It’s easy to take the familiar for granted, and the Covered Market is no exception. For over 200 years, it’s been the beating heart of the city, bustling with traders, tourists and locals alike. But controversially, its very existence is threatened by ever-climbing rents.
Housed in a building dating from the 1770s, it’s a colourful mix of traditional and the contemporary. Hanging carcasses of beef from the well respected and in-demand butchers, a specialist hat shop and cheese stall, a fishmongers with the freshest fish this side of Cornwall, a model toyshop – there’s over 50 independently owned outlets, a refreshing change from the bland, ubiquitous high-street shops that are just a stroll away.