Combining stunning natural beauty with close proximity to London, it's not hard to understand Norfolk's popularity as a holiday destination. The things which attract large numbers of holidaymakers to Norfolk today also made the county an appealing and strategic place in centuries gone by. History buffs visiting Norfolk today will be keen to head straight for one of the county's most fascinating historical attractions - Norwich Castle. The 11th Century building sits close to the modern city centre, surrounded by plenty of exquisite hotels and guest houses.
A Slice of History
This fine example of a motte and bailey castle was founded following the Norman Conquest in the 11th Century. Work on the castle began in 1067, with some significant additions being made in the following decades. Despite being one of 48 castles mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086, Norwich Castle was to be the only fortification built by William the Conqueror in East Anglia, making it a key strategical site for hundreds of years.
The Museum and Art Gallery
While the tours of the castle walls and dungeons are remarkable, there's plenty more to see and do at the castle. Today, the site is home to one of the city's foremost art galleries and museums, with constantly updating exhibitions.
Modern buildings on the site can be hired for corporate events, and the castle excellent catering service makes it a popular venue for weddings and private parties.
As the county's only city, it's understandable that Norwich should be home to the most diverse range of B&Bs and hotels in Norfolk. The city provides first-rate accommodation to suit all kinds of visitors, from boot-strapping backpackers to spa-hungry holidaymakers.
Visitors seeking a peaceful and friendly place to stay can check in to the Wensum Guest House, located on the eastern edge of town. While the neighbourhood offers some tranquillity, the property is actually just minutes from the lively centre of Norwich.
Hotel Belmonte offers visitors a more central option, just a stone's throw from Norwich Castle. Guests can enjoy breakfast at the hotel, and have access to high-speed internet free of charge. All the city's finest bars and restaurants are within gentle walking distance.