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There’s plenty to see and do in Norwich. While some places require booking ahead, there’s still lots you can enjoy spontaneously! From secret gardens to historic buildings housing treasures galore.
Norwich Market is a must for anyone coming to visit. It’s an iconic sight in the City of Stories, and one of the largest and oldest open-air markets in the UK. Home to a wide range of colourful stalls selling everything from clothes and gifts, to food and drink, if you want to experience Norwich like a local, this is the place to go.
Make a quick pit stop for breakfast or lunch. Whether you prefer a classic English dish such as fish and chips, or something a bit more exotic like authentic Chinese, Indian or Chilean food – there’s plenty to wet your appetite at the market.
Want to discover beautiful places hidden in plain sight? Look no further than The Plantation Garden. An oasis in the city, the garden is tucked away just a minutes stroll from The Cathedral of St John the Baptist. A Grade II listed Victorian garden with 3 acres to explore, it’s an ideal spot for a walk or group picnic. With a huge gothic fountain, flower beds and an Italianate terrace, you’ll be amazed at how many beautiful things you’ll discover there.
Entry is only £2 per person in an honesty box.
Lovers of the unique will surely feel at home in the South Asia Collection. In what once was an old Victorian skating rink, the South Asia Collection is now home to a host of interesting artefacts from across South Asia. Jewellery, furniture, sculptures and more can all be found there. Plus the museum shop, Country & Eastern, has plenty of pretty fabrics and nicknacks to purchase. Making it the ideal spot for a bit of souvenir shopping.
The Forum is a landmark community building in the centre of Norwich, and a stunning example of modern architecture.
The Forum hosts a vibrant programme of events including exhibitions, food and craft markets, family activities, talks and local celebrations. One of its most popular events is The Festive Fair, taking place from 25th – 28th November 2021.
Elm Hill is perhaps the most famous street in Norwich. It is also the most complete medieval street in the city. A major fire destroyed almost everything in 1507 but the properties were rebuilt and now we can enjoy a beautiful cobbled street.
Explore craft shops, antiques and galleries, visit tea shops, coffee houses and delis, and enjoy the sight thatching and individual homes.
Norwich Cathedral Quarter is one of the city’s most popular spots, there’s plenty to see when you visit. Head towards the Norman Cathedral which dominates the Norfolk skyline with its famous 315-foot spire, and you’ll find charming cobbled streets, indepent eateries, historical bookshops and more. Discover the Ethelbert Gate which was constructed as penance for the city’s excommunication. Cow Tower has defended the River Wensum since the 1300s. Once a market, Tombland has been the hub of city nightlife for decades.