Norwich cathedral (well worth a look in itself - second tallest spire in the England) sits in a very lovely and quiet "close", with grassy areas dotted with trees and a rich mix of architecture in the surrounding buildings - an oasis so close to the city centre.
Turn left with the main (west) door behind you or walk straight ahead from St Ethelberts Gate and take the path away from the city centre, straight down to the river Wensum. You'll reach the picturesque spot known as Pulls Ferry. Then turn left to walk beside the river for a few minutes to Bishop Bridge and the Red Lion pub (outdoor seats by river). Keep to the river walk that diverts briefly behind the pub, to reach Cow Tower, (ruined 14th century fortification) and continue by the river for a short while until the pathway forks. Take the left fork, away from the river to reach the Adam and Eve - oldest pub in Norwich (also has outdoor seating but not much of a view).
Reaching the road just beyond, turn right and follow it until you reach the junction with Whitefriars and Palace St. Keep left along Palace St and you'll find the Erpingham Gate leading to the cathedral just inside.
A pretty and restful walk just a few minutes from the market. It takes only 30-40 minutes - without pub stops!
Starting from Norwich Cathedral, NR1
An Italian restaurant with an interesting menu that covers pasta and pizza but has much more interesting things too. Very friendly service, quite spacious, reasonable prices. I got a table easily on a Saturday evening without booking - a much more attractive option than the noisy and heaving Pizza Express next door!
11 St Benedicts St, Norwich, NR2 4PE -less than 5 mins stroll from City Hall and the market.
A cafe/teashop inside the old Guildhall building, situated in its old court room - an interesting and attractive space. Good food options, very pleasant service and, true to their chocolate making origins, a menu of hot chocolate options! Also sells Caleys chocolate bars, biscuits and other sweet temptations. Very convenient in the city centre, as it's right next to the big central market.
The Guildhall, Gaol Hill, Norwich NR2. Open Mon - Sat
Smallish (24 rooms) 3* hotel in Supetar, the main town, ferry and transport hub for the island (and very attractive place in its own right - good beach alternatives to the famous one at Bol and a lot easier to get across to the mainland).
Extremely friendly and mainly young staff who really want to help. Very clean and a much better breakfast buffet than at many tourist hotels. Attractive terrace bar and some on-site entertainment in July and August, but you're only 5 mins walk from the town centre.
Tiny pool (but only 2 mins from a good beach with clear, calm shallow water), a sauna and laundry service. Rooms a little bit small but well furnished and pleasantly decorated, all have balconies. Rooms on north side have good views of terrace, sea and mountains but don't get any sun - perhaps a blessing in the hottest weather.
Air-conditioning unit in rooms and a good, responsive, decent size shower.
On Put Vele Luke at the corner with Ulica Stjepana Radica, about 5 min stroll from harbour. Open April to mid-October. www.villaadriatica.com
Vidilica is a cafe/bar on the edge of the wooded Marjan peninsula, at the north/west edge of the town centre. It has a large shaded terrace with fantastic views over the whole harbour, Diocletian's palace, the old and new towns, mountains and islands beyond.
Comfy chairs and sofas, good for photos.
From the Riva walk towards the little church near the start of the marina, Close to Marmontova and the red-arched Trg Republike. Take the small road to the right of the church (Sperun) and follow it up - the name changes to Senjska and it becomes steps that go straight to the cafe. Alternative steps lead back down from the other side of the terrace.
Extensive excavated ruins of the Roman city of Salona, on the edge of modern day Solin (a suburb of Split, about 5km from the centre). An attractive, well-presented site including ruins of a theatre, baths, amphitheatre, several basilicas, forum and more - it deserves to be better known.
There's a programme of art/music events in parts of the site during the summer but it's fascinating in its own right. It's large - at least a 10 minute walk from the entrance to the amphitheatre at its furthest edge. Allow at least three hours to do without rushing. Cafe/bar and parking on site, also toilets (in the small museum/ticket ofice - past the first ruins inside the site).
A large and pleasant vine-shaded bower near the ticket office offers a water fountain. All for 20 kuhna! (about £2).
On the edge of Solin, north of Split. Take the no. 1 local bus from the stop outside the department store near the Croatian National Theatre in Trg Gaje F Balata, (walk to the end of Marmontova from the edge of the Riva further from the harbour). Buses every 20 mins or so and journey 20-25 mins. It goes to the site entrance on the left of the street, a little after the police station on the right and there's a stop immediately after the entrance.
Open weekdays 7am - 7pm, Sat 10am - 7pm, Sun 4pm - 7pm, (possibly earlier closing during winter).
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