FAQ'S AND USEFUL GUEST INFORMATION
Breakfast Monday-Friday 6.30am-9.30am and Saturday-Sunday and Bank Holidays 7.00am-10.30am. If not included in your rate, you can purchase breakfast vouchers for £10 per person ( £15.00 Friday & Saturday for 2 adults please speak to Reception)
Bar & Lounge opening hours:
Bar menu, snacks and drinks including our Starbucks coffee range are available in our bar and lounge area Monday-Saturday 11am-23.00pm and Sunday 12.00pm-22.30pm
Junction Restaurant opening hours:
Eat in our friendly restaurant Monday-Sunday 6.30pm-9.30pm
For all dietary requirements please speak to your server or restaurant manager. We can cater for a wide range of dietary requests including vegan, gluten free and specific allergies.
Complimentary wi-fi throughout the hotel.
We have a large car park outside the front of the hotel which is complimentary for our hotel and leisure club guests.
Spirit Health Club:
Why not relax and enjoy our free on site Leisure Club (Indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym).
Open from Monday-Friday 6.30am-10pm (last entry 21.15) Saturday-Sunday 7.00-21.00 (last entry 20.15) towels are provided
Nearest Petrol Station - Shell Garage, Ipswich Rd, Norwich NR4 6LA
Go out of the hotel car park leaving on the Ipswich Road side, turn right onto Ipswich road itself and follow this road for approximately half a mile. Shell Garage on the right hand side.
Nearest Supermarket & ATM:
Asda Superstore, Hall Rd, Norwich NR4 6DP
Go out of the hotel car park leaving on the Hall Road side, turn left onto Hall road itself and follow this road for approximately half a mile. Asda supermarket on the right hand side.
Tesco Superstore, Ipswich Road, Norwich NR4 6DZ
Go out of the hotel car park leaving on the Ipswich Road side, turn left onto Ipswich Road itself and follow this road for approximately half a mile. Tesco supermarket on the left hand side.You will also find foreign exchange here if required.
Nearest Train Station - Norwich Railway Station, Norwich NR1 1EF
This is approximately 2.5 miles away and usually takes around 10 to 15 minutes to get to by car.
Nearest Airport - Norwich International Airport, Norwich NR6 6JA
This is approximately 5.5 miles away and usually takes around 20 to 25 minutes to get to by car.
Nearest Bus Stop:
The quickest route into the city centre will take around 10 minutes’ to drive. If you would prefer to take a taxi we are happy to order this for you at reception. Alternatively the nearest bus stop is on Ipswich Road. Firstgroup bus number 37 into town centre.
Courtesy Taxis - 01603 446644
Loyal Taxis - 01603 619619
SHOPPING IN NORWICH
Norwich is one of the UK’s premier shopping destinations. Individual boutique stores mixed with large departmental stores and with two shopping malls Intu Chaplefield and castle mall you truly will be spoilt for choice.
With linked unique shopping areas there certainly is something for everyone;
* Intu Chapelfield is a fresh, contemporary shopping centre in the heart of East Anglia’s vibrant and thriving capital.
With over 90 shops, cafes and restaurants and the only House of Fraser in the region, intu Chapelfield is much more than just another shopping centre. It is a place to shop, a place to dine, and a place to meet. Most of all it is a place to enjoy!
* Castle Mall is located next to Norwich Castle in the heart of the City centre, Castle Mall has five floors of great shopping, ample parking and an eight screen cinema. Find big name brands such as TK Maxx, New Look and Peacocks as well as Boots, Tiger and Argos. There is also a wide variety of independent stores such as The Tea Junction, Gifted and The Java Store. Children will be spoilt for choice with The Entertainer and Hawkin’s Bazaar. For entertainment take the family to watch the latest film at Vue Cinema with free parking for up to 4 hours.
* Norwich Lanes is where you will find individual, independent and quirky retailers and businesses offering an exciting lifestyle, fashion and art against a backdrop of narrow alleys and beautiful historic buildings. The Norwich Lanes stands for independence and variety. Discover exquisite galleries, vintage shops, quaint coffee houses, trendy cafés & bars, contemporary restaurants, eclectic entertainment venues as well as atmospheric pubs serving real ale.
* The Market is situated in the heart of Norwich on Gentleman's Walk, Norwich Market is open 8.30am – 5.30pm from Monday to Saturday. As the largest open-air market in the country, its rich heritage and traditional appearance is sure to charm you. You'll find a fantastic range of goods and service available; whether you're after clothes, children's toys, jewellery, household goods, flowers, keys cut or shoes mended, the market has it all! Click here for a list of current market stalls.
Stalls also sell a delicious range of quality local food including meat and fish, freshly baked bread, jam and chutneys plus a wide range of cheeses. For some tasty lunch on the go enjoy fish & chips, sandwiches, ice cream, sweets or a hog roast plus many more tasty offerings.
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
One of the city's most famous landmarks, Norwich Castle was built by the Normans as a Royal Palace 900 years ago. Now a museum and art gallery, it is home to some of the most outstanding collections of fine art, archaeology and natural history and is packed with treasures to inspire and intrigue visitors of all ages. In the magnificent Norman keep, models, computers, sound and video bring history to life.
