Maids Head Hotel

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Maids Head Hotel
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Maids Head Hotel is located in Norfolk
Maids Head Hotel
General information
Location Tombland, Norwich, Norfolk, England
Address Tombland
Coordinates 52°37′55″N 1°17′56″E / 52.63194°N 1.29889°E / 52.63194; 1.29889
Opening cica 13th-century
Other information
Number of rooms 84
Number of restaurants 1 The WinePress @ Wensum
Parking 83 spaces
Listed Building – Grade II
Designated 26 February 1954
Reference no. 229673[1]

The Maids Head Hotel is an AA[2] 4 star hotel in the English city of Norwich within the county of Norfolk in the United Kingdom[3] The hotel has been a grade II listed building since 26 February 1954.[4]


The hotel is in the city centre area of Norwich known as Tombland and is very close to Norwich Cathedral. Norwich railway station is 0.7 miles (1.1 km) south east of the hotel. The nearest Airport is Norwich Airport and is 3.5 miles (5.6 km) north of the hotel[5]


The Hotel dates from the 13th century and is amalgamation of at least 6 buildings. The main façade faces on to intersection of three streets, Tombland, Wensum Street and Palace Street. The hotel has a total of 84 bedrooms all of which are en-suite. The hotel also has a mixture of meeting and conference room facilities. There is also a restaurant which is called The WinePress @ Wensum. The hotel has two bar areas. The Maids Head Bar features Jacobean Oak panelling and has been reputedly, frequented by guests such as Horatio Nelson and Edith Cavell.[6] There is also a second bar which is called the Yard Bar.


Queen Elizabeth I of England was said to have slept at the hotel in 1587.[6] It is reportedly haunted by the ghost of an elderly man, believed to be the former mayor of the city who has been seen shaking his head in the courtyard and the ghost of a former maid, whose presence can be detected by a distinct musty lavender odour.[7]


  1. ^ Listed Building schedule
  2. ^ The hotels AA listing
  3. ^ OS Explorer Map 237 – Norwich, Wymondham, Attleborough and Watton. ISBN 0319238091.
  4. ^ "Maid’s Head Hotels, Norwich". English Heritage. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  5. ^ County A to Z Atlas, Street & Road maps Norfolk, page 228 ISBN 9781843486145
  6. ^ a b Maids Head Hotel
  7. ^ "Reputedly Haunted Hotels and Inns". English Country Inns. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 

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