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Norwich: Shopping, Norman Conquests, Alan Partridge And More   by Frederick Hoymer

Norwich Featured Hotels
Norwich is the county city of Norfolk, which means that there is plenty to see and do when you pay a visit to the area.

Norwich can trace its roots back to Roman times and although it is some way from the coast, it played a large role in the times of the Norman Conquest, probably due to its importance for trade even in those days. Indeed at that time it is thought to have been one of the largest cities in the country.

Times have moved on and Norwich is now more famous for its shopping than its distant invaders.

Shoppers will be delighted to visit the ancient market place which has been thriving since the time of the Normans and is now the largest open air market in England, opening six days a week.

Norwich Cathedral from the Close, Norwich, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
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More modern shops can be found in The Mall (which recently changed its name from Castle Mall, so you may still find references to the old name in some guide books). This was built to blend in with the historic city and much of the building is built into the side of a hill.

Its main rival is the Chapelfield mall, which has been built on the site of an old chocolate factory.

As a university town, you can expect to find a wide range of other things to do, some cultural, some less so.
Snow on House Roof, Pull Ferry, Norwich, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
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Make sure you book your Norwich hotel in advance if you visit at the same time as the annual Norfolk and Norwich Festival. This arts and music festival draws crowds in from across the county and from further afield and can trace its roots back to 1772. Recently, it has featured performers such as Ray Davies (of Kinks fame) and the London Philharmonic Orchestra playing a score from a Charlie Chaplin film. There are both indoor and outdoor performances during the festival, some of which are free events.

Norwich residents fortunately have a sense of humor: the fictitious radio DJ Alan Partridge, brainchild of actor Steve Coogan, broadcasts his shows from the city.  His distaste for the city is misplaced but comes across in his humor.

Sports fans will hope to take in a game by the Canaries, the nickname of Norwich City football club when they play at Carrow Road.

Unexpectedly for a mainly fenland area, there is a Norfolk Ski and Snowboarding club at nearby Trowse. So you may be able to practice your skills when you are in town.

Perhaps because of its excellent shopping, Norwich is a popular city break destination. The shopping features both the usual national chain retailers as well as many local stores where you can come across a variety of more unusual items. You can also investigate the history of the area and walk down its cobbled streets, maybe on your way to one of the several museums who make there home here.

Historical buildings include Norwich Cathedral, which can trace its roots back to the eleventh century and the castle (which is now actually a museum) which is about 100 years younger than the cathedral.

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De Vere Dunston Hall Norwich
Offering comfortable accommodation and convenient facilities, Devere Dunston Hall welcomes you for an unforgettable stay.  Surrounded by woodlands and manicured gardens, this property is situated 5 miles from centre of Norwich and about 6 miles from the train station.  Dunston Hall offers you a choice of dining experiences with three different restaurants. Guests can choose to dine on the superb a la carte cuisine at the exquisite La Fontaine Restaurant or partake in the locally renowned informal carvery. At the golf club's Bunkers, bistro style cuisine is available for a lighter snack after you come off the golf course.
Express By Holiday Inn Norwich
The Express By Holiday Hotel is ideally nestled 4 kilometres from the city centre as well as from the Norwich International Airport. This charming hotel is located 5 kilometres from the Train Station and is situated close various city attractions such as Chapelfield Shopping Centre, Norwich Castle and Cathedral, Castle Mall Shopping Centre and North Norfolk Coast.  This property offers 78 beautifully decorated guest rooms that have been elegantly furnished with modern in-room amenities. There are also 4 rooms available for disabled guests too.  The Great Room Restaurant serves delicious breakfast and dinner for you to feast on.
Holiday Inn Norwich City
Placed in a perfect location, this property is an ideal place for those who want to enjoy all of the attractions that the historic city has to offer.  The Holiday Inn is located only 2 miles away from the historic centre of Norwich. The inn is also at a distance of 3 miles from the train station, while the international airport is 6 miles away. Offering an informal atmosphere, the onsite Junction Restaurant serves delicious buffet breakfast as well as an extensive contemporary dinner menu that suit all type of tastes. You can also relax with a fine drink in the pleasant ambience of the bar.
Ramada Norwich
This spa hotel is located in Norwich, close to Norwich City Hall and Market Place. The hotel has an indoor pool, a steam room, a sauna, and a fitness facility. Ramada Norwich features a full-service spa. Business amenities at this 3.0-star property include business services, secretarial services, and audio-visual equipment. Ramada Norwich has a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. Event facilities include conference rooms. The staff can arrange dry cleaning/laundry services and express check-out. Additional amenities include laundry facilities, an arcade/game room, and multilingual staff. 
Sprowston Manor, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club Norwich
Located in Norwich, this family-friendly spa hotel is conveniently close to the airport, near Cow Tower and Norwich Cathedral. Sprowston Manor, A Marriott Hotel and Country Club has a golf course, a health club, an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a steam room. The onsite spa at this property offers massage and treatment rooms, facial treatments, body treatments, and beauty services. Sprowston Manor, A Marriott Hotel and Country Club has a bar/lounge and a coffee shop/café. 24-hour room service is available.
The Maids Head Hotel Norwich
This Norwich hotel is close to Norwich Cathedral, Norwich Castle, and Market Place.  The Maids Head Hotel features 1 dining venues. Business amenities at this 4.0-star property include complimentary wireless Internet access and meeting rooms for small groups. Event facilities include conference rooms. The Maids Head Hotel has 84 guestrooms. Televisions are equipped with satellite television channels . Guestrooms provide complimentary wireless Internet access. Bathrooms offer hair dryers. Additional amenities include trouser presses. All guestrooms at The Maids Head Hotel are non-smoking. 
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