Norwich is one of England’s finest medieval cities. From the medieval period until the start of the Industrial Revolution, Norwich was regarded as England’s second city. To this day it proudly boasts the largest intact medieval street pattern in the whole of Europe. The city has retained a unique personality and over the years the city has also become a thriving metropolis with a bustling nightlife, as well as a top shopping destination.
Top Hotels in Norwich
Norwich does not have a huge selection of hotels but there are a few excellent ones to choose from.
Dunston Hall Hotel
Dunston Hall Hotel Norwich is a Golf Resort with excellent leisure and Spa facilities. Set in 150 acres of parkland is a combination of Mock Tudor and Victorian styles. A massive complimentary 500 space car park. Bedrooms are spacious and well appointed. The hotel's restaurant is highly commended. The Dunston Hall is located 5 miles from Norwich city centre. Book the Dunston Hall hotel!
Sprowston Manor Hotel
Set in attractive grounds just a short drive from the centre of Norwich, Sprowston Manor is a luxurious countryside retreat with an impressive array of leisure facilities. The hotel’s bedrooms are spacious and comfortable, and the property also boasts extensive conference and banqueting facilities, as well as a pleasant restaurant. A golf course adds to the impressive list of features at this striking countryside venue. The Sprowston Manor Marriot Hotel and Country Club is located 3.7 miles from Norwich city centre. Book the Sprowston Manor Hotel
Maid's Head Hotel
The Maids Head Hotel is something of a landmark in Norwich’s Tombland, having been around since the 13th century. A characterful and charming old hotel with many original features, the Maids Head offers pleasant, comfortable accommodation in a convenient location, as well as having an attractive bar and restaurant. The hotel takes up an excellent position opposite the impressive cathedral. Book the Maid's Head Hotel
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Things To Do in Norwich
The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is a brilliant collection of modern artwork. The Centre is situated on the University of East Anglia campus. Here you will find all manner of work spanning over 5000 years of human creativity from Africa, the Pacific, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Mediterranean. The collections are housed within two distinctive buildings and feature more than 1,200 pieces of artwork. With special exhibitions changing every few months and a bustling programme of events, there is always something going on at this dynamic arts centre.
A lot is on offer when it comes to shopping in this terrific city, with high street stores, designer brands, independent shops and quirky goods shops vying for position. Norwich is among the finest places to shop in the UK. Outside of London’s Oxford Street, this is the only city in the UK to possess four national department stores as well as its own local independent department store, Jarrold. Whatever your fashion, taste or means, Norwich really does have something for everyone.
Norwich was built over the grave of an old heathen king, whose tomb lies deep within. By the 10th century the town of ‘Norvic’ had begun to make a name for itself. The settlement profited from a useful location on the River Wensum, along which wool was transported. Norwich continued to grow, and was a prominent textile manufacturing centre until the 19th century. Throughout this period, a number of churches were built within the city. The largest of these, St Peter Mancroft, was built between 1430 and 1455. Norwich is unusual in that it possesses not one, but two cathedrals. The spectacular Norman Cathedral is one of the foremost Anglican Cathedrals of its type while St John the Baptist Catholic Cathedral features superb neo-Gothic architecture.
Norwich Cathedral is a majestic Norman cathedral and one of the finest examples of its type in the UK. Built between the late-11th century and the middle of the 12th, its imposing structure dominates the city. Its spire is the second tallest in the country after Salisbury Cathedral. Set in handsome grounds, Norwich Cathedral houses over a thousand striking medieval roof boss sculptures. The building also houses the largest monastic cloister in England.
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Situated beside the cloister is a licensed restaurant. The restaurant is found within a remarkable contemporary building that has won several design awards.Norwich is the home of Colman’s Mustard. Aside from this, the city also has a range of exceptional restaurants. It would be difficult to discuss eating out in Norwich without mentioning Delia Smith (and her beloved Norwich City Football Club). She has her own restaurant, Delia’s at Carrow Road, which combines healthy, appetising food with just the right amount of finesse. Another superb restaurant is Tatlers, which is close to the cathedral in the city centre. Set in a stunning Georgian townhouse, Tatlers is a stylish restaurant with three separate dining rooms as well as an elegant downstairs bar. Norwich has an abundance of eateries so don’t be afraid to experiment.
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The Norfolk Broads make up one of the most visited inland waterways in Europe. They provide an idyllic setting for a holiday, short break or day trip. The western periphery of Norfolk Broads runs close to Norwich’s suburbs and comprises 5 rivers, 40 shallow lakes and just over 120 miles of waterways. In total, there are 200km of navigable rivers, shallow lakes, woodland, fens and lush marshes. The Norfolk Broads also retain the status of being Britain’s largest protected wetland, and are home to some of the rarest plants and wildlife in the entirety of the UK.