A fine city
Where is our site?
Angel Yard is in Norwich, a medieval city in the East of England, UK. Norwich is 90 minutes away from London by train and 30 minutes' drive from the nearest beach.
Our half-acre site (approx. 0.2 hectares) is on Sussex Street, a Georgian and Victorian residential area, just a short walk from the city centre. It used to be home to Sussex House but, following bomb damage, it became a mason’s yard and then an industrial unit.
The site is a short walk from the River Wensum and Marriott’s Way, an off-road cycle and foot path. It’s close to Magdalen Street, a vibrant area with a rich mix of independent shops and cafes. There’s a zero-waste store, vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurants, record and vintage shops, charity shops and supermarkets.
Norwich: culture & entertainment
As an UNESCO City of Literature, Norwich is home to the National Centre for Writing (we’re even known as the City of Stories). We’re lucky to have the internationally-renowned, treasure-filled Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts right on our doorstep, too.
The Norfolk and Norwich Festival turns the city into a stage for two weeks each May, bringing world-class talent and new, pop-up meeting places to our Fine City. The Norwich Lanes Fayre turns the streets into a triumphant party for one weekend each summer.
Norwich Arts Centre and The Waterfront keep us dancing to top-notch music and invite innovative performers to our doorstep all year round. Theatre Royal and Norwich Playhouse welcome in an impressive programme of big names and independent acts, from comedy through to spoken word, drama, musicals and dance.
Shopping & eating
Yes, we’ve got all the usual chains, high street stores and restaurants. But what really brings Norwich to life are its independent business owners.
The Norwich Lanes, at the heart of our city, are teeming with entrepreneurial spirit. Ancient buildings house cutting-edge shops, bars, galleries, cafes and eateries, which give this area its unique, colourful character.
The rainbow-coloured awnings of Norwich Market (the largest open air market in the UK) are packed with bustling stalls selling fruit and vegetables, spices, fabric, flowers, books, vintage clothes, world foods and so much more. And it’s developing a name for itself as one of the best places to eat in the city, with an ever-growing number of street food vendors selling every imaginable cuisine.
We’re a city spoilt for parks to exercise in, play in, socialise in, and relax with a book in.
National Cycle Route 1 runs through the city, alongside the winding River Wensum. Mousehold Heath woodland, just north of the city, is full of peaceful nature walks, dens and excellent climbing trees.
Norfolk & the surrounding area
Just outside of the city are Norfolk’s famous Broads, and hundreds of miles of rolling countryside paths, woodlands, rivers and nature reserves. The Norfolk coast is home to stunning dunes and beaches, and the biggest skies we know.
There are plenty of bus services operating within Norwich city centre, heading to the University of East Anglia (UEA), the Norwich Research Park, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, and further afield.
Norwich Train Station is ten minutes walk from the city centre, connecting us to London in two hours and to Cambridge in 90 minutes.
This is a great city for cyclists, with links to the National Cycle Network and lots of centrally-located bike shops. Angel Yard is a 20 minute cycle to UEA and Norwich Research Park, and 10 minutes to the station.
Norwich International Airport is to the north of the city and offers regular flights within the UK and to Amsterdam, where you can connect to over 130 onward destinations worldwide. London Stansted Airport is easily accessible by train from Norwich Train Station.