Centrally located, the Castle Mall continually evolves to respond to change. Upgraded floors, different concessions, stores and franchises make the mall a real integrated part of the Norwich shopping experience. Clearly, the economic climate in recent years, coupled with cutthroat competition has required the mall to adapt. Stores have come and gone, but there are still independent and large retail shops available to choose from.
With a steady flow of shoppers throughout the day, but never too crowded, it is great for when it’s cold wet and miserable outside to step straight into the mall from the underground car-park into the dry, bright complex. The free parking for late night shopping on a Thursday evening after 5pm is also most welcome. Very convenient for bus users too, with a dedicated bus and taxi route right outside the city-side entrance on Castle Meadow. A short stroll towards St Stephens, Gentleman’s Walk, Norwich Market, Norwich Lanes or Chapelfield Mall, is easily manageable for additional shopping choice. There is even a path down through the King Street area and over the new pedestrian bridge to Riverside.
The integrated Vue multi-screen cinema fits in really well and will stamp your car park ticket for free parking if you see one of the films there. It is handy too when ordering on-line store items from places like Argos that you can arrange for them to deliver to store and collect from the drive-in basement floor of the car park (best check that availably though, but it was ok previously..)
The drop-in NHS Medical Centre off the Timberhill pedestrian entrance is a more welcome recent addition hosted within the mall with no appointment necessary and with a large Boots chemist and Pharmacy all indoors too, they complement the facility very well. If you take into consideration the main Norwich post office branch is also located indoors there, it all adds up to a wealth of positives for the complex.
The upgraded food court has an open space feel on the top floor and during the spring or summer months, it is also worth considering the grassed open spaces on the rooftop area of the mall on a fine sunny day. Great to grab a light lunch and eat outdoors on one of the tables provided or just sit on the grass. There is a commanding view over the city towards the Cathedral (as often seen on ITV Anglia outside broadcasting weather updates) with an imposing Castle in full view next door, it is a facility that can easily be overlooked…so worth seeking out when the weather permits….
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