Places To Visit Close To Wroxham - In Order Of Distance:
Bure Valley Steam Railway
Runs the scenic 9-miles, 45-minutes, from Hoveton & Wroxham Station to the quaint market town of Aylsham, stopping at picturesque Broadland villages of Brompton, Buxton and Coltishall. 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 with many fine 17th-century buildings and an impressive Victorian watermill. Combine with a visit to the magnificent National Trust Blickling Hall and Gardens, just 1.5-mile taxi away – making a never-forgotten day out from Bure Cottage.
Bure River Water Trip
No holiday in Wroxham is complete without taking to the water. Take a water cruise in the day or boogie nights, jazz nights, evening music trips during the summer - or self-drive picnic and electric boats. The pretty riverside village of Horning, with 3-pubs, is just 1-hour along the river. Or take your dayboat an hour under Wroxham Bridge to the village of Coltishall, where there are 4 pubs, two river-side. Click for more at Wroxham Boat Trips
Hoveton Hall Lake & Gardens
Tranquil woodland and lakeside walks among weeping willows, mature rhododendrons, and other flowers first planted during the 18th-century. Combined with formal gardens, glasshouses, dykes, lakes and ponds which attract many different dragonflies, butterflies and over 100 species of birds. Visit the tearooms and take home a souvenir from their plant sales. Open April till October. Under 2-miles from Wroxham, along Norwich Road towards Stalham: NR12 8RJ. Full details at Hoveton Hall & Gardens
Is a 50-acre fun forest and water 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, NR12 8JW. Special Halloween and Christmas events. More at Bewilderwood Park
Is the most picturesque village on the broads and only 3-miles road from Wroxham, or an hour by boat. The village has three outstanding pubs, especially The Swan with log fires (even in late summer) and a riverside beer garden. Moored outside is a reproduction Mississippi paddle cruiser with hourly trips to Ransworth Broad. Horning Windpump (pictured) is one of the most photographed on the broads is, ironically the least authentic looking. More at Horning.
Salhouse Broad & Woodbastwick
Salhouse Broad (left picture) is a wonderful spot to moor your boat. Over the grassy bank is a playground for children, canoe hire, and a small campsite. Reached on foot from the carpark at NR13 6RX - or a path to Salhouse Village, where the Bell Inn offers free transport to/from the broad. From the broad, 20-minute woodland walks lead from the right to Salhouse, and the left to Woodbastwick. A beautiful little village with a green, shop and church. Woodfords Brewery is based there, serving ales from it’s thatched pub. More at Salhouse Broad or Woodbastwick.
Fairhaven Water Park
Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden, near South Walsham, is 130 acres of beautiful water garden with boat rides, rhododendrons, tearoom and lakes, only 5-miles from Wroxham. More at Fairhaven Water Park
Is viewed best from the tower of St Helen’s Church (picture left), known as the “Cathedral of the Broads”, dating back to 1370. It’s exciting to climb the narrow stairway and open a hatch door to stand on the roof! Near the church is a nature reserve, winding its way through woodland to a floating thatched Conservation Centre. Offering information and viewing windows with binoculars for bird watching. More at Hanworth Broad.
St Benet’s Abbey
The gatehouse is all that remains of this huge monastery, rebuilt 1,000 years ago in 1022 on the grounds of a 9th-century abbey. The Bishop of Norwich is abbot, and still sails there every August to conducts open-air services. You can literally feel the solitude. Surrounded by marshland, rivers, and an abundance of wildlife like Swallowtail Butterflies and Hawker Dragonflies. Reached best by boat from the River Bure, or 20-minutes’ walk from Ludham Bridge. A huge cross stands where the main altar was, beside a bench playing a recording of how the monks used to sound. More at St Benet's Abbey.