We’ve selected our top picks for the two May bank holidays, pairing together where to stay and what to do to create the perfect weekend!
Whether you fancy being nice and central with a city-centre trip (there’s so much to see and do right on your doorstep, and not far to go before you’re tucked up in bed!) or want to enjoy the best of both worlds with a Norfolk stay (so you’re not right in the city but also not too far away from Norwich and all it has to offer), you’re bound to find something to tempt you here!
Image: The Assembly House
Book a room at the Maids Head, Norwich’s historic hotel, and be in good company (they apparently played host to various famous visitors over the years – find out more here) or try The Assembly House for boutique indulgence in a beautiful Georgian setting. Both offer stylish luxury right in the city-centre.
Image: Holiday Inn Norwich City
For more budget-friendly options check out the Holiday Inn Norwich City; located right by the Norwich City Football Club it’s conveniently placed very near to the train station and only a 15 minute walk into the city centre. Alternatively they also have a hotel near the airport - Holiday Inn Norwich North – which is very convenient for those flying into Norwich and still only approx. 15 minutes by car into the centre of Norwich. Meanwhile the Best Western Annesley House Hotel is only a short walk from the city centre and is housed in three pretty Georgian buildings which are each Grade II listed!
BED & BREAKFAST & APARTMENTS
Image: Number 17
For accommodation with breakfast to make you feel right at home try Number 17, Gothic House, Wedgewood House or Cringleford Guest House. Or if you’re after the ease and space of an apartment, then we’d recommend 106 The Malt House – it’s a very central and smart self-catering apartment for 1 or 2 people, located within walking distance of the main sights and attractions in Norwich. For groups of up to 5 people, check out No 51, a Victorian 3 bedroom house refurbished as a lovely holiday let. Located in the hip and vibrant Golden Triangle area of Norwich, it’s just a short walk to the city centre, so no need for cars or taxis!
GOLF & SPA…
Image: Dunston Hall Hotel
If you’re after an elegant stay with amazing facilities on-site then you’re best off moving slightly outside of the city centre – but you don’t need to go far! Take a look at Sprowston Manor - A Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Barnham Broom Hotel, Golf & Spa and Dunston Hall Hotel; all offer style and luxury with plenty of great golf and spa facilities.
NORFOLK STAYS IN LOVELY SPACES
Image: Park Farm Hotel
Norfolk has lots of lovely accommodation options surrounded by plenty of greenery; try the Norfolk Mead Hotel which offers gorgeous rooms in a countryside setting that’s still within easy reach of Norwich, or Park Farm Hotel for rooms in the main building, garden or their Norfolk barn! Broom Hall Country Hotel is surrounded by 15 acres of countryside whilst The Fritton Arms is set on the banks of Fritton Lake.
We’d also recommend Byfords Posh B&B; in the gorgeous North Norfolk market town of Holt, it’s surrounded by pretty houses, independent shops and eateries. Alternatively Barn Court is a lovely barn conversion close to The Broads, and the bank holiday is a great time to enjoy the light and airy rooms at The Swan at Loddon.
SEE & DO!
Image: Go Ape at Thetford Forest
There’s no shortage of fun things to do over the early and late May bank holidays; some are special events and others are just great things to do whenever you visit! Here’s our top picks:
- Book a game at Cryptic Escape; try to solve the puzzles and find the clues to ensure you’re released before 60 minutes is up! For a historical spin on the ‘escape room’ concept try History Mystery Escape – their games are based on real-life cases in Norwich. Both of these will entertain the adults as much as the kids – result!
- Pay a visit to the city’s two Cathedrals – Norwich Cathedral and The Cathedral of St John the Baptist – and pop into the Plantation Garden, the city’s ‘secret garden’. It’s a little slice of paradise in the city centre – not that you’d know it from how quiet it is!
- The city’s three main museums - Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell and Strangers’ Hall – have plenty of fun things to see and do for all ages.
- For outdoor fun suitable for little ones make a day of it at BeWILDerwood, Dinosaur Adventure, Banham Zoo, Amazona Zoo and Africa Alive!
- Go Ape is plenty of fun for adventurous types (who aren’t scared of being the same height at the trees!) and a boat trip on The Broads with Broads Tours is a lovely option for the May bank holiday! Eaton Park Crazy Golf have some great offers for groups and will keep all ages entertained!
- For heritage fans, there are plenty of beautiful stately homes and gardens to explore, including Holkham Hall, Raveningham Gardens, and Somerleyton Hall, or visit Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse for a taste of Norfolk history.
- In the evening we recommend booking a show at Norwich Theatre Royal, The Playhouse, Maddermarket Theatre or Norwich Puppet Theatre, and don’t forget dinner – enjoy pre-theatre meals at: The Assembly House; Kemp's Restaurant at Norwich Theatre Royal; or Côte Brasserie. Alternatively view more restaurants and cafés on our website.
COMING TO VISIT?
Greater Anglia have Advance fares from £9 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.
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To plan a trip to Norwich check out our website www.visitnorwich.co.uk