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You can peel back the layers of history when you stay in a Norwich bed and breakfast. A spider's web of narrow streets leads visitors past the medieval cathedral, a Saxon marketplace, slanted Tudor half-timbered buildings and a Norman Castle, not to mention the terraces of handsome brick-built Georgian and Victorian houses. The River Wensum meanders through the heart of the city, with pretty willow-strewn walkways along its banks. There's a modern side to Norwich, though, with new shopping malls, apartment developments and a thriving restaurant scene, while the burgeoning student population serves to keep the city creative and the nightlife vibrant. Just a hop, skip and jump from the city, you're in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, the country's newest national park.
You're spoiled for choice when it comes to bed and breakfasts in Norwich. Some are housed in the pretty Victorian terraced houses that line the banks of the river and have just a handful of cosy guestrooms. Others are more stately affairs, occupying listed properties close to the historic quarter. There's a sprinkling of modern city apartments, if that's your thing, and several cosy country cottages and farmhouses, whose original period features look straight out the pages of an interior decorating magazine. You won't have any trouble finding budget-friendly options that punch well above their weight, if you'd rather save your cash for the restaurants and attractions. Whichever you pick, you're always assured a warm welcome from locally born owners, who know the city like the bank of their hand. The best way to find the perfect match is by scrolling through the descriptions and photos for each listing on Expedia. When you find the right place for you, booking is a breeze and accomplished in just a few clicks.
When you arrive at your bed and breakfast in Norwich, you can settle into your comfortable home away from home. The cosy guestrooms differ, but will typically have all the facilities that you might expect from a hotel, like a kettle for making tea and coffee, a flat screen TV on the wall, and even a desk, should you need to catch up on your emails. Some have ensuite bathrooms, with complimentary toiletries and fluffy towels, while others are pet-friendly or offer free parking spots. Expedia helps you dig around to find exactly the place that's right for you. When you wake in the morning, there'll always be a home-cooked breakfast waiting for you downstairs, and some even offer light lunches and dinner. After you mini-break in Norwich, consider hopping on the train and heading for the bright lights of the capital, London.
With such a historic city, it can be a little daunting to know where to start when you leave your bed and breakfast in Norwich. However, there are several big hitters that every Norwich newbie should visit. The obvious starting point is Norwich Cathedral, a magnificent Romanesque structure with the 2nd tallest spire in the country, and some fine monastic cloisters. Another famous landmark is the 900-year-old Norwich Castle, built by the Normans atop a small hill in the city. Today, the well-preserved structure is a museum housing a treasure trove of artefacts, along with a fine art gallery. Afterwards, visit colourful Norwich Market, where candy-striped canopies sit atop stalls piled with everything imaginable. While you're there, take some time to admire the historic buildings that encircle it, most notably the 15th-century Guildhall.