The city of Norwich is located on the River Wensum in eastern England. It is the county town of Norfolk. Today, the city of Norwich has a population of 132,512, with the urban or built-up area of Norwich said to have a population of 213,166 residents.
Norwich has a thriving arts, publishing, literature and cultural scene. It was designated England’s first UNESCO City of Literature in 2012. Norwich is also famous for its Colman’s brand of mustard. Insurance, financial service industries, research, science and technology all make up a large part of the city’s economy. Compared to other cities in the country, residents of Norwich are said to be the most internet savvy, largely thanks to having the biggest, free WiFi network in the UK.
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Norwich is home to both the University of East Anglia and Norwich University of the Arts. Around 15,000 students reside in the city, many coming from overseas. Nearly 15% of the population of Norwich are aged between 20-24 years old, stemming mainly from the student population. There are also two colleges of further education in Norwich, namely Easton College and City College Norwich. The University Of East Anglia and Easton College are located on the outskirts of the city. City College Norwich, on Ipswich Road, is one of the largest colleges in the country.
Norwich City football club is one of the leading, sporting triumphs from the city, part-owned by celebrity chef, Delia Smith. Five miles east of the city in Blofield, is Norwich’s second football club, Norwich United.
As well as five hockey clubs, Norwich has two rowing clubs, an athletics club, a rugby club, a handball club and a dry ski and snowboarding slope.
The majority of the population in Norwich is white (approximately 90%). 4.5% are of Asian origin and 2.3% are of mixed race. Nearly 45% of the population are of Christian religion. 42.5% of Norwich residents are said to belong to no religion at all, compared to the UK average of 25.1%.
Tourism is an important part of Norwich’s economy. Shoppers in the city head for places such as The Mall Norwich, Chapelfield Mall, Anglia Square shopping centre. There are also a range of small independent shops on the cobbled streets. The market is one of the largest open-air markets in the UK.
Tourists also visit the cathedral and castle, Colman’s Mustard Shop and Museum, Dragon Hall and the literary quarters of The Forum.
Norwich is well served by public transport, making it easy to reach from other parts of the country. With links to Yarmouth, Kings Lynn, Peterborough, Cambridge and Ipswich.
The railway station is located to the east of the city, where trains depart for London every half an hour, and to Liverpool, via Nottingham and Manchester, every hour.
The city boasts the claim of having the UK’s first, not-for-profit, city-wide, car club the Norfolk Car Club.
The city’s airport, Norwich International, is served by several carriers and has a busy, charter operation to foreign, holiday destinations. It also serves as a feeder hub to KLM’s Schiphol airport in Amsterdam.