Welcome to

The Great

Our vision is to deliver the best possible independent living accommodation whilst preserving and maintaining our beautiful heritage site. 

Founded in 1249 by Walter Suffield, Bishop of Norwich, the Great Hospital, nestled in the Cathedral Quarter of the city, has had to adapt many times since the 13th century.

In the beginning the first beneficiaries were aged priests, poor scholars, and sick and hungry paupers. 775 years later the Great Hospital continues to support local people in need with affordable independent living accommodation while also maintaining a seven-acre estate full of historic and architectural interest. 

The estate provides one bedroom and two bedroom apartments for over 100 residents in an eclectic mix of former almshouses, period buildings, and more modern buildings. The welfare of all residents is supported in a unique community.

There are also breathtaking spaces for event organisers, and guided tours are available for visitors to see the unique collection of individually outstanding heritage buildings which span the Norman, medieval, Georgian, Victorian and modern eras.

The charity’s vision is to create a sustainable future for the Great Hospital, delivering the best possible independent living accommodation with the parallel responsibility of preserving and maintaining our beautiful heritage site. 

2024 Transformation Project

Over a three-month period (February to end April 2024) we met with staff, residents and their families to explain and discuss our proposed changes, and we welcomed comments from the local community too. Throughout each stage of the consultation we have listened to residents, their families and our local community, and we are grateful to everyone for participating and sharing their views with us.

Get in touch

To contact us about any aspect of what we offer please use this form:

News, Tours, Venue Hire

News and Views

See here for the latest press releases, blogs and newsletters from the Great Hospital.

History Tours

Find out about the regular tours of the historic Great Hospital, lead by an excellent guide.

Venue Hire

See our range of stunning venues and find out about our high quality catering for special occasions and events.

Events and Tours

During the consultation (and looking to the future) the Great Hospital will continue to offer venue hire opportunities and catering services to organisers of weddings, meetings and special occasions.   

History tours for clubs, groups and individuals with an interest in heritage buildings and architecture will also continue.