Norwich Book Benches

The summer of 2023, a new exciting chapter began on the streets of Norwich encouraging people to meet, dwell and enjoy the sights and sounds of the city. Within the eight districts of Norwich these beautifully designed benches can be found, made of stone, wood and metal.

The benches form a trail around the city encouraging people to visit locations that may be new to them, and the suggested route starts in Gentleman’s Walk and runs to Rampant Horse Street, Rouen Road, Riverside, St-Martin-of-Palace-Plain, St George’s Street finishing in Upper St Giles Street.

Each bench gives you the opportunity to stop and take a moment, watch people walk by, read a book, enjoying the historical elements of the city whilst learning and enhancing our knowledge of the great writers with Norwich connections. Download the trail map here.

Project Partners

  • Norfolk County Council
  • Norwich City Council
  • National Centre for Writing

EXPERIENCE is a €24.5 million project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (€16.9 million) through the Interreg France (Channel) England Programme and designed to develop the experiential off-season economy in the future in a safe and sustainable way. The project is a 4-year scheme that runs from 1st September 2019 to 30th June 2023, involving 14 partners in France and England. The project is managed by Norfolk County Council which is piloting new and more sustainable approaches to tourism. EXPERIENCE aims to capitalise on the emerging global trend for local tourism and engagement with the great outdoors, heritage, and culture.

It focuses on six pilot regions in England and France. The aim is to promote off season tourism which is more sustainable for the environment, local businesses, and residents.

Locally, the EXPERIENCE project supports local tourism and hospitality businesses across Norfolk in developing new, low-environmental impact, off-season tourism experiences. The project contributes to Norfolk County Council’s plans to cut carbon emissions and support nature recovery.

Find out more about the EXPERIENCE project here. (