The best budget hotels in Norwich for exploring Norfolk’s lively capital on a shoe string

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Compact and easy to navigate, Norwich’s medieval centre with its Norman castle and gothic cathedral is a great pick for a stay which goes easy on the wallet. Characterful, historic buildings, stylishly converted into comfortable and affordable accommodation, provide a perfect springboard for exploring the city’s top sights, shops and nightlife on foot, plus its wide range of excellent restaurants. Some hotels also offer free on-site car parking, a big bonus for budget-conscious visitors in a city where parking prices can spiral. Here’s our pick of the best cheap hotels in Norwich – that don’t compromise on comfort – featuring the top places to stay for historic character, stylish décor, comfortable beds, good food, city centre locations and affordable rates.

The Georgian Townhouse

Norwich, Norfolk, England

8
Telegraph expert rating

An informal, sassy hotel with a lively bar and restaurant, slightly removed from the city centre but within walking distance of sights and shops. The vibe is young, retro and upbeat with hip rooms and relaxed, friendly staff. The all-day dining menu features local produce, including grilled east coast mackerel, North Norfolk mussels, terrine of locally-shot game and imaginative vegetarian options. The 22 comfortable rooms come with contemporary furniture and fun, retro features (Roberts radios, Smeg mini-fridges, vintage-style phones). A large forecourt means parking is available which is convenient too, as Norwich parking can be both pricey and awkward.


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£
96

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The Maids Head Hotel

Norwich, Norfolk, England

7
Telegraph expert rating

This hotel in the heart of historic Norwich claims to be Britain’s oldest, and there’s no doubting its position as grande dame of the city and wider region. Comprising several buildings knocked together over the years, the layout of the hotel feels like a maze of higgledy-piggledy, rooms and spaces. Originally built for bishops and nobles visiting the cathedral, it has a long and rich backstory. Notable guests are said to include Queen Elizabeth I in 1587, and Catherine of Aragon. There are 84 rooms including standard doubles, executives, historical feature rooms and suites. Bar food is served in the lounge and restaurant area, but dinners in the Wine Press restaurant are more expensive affairs.


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£
86

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The Assembly House

Norwich, Norfolk, England

8
Telegraph expert rating

An elegant, Grade-I listed mansion in the centre of Norwich, The Assembly House offers a comfortable and convenient base from which to explore Norfolk’s lively capital. Its 11 guest rooms have been decorated with huge flair and skill: stylish patterned fabrics, strong Farrow & Ball wall paints and striking contemporary artwork are a real feast for the eye. Modern touches (feature mirrors, Anglepoise desk lights, VI spring beds) are skillfully combined with antiques (porcelain dogs or Spode teapots). There’s a real old-style pride in this place. An on-site cookery school offers hands-on courses combined with discounted overnight packages.


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£
170

per night

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3 Princes

Norwich, Norfolk, England

8
Telegraph expert rating

A relaxed, hospitable b&b in a superb location within the city’s oldest and most atmospheric quarter, near the cathedral, theatre and market square. Fresh flowers, glossy magazines, family photos, a key to the front door and a help-yourself kitchen makes this guesthouse feel like a home you really would like to call your own. There are four guest rooms plus a spacious apartment. Stripped wooden floors, a mix of antique and contemporary furniture, dove-grey walls and designer lights create an enticingly calm and soothing atmosphere, although some street noise is inevitable, especially during summer months.


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£
120

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Gothic House

Norwich, Norfolk, England

7
Telegraph expert rating

This small two-bedroom guesthouse is tucked into a quiet, gated courtyard between an old city pub and modern office buildings. If you are after a cosseting night in a lovingly renovated, grade II-listed Regency guesthouse, this is for you. There are no en-suites, but expect a friendly welcome, relaxed atmosphere and plenty of knick-knacks to catch the eye. Parking in the gated courtyard next to the guesthouse is a big plus point in a city where public spaces can be expensive and sometimes hard to find. Otherwise this is a straightforward, pocket-friendly bed and breakfast without extra facilities.


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£
95

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The Old Rectory

Norwich, Norfolk, England

7
Telegraph expert rating

This elegant, wisteria-and-virginia creeper-clad, Georgian rectory is set in mature gardens of oak, copper beech and Scots pine. The house, dating to the 1750s, retains much of its original character with beautifully-proportioned rooms and elegant central staircase. The south-facing, pink-painted lounge with its swagged curtains, tasseled cushions and large, wood burning stove, makes a convivial venue for pre-dinner drinks. China toby jugs, wall-hung antique plates and local artwork fill empty spaces, and a large collection of Harrods teddy bears dominates the reception. Food is taken seriously and there’s an outdoor swimming pool.


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£
120

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All prices below are rates for double rooms, based on two people sharing. These prices are subject to change in high season and during popular holidays and events.

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