Specially for ‘It’s A Shoe Thing’, we’re asking our store teams to put on their favourite comfortable shoes for walking and spotlight their home towns,  sharing their local knowledge with you. Hopefully you’ll be inspired to make a trip or two – and don’t forget to pop in to see them when you do, you’re guaranteed a very warm welcome!

Here at Norwich, Assistant Store Manager Kylie shares her highlights of this beautiful city with its famous landmarks and must do activities. Discover her top five things to do whilst out and about in the city…

You must visit the market, it’s the country’s largest open air market and it’s open from 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday. You can buy a variety of items from flowers, fish, meat, bread, to cheese and books!

Norwich Market

There are plenty of shops to visit in Norwich, with something to suit everyone. You’ll find department stores, beautiful boutiques, independent retailers and two shopping malls. Jarrolds is one of the family run department stores and has been part of Norwich for over 200 years! Not forgetting the Norwich Lanes, where you’ll find lots of independent retailers and coffee shops, the perfect pit stop to relax and recharge those batteries.

Jarrolds in Norwich

If you want to explore further than the city centre, Norwich Cathedral is just a 15 minute walk away.  The cathedral spire measures an impressive 315 feet and is the second tallest in England despite being struck by lightning in 1169, less than two years after it was completed.

Photo Credit: VisitNorwich

Photo Credit: VisitNorwich

An interesting place to visit is The Forum, a community building which was part of the Millennium Project and was built after our library was burned down in the early 90s. As well as the Central Library you’ll also find BBC East TV and radio headquarters , the tourist centre and a coffee shop and restaurant.

If you only get to visit one landmark whilst in Norwich it’s got to be Norwich Castle (which was used as a jail from 1220 to 1887)! It was founded in the aftermath of the Norman conquest when William the Conqueror ordered its construction as he wished to have a fortified place in the city. The castle now houses the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, within the museum you’ll find significant object from around the region, especially archaeological finds.

Norwich Castle - Photo Credit: VisitNorwich

Photo Credit: VisitNorwich

Whilst you’re out and about exploring the city you’ll certainly need some comfortable shoes, I would recommend active style Leanne from our Hotter Originals collection or GORE-TEX® shoe Mist for those unpredictable rainy days.


We’d love to hear about your favourite places to explore, share them with us in the comments below or email [email protected]

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