A day out: Springtime in Norwich

Spring has sprung and it's time to get outdoors! The sunny weather has inspired Abbie and I to share a local's guide to our favourite places to hang out in the springtime, as part of our long-running Ab Fab Collab series! Although I live in Oxford for most of the year as a student, my home counties are Suffolk and Norfolk, and during my Easter break, I had a lovely day out in Norwich. I thought I'd share my photos and recommendations with you all so that you have an insider's guide to the best places to visit, should you ever find yourself in the city! Abbie is also giving us a guide to her local town of Chichester, you can click to her blog and read her post here. Now, let's get started on our tour of Norwich!

πŸ’’ Sightseeing πŸ’’

 

To start off your sightseeing tour of Norwich, I would definitely recommend that you pay a visit to  the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The cathedral is absolutely beautiful and it's free to visit. Those of any (or no) faith are welcome. You can attend a guided tour of the cathedral if you visit at the weekend, and these involve a walk to the top of the tower, from which you can enjoy 360 degree views of the city! There is also an educational display about the history of the cathedral and of Catholicism in the East of England, if you're into your history. The garden outside is really gorgeous, especially in spring, and in the summertime, it's usually full of roses! If that wasn't enough, there's also the Narthex cafe where you can stop off for a cuppa!


For something more on the modern side, Norwich is also home to The Forum, a public hub which contains the library, various cafes, shops, and an exhibition space. The exhibitions rotate fairly regularly, meaning there's always something new to check out every time you're in the city. The building is big, light, and airy - the perfect place for a pit stop during a long day. Everyone is welcome to take a seat on the comfy sofas in the library, and I have taken advantage of this on more than one occasion. Outside on the courtyard there are also regular events, this can be anything from free food to music and dance!


πŸ‘› Shopping πŸ‘›

Norwich is easily the best place for shopping in East Anglia. With two large malls, Castle Mall and the intu Chapelfield shopping center, you'll be spoiled for choice! A walk through the quirky church graveyard in the city center will lead you to Chapelfield, where you can find everything from Superdry and Hollister to the Build-a-Bear workshop and the Disney Store! As well as shopping there are quite a few restaurants and fast food joints to choose from. Ed's Easy Diner on the top floor is a favourite of mine, their halloumi burgers are delish! All of the shops, including the shopping centers and those below, are within a 10 minute walk of each other, and just a short distance from the train station, which is super convenient.


If you're tempted by something less mainstream, Norwich also has a fine selection of independent shops and boutiques. The Market, with its characteristic bright and colourful stalls and stripey roofs, is definitely worth stopping off at, even just for a browse. You can buy everything from fresh fruit and veggies and flowers to sweets, clothes, and jewellery! You never really know what you're going to find! Another place that I love to go for a wander is the Royal Arcade. A mini piazza constructed with gorgeous Art Nouveau architecture, the Arcade contains some charming and quirky independent retailers, selling macarons and hand-made toys, to name but a few!


🍀 Food 🍀

I mentioned above my love for Ed's Easy Diner, but this is by no means the only delectable eatery in Norwich. If a halloumi burger like mine doesn't really float your boat, I highly recommend the Wild Thyme vegetarian and vegan cafe. The venue is hidden away in the loft of the Old Fire Station stables, which makes for a quirky dining experience! The place is immaculately decorated and has a huge selection on the menu, so that even if you're not veggie or vegan yourself, you're guaranteed to find something you like. The meals aren't too heavy and you feel very healthy afterwards, even if you indulge in a pudding! Their homemade lemonade is the perfect refresher if you've been wandering around the city on a sunny spring day.


I hope you've enjoyed this local's guide to the city of Norwich! I love my spring days out here, and I'm sure that anyone else would too! Don't forget to head over to Abbie's blog and read her tour of Chichester.

Have you ever been to Norwich? Are there any places local to you that you love to visit in the springtime? Please leave a comment down below and let me know!

Until next time,

A x
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