Norwich City fans’ guide to Villa Park

The traveling Norwich fans celebrate goal during Barclays Premier League match. Paul Chesterton/Focu

The traveling Norwich fans celebrate goal during Barclays Premier League match. Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City travel to Birmingham on Saturday to face Aston Villa at Villa Park at 3pm. Here is our guide for Canary fans on travel, food and drink.

A general view of Villa Park. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

A general view of Villa Park. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

TRAVEL

•By car

Norwich to Birmingham takes just over three hours by car. When you approach Birmingham leave the M6 at Junction 6 and take the slip road sign posted Birmingham (NE). At the roundabout below the motorway, take the fourth exit, towards City Centre/Aston/Star City, Villa Park is well signposted from here. The post code for the ground is B6 6HE.

Some street parking is available in the Witton roundabout area. Street parking is also available in streets around Aston railway station or there is free parking at Star City, a 15-20 minute walk from the ground.


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•By train

Witton Station is the nearest station to Villa Park. Fans travelling from Norwich will have to change at Ely and Birmingham New Street with the journey taking four hours. The last train fans can get to arrive at the ground on time leaves Norwich at 09:57.

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WHERE TO DRINK

The closest pub for visiting fans is The Witton Arms, which is a two-minute walk from the away end at Villa Park on Witton Island. The pub charges a £2 entry fee and half of it is reserved for away fans.

Another favourite for away fans is the Yew Tree which is on the same road as The Witton Arms, just to the right of Witton station.

If arriving by train into Birmingham New Street the Shakespeare pub is just by the main entrance and welcomes away fans.

WHERE TO EAT

There are lots of burger vans around Villa Park. There is one at the end of Bevington Road which serves good helpings of fish and chips and fried chicken.

There are also two small unlicensed curry houses between Witton Lane and Witton station, which are open for lunches before the match. The King Balti is open from 12pm, serving a range of curries and baltis.

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