Norwich City – Carrow Road

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Carrow RoadThe original Carrow Road football stadium took just 82 days to build. Construction began on June 11th 1935 and it was open for the Canaries’ first game against West Ham United on August 31st.

The River End stand was demolished in April 1979 and its two-tiered replacement, costing £1.7million, was completed in December 1979. Its name was changed in the 1990s following a sponsorship deal with the Norwich & Peterborough building society. The old Barclay was demolished in 1992 and a new two-tier structure, modelled on the Norwich & Peterborough Stand, was built at a cost of £2.8 million.

The stand is named after Captain Evelyn Barclay, a former vice-president of the club and houses Norwich’s most vociferous fans. The single-tiered Geoffrey Watling City Stand was built to meet the required safety standards following the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. The build cost was £1.7 million. The stand was renamed in honour of Norwich City president Geoffrey Watling, who died in 2004. The Jarrold Stand, sponsored by a local department store, was completed in January 2004, the final stand of the original ground to be replaced. It was further extended in 2005 extending around the Norwich and Peterborough Stand corner of the ground. This stand houses the away fans.

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How to get to Carrow Road

By Road:
carrow road directionsThe address of the ground is Carrow Road, Norwich, NR1 1JE. From the A47 southern bypass, take the A146 towards the city. At the traffic lights turn right and follow the outer ring road. Go left at the roundabout and right at the next lights. Follow the inner ring road round to the right and over the river. Carrow Road is on the right.

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By Rail:
norwich train stationThe ground a mere 5-minute walk from Norwich train station. On exiting the station, turn left and head for the Morrisons supermarket, behind which the ground is visible. Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air:
Norwich airport is within 4 miles of the Carrow Road ground, with easy access by bus or taxi. Click here to check the current flight times

There are several taxi companies in Norwich that can take you to and from Carrow Road. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.

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Where to Park?

carrow road parkingReportedly, the best place to park is at Norfolk County Hall, which is well signposted from the southern bypass. Fans have advised early arrival as the car park is often full before 2 p.m. and those arriving later than 1 p.m. are likely to have a lengthy wait to exit the car park following the match.

Away Friendly Pubs near Carrow Road

pubs near carrow road stadiumThe Compleat Angler, by the river, opposite the railway station appears to be a favourite with away fans. The Coach and Horses, on Thorpe Road, brews its own beer and is a 10-minute walk away from the ground.

The Riverside leisure complex is predominantly an area for home supporters and most of the bars there will not serve away fans. However, its Wetherspoons outlet admits visiting supporters as long as colours are covered.

Hotels near Carrow Road

holiday inn norwichThe Holiday Inn Norwich, Ipswich Road, Norwich NR4 6EP has received high marks for comfort cleanliness and service. It is 2½ miles from the city centre and less than 2 miles from Carrow Road. Hotel facilities include a swimming pool, gym and complimentary on-site parking. best western george hotel

The Best Western George Hotel, Arlington Lane, Norwich NR2 2DA is within 1½ miles of the ground and a 10-minute walk from the city centre. Situated in a quiet conservation area, it offers all the comforts and service expected from a 3-star hotel.

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What have other Away Fans said about their trip to Carrow Road?

away fans norwichMost visiting fans have reported a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere at Carrow Road, with friendly, welcoming home supporters. The majority have found the away section of the Jarrold Stand to be modern, offering an excellent view of the play, with ample legroom.

Since Delia Smith joined the board, the food available inside the ground has improved considerably. Norwich offer home-made pies, which along with the usual minced beef or steak and kidney, include a number of “match day specials” which vary from game to game. Fans have been particularly pleased with the beef in red wine gravy offering. A constant complaint from away supporters has been that stewards have been insistent on them remaining seated right through the game. Several fans have been forcibly ejected for continual standing, so it is advisable to remain seated.