Norwich's magnificent Romanesque Cathedral is open to visitors of all faiths and none. In beautiful grounds it's an awe-inspiring, welcoming building with spectacular architecture, magnificent art and a fascinating history.
One of the finest complete Romanesque cathedrals in Europe, with the second tallest spire and largest monastic cloisters in England, it houses more than a thousand beautiful medieval roof boss sculptures. Licensed Refectory restaurant beside the cloisters. Host to orchestral concerts, choral concerts, jazz ensembles and lectures.
The Forum at Norwich
The Forum in the centre of Norwich is a unique community building; it is open to the public seven days a week* offering free art exhibitions, family events, school holiday activities, craft and food markets, films, music and more.
Behind the stunning glass frontage you will also find a buzzing coffee bar, an open plan pizza restaurant, a tourist information centre, the BBC’s regional headquarters and the busiest public library in the country.
Thousands of people visit The Forum every week for thousands of different reasons, the award winning Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library being one of the main attractions.
The Forum was built to mark the new Millennium and has become an iconic landmark. It was designed by Sir Michael Hopkins, who has designed a number of other award-winning buildings including Norwich Cathedral Refectory (2004).
Visit Redwings Horse Sanctuary
Redwings is the UK’s largest horse sanctuary providing daily care for over 1,500 rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. Located just a short drive from Norwich are two of the charity’s visitor centres – Redwings Aylsham and Redwings Caldecott – where you can meet the friendly residents, including Poppy the Shire, Muffin the Mule and cheeky Shetland troop ‘The Gangsters’. What’s more, admission is FREE!
There’s so much to see and do this 50th birthday year at Banham Zoo! See tigers, sloths, giraffe and monkeys as well as some of the newest arrivals – the rare Sri Lankan Leopard cubs! The birthday celebrations will start with the official opening of our brand new California Sea Lion enclosure!
Enjoy a full day out with plenty of activities to thrill and entertain you and your family, including daily animal feeding talks, ‘Amazing Animals!’ presentations and one of the most exciting ‘Birds of Prey’ displays in the UK! Also enjoy the Free Safari Road train; indoor and outdoor play areas and fun and interactive sessions in the ‘Activities & Education Centre’.
To round off the perfect family day out, the Zoo offers an excellent choice of eating facilities, a fantastic gift shop, free car parking, disabled facilities and much more.
Family, friendly fun! Deep in the woods in the sunniest corner of Norfolk is a land of adventurous people who you may never see anywhere else in our world. Discover a land of Boggles, Twiggles and all their beautifully unusual friends
With treehouses, a sky maze, marsh walks, Zip wires, huge slippery slopes, calming boat trips and really yummy food. Have a great time, jumping, swinging and laughing your day away.
Holkham is a special place where a stunning coastal landscape meets one of England’s great agricultural estates. At the heart of this thriving 25,000 acre estate on the north Norfolk coast, stands Holkham Hall, an elegant 18th century Palladian style house, based on designs by William Kent and built by Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester. The house remains privately-owned and is the home to the Earls of Leicester.
The house is surrounded by rolling parkland with opportunities to discover the wildlife and landscape with nature trails, cycle and boat hire on Holkham lake. Children can enjoy the exciting woodland adventure play area where there’s an amazing tree house, high level walkways, rope ladders and fun zip wire. Your visit must include the Courtyard Café and Gift Shop, both showcasing the work and produce of local artisan suppliers.
Sandringham is the much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen, and has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862. The house, set in 24 hectares of stunning gardens, is perhaps the most famous stately home in Norfolk and is at the heart of the 8,000-hectare Sandringham Estate, 240 hectares of which make up the woodland and heath of the Country Park, open to the public free of charge every day of the year.
Norfolk is possibly most famous for the man-made Broads, a National Park with over 125 miles of navigable lock-free waterways set in beautiful countryside and studded with charming and picturesque towns and villages. Fantastic for walking, cycling & bird watching.
The Norfolk Broads National Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The countryside is undulating and mostly agricultural, with sandy beaches, stunning coastline and glorious inland waterways and rivers perfect for the visitor to enjoy and explore
NORFOLK'S SPECTACULAR COASTLINE AND BEACHES
Sometimes only the beach will do, and Norwich is just a short distance from the coast. Spend a day enjoying and exploring the many beaches and attractions.
The north Norfolk coast rises to cliffs at Cromer and Sheringham and then drops to the saltwater flats of Cley Blakeney and round to Holme. Much of this coast is protected as a haven for wildlife and is world famous for birdwatching. The North coast in particular is excellent for seals spotting notably in the winter when the grey seals come to shore with their pups.
Popular Beaches- Distances from Norwich;
Holkham 26 miles
Lowestoft 28 miles
Sea Palling 22 miles
Gorleston Beach 25 miles
Winterton on Sea 23 miles
Wells-next-the-sea 40 miles
Great Yarmouth – 19 miles
Great Yarmouth is famous as a family holiday destination, bursting with fun things to do, activities for all, shows and attractions stretching along the fabled Golden Mile and the huge expanse of pristine beach
Cromer – 23 miles
Cromer is a fantastic seaside resort to take the family - and has been since Victorian times. One of its many highlights is Cromer Pier, which has the world's last end-of-pier theatre.