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About Norwich

Capital of Norfolk, of the expansive views and relaxed attitude, Norwich is a beautiful, easy-going city with plenty of notable architecture arranged around a charming warren of alleyways. And the best places to stay in Norwich will be well located to make the most of these.

Most of the grand buildings were built during the town’s wool boom, but there’s also an impressively well preserved Norman castle and an awe-inspiring Anglican cathedral, with a spire second only in height to Salisbury.

What not to Miss

Norwich’s other sights include the Bridewell Museum - a 14th Century women’s prison, Blickling Hall - the old Bishop’s Palace, and an impressive Market Square surrounded by lovely little streets of half timbered houses, many now home to antique shops. And of course you’re very close to the Norfolk Broads.

Norwich has a bit of a reputation for being sleepy, but there’s a large student population, and some fantastic markets, so this is really a pretty lively place if you want it to be!

There’s plenty of choice when it comes to the best places to stay in Norwich, but our Gurus prefer the city’s smaller properties, many with wonderful views and charming interiors.

The Best Places to Stay in Norwich

City centre

  • 38 St Giles is an elegant, eight room boutique B&B right in the heart of Norwich. Converted from a Georgian townhouse, this is a quiet, stylish spot, but only one of the rooms has its own bath.

A quiet hideaway

  • The Old Rectory has been converted from a beautiful Georgian era rectory, into an eight room hotel with an outdoor pool and an acres worth of lovely garden. This is a lovely, peaceful spot with lots of nice communal space and grounds.

Outside the city

  • Set in stunning gardens and smartly decorated throughout the grand country house, Norfolk Mead, offers a tranquil setting and easy access to the city.
  • The Dial House is a charming B&B in the market town of Reepham, between Norwich and the north Norfolk coast.  There are eight individually decorated rooms - all quite glamorous - and an excellent restaurant also known for its afternoon teas.  

For a self catering apartment

If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment or private villa we recommend you visit our online partner, booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Norwich International Airport is just four miles out of the centre of town, and from here you’re easily connected to the rest of the world via Amsterdam or London, but also Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Guernsey, Jersey and Manchester. You can also travel via ferry from Amsterdam or Rotterdam to Harwich, or catch the train up from London via Liverpool Street Station.
  • If you want to hire a car - which we highly recommend if you’re staying in Norwich and want to see more of Norfolk - we recommend you visit our online partner, Holiday Autos.   
  •  July and August are Norfolk’s warmest months, with temperatures between 12 and 23°C. October and November have the most rain.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Norwich for you?  

Best Hotels in Norwich

  • 38 St Giles 8 rooms from $169

    Norwich, Norfolk

    Small boutique B+B in the heart of Norwich, for great shopping and a good value, relaxed stay.

    Designer Shopping  -  In the heart of the shopping district
    Sights nearby  -  Close to the Theatre Royal, Maddermarket and the Forum
    Local markets  -  Norwich market on the doorstep
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
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  • The Old Rectory, Norfolk 8 rooms from $169

    Norwich, Norfolk

    Family run eight room Georgian Rectory just outside Norwich for quiet getaway and outside pool.

    Great walks  -  Plenty of maps and routes available plus picnics to take with you!
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool only for Summer Months
    Birdwatching  -  Nature reserves nearby
    Traditional
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Johansens
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