well as being the most complete medieval city in the UK, it has a flourishing arts, music and cultural scene, superb independent as well as High Street shopping, lively restaurants, bars and nightlife and a heritage that is a delight to explore. It was also England's first UNESCO City of Literature – this is a city of stories!

A recent report by Censuswide places Norwich as the second safest city in England.

The Telegraph noted Norwich as one of the top 10 safest university cities in the UK, whilst Norfolk is below the national average for crime statistics. The Telegraph 2016

Norfolk is one of the safest places in the country according to statistics issued by the Home Office. We are home to more than 3,000 international students from 100 countries across Europe and the World. We offer a high quality British educational experience, and welcome the cultural diversity our international students bring to the University.

Norwich one of the top 15 safest cities in Britain and being the safest in the region of East Anglia. The Independent 2016

For those who love to shop, you’re in the right place! Norwich is a UK Top 10 Shopping Destination with some must-see, only-in-Norwich, stores. Visit Norwich

The city is also a shopper's paradise, with two shopping centres and four department stores, many independent stores and boutiques in the quaint Lanes and Timber Hill. Rated in the Top 10 UK shopping destinations, you'll soon realise why.

Norwich Lanes is an area of great historical interest which sits adjacent to the main city centre. The mainly pedestrianised lanes and alleyways are home to some of the most creative independent retailers, eateries and public houses anywhere in the UK. Norwich Lanes Website 2017

Norwich is one of the top 15 shopping destinations in the UK.
VENUESCORE 2017 - part of the Javelin Group

It’s a city where an unrivalled collection of heritage landmarks, spanning 1,000 years of history, blends beautifully with striking 21st century architecture. A city alive with an inclusive atmosphere, compact enough to make you feel at home in days, but with enough sights, local delights and cultural vibrancy to entertain you for weeks. Visit Norwich

The Norfolk Broads National Park - Britain's largest protected wetland and the third largest inland waterway. It's also home to more than a quarter of the rarest plants and animals in the UK. A rich mix of attractions are on offer on land and water all year round - and the historic city of Norwich is right on the doorstep. The Broads Authority

"Norwich is a fine city. None finer. If there is another city in the United Kingdom with a school of painters named after it, a matchless modern art gallery, a university with a reputation for literary excellence which can boast Booker Prize-winning alumni, one of the grandest Romanesque cathedrals in the world, an extraordinary new state-of-the-art public library then I have yet to hear of it. Norwich is a fine city. None finer." 
Stephen Fry, actor and writer

"[The Maddermarket Theatre] performs a repertory that would shame the National Theatre."
Simon Callow CBE, actor, writer and theatre director

"The north Norfolk coast is one of the great joys of the world."
Stephen Fry, Norfolk Magazine

"I think Norfolk is the most beautiful and perfect place on Earth."
Stephen Fry, Norfolk Magazine

"Norwich really does have everything. It has new areas like the Riverside and the university, but I love the way Norwich has kept the old part of the city and not stuck up new buildings all over the place. The city has everything from big modern shopping malls to proper old-fashioned shopping streets. There are not many cities anywhere in the country where you can be right in the city centre somewhere like the Forum, walk 100 yards and be in a beautitful park. In many respects Norwich should be a benchmark for what other cities can do. Architecturally, in particular, too many places go and spoil everything by putting up a load of new buildings next to a beautiful old Georgian house or something like that. But in Norwich you'll see some places where the insides are completely modern and renovated and they have kept the beautiful old facade, which is part of the city's charm. I think for people outside East Anglia, or even outside Norfolk, coming to the city is an eye opener. There is just so much here."
Rick Wakeman, musician, composer and songwriter
Supporting Norwich's bid to become City of Culture

"There is a huge culture of copying at the moment in a lot of places, but Norwich is very much a culture of individuals - it's much more diverse and much more original. It has this cultural underground which you expect in Europe, in places like Madrid. You don't expect it over here, and people are really surprised when they find out about the music and the art and everything that goes on in Norwich."
Miranda Raison, actress (Spooks, Married Single Other, Dr Who)
Supporting Norwich's bid to become City of Culture

"Norwich is a city with a long history and a distinguished one at that. But it is not a chocolate box town, rather a thriving, living city, a contemporary place which has consistently moved ahead in it's own distinctive, radical and independent way...The city of Norwich has many fans, of which I am one. It has a fantastic and historic urban fabric, a glorious rural hinterland and an unparalled coastline of which I am proud to be able to tell people. I support the football club here and applaud the initiatives which I see taking place all over the city, wrought by the many excellent cultural organisations who work together to ensure an excellent quality of life for the citizens and those who are lucky enough to visit or stay."
Stephen Fry
Supporting Norwich's bid to become City of Culture

"I can think of no city in Britain better suited to be the City of Culture. In terms of physical beauty, of historical importance and of powerful atmosphere, it is second to none - to say nothing of its wonderful restaurants and pubs and excellent shops. It is a courteous and an efficient city, too. But more important than that, it embodies the great soul of British culture. The more than 50 superb churches spread across the city enshrine something profound in the British spirit - the desire of prosperous and enterprising citizens to beautify and glorify their community. Many of these same churches provide magnificent venues for performances of every kind, and at such times the city hums with greatness of spirit."
Simon Callow CBE, actor, writer and theatre director
Supporting Norwich's bid to become City of Culture

"I'm backing the City of Culture bid - Norwich have got to win. All those big prominent cities get everything, but there are a lot of cities in Britain that need to get recognition like this. Norwich is one of them and it could be an example to the others. It's a very gentle city, with great culture and great food - especially Delia, the queen of Norwich. She should put her weight behind it. When you think of food critics it's all about London but there is a lot of great food outside the capital. I have fond memories of a restaurant called Marco's in Norwich where I had some fantastic meals. I love all the castle turrets and little walls hanging around the city. You can walk around a corner and find history staring you in the face."
Marco Pierre White, chef and restaurateur
Supporting Norwich's bid to become City of Culture

"If it wasn't for the diversity of culture in the city of Norwich, I would never of developed such an eclectic taste which I have been told is prevalent in my work."
Cathy Dennis, pop star and songwriter
Supporting Norwich's bid to become City of Culture