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Christmas at the oldest hotel in the UK

Written by  Paul Dickson
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Christmas at the oldest hotel in the UK

The Maids Head Hotel in Norwich, which claims to be the oldest hotel in the UK, is offering a choice of three or four night Festive breaks.

Christmas at the Maids Head features culinary feasts prepared by award winning Head Chef, 'Magic' Marcin Pomierny and his talented brigade, along with the warmest of hospitality and lots of entertainment. 

The hotel is perfectly located in the heart of Norwich, with the Cathedral directly opposite. Guests can attend Midnight Eucharist on Christmas Eve and services on Christmas Day.

Walking tours are on offer with experienced City of Norwich Tourist guide, Paul Dickson. Enjoy People and Places, Colegate and Elm Hill on Christmas Eve, exploring an area bursting with the history of Norwich. Then on Christmas morning, it's a short stroll round Tombland discovering the stories of this ancient part of the city.

There will also be magic, music and a Gala Dinner Dance and casino night, along with the option to watch Aladdin at The Theatre Royal on Boxing Day

T. 01603 209955, www.maidsheadhotel.co.uk

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