A visitor's guide to Norwich and the UEA

How to get to Norwich and the UEA

By train: Norwich is very well served by rail links to London and the Midlands. A half hourly service runs between London Liverpool Street and Norwich on the Great Eastern Main Line. If you are coming from the North, there are hourly services running between Norwich and Liverpool Lime Street, via Manchester, Nottingham and Peterborough. There are also regular services between Cambridge and Norwich. To get train tickets, then National Rail Enquiries or the Train Line are good places to start.

National Rail Enquiries The Train Line

The UEA is quite some distance away from the train station; however there is an regular bus service between the two, and taxis immediately available just outside the station. The bus services are First numbers 25 (via Unthank road) and the 26 (via Earlham Road). To get to the bus stop from the station simply exit out of the front doors and turn right. The same applies if searching for a taxi.

By plane: Norwich does have a small airport that has some domestic and international links. The four cities with non stop flights to Norwich are Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Manchester and Amsterdam (from which you may connect with thousands of international destinations). These flights are almost daily all year round.

Find flights to Norwich

Once at the airport, there is a taxi rank outside the terminal. Alternatively you can phone and book a taxi e.g. with ABC taxis which can be booked by phone on 01603 666333 or can be booked online here. If you are going to the university, ask for the LCR at the University and they should know how to get there. There are some buses from the airport into town but they do not run all of the time so usually a taxi is the best option. The journey from the airport into the city is not long and a taxi should only cost around 10 pounds.

By road: Norwich is a bit out of the way roadwise but there are several trunk roads that service the region, such as the A11 and A47. From London, take the M11 towards the north and the A11 turnoff at Great Chesterton; remaining on this road takes you all the way to Norwich. From the North, the same can apply (M11 towards London, A11), or you could get to Peterborough on the A1 and take the A47 through Wisbech and King's Lynn straight to Norwich. Once you get here, the University is well signposted (especially from the A47) and it is located in the west of the city.

Click here for a google map of the roads around Norwich.

Once you get here, the University has several car parks; all information about parking charges and visitor permits can be found here.

By coach/bus: The UEA is well served by coaches from the London airports (Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted) by National Express, London itself by Megabus and Peterborough by the X1 bus, run by First. More details can be found in the links below.

National Express website Megabus website X1 service: Peterborough to Norwich

Staying in Norwich

Staying at the UEA: The on campus accommodation is Broadview Lodge.

Broadview Lodge

Staying in the city: There are many accommodation options in and around the city, from your standard Travelodge/Premier Inns to something more luxurious like Dunston Hall. The links below offer a range of hotels/bed and breakfasts/youth hostels, catering for all tastes and budgets.

Trivago hotel comparison (Norwich) Laterooms (Norwich)

Transport around Norwich/UEA

Wherever you decide to stay, it is not hard to get around Norwich. There are plenty of direct bus services between the city centre and the University, or of course there is the option to get a taxi, walk or cycle.

By bus: There are many bus services servicing the UEA; however if you are in the city, then the best bet is the aforementioned 25 and 26 bus services, departing from the train station and stopping at Castle Meadow (bus stop CS), St Stephens Street (bus stop BP), and ending up at the University (bus stop C). To get back, take bus stop A at the University almost directly opposite bus stop C.

By taxi: The station should usually have taxis outside, and hotels should be able to recommend a good taxi service if that's what you should require. A good taxi company is ABC taxis which can be booked by phone on 01603 666333 or can be booked online here. Ask for the LCR at the University and they should know how to get there.

On foot/By bike: The University is quite a distance from the city centre, but a walk or ride should not be overlooked as a means of getting around Norwich; the city is quite picturesque! The objective whilst walking/riding is to find Unthank or Earlham Road; these run from the west side of the city centre almost to the University.

The map linked here offers a quick glimpse of the roads in and around the "Golden Triangle" area of Norwich (between the UEA and the City Centre).

As it is quite a distance from the city centre, be sure to check the weather before you walk or ride!

BBC Weather (Norwich)

The School of Mathematics (MTH)

The School of Mathematics is in the Faculty of Science (SCI), and our facilities are part of the SCI Teaching Wall (building 5 on the campus map).

Getting there: Finding the school can be tricky if you have just arrived at the UEA. Below are directions to the School from the main bus stop, the LCR (which is where you asked the taxi to go), and Broadview Lodge. I will give directions to the Square (a plaza area ringed with concrete steps) and from there all three routes coincide.

Alternatively, a campus map is provided below. This will also be useful for finding various coffee shops and eateries.

Campus Map (pdf) Campus Map (interactive)

Facilities in MTH: There is a small kitchenette located in the MTH common room (S1.20) where you can prepare hot drinks. The common room also contains a small library which is mostly sufficient for our needs; however the main library can be accessed with a day pass. Wi-fi is available with eduroam credentials. If you do not have a laptop to bring and wish to use a computer on site, then we can set up a guest account; details of how to do so are given below.

IT account set up for academic visitors

Eating/Drinking in Norwich

Eating/drinking on campus: The University has a main central cafeteria in the Square known as the Campus Kitchen with two sections; Zest (for everybody), and Vista (for postgraduates/staff members/guests at the university). There is a third cafeteria on the first floor of the INTO building. All offer food at reasonable prices. The University also has several coffee shops: the Hive (run by the student union, located in Union House), Blend (between Zest and Vista) and Cafe Direct (on the Street). There are various satellites of these in other buildings; in the new Julian Study Centre, for instance. If you are looking for something stronger, there is either the Union Bar (located in the Square, for everybody) or the Grad Bar (postgraduates, mature students and staff, above the Hive).

Eating/drinking in the city: The city has a vibrant community of restaurants catering for all tastes and styles. Namaste India on Opie St comes well recommended for authentic subcontinental cuisine; it also has a wide vegetarian range. Number 12 on Farmers Avenue and the Library at Guildhall are good restaurants if you have a little more to spend. For something more exotic perhaps, Yemek Yemek on St Stephens (Turkish), Vine Thai on Dove Street or the House Thai restaurant on Queens Road (Thai), or Shiki restaurant in Tombland (Japanese) all come with good recommendations. For a taste of East Anglia then Frank's Bar serves good food made with entirely locally sourced ingredients. There are also several chain restuarants in Norwich such as Ask, Wagamama et al.
It is said that Norwich has a pub for every day of the year, and that's certainly not wrong! It has a range of nationally recognised pubs; for example, the Fat Cat on the corner of West End and Nelson Street (voted CAMRA's National Pub of the Year in 2004) comes over thirty real ales to sample and a taste of elsewhere with a range of international beers. In addition, the Coach and Horses on Thorpe Road combines its own brewery with a friendly atmosphere (and good food to boot). More restaurants, pubs, wine bars, coffee shops and the like are listed in the guides below.

Restaurants and pubs in Norwich (Visit Norwich) Guide to Norwich pubs (Enjoy Norwich)