Top five hidden gems to discover in Norwich from Allison Homes

Norwich is home to our popular The Oaks development, where we have a range of brand new houses for sale.

To help people settle on Norwich as the perfect place to call home, we are sharing some of the best hidden gems that residents can enjoy.


  1. The Plantation Garden

Plantation Garden is a stunning three-acre garden that was established over 100 years ago. Sometimes referred to as Norwich’s Secret Garden, the Grade II English heritage site contains stunning flower beds and heavy woods, a huge gothic fountain, a Victorian-style green house, a charming rustic bridge, Italianate terrace and a ‘Medieval’ terrace wall.

In addition to the stunning scenery the garden also hosts live music, family shows and outdoor cinemas.

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  1. Pub and Paddle

The perfect mix of activity and relaxation can be found in the centre of Norwich. Pub and Paddle offers canoeing experiences that begin in the city and pass through stunning countryside, where paddlers can take a break at one of the many charming riverside pubs.

The experience is perfect for beginners and offers a flexible selection of routes and renting options.

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  1. The Bear Shop

This charming store is home to a vast array of adorable stuffed creations. The shop offers everything from traditional Paddington bears to cuddly loch ness monsters and phoenixes, and is home to one of the largest collections of artist bears in the country, with stock constantly changing.

The Bear Shop is a must see both for the incredible range of options and the charming location and storefront.

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  1. Elm Hill

Elm Hill is the most famous street in Norwich, as it is the most complete medieval street in the entire city. Its cobbled streets, merchant houses and thatched homes have made it an ideal location for both amateur photographers and professional filmmakers, and shots of the street can be spotted in both the 2007 film ‘Stardust’ and Netflix’s 2020 film ‘Jingle Jangle’.

Visitors can tour around craft shops, view antiques and galleries, and have a break in tea shops and coffee houses, as well as visit The Bear Shop.

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  1. Outdoor art murals

Norwich has a bustling art scene, and visitors and residents can experience some of the best of it in the form of the many outdoor murals. There are nine large murals across the city and 12 smaller pieces that can be found in Norwich Market.

With a wide range of subjects and styles on display, there is sure to be something for everyone.

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We have three, four and five bedroom new houses for sale in Norwich. To find out more about the homes available at our The Oaks development, visit