Norwich

Travel Guide
Mousehold Heath featuring a city, heritage elements and landscape views

On the River Wensum sits this modern city that retains its strong medieval roots, located within easy reach of the breathtakingly beautiful Norfolk Broads.

The city of Norwich is many things: a modern business hub, a bustling student town and a treasure trove of medieval architecture. It is also the gateway to the Norfolk Broads, a network of scenic lakes and rivers. Fill a weekend here with a mix of sightseeing, shopping, country walks or boating, and don’t forget to make time for the museums.

The city’s oldest landmark is also the hardest to miss. On a hill in the heart of the city stands Norwich Castle, a wonderfully preserved building that dates back to the 11th century. Step through its ancient doorway to discover the museum and gallery now housed inside. A trip here is the best way to learn about the area’s history, while seeing some impressive works of art too. While you are here, pay a visit to the nearby Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum to discover an extensive collection of military uniforms and memorabilia.

Also close by are many other attractions, such as the City Hall and Norwich Guildhall, which was built in the 15th Century. Walk northeast from the castle for less than 10 minutes and you will arrive at Norwich Cathedral. Norwich has the country’s highest density of medieval churches outside of London, and this grand Norman masterpiece is particularly impressive.

Head southeast instead of northeast to reach Dragon Hall, another historic must-see. This wonderfully restored building is close to 600 years old. Join a guided tour to see its beautiful interior.

Not all of Norwich’s charms are ancient, however. It has modern attractions too. Get your souvenir shopping done in the Norwich Lanes, where unusual independent stores can be found in abundance. Or, in the evening, see a stage show at one of the city’s renowned theaters, such as the Theatre Royal. No matter how you choose to spend your time here, make sure you leave time to explore the Norfolk Broads, either on foot or by boat.

Norwich is well connected to most major cities in the United Kingdom. Fly into Norwich airport, or take advantage of the good train connections from London.

Where to stay in Norwich

Holiday Inn Norwich City
Holiday Inn Norwich City
4 out of 5
Carrow Road, Norwich, England
Fully refundable
The price is £63 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
Located in the heart of Norwich, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Carrow Road and Norwich Riverside Walk. Norwich Cathedral and Norwich Castle are also ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (657 reviews)
"Good location"

Reviewed on 2 Oct 2021

Holiday Inn Norwich City
Dunston Hall Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort
Dunston Hall Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort
4 out of 5
Ipswich Road, Stoke Holy Cross, Norwich, England
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £94 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from High Ash Farm and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Marston Marshes. Surrey House and St John the Baptist ...
4/5 Very Good! (941 reviews)
"Comfortable clean staff very helpful food was excellent lovely grounds to walk round"

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2021

Dunston Hall Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort
The Georgian Townhouse
The Georgian Townhouse
3.5 out of 5
30-34 Unthank Road, Norwich, England
Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St John the Baptist Cathedral, The Plantation Garden and Chapelfield Gardens. St Giles Church ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (117 reviews)
"Excellent"

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2021

Get rates
The Georgian Townhouse
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Olde Hall
Olde Hall
3.5 out of 5
North Walsham Road, Norwich, England
The price is £69 per night from 28 Oct to 28 Oct
Situated in Norwich, this holiday home is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Bacton Beach and within 3 miles (5 km) of Norfolk Coast and Mundesley Beach. East Ruston Old Vicarage ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (67 reviews)
"Excellent hosting, we were made to feel very welcome and all our needs catered for, with extra care in consideration of covid-safe protocols. The property was spotlessly clean, with free on-site parking, and within walking distance of a quiet sandy beach, local pub and several cafes and ..."

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2021

Olde Hall
Wellington Apartments
Wellington Apartments
4 out of 5
St Faiths Ln, Norwich, England
Located in Norwich City Center, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Norwich Cathedral, St Helen's Church and The Great Hospital. St Peter Hungate ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (15 reviews)
"Very comfortable with good facilities and lovely toiletries."

Reviewed on 1 Oct 2021

Wellington Apartments
Number 82 The Unthank
Number 82 The Unthank
4.5 out of 5
Unthank Road, Norwich, England
The price is £89 per night from 11 Nov to 11 Nov
Located in the heart of Norwich, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of St John the Baptist Cathedral, The Plantation Garden, and St Giles ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (78 reviews)
Clean, well presented room
"Clean, well presented room in a great location near to Norwich city centre. The kitchen was a nice addition to the room and with supplies easily obtained from the nearby Tesco."

Reviewed on 1 Dec 2020

Number 82 The Unthank
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Norwich

Top things to do in Norwich

Cities near Norwich