Your comments about Norwich City – Carrow Road

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  1. HelenMarie

    Norwich is a great ground for away supporters unless you are an Ipswich fan of course! It is one of the few grounds in the country where you can go for a drink before the game alongside the river in the “riverside” area. In the summer you can sit out on the grass by the river and catch a tan. Most away teams will be ok at Riverside but some of the pubs might not let you in on the bigger games for wearing away colours so a bit hit and miss. Riverside is a few minutes walk between the train station and the ground so most fans will come across it. If you are travelling by coach you normally get dropped off at the Royal Mail Office but head towards train station and you will find Riverside. The ground is not far from the City centre as well, there are a lot of pubs on Price of Wales Road but head a bit further and the nice bars are in Tombland – Ha Ha’s, Slug and Lettuce and Orgasmic are all accommodating to away fans.

    Parking is a bit of a headache near to the ground. A lot of the roads near the ground are permit parking only. Best bet if you don’t want to pay is the east side of the city, near Thorpe Road, you can park about 15 mins walk from the ground. A local pub on the way is the Mustard Pot, nice pub but very much a home pub. They do a BBQ outside when it’s reasonable weather which is worth popping your head in for. If you don’t mind paying then there is a big car park at the City Hall (East side of city) but it can take a while to get out of. Otherwise head down Thorpe road towards the ground and there are a number of charity car parks where you can park safely for a couple of quid usually.

    There is a hotel almost attached to the ground, a Holiday Inn. It’s a bit pricey and often booked up for the games but has a good pre-match bar as well that does food. Some of the rooms overlook the pitch though so a nice hotel if you want to make an occasion out of your visit. If you get thrown out of the ground you could appear in one of the windows and heckle the stewards like one away fan did one year! He soon disappeared however. Other good places to stay are The Oaklands Hotel on Thorpe Road or the Travel Lodge at the old Nelson Hotel, both walking distance.

    The nightlife in Norwich is pretty good, head to Tombland for the late opening bars or Price of Wales road for the nightclubs. Norwich players are often found celebrating round here after a good win (a rarity last season)

    All in all Norwich is a very nice away ground, as long as you are not an Ipswich or Wolves fan you will find the home fans friendly. It is a very family orientated club so you are unlikely to get any trouble. The away end is in the Jarold stand which is our newest stand and had brilliant catering facilities. The match pies are usually pretty good and you can even get pasta if you want! There are also a number of burger vans and hog roast places outside the Jarold stand.

    As mentioned previously in this review the stewards are pretty hot on standing so you will get shouted at if you stand which is a shame. You will notice that the loudest fans sit in the adjacent stand, The Barclay and the even louder fans sit in the “Snake Pit” which is the corner between The Barclay and the City Stand. There is some banter between these two sets of home fans that provides amusement if the game is dull! If you come, enjoy and lets hope Norwich win 😉

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  3. Simon Alexander

    I’ve been to the ground as a home fan, is that ok 🙂

    I’ve been a season ticket holder for several years now and have seen many changes at the ground, I still argue that the facilities are better than several I have been to during our brief dabble with the Premiership and the attendance often overshadows a few of them too (Averaging over 25000 a week in the Championship).

    The bars in the away side are pretty basic but well organised, they have small barriers to aid queue formation and prevent the pile ups that you sometimes have. There is a good range of drinks for all, along with 2 match days pies to choose from, the usual sausage rolls etc and also Mars bars, Haribo and crisps.

    Views from the Jarrold (where the away fans are housed) are pretty good, you are at the side of the pitch and near to the “rawkus” end of Norwich fans. You are facing the tunnel side so see the players come out and we are normally pretty generous, if the tickets are available and your club wants them….they are yours.

    Accessing the ground is easy if you come by train, the logic I guess being that with Norwich being hours from the nearest Motorway, you might want to let someone else do the driving. If however you are partial to a day trip by car, you will find several car parks in the area charging around £5 ish. There is a Morrisons opposite the ground, I would advise against parking there…nothing worse than watching your team lose and arriving to see you have been clamped.

    As for drinking establishments, It has been mentioned that the Compleat Angler is the away pub, this is correct…..mainly because most people wouldnt be seen dead in there. I would suggest hitting the Weatherspoons on riverside (cover your colours) it is only 2 mins walk to the ground from here and you pass the odd burger van too.

