Visitors book hotels in Norwich to explore the historical treasures of this city, which straddles the River Wensum in the beautiful coastal county of Norfolk, in the east of England.
Crammed with buildings of the past, which sit in stark contrast to some of the city's modern architecture, Norwich attracts tourists looking for a slice of medieval England alongside a good helping of culture, shopping and tremendous restaurants and bars.
Standing proud above it all is the creamy limestone spire of Norwich Cathedral, one of the main attractions in the area. Begin your explorations here, and travel along a maze of cobbled streets to see timber-clad buildings, child-friendly galleries and the great block of stone known as Norwich Castle, plus much more besides.
Shoppers will love to rummage through the bargains on offer at the market before admiring the selection of independent boutiques in the Norwich Lanes. For an old-time shopping experience, check out the antiques of Elm Hill, or for ultra-modern high-street goods, head to Castle Mall, Royal Arcade or Chapelfield Shopping Centre.
There are plenty of Norwich hotels to choose from: budget hotels and B&Bs attract guests saving cash for the shops, while mid-range accommodation can be found in the city centre. Many of the hotels in these categories are fairly modern chain hotels, where you won't find buckets of charm, but you will get a comfortable room for your money.
If it's luxury hotels you are after, Norwich has a great selection and you can blow the budget in style. Some excellent and enchanting hotels are located in the city centre, which is a great location if you plan to ditch the car and see the sights on foot. If you don't mind driving or using public transport, you can book some wonderful hotels on the city outskirts and in the surrounding villages. Former rectories, country clubs and sprawling grand hotels will compete for your attention.
Several of the big chains have hotels in the city. You'll find properties from companies including Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Best Western, Marriott, Mercure, Travelodge and Premier Inn. Now which one would Alan Partridge choose?
Top five attractions
You can't miss this 11th-century landmark. The spire reaches for the skies above and stands proud on the Norwich skyline. The large cloisters are particularly captivating.
Just to the west of Norwich is the magnificent and historic Eaton Park, where flowers grow, trees provide shade, friends play bowls, tennis and croquet, and children squeal in delight on the model boating pond and in the playgrounds.
This rather squat but remarkable landmark was built as a royal palace nearly 1,000 years ago and today houses a brilliant museum and art gallery.
The medieval cobbles, Georgian facades and Tudor timbers of this postcard-perfect street reveal some of the story of Norwich's past.
Use your stay in Norwich as a gateway to the Norfolk Broads, a huge area of handsome waterways and wetlands dotted with windmills. You are only minutes from The Broads in Norwich.
Norfolk and Norwich Festival; May: Hundreds of performers stage dozens of shows at a variety of venues during this popular annual event, which brings a taste of the arts to the city.
The Royal Norfolk Show; June: Explore the best of rural Norfolk and a host more besides at this popular annual event on the outskirts of Norwich. From livestock displays and shows in the Grand Ring, to shopping and live music, there's something for everyone.
Norfolk Food & Drink Festival; August-October: Get your lips around some of the best produce in the county at this yearly show. Local growers and producers are proud of their wares, and rightly so. This is one not to be missed if you're in Norwich in late summer and early autumn.