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Awayadays is run by husband and wife team David and Beryl McMaster who are tourism professionals and passionate ambassadors for Norfolk. David was a Director of VisitNorwich and Chairman of Norwich Attractions and is committed to promoting Norwich and Norfolk which he loves as one of the UK’s top tourist destinations. David’s knowledge of Norfolk grew from his job managing farming co-operative, Aylsham Growers. But he decided on a complete change of lifestyle in 1997 when he started Awayadays and he was able to use those past links to enable him to include tours to estates not always accessible to the general public. He also introduced evening tours of Norwich with a Blue Badge guide before, in 2003, global franchise firm City Sightseeing, who operate open top sightseeing buses in more than 100 locations around the world, helped him set up City Sightseeing Norwich and he hasn’t looked back since!

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Norwich City Sightseeing

About the tour

Take an open-top bus and enjoy panoramic views of the Fine City of Norwich with a fascinating recorded commentary along the way on the history and background of what was once the largest walled city in Europe.

Hop-on, hop-off

Take the opportunity to hop-on and hop-off at any of the 9 different stops along the route to further explore some of the wonderful attractions of this beautiful medieval city

Find us

You’ll usually find us on Castle Meadow. Look out for the City Sightseeing bus stop flag outside the main pedestrian entrance to Castle Mall shopping centre. The nearest car park is at Castle Mall. Pick up your free visitor map from various outlets around the city.

When we run (seasonal)

Check back for 2020 season information in February.

1 April to 30 September – 7 days a week
1 to 26 October – Tue-Sat only

Our tours operate six times a day, every day until the end of September. After this, we operate Tuesdays to Saturdays only.

The first tour departs Stop 1 at 10.30 and every hour until the last departure at 15.30.


Buy your ticket

Tickets are available from the driver, from Norwich Bus Station or the Tourist Information Centre in The Forum and from some local hotels. They are valid for 24 hours and you can stay on for the whole 45-minute tour or hop on and off as you like. We also do local fares, perfect if you just need to get from “A to B”, starting at just £1. Just ask the driver!


Castle Meadow outside Mall 1030 1130 1230 1330 1430 1530
Bus Station [C] 1033 1133 1233 1333 1433 1533
Cleveland Road 1038 1138 1238 1338 1438 1538
Theatre Street 1045 1145 1245 1345 1445 1545
Castle Meadow west 1047 1147 1247 1347 1447 1547
Tombland 1050 1150 1250 1350 1450 1550
Britannia Road 1100 1200 1300 1400 1500 1600
Riverside Road 1105 1205 1305 1405 1505 1605
King Street 1110 1210 1310 1410 1510 1610
Castle Meadow outside Mall 1115 1215 1315 1415 1515 1615


Adults £12.00

Children (5-15 yrs) £6

Concessions £10

Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) £30

Other information

You can buy your tickets from the driver on the day, using cash or contactless* – or, if you’d prefer, you can book online through the City Sightseeing website.

Your ticket is valid for 24 hours from first use, which means you can hop on and off as much as you like to explore the city. 

Please note concession pass holders are entitled to a discounted fare but not free travel.

For the discounted student rate, please present a valid student ID.

Our bus is low-floor and easy-access, with a ramp and dedicated bay for wheelchair users. Please note that the wheelchair bay is downstairs on the bus.

Our tour commentary has been recorded in English only.



20th to 24th December 2019

Whether you’re shopping for those last-minute gifts or just want to enjoy the fabulous festive atmosphere of the City, here’s a great opportunity to enjoy a FREE bus ride around Norwich this December on two beautifully restored vintage Buses.
Buses will depart from Castle Meadow frequently – with the Routemaster bus leaving on the half-hour and the Bristol VR on the hour from 10.30am to 3.30pm from Friday 20th December every day up to and including Christmas Eve Tuesday 24th December.  They’ll operate a circular 30-minute route around Norwich city centre calling at St Stephens Street, City Hall and Norwich Rail Station before returning to Castle Meadow and passengers can hop on or off at any of the stops to explore or stay on the bus for the duration. Our team of drivers and conductors are made up of bus enthusiasts who have generously offered their time for free for the third consecutive year alongside Awayadays business owner, David McMaster, to help raise funds for a very worthy local cause close to our hearts – The Big C, Norfolk & Waveney’s cancer charity, run and supported by local people.

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Group Tours

We’d love to help you discover the hidden Norfolk that we know so well – we can take you off the beaten track and arrange VIP visits to private estates not open to the general public. Just sit back and relax and enjoy the very best of the County as our driver/guide takes you to all the best spots with plenty of time for refreshments and rest stops.

Norwich – Explore our medieval city of Norwich

Cromer/North Norfolk Coast -enjoy the peace of North Norfolk traveling on secluded roads.

Wroxham area, the Broads and the North East coast – enjoy the tranquility of the Broads.

West Norfolk, Sandringham and Walsingham – enjoy the space and majesty of West Norfolk.

We can take larger groups upon request and have access to larger vehicles as required. Perfect for village clubs and societies – WI groups, Rotary clubs and community groups – discover what’s on your doorstep. Our Norfolk day tours operate on pre-booking only. Please contact us to arrange tours, find out more or for bespoke private tours for larger groups tailored to your requirements.

Price guidelines – please email us for a quote.

Groups of up to 15 – £300

Groups of between 15 and 50 – £400

Individuals – £40 (minimum of 6)

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Routemaster Hire

What a way to travel! Turn heads in our fully restored iconic 1965 London Transport Routemaster bus with open platform. Routemaster 2151 entered service in April 1965 working on various routes across London and was finally withdrawn from service in 2006. Now she has a whole new life as a vintage vehicle for weddings and other special occasions, delighting your guests and offering great photo opportunities.

The Routemaster can transport the bridal party and/or guests (64 passenger carrying capacity) to the ceremony or your reception venue in style with no parking problems for your guests and everybody arrives together. The Routemaster is also a popular choice for School Proms, Christmas Party transport and more, or can be booked to take private groups on a Norfolk countryside tour.

Awayadays Routemaster Hire Webtile

 We’ll provide

-ribbons and bows
transport to the ceremony
transport to the reception
pleasant and helpful drivers

There’s also a PA system on Board for any announcements to guests or we can provide a commentary en route upon request

Or why not try our  Open Top Wedding Bus – perfect to transport your guests and show them a bit of the Norfolk countryside or we can arrange for you to take in the city too available for wedding hire and private hire available for groups during the day and evenings.

Costs: from £500 for 3 hours.

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For more information, booking and prices contact:

david@awayadays.com | 01263 587005

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