A Stylish Christmas Break in Norwich

Wonderful value breaks in luxurious and stylish settings in Norwich 

Article courtesy of visitnorwich.co.uk

 If you’re looking for the picture-perfect Christmastime city, then Norwich is it. Dressed head to toe in twinkling lights and festive decorations, this is a city that wears the season particularly well, and is a must-see if you’ve never visited before.

Norwich at Christmas – Pic by Keiron Tovell

In places, the peaceful cobbled streets are the romantic picture of Christmas that we all imagine when we think of that Dickensian, snow covered yuletide. In others, Norwich is a city that buzzes with shoppers, music in the streets, and the promise of hot food al-fresco in Norwich Market.

It’s a wonderful time to visit, and an even better time to stay for the weekend. Enjoy a luxurious city-centre stay, or make your base a bit further out in the gorgeous, rugged Norfolk countryside – there’s nowhere better to spend a stylish winter weekend.


Where to stay in Norwich  

Gothic House double

Gothic House
King’s Head Yard, Norwich, NR3 1JE| Tel: 01603 631879

  • For those looking for a cosy, home-from-home stay, Gothic House has only 2 bedrooms (1x double, 1 x twin)
  • Prices from £95 per night minimum 2-night weekend stay (Fri-Sun) B&B
    Mon – Thurs, 1-night stays from £105, B&B
  • Sumptuous local produce cooked breakfasts
  • Parking
  • Molten Brown toiletries, dressing gowns, beautifully decorated rooms

Gothic House is in a great location, just on the edge of the Cathedral Quarter. It’s the perfect base for wandering around Magdalen Street & Wensum Street, which is famed for collectables, antiques, second-hand books, objets d’art, independent lifestyle shops and coffee houses.

The B&B is less than 10-minute walk from Elm Hill, Norwich Lanes, great shopping, eating out, and all the main attractions. It’s the perfect retreat for couples, or for best friends on a Christmas shopping break.  

The Assembly House

The Assembly House

Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RQ | Tel: 01603 626402

  • This is real spoil-yourself, luxurious stay
  • Good for families, as well as couples and solo travellers
  • City centre, fabulous location
  • Georgian splendor (very Vanity Fair!), decorated gloriously for Christmas
  • Treat yourself to a festive afternoon tea with champagne
  • Prices from £140 per night B&B, splendid cooked breakfast

The Assembly House is simply one of the finest hotels in Norwich. It has 11 spacious and stylish rooms: six with their own secret gardens, four with their own lounges, a bridal suite with its own garden and two opulent top-floor suites. It is pure luxury, and hospitality at its very best, all within the city centre. While you’re there, treat yourself to one of the hotel’s famous afternoon teas.

Norfolk Mead Hotel

The Norfolk Mead

Church Loke, Coltishall, Norwich NR12 7DN | Tel: 01603 737 531

  • Beautiful market town location just north of Norwich
  • Countryside views, walks, fresh air
  • Cottages and summerhouses available to book
  • 8 acres of grounds
  • Pets welcome in some rooms
  • From £135 per night

The Norfolk Mead is about a 15 minute drive just north of Norwich, so you’re perfectly in between the fun of the city and the quiet of rural Norfolk. Coltishall is a picturesque location, and the Mead is nestled in its own grounds perfect for winter walks and easy riverside strolls. In addition to the individually appointed rooms, there are summerhouses and a cottage available to book – each one cleanly and stylishly decorated.

Barnham Broom

Barnham Broom Hotel
Honingham Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR9 4DD | Tel: 01603 334 157 www.barnham-broom.co.uk

  • Beautiful countryside views
  • Golf course
  • Two championship standard golf courses
  • Award winning restaurant
  • 10 miles from Norwich

Barnham Broom is set in the picturesque Yare Valley, in easy distance of Norwich, the Broads and Sandringham. For a relaxed break, this hotel has everything you need on site, which includes 300 acres of beautiful grounds, and two golf courses. Inside, you’ll not only find 46 rooms, but a pool, spa and gym facilities and an award winning restaurant.


Byfords Posh B&B
1 – 3 Shirehall Plain, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 6BG | Tel: 01263 714 400

  • Real countryside luxury
  • Individually decorated, cosy rooms in Holt’s oldest building
  • 5-star accommodation
  • Self-catering apartment available
  • All-day dining in café
  • Prices from £135 per night

Byford’s is an utterly charming bed and breakfast in a historic market town in North Norfolk. Full of character, each room is sumptuously decorated and has period features still intact. Sleep off a bracing coastal walk in king-sized beds, and following a homecooked breakfast the next morning, travel into nearby Norwich to enjoy all the bustle of the city.

