What you should know before hiring a car in Norwich
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Car hires in Norwich: practical information
Where to rent a car in Norwich
Are you heading out for holidays in Norwich or a business trip? If you hope to see more of the region than just the city, consider also comparing the prices of car hires in Norwich as well. It's the most convenient way to explore the countryside of eastern England and the seaside of Norfolk. If you're arriving on flights to Norwich, the best place to pick up your rental car is at the airport. There are desks for Europcar, Avis and Hertz in the main concourse after you've picked up your luggage.
In Norwich itself you will find that many of the major international car rental companies also have branches here as well. Norwich Car Hire is located on Paddock Street, north of the city centre, close to Thrifty which is located next to it. National Car is on the corner of Dereham Road and Barn Road while Avis is centrally located on Golden Ball Street.
Driving in Norwich: parking and other tips
Parking in Norwich is expensive, as the easiest place to park is in expensive multi-storey car parks in central Norwich. Alternatively there are 6 Park & Ride lots set up around Norwich. The bus to/from the lots to the city centre cost £2.80 (return). This is a good option if you don't want to be hassled with parking in the city, although inconvenient for getting much use out of your cheap car hire in Norwich.
If you plan to use economy car rentals in Norwich, then you'd also better book accommodations at hotels in Norwich which offer parking so as not to rack up additional holiday costs using the city's car parks. Although considered small for an international city, Norwich is a buzzing place for England and there is plenty to see and do within the city limits. Norwich and its surroundings are home to some of the most beautiful parks and gardens in all of Grate Britain, many built in the early 20th century.
Road trips from Norwich: what to do, what to see
Eaton Park is just west of the city and covers 80 acres with elegant lily ponds, cricket mounds and even space for playing football and lacrosse. There is a park café as well, which is open year-round. The park was initially commissioned as a solution to rising unemployment after the first World War in 1920s. The park was officially opened by the Prince of Wales in 1928.
Catton Park is located to the north is much more wild than the other two parks mentioned here as it is partially formed by the Old Catton conservation area. It's a lush area of fairly open grasslands which bloom with wildflowers in the spring. Explore Buttercup Meadow and the War Memorial Deer Park while you're visiting Old Catton. Today the property is protected by English Heritage.
Waterloo Park is an impressive 18 acres just north of the city centre between Aylsham Rd. and Angel Rd. It first opened in the 1930s. Today you can use a number of the facilities for free including the tennis courts, paddling-pool, bandstand, pavilion and bowls. Waterloo Park makes a great day out with a Norwich car hire if the weather is nice.