Maids Head Hotel

Norwich (City Centre), Norfolk

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The Maids Head is a 4-star deluxe hotel in Norwich city centre, opposite the famous Norman Cathedral and just around the corner from Norwich Castle. With its central location, the Maids Head Hotel is a great base for a walking tour of the historic city of Norwich with its boutique shops and attractions.

Originally owned by the early Bishops in the day of William the Conqueror, the Maids Head Hotel dates back to the 13th Century and is the oldest hotel in the UK. A blend of architectural styles and unique spaces, such as an oak-panelled Jacobean snug bar and period character rooms, make the Maids Head Hotel the perfect complement to a city steeped in history.

Choose from 45 wines, some rare, to enjoy by the glass in the award-winning WinePress restaurant. The WinePress offers a special five-course tasting menu with wine pairing, including Norfolk black chicken matched with the Côtes du Rhône spicy French red, ‘Les Coumbarelles.’

Follow in the footsteps of Maids Head Hotel’s illustrious guests – Queen Elizabeth I, the ‘Black Prince,’ Catherine of Aragon, Horatio Nelson and Edith Cavell. Norwich railway station is just a mile and Norwich airport is three and a half miles away. Ample free parking on-site.

Why We Love This Hotel

  • Reputedly the UK's oldest hotel
  • Central location with free parking
  • Opposite the famous Norman cathedral
  • 5 minute walk to shopping district
  • Savour rare wines at the WinePress restaurant
  • Jacobean snug bar & tapas bar
  • Beautifully decorated heritage bedrooms
  • Top historic break destination
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking (84 cars)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • 84 Bedrooms
  • 6 Meeting rooms
  • Non smoking hotel


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From 01 Jul 2015 to 30 Nov 2015

From £210.00 per room per night

Maids Head Hotel - Norwich (City Centre)
Address: 10 Wensum Street, Norwich, Norfolk, Norwich, Norfolk NR3 1HR, UK
Phone: Norfolk
Fax: Eastern England
Website: England



  • Norwich Train Station (1 mile)

  • Norwich Airport (3 miles)
  • London Stansted Airport (83.5 miles)

20 Tombland, Norwich, Norfolk NR3 1LB, Great Britain

From A11:
Follow signs for the City Centre. Turn left onto the A147 (inner ring road) and follow around the City to the roundabout for the A1151, signposted Wroxham. Take the third exit onto Whitefriars and follow signs for the Cathedral and Law Courts. The hotel is 400 metres along, on the right-hand side, on Palace Street.

The WinePress


The WinePress fine dining restaurant offers splendid surrounds in which to enjoy freshly prepared modern British dishes. Its glassed pitched roof, terracotta floor and large clock keeping time over black lacquered statuettes imbue the restaurant with a real sense of history. The menu at the WinePress is overseen by Daniel Galmiche, a Michelin-starred chef, who works in conjunction with the head chef at the hotel to create inspired, unstuffy food. If you’re a cheese lover and want a true taste of the region, we recommend you start with Wensum White goats cheese mousse with glazed beetroot salad, smoked Norfolk cider caviar, Cox’s apple and ruby chard. For a main, the Norfolk Dapple cheese and pearl barley couscous fritters are delicious. Round it off with a mouth-watering selection of Norfolk cheeses. Wine features heavily and guests can enjoy over 40 handpicked wines - including rare Tour de Belfort and local Norfolk wines - by the glass from the restaurant's extensive list. The latest technology ensures that each wine is served in peak condition. A gourmet, five-course tasting menu paired with wines is also available.

Please reserve a table for dinner in advance.

Maids Head Bar

The Maids Head bar is something of a time machine, transporting you back to the reign of James I with its Jacobean oak panelling and snug. One of the oldest bars in the City, it is the perfect watering hole for a glass of fine wine or a pint of local beer.

Al Fresco Dining

In the summer, dining at the Maids Head Hotel reveals an altogether different flavour. Take a seat in the fresh open air – sunny or shade – and dine al fresco. Guests wanting to make the most of the fine weather can take their bar meal outside to the hotel courtyard, which offers an oasis of calm to spend a long summer evening after exploring the local area.

Afternoon Tea

Don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in afternoon tea whilst staying in this glorious setting – savour homemade scones with fruit preserve and cream, sandwiches, cakes and a pot of tea. Both traditional afternoon tea and champagne afternoon tea are available to order and can be enjoyed in the Maids Head bar. Afternoon tea can be booked in advance, at a special price, when booking your room via

Private Dining

The unique surroundings of the Maids Head Hotel present a wonderful setting for private dinners and celebrations. The hotel caters for reunions, anniversaries, family gatherings, birthday parties, charity and club events, and business dinners. Choose from a range of private rooms, each with its own individual character. Call Classic British Hotels on 0844 967 0984 for advice and let us help you organise a memorable private dinner.

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets catered for. Early suppers and high chairs available for children.

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Room service
  • Concierge
  • Safe deposit
  • Luggage storage
  • Lift(s)
  • Laundry service
  • Dry cleaning

Check-in: 2.00pm
Check-out: 12.00pm

AA Rosette for fine dining
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014 Winner

The Maids Head Hotel, in Norwich city centre, adds a touch of 4-star style and pedigree to your meeting or event. Its central location makes it an ideal meeting venue, along with free on-site parking and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Norwich train station is just a mile away and Norwich airport is three and a half miles away.

There are six meeting rooms at the Maids Head Hotel, Norwich, each one with its own unique character and fully-equipped with the latest audio and visual equipment. A range of meeting spaces offer the ultimate in flexibility enabling the hotel to cater for small private dinners, through to large conferences for up to 200 delegates.














  • Second floor
  • Natural daylight
  • Air-conditioned

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