Wow how wrong could I have been! Norwich is a cool, funky city with plenty to do and see.
Its pretty intricate web of lanes leading off the main Market Square filled with independent shops, restaurants and cafes full of much temptation reminded me of the Brighton Lanes. A creative, arty vibe fills each corner of this picturesque city centre. The vibrant market is packed with beautiful flowers and all manner of fruit and veg. The cheese stall in particular caught my eye with its wonderful local cheeses as well as the more exotic. There are a couple of great Oriental stalls and a great haberdashers.
There is a vast array of small independent shops ranging from traditional record shops to interiors boutiques to a number of great charity shops. My favourite discovery was the magnificent St Gregorys Antiques occupying a beautiful church that had previously laid empty. A veritable treasure trove of vintage homewares, clothes and music you could lose hours in here...
A great weekend destination, don't overlook Norwich when you're making your way to the North Coast, this city is definitely worth a peek.