Where and What to Hire
There are a reasonable number of car rental companies from which to hire a car in Norwich. Europecar, Budget and Avis are available from Norwich Airport while National Car and Alamo are located in the centre of Norwich. Thrifty Car Rental has a branch in Trowse Newton. Most types of vehicles are available for hire, from small two-door city cars to three and five-door cars and vans.
When driving in the quite compact centre of Norwich there is some points that first time visitor should watch out for. Much of the very centre of Norwich prohibits cars from entering while there are also numerous one-way streets in area where cars are permitted. Norwich also has quite a number of cyclists and an established network of cycle lanes but many cyclists still share the road with cars.
On-street parking is available in Norwich. It is free outside the city centre and metered in the centre. Charges are between £1.20 and £2 per hour from 8am to 6.30pm Monday to Sunday. There are also multi-storey car parks available across Norwich with charges that vary from £1.60 per hour and up to £6 for 5 plus hours.
Where to Go and What to See
While having a car in Norwich city centre may not be necessary, it is useful to have one for exploring the surrounding area, especially if travelling with the whole family. The beautiful networks of waterways that make up the Norfolk Broads are just 40 minutes east of Norwich by car. Here, families can canoe and kayak, play on a white sandy beach, take long walks and bike rides before sampling the delights of the areas museums, galleries, craft shops and theatres and cinemas. For a romantic break, Norfolk boasts all that a couple could wish for from luxury spas, thatched cottages and chocolate shops to tea rooms, cosy pubs with roaring fires and plenty of walks where solitude and sunsets are the only company. Kids of all ages will enjoy a day out at Sheringham Beach, just 22 miles from Norwich which is a mix of sand and shingle with a lovely town nearby. 53 miles from Norwich is Skegness Beach which is a seaside resort complete with promenade, a fantastic pier, thrilling rides at Fantasy Island amusement park and even a seal sanctuary and butterfly house. Just an hour and a half from Norwich by car is the ancient city of Cambridge, where those with a passion for history can indulge in the city’s fine architecture, libraries, galleries and museums. Why not take a punt on the peaceful River Cam, explore the grounds of one of the world’s most famous universities or take in a theatre show, before feasting on fine cuisine in the many tea rooms, pubs and fine-dining restaurants that fill the charming cobbled streets.