Make the most of Half Term and Valentine's Day, or just book a spontaneous trip away; Norwich has some lovely hotels, B&Bs and self-catering properties to relax and unwind in. Once you're here, head out for some food and make sure you make the most of Norwich's brilliant shopping offer.
Image: Assembly House
WHERE TO STAY
Image: Dairy Barns
If you fancy a cosy family break away, look no further than some of the city's brilliant hotels and B&B's or go a little further afield for a Norfolk countryside stay.
Stylish and luxurious rooms in the heart of the city are available at The Assembly House and The Maids Head Hotel, or if you're taking all the family with you then enjoy great value at the Holiday Inn Norwich City (just 10 minutes' walk from the city centre) or the Holiday Inn Norwich North, which is conveniently located right by Norwich airport.
Gothic House (see our blog post here), Number 17, Beaufort Lodge Guest House and Wedgewood House are great city-centre B&Bs whilst 106 The Malt House and No 51 are incredibly central self-catering properties; whatever your choice, you won't be far from Norwich's many shops, restaurants and entertainment!
Outside of the city-centre also lie some real gems. For spa and golf facilities in a wonderful manor house setting try; Sprowston Manor - A Marriott Hotel & Country Club and Dunston Hall Hotel; for stunning countryside views only 20 miles from Norwich, and again with championship golf courses as well as spa and leisure facilities including tennis courts, stay at Barnham Broom Hotel, Golf & Spa; or book in at Broom Hall Country Hotel, which is surrounded by 15 acres of countryside and has an indoor heated swimming pool to enjoy all year round.
The Old Rectory, a 4 * Gold 2 Rosette Restaurant with Rooms, is only 2 miles from the city centre and has an intimate candlelit Dining Room which you can enjoy their award-winning food in – but make sure you book a table as it's incredibly popular. They also have a self-contained property - the Dowagers Cottage - which sleeps 2 people.
There are plenty of B&B's and self-catering properties a little further away from Norwich, too – try The Dairy Barns, Church Farm Guest House, Barn Court and Blue Cedar Lodge, plus many more - just search our website!
WHERE TO EAT
Image: Giggling Squid
Opt for something family-friendly which is bound to have options to please everyone at one of the city's three Zak's American Diners (located at Mousehold, Poringland and Barrack Street), The Waffle House, Pizza Express, Mambo Jambo, Bill's Restaurant or COSMO.
Delice Ice Cream & Coffee Parlour, Louis' Deli and Café Britannia are great cafés which have plenty of choice, or give the Grosvenor Fish Bar a go. It's a 'fish and chip grotto' serving seafood delights to suit everyone; there's the classic fish 'n' chips on offer as well as some different options for the more experimental eaters, including rock salmon, whitebait, squid, shark nuggets and much more!
Fancy an adults-only meal? Treat yourselves with culinary delights at Roger Hickman's Restaurant, Bishop's or The Iron House, or for a more relaxed vibe try Namaste India, East Twenty Six, Giggling Squid, Thai Kitti, Britons Arms, The Library Restaurant Bar and Grill or Côte Brasserie.
Image: shopping in the Norwich Lanes
One advantage to our beautiful city is that it has a fantastic, diverse range of shops, with two great shopping malls, high street favourites, independent boutiques and specialist retailers to ensure that, whatever your shopping style, Norwich can accommodate it!
The Norwich Lanes is a myriad of alleyways and streetways which are bursting with independent shops, galleries, pubs and cafés, and is the proud winner of the 2014 Great British High Street of the Year Award!
Image: shopping in the Norwich's Castle/ Arcade district
The Castle/ Arcade District is a wonderfully historic area with a great blend of High Street and independent businesses. Head to The Royal Arcade for unique shops and eateries set in the beautiful art nouveau building, which was designed by local architect George Skipper.
Norwich's beautiful Cathedral Quarter boasts lovely cobbled streets and historic buildings; Elm Hill is one of the most photographed areas in Norwich and has been used as a location for various films and television shows, whilst Tombland has not only the magnificent Romanesque Cathedral but plenty of picturesque bars and restaurants to enjoy the view in. It's got plenty of distinctive shops and galleries to explore too!
Magdalen Street is full of character; you'll find eclectic shops, cafes and food stores along this street, as well as some amazing vintage and antique finds where you can easily lose an afternoon searching for gems!
COMING TO VISIT?
Greater Anglia have Advance fares from £9 one way between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. Trains run every 30 minutes. Abellio 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.
To find out more and plan a trip to Norwich visit our website: www.visitnorwich.co.uk