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Destination guide

Experience Norwich in holiday lettings

Sometimes it's hard to believe that Norwich is a city at all. Its medieval centre is a warren of little alleys and offshoots. Hemmed in by handsome Tudor-style homes and pubs, they look the picture of rural England. But go beyond that historic heart and you come to a place that pulses with life and energy. Students bolster the bars and all sorts of walkers and outdoorsy types pass through, eyes set on sandy coastlines and Norfolk's wild wetlands. Norwich holiday rentals can be found in the old city or out in the quieter suburbs.

History

Historic locations and sites near Norwich holiday lettings

If you’re a history buff, there’s plenty to see and do near holiday lettings. The Felbrigg Hall, Gardens and Estate date to the 15th century and offer lavish interiors, vast gardens, a clear lake and woodland paths. The Plantation Garden is a trip to the Victorian era with a restored town garden and elegant walking paths. The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell is a two-storey museum that offers displays of the industrial history of the city with hands-on exhibitions and galleries. Strangers’ Hall dates to 1390 and houses a domestic history museum.

Things to do

Sightseeing near your holiday rental in Norwich

Once you're done tasting local produce and chinwagging with the folk of Norwich Market, you should be sure to set aside some time to uncover the history of this corner of England. There's nowhere better to do just that than in the soaring keep of Norwich Castle. It stands tall on a bluff above town, keeping watch since William the Conqueror raised its mighty bulwarks. Inside are art collections and other relics that unravel tales of Anglo-Saxons and Celtic tribes, of Viking raiders, and even the kings of ancient Egypt.

Activities

Things to do near Norwich holiday homes

Norwich holiday rentals in the old heart of the city are a great place to base yourself if you're looking to be immersed in this Norfolk hub. You'll sleep with towering cathedral spires overhead and walk out onto lanes of cobbles, where tearooms and live-music pubs spill onto the slabs. The shopping is excellent. Countless boutiques selling independent clothing and handcrafted jewellery punctuate the whole area, while Norwich Market – said to be the largest uncovered market in the UK – is a colourful mishmash of trinkets and antiques and cheeses.

Weather

Local weather during your stay in Norwich holiday homes

Norwich follows precisely the same weather pattern as the rest of the UK, only it might enjoy slightly higher temperatures on account of its southerly location. The spring hits in April and May, bringing plenty of people eager to see the Norfolk Broads coming to life. The summer is the most popular time for travellers. Norwich holiday rentals between June and August are great bases for wandering the streets and sightseeing in the castles, thanks largely to the drier days and mercury levels hitting around 20 degrees.

Natural features

Norwich – a ticket to The Broads

Norwich sits in the eastern half of Norfolk County. The Norfolk Broads technically begin in the centre itself, as the River Yare starts to spread out and meander around oxbow lakes and wetlands. In fact, that reserve of waterways and grasslands and ponds is one of the main reasons people look to book Norwich holiday rentals. Outdoorsy types can go boating their way through a medley of green pastures and reedbeds, bogs, and muddy fields where windmills creek. Rare species include the mallard and greylag goose, so keep the eyes peeled.

How to get there

Travelling to and around Norwich

Fly into Norwich (NWI-Norwich Intl.), the closest airport, located 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from the city centre.

If you're travelling by train, Norwich Station, Salhouse Station and Brundall Gardens Station are the main stations in the city.

How to get around

How to navigate around Norwich villa rentals

As a major metropolitan area, Norwich offers many transport options, so you’ll have little problem getting to or around villa rentals. By car is a typical and convenient way to get around, whether it’s a taxi, personal vehicle, car hire or ride-share service. A railway station in Norwich services the region and can transport travellers to other large cities in the area. Bus and coach companies also serve the city and the surrounding area. A national cycling route passes through the city for those who want to ride a bike, and many neighbourhoods are walkable.

Food & drink 

Delicious dishes and cuisine near Norwich holiday homes

As you visit the area, you’ll want to try local Norwich delicacies. Pubs and restaurants near holiday homes are a great way to sample Cromer crab with its pie-crust shell. Samphire, or sea asparagus, is a popular side that is often steamed and buttered. Brancaster mussels are known for being tender, juicy and savoury. Stiffkey cockles are another tasty local dish that are harvested with rakes and nets, then steamed and served in soups and pies, or boiled and topped with pepper and vinegar.

Essential info

All you need to know about Norwich and your holiday rental

For over 700 years, Norwich was the second-biggest city in England. While this is no longer the case, the city is still large, with a population of over 141,000 people in the city proper and up to 377,000 people in the entire metro area. Norwich has been ranked as among the safest university cities in the U.K., so it’s a great place to take a trip. Just exercise standard caution and alertness, and you should have no problems. The city’s modern amenities can fulfill all of your dining, shopping and entertainment needs.

Family friendly

Kid-friendly activities near Norwich holiday homes

Norwich boasts an array of kid-friendly attractions to enjoy on a trip. Holiday homes can be found near family-focused places like BeWILDerwood, an outdoor adventure park with treehouses, zip wires and jungle bridges, and Whitlingham Country Park, a large waterfront park with space for running, sailing and other activities. Kids will also like the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell, an industrial history exhibit with galleries, tours and hands-on activities.

Good for couples

Romantic holiday homes in Norwich

If you want a relaxing couple’s escape, you can visit one of Norwich’s many romantic locations. Holiday homes are available near places like Strangers’ Hall, a domestic history museum in a 14th-century Tudor house with period furniture replicas and a garden, and Dragon Hall, a medieval hall with a timber, crown-post roof and lush gardens with heritage displays. You’ll also like Wensum Local Nature Reserve, a vast parkland with colourful wildflowers and native animals.

How many holiday rentals are available around Norwich?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,800 holiday lettings around Norwich. From 605 cottages to 210 flats & apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Norwich?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Norwich. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Salhouse Station: 1,257 holiday lettings
  • Norwich City Hall: 1,069 holiday lettings
  • University of East Anglia: 843 holiday lettings
  • Blickling Hall: 1,316 holiday lettings
  • BeWILDerwood: 1,329 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Norwich listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Norwich?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 605 Cottages in Norwich. Our other popular types of Norwich holiday rentals include:

  • Flats: 210 self catering accommodations
  • Houses: 554 self catering accommodations
  • Cabins: 605 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Barns and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Norwich?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 282 holiday homes with pool available in Norwich. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.