example of street art in Norwich, this mural was found in the Pottergate underpass and says "make your haters your motivators"

Norwich Street Art Guide

Norwich is definitely not the first place in England you think of when it comes to street art. It’s not the home of any world-famous artists or murals, but if you know where to look you can find some impressive works of art.

Take a few hours to enxplore the city centre and track down the murals. In this post, I will share where to find the best street art in Norwich.

Norwich Street Art Scene

Norwich has the most intact medieval streets in the UK. While there are a few modern buildings like the Forum, it’s not a trendy place like Shoreditch where you would expect to see street art. In the time that I have lived in Norwich, the urban art scene has grown.

Many of the murals have a “City of Stories” theme. This is to mark that Norwich was England’s first UNESCO City of Literature. It received this designation because it is home to the first woman (Julian of Norwich) to write a book in English, the UEA (The University of East Anglia) that pioneered the first Creative Writing MA, and the National Centre for Writing.

Best Places to See Norwich Street Art

There are quite a few places to see street art in the Norwich city centre. Sometimes it may not necessarily be in an obvious place, so you need to know where to look.

All these murals are located within walking distance from the Norwich Train Station. I have included the artists’ names when I could find them.

Riverside

norwich riverside mural depicting buildings in the area
This is the biggest mural in Norwich

Just across the street from the train station above Frankie and Benny’s restaurant is one of Norwich’s newest and largest murals. It is a colorful depiction of some of the landmarks and activities in the area by Matthew Owen and Ian Westbrook.

The mural features the Norwich train station, Lady Julian Bridge, and other buildings along the Wensum River. It also shows that the area is the home of the Norwich City Canaries football team and a movie theater.

St. Stephens Street Underpass

st stephens underpass in Norwich is lined with paintings
Lots of impressive artwork in the St. Stephens underpass

The St. Stephens Street roundabout is one of the busiest in the city, so it’s helpful that there is an underpass for pedestrians. There are many smaller murals along the walkway so its worth exploring the tunnel even if you don’t need to cross the street.

The paintings cover a variety of subjects, styles, and painting techniques, but they are all a standard size. Some of my favorites are:

mural of lord nelson and the duke of wellington in front of Norwich Cathedral
Duke of Wellington and Lord Nelson statues chatting in front of Norwich Cathedral by David Jones
pineapples in many colors
Colorful Pineapples by Ruth Knapp
cute kitty painted
Cute Kitty by Joel Benjamin

Pottergate Underpass

black lives matter mural in norwich
This new mural covers the whole underpass so doesn’t fit easily in a photo.

The Pottergate Underpass allows pedestrians and bikers to cross under Grapes Hill. Prior to June 2020, it was filled with random graffiti. Now it is filled with murals supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

Originally the artist Knapple had painted one mural for the Black Lives Matter campaign. Unfortunately, after a few days, someone anonymously reported the mural as offensive. The online report went directly to one of the city’s contractors who painted over the mural.

original black lives matter street art in Norwich
This mural has been unfortunately painted over.

The Norwich City Council apologized and reiterated that the city does support Black Lives Matter. They commissioned the artist to paint another mural.

Before I could even go and see it, there was graffiti painted on it. Now the entire tunnel is filled with murals for Black Lives Matter. I hope it stays that way!

Norwich Market

norwich market
The Norwich Market has paintings on some of the stalls.

Norwich Market has been in operation on its current site for over 900 years, making it one of the oldest outdoor markets in England. It’s colorful stalls sell all sorts of goodies including some unique foods.

Take some time to browse the market and see what is on offer. You will also notice that random stalls throughout the market have paintings on the sides. Some of the artwork depicts local scenes.

mural of norwich market at norwich market
The colorful stands of Norwich Market
painting of the adam and eve pub
The Adam and Eve Pub is the oldest in Norwich.

Golden Ball Street

norwich street art - a mural of the city center
One of the murals in Norwich with the City of Stories theme.

On the side of the building that houses the office of Pymm & Co Estate Agents, there is a mural done by Poppy Cole showing some of the most recognisable buildings in the Norwich city centre. You can see Norwich Castle and Norwich Cathedral along with some of the independent shops like Thorns.

Red Lion Street (across from Debenhams)

dragon mural in norwich england
This friendly dragon named Snap watches over the city.

Dragons in England have been famous since the legend of St. George. There has also been a connection between dragons and the city of Norwich going back to medieval times. One of my favorite buildings is Dragon Hall on King Street, so it is fitting that one of my favorite murals is a dragon.

Malca Shotten painted a colorful dragon named Snap who watches over one of Norwich’s streets. According to the artist, he is friendly and was inspired by costumes worn in street parades at Norwich’s dragon festival (which last took place in 2009). The wording on the scroll actually came from the castle.

dragon plaque from castle gardens in Norwich
One of the many references to dragons in Norwich, this plaque is in the Castle Gardens.

Previously, the Norwich Snapdragon was a costume made to reflect the civil power and wealth of the city. It was used during the annual Guild Day procession which was held in conjunction with the installation of a new mayor.

There are actually three old snapdragons that are part of the collection at Norwich Castle. One, known as Snap, is the last complete example of the civic snapdragon. The body is made of basketwork, painted with gold and red scales over a green body and red underside, and it was designed so that the person wearing the dragon would have their legs hidden within a canvas ‘skirt’.

Arcade Street by Castle Meadow

marketplace of the Iceni mural in Norwich
Travel back in time with this mural about the marketplace of the Iceni.

This mural by Joey LaMeche covers both the wall and the ceiling so be sure to look up. It shows the bustling scene at the Market-Place of the Iceni, located at modern-day Caistor St Edmund, a few miles south of Norwich.

The Iceni were the Brittonic tribe in the area during the Iron Age and early Roman era. If you look closely at the mural, you can see Queen Boudica who led an uprising against the conquering forces of the Roman Empire.

close up of Queen of Iceni in mural

Castle Street and Old Post Office Court

norwich mural with buildings as books
This is such a creative mural and works perfectly with the theme “City of Stories”

In this mural called “The Case for Norwich,” the artist, Derek Jackson, turned some of Norwich’s most iconic buildings into books. First, take a close look and identify the different buildings, then admire from a distance to appreciate the 3D effect.

Pottergate across from St. John the Baptist Church

norwich mural with books and rays of sunshine
The bright colors in this mural could add some sunshine on a grey day.

At the other end of Pottergate from the underpass, there is a mural by Julia Allum that is like a ray of sunshine. A stack of books creates the landscape. The left side of the mural is a scene from the Norfolk Broads and on the right on top of an open book is a scene from Norwich.

Bedford Street and St. Andrew’s Hill

norwich city centre street with cat mural
The colors in this mural makes the cats seem playful and friendly.

Above the Little Red Roaster, there is a pastel mural of cats and flowers painted by Ella Goodwin. Some people say that cats used to be buried in the walls of buildings to keep the spirits away. These cats seem to have buildings inside them, so not sure what that does.

Well, no spirits here, the colors make the cats look happy and ready to play in the flowers. It’s probably best viewed from a bit down the hill on Bedford Street.

More Places to See Art in Norwich

Art lovers would also enjoy:

  • Sainsbury Centre for the Arts – It’s free to see the permanent collection and just a small admission price for the special exhibits. There is also a free sculpture trail around the nearby lake.
  • Norwich Castle Museum – The Castle has a lovely collection of art in addition to the historical artifacts on display.

Murals in Norwich

While Norwich may not be the best city for street art in the UK, there are still some impressive murals worth checking out. I think it adds a bit of diversity and color to the city. I look forward to discovering more of them.

Which Norwich mural is your favorite?

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