The Best Cheap Hotels in Norwich, England
Norwich boasts impressive medieval architecture and is also a perfect base for exploring Norfolk’s scenic countryside | © Madrugada Verde / Alamy Stock Photo
Manor houses and the oldest hotel in the UK make up our must-stay selection of budget-friendly bases in the unofficial capital of East Anglia.
Flush from its textile boom, the Norfolk city of Norwich boasts some seriously impressive pieces of medieval architecture, the most celebrated being its soaring cathedral. But there’s more to East Anglia’s unofficial capital than past glories. A thriving university has brought an arty cosmopolitan vibe, plus top transport links make it the perfect base for exploring Norfolk’s scenic countryside. And if you’re looking for somewhere affordable to stay, we just so happen to have that covered, too, with these top picks – bookable on Culture Trip.
Sprowston Manor Hotel
Budget Hotel, Golf Hotel
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A manor house might not spring to mind as a particularly budget-friendly option, but you can snag some rather good deals at Sprowston Manor Hotel. Most of the rooms in this 16th-century country pile afford lovely views over the surrounding grounds and its 18-hole golf course – considered one of Norfolk’s finest. Go for a soak and get pampered in the on-site spa, complete with heated pools, then tuck into a duo of dining options or jump in the car for central Norwich, 10 minutes away.
The Maids Head Hotel
4.4/5 (957 Reviews)
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Tracing its roots back over eight centuries, the Maids Head Hotel is considered to be the oldest hotel in the UK. It’s had an update or two over that time and today presents an attractive blend of the new and old-world. Bedrooms range from smart contemporary to luxury suites replete with historical touches, with entry-level rooms pleasantly easy on the wallet. Why not blow the money you’ve saved on a spin in one of the hotel’s vintage Bentleys.
4.1/5 (973 Reviews)
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This grand country house is set in 150 acres (60ha) of sylvan Norfolk parkland, around 4mi (7km) south of central Norwich. Built in 1859, the red-brick Elizabethan-style mansion has been carefully restored to its former glory, with the addition of some seriously high-end facilities. From a health club with a huge indoor pool to luxe-level spa treatments, three distinctive dining options and an 18-hole golf course, there’s plenty to keep you busy during your stay.
The Black Swan Inn
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Overlooking a pretty green in the quintessential Norfolk village of Horsham St Faith, a stay at the Black Swan Inn puts you right in the heart of local life. Despite a complete update and extension, you’ll still find evidence of its 18th-century roots dotted about the place. Around a dozen rooms are bright and modern, with pretty woodland views. Hearty breakfast options set you up for a day spent exploring the picturesque surroundings or Norwich city a few miles away.
The White Horse Crostwick
Bed and Breakfast
4.5/5 (117 Reviews)
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With foamy real ales and classic pub fare served up in a cosy, folksy atmosphere, you’ll find a real emphasis on the traditional at the White Horse Crostwick. The inn is scattered with trinkets and curios, largely donated by the regulars, adding to its old-world charm. The two home-style bedrooms are bright, modern and located in the neighbouring annex. If you’re there on a Sunday, be sure to stay for their popular roast.
38 St Giles
Bed and Breakfast
Set in a grand 18th-century house that was once home to the Lord Mayor of Norwich, 38 St Giles is a B&B with added panache. There’s comfort where it really counts in the guest rooms, with fluffy towels, goose-down duvets and top-quality Egyptian cotton sheets. Breakfast is gourmet and cooked to order, featuring locally sourced eggs and bacon. Located midway between Norwich’s cathedral and castle, it’s only a five-minute stroll to each.
Bed and Breakfast
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If you’re looking to really immerse yourself in the Norfolk countryside, Woodmans Farm is the place to do it. Tucked away at the end of a forest-flanked driveway, this secluded rural retreat is set in 12 acres (5ha) of farmland-fringed grounds. There’s a choice of cosy rooms as part of the guesthouse or self-contained holiday lets with kitchens and a shared indoor pool. For B&B guests, breakfast is served in a dining room that opens directly onto the pretty gardens.
The Old Rectory Hotel
4.5/5 (205 Reviews)
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Dating back to the mid-18th century, this former rectory is today run by the Solomon family, who have transformed it into this charming slice of rural hospitality. Most of the guest rooms have views over the extensive landscaped grounds, which also contain a rather impressive heated swimming pool and a beer garden that makes for a lovely lunch spot on warmer days. Alternatively, they’re happy to fix you a packed lunch if you’re heading out to explore the nearby Norfolk Broads.
The Georgian Townhouse
Pubs with Rooms
4.2/5 (97 Reviews)
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While indeed occupying a handsome Georgian townhouse, this pub with rooms has been given a stylish on-trend makeover to transform it into one of the hipper spots to stay in central Norwich. Accommodation is smartly chic with retro touches such Roberts radios and Smeg fridges, while apartments add a self-catering option. Choose from a raft of craft beers and over 40 gins in the bar, plus the menu offers plenty for veggies and vegans.
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This wonderfully ivy-clad country house dates back to the 17th century when it was used as a rectory. Traditionally styled guest rooms come with thoughtful touches such as home-baked biscuits, and one features a tall oak four-poster bed perfect for a romantic getaway. An all-day restaurant overlooks the hotel’s pretty gardens, where you can also enjoy afternoon teas and Sunday roasts. Its setting in the suburban village of Drayton also means Norwich city centre is just a short hop away.
These recommendations were updated on June 17, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.