Ranworth, The Broads

Discover towns & villages along The Broads

Dotted around the Broads National Park are a group of villages and towns within easy reach of the coast and countryside as well as the city of Norwich, ideally situated for boating holidays and day hires along Britain's largest protected wetland. 

The man-made Broads National Park is the third largest inland waterway and home to over a quarter of the rarest plants and animals in the UK. Broads villages Wroxham, Hoveton, Coltishall, Horning and Stalham are enjoyable all year round with beautiful scenery and plenty to do.

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Wroxham, known as the capital of the Norfolk Broads, sits on the bank of the River Bure. Wroxham is the hub for hiring boats for day trips and holidays as well as exploring the Broads National Park. You will also find a narrow-gauge train line running steam and diesel trains to Aylsham as well as a thriving shopping centre.

Hoveton is about a mile away across the bridge at Wroxham and you will find the St Peter's 17th century church as well as award winning Bewilderwood, an adventure park with 50 acres of wild, outdoor treehouses and Wroxham Barns with a farm, indoor play area, mini golf, shops and restaurant.

A short distance away is the picturesque village of Horning. This charming village, dating back to 1020, has not changed much over the last 100 years and has places to stay with river views and private moorings, pubs, shops and a village green at the centre, where a fete is held each summer. You can also take a trip to Ranworth on the double-decked paddle-steamer. Horning is home to many sailing events including the annual Three Rivers Race.

The historic town of Coltishall was the centre of the maltings industry for over 200 years and was home to boatbuilding yards, where the traditional Norfolk wherries were made. The town is now the gateway to the Norfolk Broads and the staith is a hive of boating activity in the summer. You’ll also discover a renowned tearoom, riverside pubs and a country manor.

At the northern end of the Norfolk Broads is Stalham, a small market town by the River Ant and is home to the Museum of the Broads, open in the summer to the public. From here, hop onto the steam launch Falcon for a trip on the water. Only four miles from a sandy beach, Stalham has a range of shops and places to eat, and the staith is a busy centre where you can rent boats for breaks on the Norfolk Broads.

The villages and towns along the Broads National Park offer an ideal base for a holiday any time of year with stunning scenery and a raft of wildlife, ideal for exploring by boat, walking routes or hire a bike and stop off at pubs along the way.

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Discover the traditional villages & towns of Wroxham, Hoveton, Horning, Coltishall & Stalham, located around the Broads. Perfect for boating holidays & exploring the Broads National Park. Click to read more..
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Sea Palling Beach

Sea Palling

A quiet family seaside resort with sand dunes, beach & calm sea, ideal for families. The village offers plenty of places to stay with shops & cafes. Click to read more...
Happisburgh
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Happisburgh

This coastal village with shops & eateries, is best known for its striped lighthouse, looking over a dramatic coastline. Follow the Norfolk Coast Path to Sea Palling or Mundesley. Click to read more...
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North Walsham

A traditional centre for weaving and home to Nelson's school. There is a wide range of shops, cafes & restaurants. Near to the countrtyside, Broads National Park & coast. Click to read more...
Alysham
Aylsham

Alysham

The market town of Aylsham lies by the River Bure. There is a nearby stately home & heritage railway, shops, pubs & tea-rooms. Ideal for exploring the countryside. Click to read more...
Reepham
Reepham

Reepham

A pretty market town set in picturesque countryside between the Wensum & Bure Valleys. Home to attractive Georgian buildings, places to stay, shops & restaurants. Click to read more...
Mundesley
Mundesley Beach

Mundesley

A traditional seaside village with shops, cottages & B&Bs, Blue Flag beach & shallow rock pools. Home to the Maritime Museum & a nine-hole golf course. Lovely scenic walks. Click to read more...
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Cromer

Cromer, a traditional seaside resort is renowned for carnivals, museums & pier with theatre. Perfect for families, crabbing & water sports. Plenty of places to eat seafood & the famous Cromer crab. Click to read more...
Holt
Holt

Holt

Historic Georgian Holt is home to art galleries, antique & book shops and cafes. With plenty of places to stay, Holt is ideally situated near to the coast & a country park. Click to read more...
Sheringham
Sheringham Beach

Sheringham

A traditional seaside town, known for its carnivals & Blue Flag beach. Plenty of places to stay and the town has lots of shops, pubs & cafes. Click to read more...
Cley
Cley Marshes

Cley

Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Cley's shingle beach, salt marshes & nature reserve are ripe for exploring & birdwatching. Click to read more....
Blakeney
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Blakeney

The pretty coastal village of Blakeney is home to galleries, shops & eateries overlooking the estuary & salt marshes. Take a boat trip to the seal colonies at Blakeney Point. Click to read more...
Walsingham
Walsingham

Walsingham

Walsingham, on the banks of the River Stiffkey, has a long history of religious pilgrimage since the 11th century. Explore historic buildings & ride on a narrow gauge steam railway. Click to read more...
Fakenham
Fakenham

Fakenham

Just ten miles from the coast, Fakenham is a traditional working market town, home to a racecourse, nature reserve, museum, golf course & historical hall. Great countryside for cycling & walking. Click to read more...
Wells Next the Sea
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Wells-next-the Sea & Holkham

Wells-next-the-Sea and Holkham have stunning expansive beaches, home to seals & birds. Visit Holkham's Palladian hall and try crabbing at Wells Harbour. Click to read more...
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The Burnhams

A pretty family of villages close to the coast, beaches & nature reserves. Ideal for sailing and enjoying local produce & freshly caught seafood. Great shopping in Burnham Market. Click to read more...
Brancaster
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Brancaster

Brancaster & Brancaster Staithe are best known for excellent shellfish, great beach & lovely marshland views. A perfect spot for sailing & walking along the Norfolk Coast Path. Click to read more..
Heacham and Hunstanton
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Heacham & Hunstanton

Heacham & Hunstanton are west-facing resorts on England's east coast. See the Hunstanton striped cliffs & the quiet beaches at Heacham, a town with links to Pocahontas. Click to read more...

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