There's nowhere else quite like Norwich. It's one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the UK, with fine old buildings - including a spectacular cathedral - and a largely unchanged street pattern. That means a warren of winding lanes, lined with independent shops and tearooms; perfect for train travellers who like to explore on foot. Add to that modern shopping centres, a renowned university and easy access to the Norfolk Broads, and you might just have the perfect city break...
Simply wandering the streets is a treat. Look out for the marvellous Norman cathedral, the City Hall clock tower and the cobbled streets of Elm Hill, Timber Hill and Tombland. Then go in search of the half-timber Dragon Hall and Strangers' Hall; the Art Nouveau 1899 Royal Arcade; the series of winding ancient lanes alongside the River Wensum; and Pull's Ferry, a 17th-century house made of flint named after the river's last ferryman.
Founded in the eleventh century, Norwich Market is now the largest undercover market in Europe and is a treasure trove of local foods and unusual trinkets. Open Monday to Saturday, it has an atmosphere to be savoured, with its stalls set out under bright, colourful canopies.
If you're looking to get out of the city for a while, head to Mousehold Heath to the northeast of the centre. A mix of heath and woodland with an easy-to-navigate network of paths, it also has superb views of Norwich - this is the place to be if you want to take in the skyline of the cathedral, castle and City Hall.
Finally, it's time for a pint. Belgian Monk is one of the best pubs in Britain, with a host of Belgian beers. Find it in the heart of historic Potter Gate Street.