Best Winter Breaks in Norwich and Norfolk

13 October 2021

Best Winter Breaks in Norwich and Norfolk

Is there anything better than taking a short winter break? Indulging in hot chocolate, mulled wine and mince pies. Wandering along cobbled streets while wrapped up warm, admiring the festive lights. Discovering unique Christmas gifts in stores, festive markets and fairs. And curling up in the evening next to a roaring fire.

If you’re looking for a relaxing break, there’s no better time than winter. And here in Norwich and Norfolk, there’s plenty of cosy, charming and welcoming hotels, B&Bs and cottages to choose from. Plus with an abundance of shopping, Christmas events and fabulous food, Norwich is the perfect destination to travel to this winter.


The Assembly House, from £170 B&B

Now this is the place to go for a truly luxurious experience. Book yourself a room and enjoy the glorious Georgian architecture and opulent furnishings throughout. But it’s not just the stunning surrounds you’ll enjoy. The food at The Assembly House is hugely popular too – and for good reason. Why not get into the festive spirit by booking a Narnia Afternoon Tea which can be enjoyed in the dining room, or outside in your own private pop-up igloo! Enjoy delights such as ‘Raspberry and Snowflake Dodger’ and ‘Snowy Black Forest Cheesecake’ for £35pp.

You may also want to make use of their fantastic winter special offer, valid for stays until 23 December. Especially as they have just launched four new fabulous rooms. Book a 1 night stay and get breakfast, afternoon tea and a bottle of fizz for only £199 for two in any category of room! Conditions apply.

The rooms at The Assembly House are cosy and luxurious, making for the perfect winter break destination

The rooms at The Assembly House are cosy and luxurious, making for the perfect winter break destination.

Maids Head Hotel, from £115 B&B

Known to be the oldest hotel in the UK, the Maids Head is packed full of historic charm. Conveniently located in the heart of Tombland, with the Cathedral mere seconds away, it’s the perfect base for a winter adventure.

And if you’re looking for events to make your Christmas even more special, there’s plenty going on at the Maids Head. With Christmas wine tasting, party nights, festive lunches, a Santa Sunday lunch, Christmas Eve candlelit dinner and New Year’s Eve events among more. We love the sound of the fun Murder Mystery Christmas Special. The cast of ‘Santa the Panto’ have been touring the country, accompanied by a spate of petty thefts and the demise of one of their own cast members. Uncover the truth alongside a three-course dinner for only £45pp, 5th and 19th December.

Gothic House, from £105 B&B

If you’re looking for a stay full of charm, look no further than Gothic House. This intimate B&B is situated in a quiet courtyard and is only a short walk from iconic locations such as Elm Hill and Norwich Cathedral. The two spacious and stylish guest rooms available both have separate private bathrooms with luxury toiletries, and there’s soft bathrobes, slippers, and tea and coffee-making facilities in the rooms too.

One of the bedrooms at Gothic House Norwich

Gothic House is ideal for unique stay in the heart of Norwich


Barnham Broom, from £120 B&B

For a fantastic winter break experience, you won’t want to miss out on one of Barnham Broom’s festive breaks. With an award-winning brasserie, two championship golf courses and a luxury spa with a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, bubble pool and gym, there’s plenty of reasons to book a nice weekend away. From themed Christmas parties and lunches to luxury stays, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Fancy the ultimate Christmas stay? Arrive on Christmas Eve and enjoy pre-dinner drinks, delicious dining in the Brasserie and Champagne breakfasts each day, as well as Christmas Day lunch. On your final night, there will be a festive farewell dinner with dancing and music. And that’s not all – the stay includes activities such as archery, yoga, wine tasting and more, plus a 25-minute treatment in the spa. From £750 per person.

The stunning grounds of Barnham Broom

The stunning grounds of Barnham Broom

Park Farm Hotel and Leisure, from £70

Set just outside of Norwich, Park Farm Hotel is only a short drive from the city. With 200 acres of countryside to enjoy, the hotel offers standard, deluxe and family rooms and suites, as well as Scandi style lodges for a true winter-style break. This is the place to go for a real relaxing break, with its swimming pool, sauna, spa, gym and leisure facilities to enjoy.

The Norfolk Mead, from £130 B&B

A beautiful Grade II listed country house, set in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, The Norfolk Mead is the ideal spot for some rest and reflection. As well as modern and stylish rooms, you can also enjoy the gorgeous lounge and bar areas – with roaring open log fires to keep you toasty and warm.

And there’s lots of festive treats to enjoy too. The new festive taster menu is available for £50 per person, providing a unique dining experience (from 1st December – 23rd December). Or for something a bit more up-tempo, book yourself a Christmas party night for groups of eight upwards. You’ll be treated to a three-course evening meal, and a DJ so you can dance the night away, £47.50 per person.  

If you’re after hotel packages for Christmas and New Year, check out their brochure or get in touch for more information.

The Norfolk Mead Hotel Bar

The welcoming bar at The Norfolk Mead

Spixworth Hall Cottages, weekend breaks from £240

If a stay in a cosy cottage is what you yearn for this winter, Spixworth Hall Cottages might be just what you’re after. Only five miles from Norwich, you’re never too far from the action, yet have the perfect quiet countryside home to retreat to at the end of the day. With cottages for up to 12 people, it’s an ideal choice for families or groups of friends looking to spend quality time together this winter. And you can get last-minute winter stays from £200 for 2 nights mid-week, £240 for 2 night weekends, or £287 for 3 nights mid-week.

Stower Grange Hotel, from £90 B&B

Only 15 minutes from Norwich, Stower Grange is a great countryside hotel that you can use as a base for exploring Norfolk. There are eleven individually decorated cosy and comfortable bedrooms, as well as gorgeous grounds perfect for a winter walk. In the mornings you can enjoy a full cooked breakfast with free range eggs and butcher’s sausages – perfect fuel for the day!

And for a festive treat, why not indulge in the Christmas à la carte menu, with lunch only £30 per person and dinner £36 per person. Or try the festive afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, cranberry scones, gingerbread, mulled wine trifle and more. Plus it’s only £17.50 per person! If you’re feeling fancy, you can also upgrade your tea to include a glass of prosecco for £22.50 per person.

The Stower Grange Hotel, only a short drive from Norwich

The Stower Grange Hotel, only a short drive from Norwich