Places to visit close to Wroxham - in order of distance
Wroxham Riverside Park is less than half a mile from the Peninsula, and a must-see local attraction. Enter the villagwe through the footpath, cross the bridge and turn left by Roys along Station Road. The park is a little futher, past the butchers, on the left.
Bure Valley Steam Railway runs the scenic 9-miles from Hoveton & Wroxham station to quaint market town of Aylsham. Trains run four times a day in season, including a special Santa train with mince pies over Christmas. Full details here. Aylsham is a bustling market town next to the River Bure, with many fine 17th and 18th century buildings and an impressive Victorian watermill.
Broads Boat Tour - no trip to Wroxham is complete without taking to the water. Broads Tours at Wroxham runs self drive picnic and electric boats, plus regular boogie nights, jazz nights, evening music trips during the summer, click here.
Wroxham Barns, 1.5-miles from Hoveton compiles of craft workshops, a children’s fun fair and farm, restaurant and much more, see here.
Barton House Railway is a narrow gauge riverside railwaywith modelride-on trains for children, open April to October. To get to the railway there is a continuous service by electric launch from Wroxham
Bridge, look for the signs. Road address is Hartwell Road, The Avenue, Wroxham, NR12 8TL , Wroxham, tel: (01603) 722858.
Bewilderwood Park is a 50-acre fun forest adventure park for children and all the family with mystical march walks and boat rides, just 1 ½ miles from Wroxham on the Horning Road, MR12 8JW.
Wroxham Broad is about a mile from the Peninsula and can be reached by turning left at the end of Staitheway Road and following the road round to the right – home to the Broads Sailing Club.
Hoveton Hall Gardens offers woodland and lakeside walks among shrubs and flowers first planted during the 18th and 19th centuries. This flora combined with the dykes, lake and ponds attract many different dragonflies, butterflies and over 100 species of birds. Visit the Old Milking Parlor Tearooms and take home a lasting souvenir from their plant sales. Open April till October. Almost 2-miles from Wroxham.
Horning is the most picturesque village on the broads and only 3-miles from Hoveton by road or an hour by boat. The village has two outstanding pubs, especially The Swan with log fires (even in late Summer evenings) and a beer garden by the river. Take a ride on board the Southern Comfort to Ransworth Broad, a reproduction Mississippi paddle cruiser – many trips per day during season. In summer there is a foot ferry across the River Bure from near the Ferry Inn, Horning to Woodbastwick Staithe, details here.
Horning Ferry Windpump is o
ne of the most photographed wind pumps on the broads is, ironically, the least authentic looking. On the north bank of the River Bure a mile downstream from the village of Horning.
Woodbastwick is a beautiful thatched house village with the Woodfords Brewery - call in the brewery tap for a pint. Foot ferry in season to and from Horning.
Salhouse Broad is reached on foot from the village along a half mile long path through beautiful woodland, with nature watch signs along the way. A water taxi service operates to nearby Hoveton Great Broad Nature Trail, which is only accessible by boat.
St Benet’s Abbey, by the River Bure, near Ludham, is a derelict wind pump and ruins of a Benedictine monastery founded in the 9th century. Can be reached in about 4-miles by road from Wroxham and there are moorings for those traveling by boat.
Barton Broad is the second-largest of the broads, just 5-miles from Wroxham.
Ransworth Broad can be viewed best from the tower of St Helen’s Church, Ransworth, known as the “Cathedral of the Broads”, dating back to 1370. Near the church is a large nature reserve, which winds its way through woodland to a floating thatched Conservation Centre right on the edge of the Broad. Has information about the Broads plus plenty of things to see and do, like models of local scenes and also a simulation of how boat wash harms the banks of the river - also views through purpose built windows with binoculars for bird watching. Only 4-miles from Wroxham. Beautiful rural walk to South Walsham broad.
