Places to visit in the Broads
Quaint market towns and villages
Visit the world's largest village store
Broadland isn't just about the waterways – it has lovely market towns and villages too.
Reepham, Aylsham and Acle all have free car parking facilities, with a wide range of shops and places to eat and drink.
Focused around the market place, a conservation area, Reepham has a lovely Flemish influence. On the edge of the town is the former Whitwell Station, which has cycle hire, a team room and the Whitwell and Reepham Station Museum. This is also the start of the Marriott's Way, a 26-mile old trackbed which is used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
Aylsham, in the upper reaches of the River Bure, is a charming market town close to Jacobean Blickling Hall and has the northern terminus of the Bure Valley Railway that runs to Wroxham with stops at Brampton, Buxton and Coltishall.
Acle is a market town on the River Bure, and is on the rail line between Great Yarmouth and Norwich. Its name comes from 'Oaks lea', meaning a clearing in an oak forest. In Tudor times, hundreds of oaks were felled here for timber to construct the warships of Elizabeth I.
Reedham is a pretty village that sits on the bank of the River Yare with two crossings of the water – a swing bridge for the rail line between Norwich and Great Yarmouth and a chain ferry for cars and pedestrians.
Heydon is a charming village that's at the end of a cul-de-sac! But it’s worth a visit for the picturesque houses and cottages, the lovely pub, the Earle Arms, and to see where 1970's The Go Between and 2005's A Cock And Bull Story were filmed.
Coltishall is a captivating Broads village by the River Bure, with riverside pubs, a former RAF base where Sir Douglas Bader was a squadron commander and a station on the Bure Valley Railway.
Wroxham is the term we use to refer to the connected villages of Wroxham and Hoveton, one either side of the River Bure. This is the undoubted capital of the Broads, sporting an abundance of places to eat, a terminus of the Bure Valley Railway, 'The World's Largest Village Store' in Roy's, and lots of places to hire day boats or cruisers. Close by are Wroxham Barns and BeWILDerwood family attractions.
The delightful village of Woodbastwick is well worth a visit to soak up the peace and tranquillity away from the busier towns. Having twice won the Best Kept Village Award, it is a beautiful place with a stunning medieval flint church finished with Norfolk thatching. It is also home to Woodforde’s Brewery and the brewery tap, The Fur & Feathers.
At Stalham you can visit the Museum of the Broads and marvel at Hunsett Mill. The picturesque village of Horning is situated on the bank of the River Bure.
The village of Ranworth is an excellent place to visit, where those feeling energetic can climb the winding, spiral stone staircase of the magnificent St Helen's Church, known as the 'Cathedral of the Broads'. Once at the top your efforts will be rewarded with spectacular views over this special landscape. The church has one of the finest examples of a medieval rood screen in the country and an exquisite 15th century illuminated songbook.
The town of Potter Heigham is an excellent place for boat hire. A treat is to watch sailors attempt to travel under a tiny medieval bridge, renowned for being the most difficult to navigate in the area.