Norwich: all the independent record stores in the city

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12:00 10 July 2022



With eight independent shops and an array of vintage stores also selling records, Norwich is a vinyl lover’s paradise.

From the latest edgy indie releases from Soundclash to classic 1960s seven-inch singles from Out of Time, the city is the place to dig some crates.

1. Sound shock


Paul Mills, owner of Soundclash Records on St Benedicts Street, Norwich.
– Credit: Sophie Wyllie

Where? 28 St Benedicts Street, Norwich, NR2 4AQ

Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday

A Norwich institution, this shop has been supplying Norwich locals with the latest releases, cult favorites and classics from a wide range of genres since 1991.

The store is particularly good at picking up new indie releases and is packed on Record Store Day.

2. Circular sounds


Circular Sounds on St Benedicts Street Norwich.  Photo: Google Maps

Circular Sounds in St Benedicts Street
– Credit: Archant

Where? 5 St Benedicts Street, Norwich, NR2 4PE

Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

A second-hand vinyl paradise filled with CDs and vinyl from many genres and decades.

The shop is a great place to spend hours due to its music shelves and rows filled with rarities and bargains.

3. Venus Vinyl


Venus Vinyl started on a market stall in London

Venus Vinyl started out as a market stall in London and now has a hugely popular store in Magdalen Street
– Credit: Venus Vinyl

Where? 136 Magdalen Street, Norwich, NR3 1JD

Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Starting life as a London market stall, this new vinyl store is perfect for picking up the latest obscure releases not stocked by other stores.

The store often carries limited editions that are out of stock elsewhere, although unfortunately for those who like second-hand vinyl, there are none at Venus Vinyl.

4. Beatniks


John Naylor of Beatniks on Magdalen Street.

John Naylor of Beatniks in Magdalen Street.
– Credit: Casey Cooper-Fiske

Where? 50 Magdalen Street, Norwich, NR3 1JE

Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday

One of the best places in town to pick up a music bargain, with great prices on its extensive stock of second-hand vinyl and CDs.

The store is great for picking up discounted classics and rarer cult albums with a particularly good selection of indie, punk and experimental music.

5. Out of time


Eric White, partner of Out of Time record store on Magdalen Street in Norwich, turns 35

Eric White, associate of Out of Time record store on Magdalen Street
– Credit: Danielle Boden

Where? 4 Magdalen Street, Norwich, NR3 1HU

Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Saturday

This well-stocked little store in Magdalen Street is the place to go for retro 1950s and 60s records, with a particularly impressive rack of psychedelic and rhythmic 1960s singles.

There is also a selection of CDs and other music memorabilia.

6. Tap to play


Press to Play record store in St Benedicts Street.  Photo: DENISE BRADLEY

Press to Play record store in St Benedicts Street. Photo: DENISE BRADLEY
– Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

Where? 54 St Benedicts Street, Norwich, NR2 4AR

Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Monday to Friday, Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

One of the best places to listen to the music of classic rockers such as the Rolling Stones, the Who and the Beatles, this shop offers reasonably priced vinyl cases and affordable CD stands.

The store also sells concert DVDs and a wall of rare records.

7. Beautiful city sounds


Andrew Watson of Fine City Sounds.

Andrew Watson of Fine City Sounds.
– Credit: Casey Cooper-Fiske

Where? 22 Pottergate, Norwich, NR2 1DX

Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This record store has a large selection of singles and CDs at the entrance and a large selection of vinyl up a small staircase at the back.

The shop also has a selection of corporate record covers for sale, perfect for finding a match for sleeveless singles as well as a small selection of record players.

8.Lowell


Cat Stones in its Lowell store in Norwich

Cat Stones in its Lowell store in Norwich
– Credit: Archant

Where? 8 Pottergate, Norwich, NR2 1DS

Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday

Although it only carries a small selection of new records, Lowell offers a good selection of the latest releases and also stocks some limited edition Record Store Day and Love Records Stores titles.

The back of the store also offers a wide range of clothing and vintage items.

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