Address: Carrow Road, Norwich, NR1 1JE
Telephone No: 01603 760 760
Web Site: www.canaries.co.uk
What’s It Like?
Away fans are on one side of the South Stand, at the side of the pitch, rather than behind the goal in most grounds. Built in 2004, the facilities and view of the playing action are good. If you sit at the very back of this stand you get views across the city, including Norwich Cathedral.
As Delia Smith is involved, the food is pretty good. The Club bake their own pies including chicken & mushroom and steak & kidney, but also specials pies (changing from game to game) like gravy & cheese, mushroom and garlic and beef in red wine. There should be no bother with the locals, or should that be yokels? Norwich fans are a friendly bunch.
Visiting deepest, darkest Norfolk is one long, long trek, so you may as well spend a little more time there than just the stadium and the pub – so it’s an ideal opportunity to stay overnight!
Norwich has a huge choice of places to eat and drink in the evenings, many are independent businesses. You can enjoy local produce menus – wholesome and homemade with fine wines and beers. It’s said that there used to be a pub in Norwich for every day of the year. This isn’t the case anymore but the ones that are left will offer a warm welcome and cater well for the needs of the thirsty population of Norwich and all its visitors.
A lot of the pubs in Norwich have historical backgrounds like the oldest pub in Norwich, The Adam & Eve. In many pubs you’ll find fantastic food, comedy nights, quizzes, charity events, BBQ’s, music, and beer festivals. If you are looking for a pub try www.inapub.co.uk it gives details of events and pub nights out in Norwich.
The Norwich area has a number of museums, theatres, cinemas, arts venues, and green spaces. For the outdoors, there’s the Norfolk Broads where you can sail, canoe, walk and cycle. Bird-watching and fishing are popular past times as the Broads are home to some very rare wildlife. You can hire sailing boats, motor cruisers (by the hour or the day) or even charter one of the last few Norfolk Wherry yachts, complete with crew.
Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (NR1 3JU) has absolutely loads to do.
The night before the game there’s a free fireworks display at Norwich Castle at 19:30; seating for the disabled is on St Peters Street, at the Gaol Hill end. Call 0344 980 3333 for more information.
If Funk, Soul, Disco and Motown are your thing, on Friday and Saturday at 21:00 it’s The Norwich Soul Train at ‘The Club Room’ (NR2 4SF), advance tickets are £7.
Sunday night at 19:30 brings comedy to the Norwich Theatre Royal (NR2 1RL) with Stewart Lee; tickets are £8 – £21.
Pubs and Grub
There are a few good pubs between the train station and the ground. Most away fans go for food and drink to the ‘Compleat Angler’ (NR1 1NS), by the river opposite the train station (10 minutes walk from the ground). It has an outside terrace, great for summer but only good for smokers in the middle of winter. It has Sky & BT Sports so if you fancy watching the Bournemouth v Newcastle game at 12.45pm and Stoke v Chelsea at 5.30pm they should have them on.
Not far away from the ground and towards the City Centre is a leisure complex called the Riverside. This has loads of eating and drinking places, including ‘Queen of the Iceni’ (NR1 1ED) a Wetherspoons. This is mainly for home fans so hide your colours. ‘The Coach and Horses’ (NR1 1BA) on Thorpe Road is a 10 minute walk from the ground. They brew their own beer and over the winter sell mulled cider. Their menu looks really nice, different with dishes such as Red Snapper, Beef Wellington and Crayfish Tails. They also do a footie menu with plenty of burgers and other bits.
Away fans paying £6 to park in Norfolk County Hall (NR1 2DH) – 2,000 spaces will get a quick getaway if parked up early.
The ground is a 10 minute walk from Norwich train station. From the station turn LEFT and head for Morrisons and you’ll see the ground behind that. Trains leave Swansea at 04:25, 05:30 and 06:28 for the 7.5 hours trip. The tube is needed between Paddington and Liverpool Street (and vice versa). The only train back is 18:00, getting into Swansea at 01:10.
For the Travelling Jacks making the trip – Be Loud, Be Proud and Be Positive!