Eat, drink, party and sleep
The Castle Pub
The Castle is Norwich’s Premier Gay Venue which is made up of two venues, the pub and the club ‘U-NITE’ a converted barn within the premises. The Pub is open every day from 2pm and offers Video Jukebox, Pool Table and Games Machines. Food is served every day from 5pm till 10pm with takeaway menu available on Friday and Saturday nights from 11pm. U-NITE bar is open Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights with Karaoke and DJ’s.
The Castle also has two self-contained bed & breakfast rooms available to book. Both are double rooms, one of which is able to accommodate four people sharing. They are equipped with an en-suite shower room and small kitchen area with Tea and Coffee included.
address: 1 Spitalfields, Norwich, NR1 4EY
accessibility: front bar is fully accessible with a disabled toilet. Small step to rear bar, ramp is available from bar staff. For access to the U-NITE bar please ask in the pub where staff will be able to assist you.
The Catherine Wheel
The Catherine Wheel is a friendly and inviting bar located in the heart of Norwich on St Augustines Street. It is a safe, fun, friendly and fabulous venue for the LGBT members of the Norwich community and their friends, relatives and anyone else who would like to join us for one of our many fun packed evenings.
Whether you are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Straight you will always be welcome in The Catherine Wheel, their friendly staff backed up by Mummy B (Bernice) and Mummy D (Dawn) will make sure you enjoy your stay with them and that you want to come back and visit again and again.
address: 61 St Augustines St, Norwich NR3 3BG
accessibility: there is a step at the front door and further steps to the toilets (no wheelchair access)
Lollard’s Pit Pub
Lollard’s Pit is one of Norwich’s most historic pubs. Billy and the team look forward to welcoming you during this year’s Norwich Pride festival. Every week Lollard’s Pit host a selection of events; Free Pool Table Tuesdays, Liam’s Pub Quiz Wednesday Nights & Billy’s Bingo every Sunday night.
Look out for special editions of these events during Pride including an outside bar.
A must see is their newly finished beer garden which is a great suntrap, a hidden gem.
Full details on Lollard’s Pit can be found on their website www.lollardspit.com
The Loft NR1
Norwich’s one and only gay nightclub and late night ba with Late Night Lounge Bar And Smoking Terrace. Join The Loft NR1 for Wild Times And An Electric Atmosphere! Open Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday.
The Loft NR1 has been here serving the Norwich gay community for over 30 years! Recently modernised throughout, you can venture up the stairs and into the club, complete with spacious dancefloor, bar and seating area. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a more relaxed evening, chill out in the Loft lounge bar on the ground floor.
Flaunt is Norwich’s newest & most glamorous LGBT bar & club. Located on Prince of Wales Road Flaunt is also Norwich’s most prominent LGBT venue.
Flaunt is an attitude free zone providing a safe, sexy and fun space for anyone prepared to leave their attitude at the door and have serious fun!!. Open every Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 10pm bringing you the best in dance/party & disco. Free entry all night every night.
Gay Friendly Places to Stay
Not from round these parts? We want you to be able to come and enjoy Norwich Pride, wherever you’re from!
In this section, we’ve added LGBT friendly places to stay in Norwich, Norfolk and nearby Suffolk.
Norwich Pride hopes all the services we list will be LGBT friendly. If you have comments about services you have used, positive or negative, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Oaklands Hotel [2.5 miles to city centre]
The Oaklands Hotel
89 Yarmouth Road, Norwich, NR7 0HH
Tel: 01603 434471
Situated on the outskirts of Norwich City Centre, the Oaklands Hotel provides a unique, relaxed atmosphere. Sophisticated interiors, a variety of bedrooms, great public spaces, beautiful grounds overlooking the Yare River Valley and ample free parking all combine to offer the perfect backdrop for a relaxing break.
The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi throughout, a Carvery Restaurant, Lounge Bar and full Menu available every evening, everything you need under one roof.
The Georgian Townhouse [0.5 miles to city centre]
The Georgian Townhouse
30-34 Unthank Road, Norwich, NR2 2RB
Tel: 01603 615655
The Georgian Townhouse is currently undergoing refurbishment, scheduled for completion in June 2014. Please check directly with the hotel for availability during Pride.
Gothic House Bed & Breakfast [0.7 miles to city centre]
Gothic House Bed & Breakfast
Kings Head Yard
Norwich NR3 1JE
Tel: 01603 631879
Gothic House is a small bed and breakfast situated in the heart of the historic part of Norwich. Within a short distance there is a wealth of elegant Georgian architecture as well as buildings dating from much earlier times. There are car parking spaces available and it’s only a short taxi journey from Norwich station. Being located close to the heart of the city, there are a large number of restaurants nearby for evening meals. For a friendly environment full of charming character choose Gothic House!
