Comfort Hotel Great Yarmouth
14 Albert Square
Great Yarmouth, EN NR30 3JH
Phone: (44) 1493 855070
Fax: (44) 1493 853798
If you're stuck for a pressie for friends or family, head for the Discovery Store in the Castle Mall - it has every gimmicky gift going. From crazy clocks to gruesome games,you will find something unusual here to suit everyone, whether they are an adult or a child. Much of the merchandise - the novelty soaps, chocolates and toilet rolls etc - can be found in other shops of similar style, but have a rummage and you will also find some more unlikely items. Also, check out the prices carefully. While the latest stock may seem pricey there are always items available at keen sale prices.
Specializing in fine and rare books, this is a very elegant bookshop. There are excellent sections on literature, biography, history, poetry, politics, and the military. There is also a small but interesting second-hand contemporary fiction area. This is a quaint and quiet shop where browsers are left alone to traverse the three floors of books. The staff are very knowledgeable, friendly and more than willing to handle your queries. For those who like their books on the rare side, this is the place to look. Call ahead or check their website to know more.
Just a minute's walk away from the Tombland area of Norwich, the Blackhorse Bookshop and the adjacent Black Horse Gallery are worth a look. You need never feel lost again after visiting this bookshop. It has an extensive collection of travel guides, books and maps. From guides on Norwich to maps of Chile, the Blackhorse has it all, and slightly cheaper than the main chain stores. There are sections of both new and second books devoted to church history and religion, classics, and a respectable range of art books and general miscellanea.
Nestled in an alleyway and adjacent to the Black Horse Bookshop, this is an Aladdin's cave of silver antiques and glassware. Small and filled to bursting point, it is not a shop to browse with children in tow. There are fine pieces of cutlery, ceramics, decorative pieces and silverware, all meticulously displayed in a somewhat clinical fashion. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly. A shop for serious antique bargain hunters.
The city's own John Lewis. The place for haberdashery. Pretty good too as a first port of call for essential kitchenware, soft furnishings, electricals. Make note of the strange closing times - in keeping with all other JL branches, Bonds is shut all day Monday. Park in Bond's own car park, do the store, then stroll down into the nearby The Castle Mall to further indulge shopaholism.
Definitely one of the best shops around if you're looking for a pair of funky shoes at a reasonable price. From pink fake crocodile boots to beaded black platforms, Faith in Castle Mall has an incredible selection of footwear for all occasions. If you are looking for a real bargain, wait for the shop's end of season sale when you can pick up nice little numbers for anything from GBP5.
Walking on Elm Hill is not only a walk through the past but also a trip down memory lane. Visit the Bear Shop for all things bear related and revisit your childhood. Here there are wall-to-wall teddies, from huge mammoth bears to small cuddly ones. The range is as stupendous as it is fun, themed bears, pirate bears, fluffy bears, Paddington Bears, and much more besides. How much can you bear it? Come along to the bear shop and find out. For fun and cute presents,the perfect bear is waiting for you!
Situated in the heart of the city, this is Norwich's biggest and best shopping center. The Castle Mall is Europe's largest underground shopping center and today boasts more than seventy shops including some of the biggest high street names. It features a good variety of other shops as well including the expected selection of clothes, shoe and gift stores. There are also a number of sandwich bars and coffee shops as well as Barbican Gallery Food Court. Also recently opened at the Castle Mall is Norwich's latest multiplex cinema, Ster Century. The shopping center has two car parks with entrances on Farmers Avenue and Cattle Market Street. These are probably among the safest, and certainly the cheapest places to park while shopping anywhere in the city center.
The largest of Oxfam's shops in Norwich, and its best. With the widest selection of goods on sale, all generally of good quality and all at bargain prices. If you are used to slightly-worse-for-wear charity shops, with staid, monotone interiors, the Oxfam shop is here to shatter those stereotypes. Full of light, decorated with murals, generously proportioned and well laid out, this is a pleasant shop to visit. There is also a books section, bric-a-brac, clothes, records and even coffee. They also stock furniture, much of which is actually practical. A curious and searching eye for a bargain will serve you well here and the prices are, of course, unbeatable.
Walking into the Ajman's shop is an assault on the senses, in the nicest possible way. There are the smells, the flamboyant and colorful packages and the sometime inscrutable words to decipher on some goods, as many are directly imported. Here they specialize in Bangladeshi, Indian and Chinese food. The range is pretty good and possibly the only place you can acquire certain ingredients in Norwich. From five varieties of Thai fish sauce, to Chinese spices, and Indian curry seasoning, this shop will have it.
Conveniently placed in the city centre, VentureSport is one of East Anglia's premier outdoor pursuits shops. As stockists of high performance ranges such as North Face and Berghaus, this shop can provide the equipment needed for a gentle outdoor stroll or equip the professional climber and hiker for greater adventures. Their comprehensive range of clothing and equipment is complemented by the knowledge of the staff, who always strive to ensure you find exactly what you need.
This store is reminiscent of the shop where Christian Bale first learns of the deviant nature of his glam rock musical mores in Todd Haynes' "Velvet Goldmine". The interior is thoroughly thrown-back a quarter of a century, with deep dig through vinyl bins and display case walls. This is surely the place in the fine city to find that long-lost musical treasure of your man-made fibre-clad childhood. CDs are also to be found, with some esoteric treasures resting alongside overstock and trade-ins. Musical biographies and some top-tip memorabilia make up the rest of the stock. This store is truly a gem but, as all prices come from the guides, not the best place to pick up a bargain.