Norwich is a bustling and historic city, a must to visit, and only 15-minutes drive or train from Wroxham. It retains the quality all large British cites had years gone by, yet is so modern the whole centre is a wi fi zone with huge hidden shopping malls holding some of the best London stores. Its medieval cobbled alleyways remain with a thousand-year-old castle, riverside restaurants and a 6-day open air market selling fresh seafood, cheeses, and other local produce. There is also a huge selection of quaint traditional pubs, some brewing their own ales. Two magnificent cathedrals and the remains of a Roman wall hint Norwich was once only second in wealth to London.
Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden, near South Walsham, is a beautiful water gardens with rhododendrons and lakes, only 5-miles from Wroxham. Details here.
Stacey Arms Mill has tea rooms and a shop, situated on the River Bure between Acle and Great Yarmouth – about 7-miles from Wroxham.
Hickling Broad is the largest broad measuring 1,200 acres including marshland. There are some interesting walking trails – about 7-miles from Wroxham.
How Hill has lovely gardens, nature walks and picnic area with two windmills by the River Ant – near Lusham Bridge, about 7-miles from Wroxham.
Strumpshaw Steam Museum is a yesteryear experience for all the family, over 10,000 square feet of gardens with steam engines, narrow gauge railway, children’s playground and 1930s fairground rides. See the website for special events like vintage & classic cars, rural craft fairs and food halls. Open Easter Week and from April to October, pitches for caravans overnight. To get there key NR13 4HR into your sat nav or take the Blofield Road past the petrol station off the A47 Brundal roundabout and follow the signs. About 8-miles from Wroxham.
Museum of the Broads at Stalham has models of traditional broads industries and boats: . About 8-miles from Wroxham.
Horsey Wind Pump owned by the National Trust has fine views of reed-beds, set alongside a dyke to Horsey Mere - about 10-miles from Wroxham and only a mile from the coast. In mid-winter Horsey Beach is home to hundreds of seals who go there to bread.
Great Yarmouth is a large seaside town with funfairs, sandy beaches, shops and much to offer for a family. In the Sea Life Centre come face to face with sharks, stingrays, octopus & turtles. About 15-miles from Wroxham. See horse, dog & banger racing throughout the year at the Yarmouth Racecource here.
Berney Arms Pump is the tallest wind pump in the county, and is only accessible by footpath, boat or train. Berney Arms Holt Station is the most remote in the county, named after the nearby pub which is only open during the summer and weekends in winter. Beautifully set by the River Yare among mashes. Take the A47 from Acle towards Yarmouth -16-miles from Wroxham.
Cromer on the North Norfolk Coast is famous for its delicious crab, and offers some interesting walks along quaint lanes and woodland. See one of the oldest sailing ships still afloat, The Albatros, and Cromer’s pier is ideal for fishing with its Pavilion Theatre at the end offering year round entertainment for all ages.
Burgh Castle stands beside the River Waveney with views over Breydon Water and Havergate Mashes. The remains of a 3rd century Roman fort built to defend the coast of Saxon raiders. Just south of Great Yarmouth, about 21-miles from Wroxham.
Sheringham is at the end of the train line from Wroxham and well worth a visit. Once a fishing village for herring, now a traditional Victorian town with its own steam railway running to Weybourne and Holt.
Herringfleet Mill is the only full-size working smock drainage mill on the broads, erected in 1820 and located by the River Waveney just outside Somerleyton Village. Because of the marshes you need to drive though Great Yarmouth to get there and so it’s about 29-miles from Wroxham. Well worth a visit combined with Somerleyton Hall and Yarmouth.
Somerleyton Hall is a 1846 stately home with beautiful gardens, a maze, and a miniature railway, about 29-miles from Wroxham. Fit this in on a trip to the Southern Broads.
Bressingham Gardens & Steam Museum boasts over six acres of grassy gardens with more than 8,000 species of plants, along with four narrow gauge railways the kids will love and home to the original Royal Scot locomotive. Bressingham’s Dad’s Army collection lets you wonder through Walmington-on-Sea looking at original props from the TV series. South of Wroxham, 2.5-miles west of Diss, open all the year round. Bressingham is 35-miles from Wroxham, but you may want to visit on your way home.
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