    There are so many B&B or hotels in Norwich that it would be very easy to make a weekend of it, maybe see the broads or hit the city after hours. Prince of Wales road and Tombland is where you find most of the bars and also the biggest club in Norwich, Mercy. These are again a short walk from the ground (Norwich is a city that seems to revolve around the football club) You will also find KFC, Subway etc all on Prince of Wales road.

    Norwich City Football club is a “family club” we want to win as much as the next team but there is a feeling of It’s Only Football, as long as the team are seen to be trying. As such you see very little trouble at the ground. I hope that you will make as as welcome at your ground as we will try to make you at ours (outside of the hours of 3pm – 445pm Saturday)

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  5. Jeff Wyatt

    A great pub in Norwich and one that is a must for any real ale fan is The Fat Cat – 49 West End Street NR2 4NA – 01603 624 364 – The pub has been voted Camra national pub of the year twice – the only pub in the country to achieve this honour. There are always 25-30 real ales availalble (on hand pump or straight from the cask) + another 12/15 Belgian and German fruit, Abbey and wheat Beers available, plus local ciders/perrys, as well as various lagers and of course Guinness. The bar staff are always friendly and away fans are very welcome – colours no problem – There is no music – no games machines, pool, hot food or carpets – just a great atmosphere within a very traditional old fashioned beer house – rolls are available at lunch time – 60p each or the best home made pork pies in Britain!
    You can park outside – no permits in the area – and few yellow lines – and a cab from the pub (ask the bar staff to book) will cost you £6/7.00 – coming back you’ll need to walk to the station – 5 minutes from ground and get a black cab back from there. Probably the best real ale pub in the country and a must if you’re looking for a friendly pint and a decent bit of footy chat before the game .

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  7. tony smart

    I have been to carrow road many times. My most recent visit was for the League one clash against Leyton Orient on a Tuesday night in September 09 and i’ll be going again on Sat 8th Jan 11 for the fa cup 3rd rd match. Norwich is a great city, very friendly and a lovely stadium. I feel the new hotel ruins the ground quite a bit as i feel the corner would be better filled up with seats. Atmosphere has never been great, i’ve seen Spurs play there 5 times in the past and also have seen Norwich play Leeds and Southampton and most of the noise comes from the away section. Facilities inside are basic. Its always been clean. Location of the ground is ideal, 5 mins walk from the station, the riverside development is lovely but its always too busy so i suggest a walk up prince of wales street into the city centre where there are plenty of good boozers to be found. The attendance is always good as Norwich do have a large and loyal following, they just need to make some noice and not keep singing the same song like just the hapless hammers. Overall a great away day.

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  9. Hubert Cumberdale

    Great Stadium. A mixture of the old and the new. I found that the Riverside or Norwich and Peterborough stand was quiet but the location is good. Only a 5 min walk from station. and don’t worry about wearing colours, fans are extremely friendly

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  11. Bobby Robson

    Only Naaarwich fans seem to think they have a large massive atmosphere. As an ipswich fan i was surprised at how un-intimidating the place is. I wore my ipswich shirt all around the city and stadium with not one word. I wanted to create a bit of atmosphere, without causing trouble. Sadly this didn’t happen. Despite the 4-1 score line, 3 of the 4 stands barely stand up, the Barclay is the loudest section, however, it not really noisy…… Norwich is a great City and the fans are very friendly. If im honest they are better behaved than ipswich fans in this fixture. The ground is okay, the new stand (jarrold stand) looks cheap, however, the view is very good.

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  13. Steve Hawkins

    Norwich v West Ham just recently – found Norwich a friendly place, friendly all round actually. Stayed in a ropey hotel Friday Night near the ground, great location but poor accomodation.

    Norwich FC is a tidy, welcoming ground, view is fine for away fans. Home crowd not hugely lively rather quiet – get the sense it’s more a real family club than many others. Best wishes to them.

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  15. Steve Hawkins

    I forgot to add – took nearly an hour to get away from the area after the game in the car, streets utterly clogged. Probably the one down side.

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