The best restaurants in Norwich 

The Ivy Norwich – Photographer Paul Winch

The Ivy Norwich Brasserie
Newly opened, the Ivy Norwich Brasserie is one of the most chic places to dine in Norwich right now. With a Norfolk-inspired interior by the Martin Brudnizki design studio, the décor is as fabulous as the food on offer. On one of Norwich’s busiest shopping streets – London Street – The Ivy is ideal for drinks any time, or dining late into the evening.


Benedict’s Norwich
A jewel in the crown of the Norwich Lanes, this 3 AA-Rosette restaurant is very special indeed. Chef proprietor Richard Bainbridge is a Great British Menu winner and judge, and is the beating heart of Benedicts. The focus is on using fresh, local ingredients, and using small suppliers to deliver the very best. This is a truly special, unique dining experience that you won’t forget.

Roger Hickman’s Restaurant 

Roger Hickman’s Restaurant

This classic, elegant restaurant has recently expanded, and is owned by former Michelin-starred chef Roger Hickman. There are three menus – a Tasting Menu, a Lunch Menu and a multi-course Table d’Hôte Dinner Menu, and the restaurant holds a prestigious 3-AA Rosette Award to its name. Very sophisticated, and laid-back with it.



An intimate fine dining restaurant, located in a beautifully historic area of Norwich. This small-but-perfectly-formed restaurant offers a range of enticing seasonal menus to choose from, to give you a taste of the real Norfolk! With a focus on wine and food, this is very romantic, and perfect for an atmospheric, candlelit dinner of real charm and quality.

What’s on in Norwich this Christmas

Norwich Christmas light tunnel

Tunnel of Light, 15 November 2018 – 5 January 2019, FREE

Hay Hill, Norwich, NR2 1QX | www.visitnorwich.co.uk

Returning for its 4th year with glittering new sequences. Marvel as the lights transport you to a place of wonder. At 45 metres long, 4 metres high and 6 metres wide, the tunnel is made from 50,000 pulsating LEDs with beautiful sequenced lights reflecting the patterns and colours of the Northern Lights. It’s quite a show and the place to get your seasonal selfie.

Located on Hay Hill, just outside The Forum and St Peter Mancroft Church, take this glowing walk-way onto Gentleman’s Walk, one of the main pedestrianised shopping areas of the city centre.

Share your tunnel photos using #MyTunnelOfLight | @mytunneloflight.

Strangers Hall, Norwich at Christmas – Pic by Keiron Tovell

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’… Strangers’ Hall, Charing Cross, Norwich, NR2 4AL

  • Saturday 30th November 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday 7th December 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday 14th December 10am – 4pm
  • Friday 20th December 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday 21st December 10am – 4pm


Father Christmas visit & museum admission child £10 or Father Christmas only £8 both include quality gift & photo. Adults usual museum entry cost £5.40. Pre-booking advised. Norfolk Museum Tickets

Strangers’ Hall is a stunning medieval merchant’s house in the heart of Norwich, likened to a living dolls house because of its maze of passages and charming series of inter-linked rooms with period settings. Each year it is decorated beautifully with living greenery and gorgeous festive decorations.

Strangers’ Hall is a delightful museum to celebrate Christmas and this year for the first time the perfect setting as they present Victorian Father Christmas visits themed with the famous poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, creating an authentic and exciting immersive experience for children and adults alike.

Christmas Markets in Norwich

Festive Fair at The Forum

Christmas shopping wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a Christmas Market, and Norwich has several.

Until the 15 December, pick up some ‘Cards for Good Causes’ outside the Forum, and on the 21 to 24 November, Millennium Plain will also host the hugely popular ‘Festive Fair at the Forum’.

Friday 6 & Saturday 7 December everyone is invited to enjoy a free celebration of Christmas in Norfolk as the Norfolk Christmas Fayre comes to Norwich Cathedral.


The Norfolk Christmas Fayre will be more than just a shopping event, but a place where you will be filled with the joys of the festive season. Homegrown makers, creators and producers will be inviting you to sample and shop unique gifts from around the county.

The Cloisters, Nave and the Cathedral Close will be lit up with festive trimmings and local food trucks will satisfy your hunger (and passion for good food)

Further out the city and into Norfolk, Pensthorpe Natural Park, and Holkham Hall have their own unique take on Christmas shopping events.

Find more Christmas markets in Norfolk

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