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The South Asia Collection Museum and Shop, also known as Country & Eastern is a fabulous collection of furniture, jewelry, textiles and more from India, Pakistan, Thailand, Indonesia, Burma and China. Housed in a Grade II listed Victorian ice skating rink, there’s more to marvel at than just the contents, with the building an architectural gem!
Art really is at the heart of Norwich. But not all art is housed in galleries or displayed in our museums, you only have to look up to find some of Norwich’s most breath-taking urban artwork. Explore these winding streets and you’ll quickly discover incredible installations and artwork that tells the stories of Norwich’s rich history.
The Plantation Garden is a 3-acre, Grade II listed registered garden, established over 100 years ago in an abandoned quarry just 600 metres from the city centre. Take a romantic stroll, or have a break and enjoy a picnic. There couldn’t be more beautiful surroundings to soak up while you do.
This little street is most definitely one of Norwich’s best kept secrets. Its church surrounded by wisteria is a beautiful stop to make for some Instagram snaps. And wander up a little further to find scrumptious baked goods, artisan coffees, exotic plants and more.
Festival vibes. Brilliant local food. And drinks to boot. Mysagarden is an outdoor food, drink and music festival taking place under the lights of Norwich Castle. Enjoy music curated by Wild Paths on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, while sampling a delicious brew from their 18-tap bar.
Marriott’s way is a popular route for walkers and cyclists. 26 miles long and beginning in Norwich, you can attempt the full route, and end up in the market town of Alysham. Or, there are shorter circular routes to try. Keep an eye out for train and railway inspired public art along the way.
Home of vintage wonderlands. Magdalen Street is the place to go for lovers of shopping. Unique finds are waiting in quirky vintage and antique shops, as well as charity shop bargains. Head to Looses Emporium or Aladdin’s Cave for furniture, collectors items and novelties. And when you’re feeling peckish, there’s plenty of independent restaurants and cafes you can stop off at.
If you really want to uncover Norwich’s past and its hidden gems, then a tour with Paul Dickson is a must! Renowned local historian Paul Dickson is the expert on all things Norwich and has been welcoming visitors to the city for many years. Explore over a 1000 years of Norwich history – historic hotels, riverside walks, and even a look at the darker side of Norwich’s past!
A stylish cocktail bar on Charing Cross, Gyre & Gimble is the place to go for lovers of spirits. With more than 70 gins, 35 rums and 35 whiskys, there’s also their very own range of Norfolk gin to sample. Plus, you can enjoy their Gin Academy Experience and create and distill your own gin to take home.
This pretty little cruciform church sits at the top of Elm Hill on Princes Street. Take in its 15th century features, and pay particular attention to the stunning stained glass windows. The perfect stop for lovers of history, architecture and art.
The Bear Shop in Elm Hill is one of the most unique shops in the city. Packed full of teddy bears for all ages, whether you want something special for the little ones, or you’re an avid collector, this is the place for you. A small, charming shop, it’s worth a visit just to marvel at the hundreds of bears housed within.