7 ways you can spend your lunch break in Norwich

Traditional houses by the river Wensum in Norwich at dusk, Norfolk.

The Wensum riverside - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Have an hour to spare on your lunch break?

If you are tired of staying in the office or staff room, here are seven ideas for ways to explore Norwich on your lunch hour.

1. Stroll the Cathedral grounds

Norwich Cathedral is always a lovely place to visit and makes for a great place to enjoy a lunch break. You can choose to wonder at the Norman interior or take a stroll around the grounds. The Rectory Cafe also serves hot drinks and food which is provided by the team at Jarrold.

Norwich Cathedral.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Norwich Cathedral.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

2. See an exhibition at the NUA East Gallery

The Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) East Gallery showcases modern and contemporary art and has new exhibits regularly. The exhibitions are curated by students at NUA and are changed regularly.  Admission is free.

NUA's East Gallery is among the organisations involved in the New Geographies project. Picture: ANTO

East Gallery has lots of free exhibits to enjoy - Credit: Archant

3. Take a riverside walk along the Wensum

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The Wensum runs right through the city centre and travels past a number of Norwich landmarks. The walk can be started and finished as you please so you can make sure you get back to work on time. 

Traditional houses by the river Wensum in Norwich at dusk, Norfolk.

The Wensum riverside - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

4. Go hunting for antiques 

Norwich has many great antiques stores that are full to the brim with interesting trinkets and forgotten treasures. You can lose hours wandering around Looses on Magdalen Street, St Gregory's on Pottergate and All Saint's Antiques on Timberhill.

St Gregory's Antiques and collectables centre off Pottergate, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

A small snapshot of some of the treasures you can find at St Gregory's in Norwich

5. Visit Norwich's award-winning market

There are many great stalls at the market to visit, ranging from street food vendors to vintage clothing. There are lots of places to sit while you enjoy your lunch amongst the hustle and bustle of the market. You could even take your food to the Sir Garnet pub and enjoy a pint alongside. 

Norwich city centre with coloured market tops looking toward high street and up to the castle

Being within walking distance of the city is also part of the appeal of many period terraces in Norwich - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

6. Go record shopping in the lanes and St Benedicts Street

Your lunch break could be the perfect time for some crate-digging. Norwich Lanes and St Benedicts Street have a number of record stores to dive into. Stores like Soundclash and new kid on the block, Lowell, are great for new releases, whereas Fine City Sounds and Circular Sound have many second-hand gems to be found. 

Queues of music fans eager to get their hands on rare releases will gather from dawn outside Soundcl

Queues of music fans eager to get their hands on rare releases will gather from dawn outside Soundclash in St Benedict's Street, Norwich. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant

7. Explore Norwich history at Bridewell Museum

You may need a bit more than an hour, but Bridewell Museum in the heart of the city tells the fascinating story of Norwich. From Medieval to modern-day, exhibits explore the development of Norwich's industries over the years. 

Norwich's Bridewell Museum is about to reopen. Photo: Bill Smith

Norwich's Bridewell Museum is about to reopen. Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Archant © 2012