Norwich is such a charming city. I had heard lots of good things about it and so was pretty keen to go! It was a lovely day out with plenty to see and do, as well as with places to rest in, but we didn’t have much time. I think 48 hours would be perfect for time to see the Castle (a museum and gallery – top picture), go into the Cathedral, and wander around the Lanes (independent businesses, pictured above) and antique shops. Here are our top picks for 24 hours in the city:
Stop number 1: Looses Emporium | http://www.loosesemporium.co.uk/ | 23-25 Magdalen St, Norwich, NR3 1LP
This place is pretty huge and has a whole range of items from furniture to Roman coins to children’s books. I found a few bits and bobs (like the fireside spaniels and an enamel teapot), but I could easily have bought more if I had room in my bag!
Stop number 2: St Gregory’s Antiques & Collectibles | http://www.st-gregorys-antiques.co.uk/ | Pottergate/St Gregory’s Alley, Norwich NR2 1ER
Antiques in a 14th century church? Yes! So cute. The church is beautiful with a well-looked after stained glass window – I loved the old airplane suspended from the ceiling! A lot of old stuff in a bit if a jumble but good for a rummage. Loved the collection of old pocket watches and clocks.
Stop number 3: Aladdin’s Cave | http://www.aladdinscavenorwich.co.uk/ | 52-56 Magdalen Street Norwich, NR3 1JE
I couldn’t take a picture of the shop front as I didn’t have a lens with a wide-enough angle! This place is prety big, with a pretty good mix of things. There were old toys, a fab selection of ephemera, and plenty of china.
If you are in Norwich, you have to visit the Cathedral. We barely had time to because I had spent all day rummaging through old things. As the sun was out, however, we couldn’t help but laze about in the grounds of the Cathedral and bask in the light.
Places for food & drink: We stumbled upon Number 17 late-ish afternoon, desperate for food before our train home. How glad we were! The lovely, family-run place had outdoor dining in a little courtyard/back garden, where the B&B rooms were. We loved the fruit growing on the trees, the quiet garden, and the vintage crockery/tea sets. Oh, also, the food is freshly made and the cakes are homemade!
1. Number 17 Bed & Breakfast | http://www.number17norwich.co.uk/ | Colegate, Norwich, NR3 1BN
2. Roots | http://www.rootsnorwich.co.uk/ | 6 Pottergate, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1DS
We stuck our heads in but didn’t end up stopping here for food. However, the menu looked delicious and reasonably priced. We loved the idea of cake tapas!
Images: Courage & Dash