Catherine Hill

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Catherine Hill
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Dabs
Hereford, UK4 contributions
St Catherine’s street
Jun 2021 • Friends
Lovely street. Very photogenic. You could be anywhere. Some lovely quirky shops. Lovely cobblestone.
Written June 21, 2021
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Stephanie J
Calne, UK164 contributions
Incredible number of independent shops
Dec 2020
How lovely to see a rural town with such an incredible number of independent shops.I met my daughter here to wander around for some retail therapy just after second lockdown .
Catherine Hill is well worth the climb up the cobbled Street.Such a wide and eccletic range of things to buy .Great to see that these shops are continuing to trade and I so hope that they can continue to survive.I did my duty and tried to support as many as I could so completing my Christmas shopping.
Written December 4, 2020
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Elcbee
256 contributions
Not a chain in sight - all independent shops.
Sep 2020
Fascinating little shops and gallery outlets. A must to meander down the street. Artisan offerings such as plants, clothes, workshops, jewellery etc.
Written September 17, 2020
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Tony G
Cricklade, UK859 contributions
Worth the climb
Aug 2020 • Couples
Pretty cobbled street with some interesting boutique shops. Worth the walk to see this part of Frome.
We walked from the Market Place up Stoney Street, turned right up Catherine Hill, visited the Gas Lantern just beyond the model shop at the brow of the hill. Back down bear right down Paul Street joining Palmer Street. Check out the side alleys and wonderful old houses as you walk. Turn left down Bath Street hill and right into Eagle Lane (check out the bric-à-brac shop on your left). Left at the end and almost immediately left into Cheap Street. This narrow alley has a number of small shops and places to eat. This will bring you back out into the Market Place. Our stroll only took about 3/4 hour. Intriguingly Cheap Street (and to be noted so watch your footing!!) has an open stream / gutter flowing down the centre of the alley. Ideal for kids to get their feet wet.
Written August 31, 2020
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Rickybear
Bristol, UK5,162 contributions
Medieval street
Aug 2020
Frome has a number of old narrow cobbled streets rising from the town centre, with a variety of individual shops and cafes selling a wide variety of goods from boutiques to florists. But also take a look at the buildings above the shops, the old casement windows, rooflines, the narrow lanes between.
Written August 30, 2020
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446amanda
Crawley, UK29 contributions
Very quaint cobbled street with interesting shops, if you can ever find them open
Aug 2020
A cobbled street lined either side with quaint little independent shops , not suitable for anyone who is unsteady on their feet as is all uphill and very uneven . We were here for three days and the shops rarely seemed to be open , even on a Saturday most don’t open til 10 am , such a shame as would have spent much money I am sure
Written August 25, 2020
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LAW64
Tonbridge, UK1,240 contributions
Good independent shops - steep hill
Aug 2020
Someone who lived in Frome for several years told us that this was the Main Street to visit. So we managed to get a parking space within about 10 minute walk and then went to this pedestrian only very steep hill. There are lots of small independent shops and a few cafes so it is a nice place to visit for a short period.
Written August 14, 2020
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juliaandadam123
Ashford, UK1,385 contributions
Quaint
Aug 2020 • Family
We planned a short staycation to support the English economy after everything that’s been going on. Deciding on a stay in Frome we spent one evening exploring the town.
The hill itself if quaint and full of lovely independent shops, but many restaurants in the are were shut for eating in (Thanks again Covid!) which was frustrating.
Written August 6, 2020
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The_Loup_Garou
Phoenix, AZ161,943 contributions
What an Interesting Place
Sep 2019
What an Interesting Place

We were back in Somerset in September, and to Frome, for a series of memorials for a dear friend. It had been a year, since we were last in Frome, and again, explored Catherine Hill.

The Autumn weather was great again, and we strolled some of the same areas, but also branched out a bit, as we were spending a bit of time at our departed friend’s flat, just down the hill.

We explored with our friend, who introduced us to Frome and Catherine Hill, the year before, but while she did some errands around town, we took the time to do even more exploring on our own.

As its name belies, Catherine Hill IS a hill, and a significant one, at that. There are a couple of places, where the walkways, sort of deviate, and stay on one level, while the street slopes up, or down, depending on one’s perspective. Shops are often located on those levels, while some conform to the slope of Catherine Hill.

While most visitors come for the shopping, and the restaurants/bars, I would hope that they would take a bit of time, to look beyond those shops, at some on the non-commercial, historic buildings, as well. Also, while not that many, each of the few side streets offer some architecturally interesting buildings, as well.

During about 3.5 hours, we stopped into a few shops, which we had explored the year before, but then found some, which were new to us, just as a wine bar, and a cheese shop, and we love Bath Cats & Dogs, plus Postscript for handmade greeting cards, and such..

While one should definitely have their “walking shoes” on, they will be rewarded by the various shops and restaurants on Catherine Hill, plus then there is the history of Frome, which is everywhere one looks - and even after having looked before, we found several, which were new to us. One of the aspects, which was of greatest interest to us, was that each shop is unique - with so much sameness everywhere, the shops on Catherine Hill offer so much, and each, from my observation, is independent - not a single chain - not a single shop that I could find elsewhere - unique. Also, if one gets a bit winded, they can usually stand by the railing on one of those offshoot walkways, catch their breath, and pause to take in the architecture, the history and the quaintness of Catherine Hill.

For me, in the Somerset area, Frome and Catherine Hill is a must-do, and for a good experience, I would plan on 2-4 hours - and more, if one wants to take in the restaurants in the area too.
Written June 11, 2020
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H & R
Bristol, UK100 contributions
A jewel for those tired of superstores
Mar 2020
This great hill is very good for your health, shopping and your wallet. Try it! It has lots of interesting and quirky independent shops and the best eateries and watering holes, particularly if you like to eat and drink well sourced products, prepared with love and care and at accessible prices. Fortunately, not one of the usual chain stores has yet ruined the character and feel of this hill. Support its independence and originality and have a good time!
Written March 14, 2020
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