Hooray for May because of bank holidays! This wonderful month has not only one, but two bank holidays – the perfect amount of time for a weekend getaway. This year, treat yourself to a little break from ‘real-life’ and disappear into the gorgeous cultural city of Norwich. Here’s a short guide to help you get started planning your holiday (get packing!).
Princes Street (image source: Glenn Wood via Flickr Creative Commons)
Stay At: 3 Princes Street Bed & Breakfast: Situated in the historic medieval quarter of Norwich on (you guessed it) Princes Street, this B&B is a Grade II listed Georgian townhouse and features five stunning rooms (four doubles and one single). Each room is beautifully decorated and you’re spoilt for choice with the continental breakfast. To explore the rooms and read more about this fantastic B&B, visit their site here.
Eat At: Jamie’s Italian: When you’ve been out and about all day, you need a relaxed place to refuel and there’s no better place to do so than Jamie’s Italian. Perfectly located in the Royal Arcade (also worth a visit: a great place for shopping and admiring art nouveau architecture), Jamie’s has a fantastic menu featuring authentic Italian classics made with fresh ingredients. Can’t get much better than this.
The entrance to The Birdcage (image source: Chris via Flickr Creative Commons)
Drink At: The Birdcage: This eclectic watering hole is situated in the heart of the Norwich Lanes and offers an impressive selection of beverages (with or without alcohol!). Two awesome features about The Birdcage: they allow you (nay, encourage you) to bring in your fish ‘n chips from Grosvenor Fish Bar so you can snack n drink, and they have an adorable pub cat Maraud! Check out their Twitter @Birdcagepub to see what’s coming up.
Maraud! (image source: Ruth Johnston via Flickr Creative Commons)
Have Afternoon Tea At: The Assembly House: Indulge in a decadent afternoon tea at the Assembly House, another Grade II listed Georgian building that’s part luxury hotel, part restaurant and part event space on Theatre Street. Served between noon and 16:30, the menu features a mouth-watering selection of sandwiches, scones, cakes and tea blends. Don’t miss out: make sure you book your space here (there’s a little ‘Book a Table’ button to the bottom-right of the homepage), and have a peek at the menu before you go too.
Norwich Market’s colourful stalls (image source: City College Norwich via Flickr Creative Commons)
Shop At: Norwich Market: From fresh produce to vintage collectables, the Norwich Market has it all. This historic market – the largest open-air market in England – has been around since the 11th century (although admittedly it’s gone through quite a few revamps and renovations). Open Monday to Saturday, 8:30am to 5:30pm, nowhere else in Norwich will you find such a diverse collection of wares. You could easily spend an entire afternoon wandering through the stalls – read about the different vendors here. Now all you’ve got to do is book your train tickets and go go go!
Have you ever visited Norwich? Where did you go?