Discover our romantic Norwich hotels in the beating heart of this historic city.
Norwich. England’s first UNESCO City of Literature. A city of stories.
This quintessential English city on the River Wensum is famous for its breadth of heritage buildings – over 1,500 from every British era. Voted Norfolk’s favourite building, Norwich’s iconic Norman cathedral dominates the city’s skyline and is one of the foremost examples of the Romanesque style in Europe. The Cathedral is a member of the Norwich 12 – the UK’s finest collection of individually outstanding heritage buildings spanning the Norman, medieval, Georgian, Victorian and modern eras. Collectively, the 12 buildings are of international importance and showcase England’s urban and cultural development over the last 1,000 years.
There’s more to medieval Norwich than its historical pedigree however. intu Chapelfield features the region’s only House of Fraser, whereas Castle Mall offers a wide variety of popular high street brands. Beyond the malls, there’s a John Lewis and Norwich’s flagship independent department store – Jarrolds. For something a little outside the box, the City’s 900-year-old market is open six days a week, or you may want to explore the cobbled Norwich Lanes, a mecca for independent shoppers. Norwich is also home to award-winning museums and galleries, such as the Norwich Castle Museum and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, where you can brush up on your modern art – Picasso, Bacon and Degas for starters.
Described as the jewel in Norfolk’s crown, Holkham Hall is a grand Palladian mansion in a majestic parkland setting on the north Norfolk coast. Nature and art blend seamlessly together with the House displaying Old Master paintings and classical statuary, and the Estate playing host to a national nature reserve and one of Britain’s most beautiful beaches. In the opposite direction, Somerleyton Hall is a Grade II* listed Tudor period mansion with sumptuous interiors and one of the finest yew hedge mazes in Britain.
Visit one of the great heritage cities of Europe. A city with tales to tell.