Picturesque and friendly, bursting with culture, and surrounded by endless acres of English countryside – Norwich is a natural choice for a relaxing spa city break.
This charming Norfolk city is a breath of fresh air, full of olde worlde charm, culture (Norwich was named England’s first UNESCO City of Literature in 2012), and – of course – excellent spas.
The city centre is a hub of culture, history and tradition, but make your way towards the countryside and you will find a wealth of sprawling country piles which house some of the best spas in the country.
Dunston Hall is one of the most impressive spa resorts in the area. The mansion house is surrounded by 150 acres of parkland, and even features its own onsite football pitch. The spa itself is modern and tranquil, with a range of ESPA treatments and high-end facilities.
*Image: The Spa at Dunston Hall
Just a few miles away, the Grade I listed Barnham Broom Hall boasts two golf courses and a huge range of facials, massages and body treatments.
And on the other side of the city, the Imagine Spa at Blofield Heath offers a completely different type of spa experience, with bespoke treatments in a farmhouse setting.
Norwich boasts a vibrant food scene, from the fresh produce of Norwich Market, to the fine dining of Roger Hickman’s.
Due to its proximity to the coast, Norwich has an abundance of excellent seafood restaurants which serve freshly caught scallops, lobster, crab and fish straight from the North Sea.
Try Benedict’s for equisite seafood dishes, and Grosvenor Fish Bar for award-winning fish and chips during your spa break in Norwich.
Beer and real ale are taken very seriously in Norwich – there are scores of microbreweries around the city, and many, many pubs.
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Don’t miss historic pubs such as The Murderers (also known as The Gardeners Arms), The Coachmaker’s Arms, The Cellar House and The Queen’s Head, which have all been standing for hundreds of years.
If you prefer a more ‘modern’ bar scene, head for the enduringly popular Prince of Wales Road, which is packed with stylish wine bars and busy night clubs.
From charming independent stores to huge malls, Norwich is a treasure trove for all kinds of shoppers.
Castle Mall and intu Chapelfield are great for one-stop shopping, but if you are looking for something completely different, head to the winding cobbled streets of Norwich Lanes.
There you can hunt for antiques, shop at trendy boutiques, and pause for a pint (or two) at one of the local pubs or bars.