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About Norwich

The capital of Norfolk has expansive views and a relaxed attitude; Norwich is a beautiful, easy-going city with plenty of notable architecture arranged within a charming warren of alleyways. Visitors have a choice when selecting one of the best places to stay in Norwich: either to pick one of the charming boutiques right in the heart of the city or opt for a grand rural property in the picturesque Norfolk Broads, for something a little quieter.

Most of the grand buildings were built during the town’s wool boom. There is also an impressively well-preserved Norman castle and an awe-inspiring Anglican cathedral, with a spire second only in height to Salisbury's. 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 are very close to the Norfolk Broads.

Norwich has a bit of a reputation for being sleepy, but there is 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 choices when it comes to the best places to stay in Norwich, however, our Gurus prefer the city’s smaller properties, many with wonderful views and charming interiors.

The best places to stay in Norwich

For a central stay

  • 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.
  • The Georgian Townhouse is a traditional Georgian property turned chic city pad in the centre of town. Spacious rooms are sleek and stylish plus there's a lively restaurant and bar on site.
  • The Assembly House is another stunning Georgian property in the town centre. Its eleven bedrooms have been beautifully done in a traditional style with a very contemporary feel. They're famous for their afternoon and the restaurant serves fantastic British cuisine.

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 from the centre of town and from here you’re easily connected to the rest of the world via Amsterdam or London, 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 Rentalcars.
  • July and August are Norfolk’s warmest months, with temperatures between 12 and 23°C. October and November have the most rain.

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Best Hotels in Norwich

  • The Georgian Townhouse Norwich 22 rooms from £109

    City Style  -  A chic city pad complete with lively bar and excellent restaurant.
    Sights nearby  -  Stroll down to the majestic Roman Catholic Norwich Cathedral.
    Full of character
    Traditional

    A traditional Georgian property with chic contemporary interiors. Spacious rooms are decorated in a steel grey which contrasts well with the polished parquet floors and crisp white linen. A lively restaurant serves locally inspired dishes and the bar has a choice selection of ales. See More

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  • 38 St Giles Norwich, Norfolk 8 rooms from £130

    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

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

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  • The Assembly House Norwich (Central Norfolk) 11 rooms from £140

    Sights nearby  -  Go visit Norwich Cathedral or take a tour of Carrow Road, home of Norwich City FC
    Great walks  -  Wander around the city getting a feel for the place or head along to the coast
    Traditional

    The Assembly House is set in an historic Georgian building in the heart of Norwich. The individually designed rooms are utterly delightful - spacious, tastefully furnished and with lovely marble bathrooms. Scrumptious dinners or treat yourself to afternoon tea. A simply wonderful stay. See More

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