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The easiest Christmas Shopping you've ever done...

Christmas shopping can be tiring work. It is an activity that requires stamina, animal cunning and mathematical skill, and by the time it’s over all you really want to do is lie in bed and drink tea through a straw.

This year, we recommend that post-shop, you stay overnight in one of Norwich’s fantastic city centre accommodation options. Below is our pick of places to stay, mostly within walking distance to the city. For those that are a bit further to get to, our friends at Courtesy Taxis (01603 446644) have given us rough prices from Norwich City centre to each hotel, so no worries if you’re laden with bags and unwieldy tubes of wrapping paper!

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The Maid’s Head Hotel – City Centre

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The Maid’s Head is not only a very special, beautifully located and independent hotel, but they have also put together a one-of-a-kind festive shopping break just for you. This 4-star hotel, situated city centre in the shadow of Norwich’s cathedral, are offering their ‘Festive Shop and Stay’ package From Friday 1st December 2017 to Sunday 31st December .

Park up early and hit the shops straightaway, as the hotel is conveniently located in the city centre. And once you’ve finished for the day, head back for a festive afternoon tea with a well-deserved glass of Prosecco.

Package includes:

  • Afternoon Tea for 2 adults
  • Bed & breakfast in a twin or executive double room

Price for a night’s stay is £160 based on 2 adults sharing a room. Pre-payable at booking point, non- transferable or refundable.

Visit our website for more details. 


Holiday Inn Norwich City - £5.50 taxi fare (or 15 minutes-ish walk from the city centre)

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If you’re arriving by train, or are a football fan, Holiday Inn Norwich City is perfect for you. Located beside Carrow Road ground (home of the Canaries), Delia Smith’s restaurant, and a short walk from the station, this is a super convenient stay in a unique, modern hotel in an easily accessible part of the city.

After a long day the Holiday Inn has everything you might need for a hassle-free stay, including high speed internet access, LCD TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. And if you still have some energy left, you can enjoy a workout in their Fitness Centre before hitting their contemporary restaurant and bar.

For more details, please visit our website.


Sprowston Manor Marriot Hotel & Country Club - £10 taxi fare

Festive package from Friday 1st December 2017 to Sunday 31st December 2017

Pre Chrsitmas Sprowston

For the perfect night’s sleep after a long day, escape the bustle of the city and head a few miles north of Norwich to stay in the beautiful Sprowston Manor hotel, located in an old 16th century manor house within acres of landscaped grounds. Every room features thicker, more supportive mattresses, soft new linens, designer duvets and extra fluffy pillows. They’ve got a spa AND golf course for your use, if you really feel like working away the day's stresses. 

Price: Sunday - Thursday £120.00 per room, per night. Friday and Saturday £125.00 per room per night. Rates Inclusive of bed and full English breakfast, visit the website for more details. 

  • Studio Suite upgrade available from £40 per room
  • Price based on 2 people sharing a deluxe king or double room
  • £30 per person, per night single supplement


Gothic house – City Centre

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Very lovely Clive and Khmer the cat will welcome you to the beautiful Gothic house, where you can de-stress in one of two beautifully decorated and sumptuous rooms. Stay in either the double room, or the twin room, each with its own dedicated bathroom (not en-suite but you have a floor to yourself!). The rooms are excellently and stylishly decorated, and with bathrobes, slippers and Molton Brown toiletries, this is the perfect place to unwind after a hard day of decision making and standing in waspy queues.

What’s great too is that Gothic House comes with dedicated parking spaces, so you have somewhere central to park while you enjoy your stay (and is also located about a minute away from the excellent Café Malabar, which serves beautiful, authentic south Indian food).

Rooms start at £95.00 a night – visit our website for more details.


106 Malt House – city centre

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106 The Malt House is an immaculate, self-catering apartment on King Street - an old, out of the way street just tucked away from the main bustle of the city centre. Perfect for one or two guests, and for those who find themselves burdened with a lot of heavy bags. It’s also within easy walking distance to Norwich Rail Station, Norwich Castle and the Cathedral.

The secure apartment comes with covered parking (with lift access direct to first floor), twin or super king bed, spacious south facing terrace & Juliette balcony to King Street. There’s also loads of modern conveniences, WIFI and an iPod dock (so you play the Rocky theme tune on repeat while you tackle your gift wrapping).

This place is a gem so nights are filling up fast – I recommend you give them a call or visit their website today if you fancy it!




Greater Anglia has Advance fares from £10 one way between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. Trains run every 30 minutes. Greater Anglia also serves Colchester, Ipswich and Diss on the Norwich line. Direct trains also run from Cambridge.

East Midlands Trains runs services from Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham.

Flights into Norwich served from Edinburgh, Manchester, Exeter, Aberdeen, Jersey*, Guernsey* and Amsterdam.


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