City Guide: Norwich, UK

Norwich is an amazing city, it’s my city. It’s one of the reasons I started Love Norfolk. Although I only lived a little way down the road in North Norfolk, it was amazing decision to move to the city. Here’s a guide to Norwich, Norfolk.

Where to stay

There are plenty of places to stay in Norwich from beautiful old hotels to pretty B&Bs. Here are some of the best. If you want to stay outside of Norwich, take a look at this post on Love Norfolk.

Maid’s Head Hotel

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The oldest hotel in Norwich, dating back around 800 years. It’s in a great location too, situated a stones throw from Tombland and Norwich’s impressive cathedral.

Maids Head Hotel, Tombland, Norwich

St. Giles House Hotel

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When I asked on Twitter where the best place was to stay in the city, most of the replies came back with the St. Giles House Hotel. It made sense to include it on this list. My only real experience of it was when I was photographing the getting ready part of a wedding. The room and bathroom in the bridal suite were amazing! It’s also a spa, bistro and bar. So there’s plenty to keep you occupied before you even step out into Norwich! St. Giles House Hotel, 41-45 St. Giles Street, Norwich

Sprowston Manor

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This is a little way out of the city but you’re rewarded with a stunning country club with pool, spa, gold course and beautiful surroundings. Sprowston Manor Hotel & Country Club, Wroxham Road, Norwich

The Grove B&B

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The Grove is a spacious Victorian villa close to the city centre, although you wouldn’t know it from its quiet, secluded position. The Grove, 59 Bracondale, Norwich

Eat

I can’t tell you how hard it is to narrow down this list to just a few. I’ve eaten at some amazing places in Norwich, take a look at the Norfolk restaurant reviews on our sister site.

Mustard

This is a little café tucked away down Bridewell Alley, they make fantastic cakes, sandwiches and hot meals. When I worked in the city centre I was here almost every day. They are also masters of coffee. Pop in for a drink and a slice of cake or stay a bit longer and have big meal. Friday is all about fish & chips. Mustard Coffee Bar, 3 Bridewell Alley, Norwich

The Ironhouse

This is an amazing restaurant that serves wonderful food. The whole place is beautiful and relaxing. It’s great for dinner and lunch. If you want to pop in before your day really begins then they have some amazing breakfast dishes on offer (such as eggs Benedict!). Newspapers are always available and there’s free wi-fi if you need to check your emails. Ironhouse Brasserie, 1 St John Maddermarket, Norwich

The Dining Rooms

This is a stunning restaurant with a gorgeous courtyard. It’s part of Cinema City and a great place to eat and drink before or after seeing a film. I can thoroughly recommend the burgers and the hand cut chips. The Dining Rooms at Cinema CitySt Andrew”s Street, Norwich

Farmer Browns

On Tombland, this restaurant is a great place to eat if you want to sample some local food. The last time I visited I tried the Swannington beef burger. Such amazing, well-seasoned meat. Almost all the food is locally sourced and there’s a fantastic £12 lunch menu. Farmer Browns22 Tombland, Norwich

Middletons

This is a fairly new steak restaurant in the city. They really know what they are doing when it comes to great steak. I had the fillet steak with dauphinoise potatoes. The steak was cooked to absolute perfection and went perfectly with a glass of Rioja. Middletons Steakhouse & Grill, 11-15 Timber Hill, Norwich

Drink

Bar 11

This bar has been around for a while but I was drawn in recently by the amazing cocktail menu. Each cocktail is crafter by the bar manager, who really knows her stuff. Not only are there great drinks but they also host all sorts of amazing DJs for long nights of dancing. Bar 11, 9-11 Upper King Street, Norwich

42 King Street

Another very special cocktail bar. Inside it’s very small so getting there early in the evening is recommended. The staff really know what they’re talking about when it comes to cocktails. 42 King Street, Norwich

The Fat Cat Brewery Tap

This is my favourite pub in Norwich. It has a huge range of ale on offer not to mention plenty of cider, wine and spirits. They have music on throughout the week and an amazing quiz every other Thursday. There’s often a BBQ during the weekends during the summer too! Fat Cat Brewery Tap, 98-100 Lawson Road, Norwich

Dance

The Waterfront

If you want somewhere a bit more alternative for a dance then the Waterfront not only hosts a number of live bands but on Friday and Saturday nights there are club nights. These are wide in variety with everything from indie and classic rock to electro and eighties hits. The Waterfront, 139-141 King Street, Norwich

Wonderland

IMG_6553 This club has changed names and owners numerous times since the Riverside complex was built. In it’s current form it hosts all sorts of club nights throughout the week. Wonderland, Riverside, Norwich

Sightsee

The Castle

 Castle (2)

You can see the castle from various different points around the city centre and it’s a must-visit in the city. From the battlements you get amazing views over Norwich. There’s also a huge museum with plenty to see. Norwich Castle, Castle Meadow, Norwich

The Cathedral

This stunning 900-year-old church sits proudly in the centre of the city. Not only are the cathedral grounds utterly stunning but the inside is something to see too. Make the most of the day by exploring historic Norwich. Tombland and the lanes are full of independent shops, restaurants and old buildings.

Olde Norwich Tour

This hour long tour takes you up and down Norwich giving you plenty of history. If you don’t have a lot of time in the city, this is a good way to see it and learn something too. www.oldenorwich.co.uk

Shopping

Norwich Lanes

IMG_8117 This is a large area of shops, restaurants and cobbled streets. There’s plenty see here including Sinsins Boutique, Imelda’s Shoes, Mustard Coffee Shop, Blades and The Belgian Monk. Find out more about the Norwich Lanes.

Chapelfield

This is the larger and newer of the two shopping malls. You’ll find everything from House of Fraser to Schuh here. Not to mention plenty of places to eat and drink. There’s also plenty of parking here, use NR2 1RU for sat nav. Chapelfield, St. Stephens Street, Norwich

Castle Mall

This mall sits right below the castle. There are often little food markets on in here on Saturdays. You’ll find shops like TK Maxx, New Look and Clinton Cards. Again, lots of parking here. Use NR1 3JQ for sat nav. Click here for more details.

Author: Jess

Writer, traveller, Norfolk gal.

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