Shop at a market that dates back to Saxon times

Norwich, Norfolk

The first written record of a market in Norwich is in the 1086 Domesday Book - that’s quite a history of wheeling and dealing.

And not only is Norwich Market old, with over 190 stalls it’s also the largest Monday-to-Saturday open market in the country. So if you’re trying out a new Delia recipe or simply feel like experimenting with local produce, the market offers enough organic fresh fruit, vegetables and ingredients to prop up a Jamie Oliver campaign.

The mushroom stall is a particular favourite. And if all that lovely food doesn’t put you in the mood for cooking, the local hog roasts are worth the trip on their own. Elsewhere, you’ll find the usual cornucopia of products on offer here, everything from second hand records and books to the obligatory fleece adorned with wolves.

You can also spot students from the University of East Anglia bargain-hunting or picking up fancy dress items for a night out on the town.Of course, the best thing about shopping here is experiencing the personal service and the banter, which hasn’t changed since those Medieval Del Boys were calling the shots.

You’re also supporting local business, and ensuring the market lasts for another thousand years. You’ll never want to shop in a supermarket again.

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Fresh bouquets of flowers sold at Norwich MarketFresh bouquets of flowers sold at Norwich Market © VisitEngland/Iain Lewis
A fruit and vegetable stall at Norwich MarketA fruit and vegetable stall at Norwich Market © VisitEngland/Iain Lewis
A fishmonger in Norwich Market shows how to fillet an English mackerelA fishmonger in Norwich Market © VisitEngland/Iain Lewis

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