The Castle Pub [1.2 miles to city centre]
The Castle Pub
1 Spitalfields (Just off Kett’s Hill)
Norwich NR1 4EY
Tel: 01603 768 886
The Castle is a Bed and Breakfast as well as being the city’s most well known Gay bar, and close to the train station. Spaced over two venues, the Bar, great for a friendly drink and then the Barn, a Classic Gay Club. The Castle is a long walk from the city but having your room next to the club makes partying and passing out much easier!
Number 15 Bed & Breakfast [1.3 miles to city centre]
A comfortable relaxed Bed and Breakfast that also caters for Vegetarian, Vegan and specialist diets ethically and organically. Located on a quiet tree lined road, it is an easy walk or cycle to the city and is on the excellent no. 25 bus route which runs directly from the train station. There is also on street parking available. If this wasn’t enough there are also holistic massages and bowen therapy available at discounted rates for guests to relax after the extravaganza of Pride.
Holiday Inn Norwich City [1.1 miles to city centre]
Enjoy a warm and friendly welcome at the Holiday Inn Norwich City hotel, just 10 minutes from the charming medieval town streets. The 100% non-smoking hotel is easy to reach, just a short drive from the A47 and half a mile from Norwich train station, with parking on site. Complimentary wireless Internet in Holiday Inn Norwich City’s smart Lobby area keeps you connected. You can also enjoy a leisurely workout in Holiday Inn Norwich City’s Fitness Centre before dining on international favourites in our elegant restaurant, decorated in deep red and purple tones. Or mingle over drinks till late in our sociable Lobby bar.
Holiday Inn Norwich North [3.4 miles to city centre]
The Holiday Inn Norwich-North is a 4 star hotel near Norwich Airport. The hotel is located just minutes from Norwich Airport, Norwich City Centre, and shopping centres. The Health Central Health & Fitness Club is complimentary to all hotel guests and offers a 13m heated pool, fabulous sauna and steam room, and a fully equipped gym.
Best Western Brook Hotel Norwich [3.6 miles to city centre]
The BEST WESTERN Brook Hotel is a beautiful 3 star hotel ideally located on the outskirts of Norwich just a short drive from the city centre and airport with easy access from all major routes.
The Hotel offers a great variety of bedrooms over two levels including the ground floor, a fantastic restaurant, lounge with free Internet and bar with Sky TV. There is also a residents gym for you to use throughout your stay plus conference and event suites.
Whether you are joining us for a hotel break or a meal in our restaurant, we will endeavour to exceed your expectations at all times.
Virginia Court Hotel [22.3 miles to city centre]
Virginia Court Hotel
Cromer NR27 0AN
Tel: 01263 512398
An independently owned, gay friendly hotel, 25 bedroom hotel offering free parking, spacious gardens and an elegant restaurant. Set in the charming seaside town of Cromer, which is nestled in the picturesque countryside of North Norfolk with beautiful beaches and a simple train ride away from Norwich.
To Get from Cromer to Norwich you can use rail (the Bittern Line) or bus.
Green Lawn House [21.9 miles to city centre]
Green Lawn House is in Overstrand, on the beautiful north Norfolk coast near Cromer. It is owned by Pink Toastmaster John Driscoll www.norfolk-toastmaster.com and Anne Driscoll.
From their website: “Situated in the heart of ‘Poppyland’ is Green Lawn House, an Edwardian residence built in the style of Sir Edwin Lutyens lying in the quaint fishing village of Overstrand. This popular unspoilt area of Norfolk boasts an ideal base for a range of activities including birdwatching, walking, golf, bike riding or simply relaxing on the miles of safe sandy beaches. Green Lawn House offers you a choice of two splendid self catering holiday apartments located within a few minutes walk to the sea.”
Hollyhock House [27 miles to city centre]
Hollyhock House is a Bed & Breakfast in West Runton, north Norfolk
From their website: “Hollyhock House is a detached family house on the cliffs overlooking the sea. Situated in a private close with no street lights and no through traffic, it’s the perfect place to take a break from the noise and stress of life.”
The Woolpit Swan [37.5 miles to city centre]
An LGBT-owned Inn in Suffolk. A member of The Norwich Pride Collective writes: “I’d definitely recommend them if you ever wanted to get away but didn’t want to go too far” And from their own website:
“… we offer a haven for those who want to unwind from the stresses of daily life. Whether it is standing at our quarried slate bar chatting to friends, dining on freshly dressed Cromer crab and chilled white wine or simply strolling around the walled Garden, you will find a sanctuary here at The Swan.”
“The Old Stables have been converted into 4 fine rooms offering cosy country charms. We provide a superb Suffolk breakfast using local bacon and sausages and free range eggs.”