Wroxham is affectionately known as the 'Capital of the Norfolk Broads', a title it has held since the late 1920s. Wroxham is situated alongside one of the Broads' most popular waterways, the beautiful River Bure. Wroxham is a fantastic family gateway into the Norfolk Broads for boating holidays, offering a huge choice of boat hire, holiday cruising and river boat trips. Some of the many boating holiday companies in Wroxham have a history dating back to the Victorian era when boating holidays on the Norfolk Broads first became popular. Wroxham was one of the first Broads centres to establish itself as a tourist centre. The town is as popular today as it was then.
Attractions in Wroxham and nearby are numerous and include some of the most popular family attractions in the Broads like the Bure Valley Railway and Bewilderwood Forest Adventure Park. Exquisite craft centres near Wroxham include Wroxham Barns for a range of craft gifts and onsite Junior Farm and traditional funfair. Wroxham town centre is also famously home to the world's largest village store, Roys of Wroxham founded in 1895. Essential visiting, Roys has a heritage in Wroxham dating back to 1931.
Great family attractions in the Broads are at Wroxham and include the fun family day out Bure Valley Railway running between historic market town Aylsham and 'Capital of the Norfolk Broads' Wroxham. The Bure Valley Railway is a 15 inch narrow gauge railway line and station stops en-route between Wroxham and Aylsham include the charming village country stations of Brampton, Buxton and Coltishall.
A round trip on the Bure Valley Railway is 18 miles, taking you through stunning river meadowland and views of the River Bure. Railway trips can also be combined with boat trips at Wroxham with Broads Tours. Visitors can hop on and off at the pretty village stations along the line and enjoy walking and cycling. A cycle and walking footpath is adjacent to the entire 9 miles of the railway line between Aylsham and Wroxham and cycles can be taken aboard the scheduled Bure Valley Railway services.
Visitors can hire bikes in Wroxham to take aboard the Bure Valley Railway from bike hire outlets such as Broadland Cycle Hire at Bewilderwood Adventure Park. The main station on the Bure Valley line is Aylsham where you'll find an extensive railway shop, railway workshops, a tourist information centre and a large cafe.
Award winning Wroxham Barns in Broadland is a craft shopping mecca just outside Wroxham centre. Craft shops at Wroxham Barns sell a range of fine gifts, plants, Norfolk country foods and local produce. Beautiful craft jewellery, pottery pieces and sketches and paintings of Norfolk can all be purchased at Wroxham Barns craft centre.
Visitors can also enjoy wonderful home cooking at Wroxham Barns in the on-site table service restaurant. The Country Food Shop at Wroxham Barns sells a range of wines, beers, jams and preserves all made by local Norfolk producers. The Fudge Shop at Wroxham Barns sells a selection of delicious traditional old fashioned fudges in many different flavours.
Family attractions at Wroxham Barns feature The Junior Farm, a hands-on petting farmyard with goats, donkeys, lambs and calves. Children can collect eggs from the hen houses, groom ponies and handle the guinea pigs. Wroxham Barns Funfair also operates from mid-February at weekends only and has great fun family rides like merry-go-rounds plus traditional fairground candy floss and ice creams. Tractor rides and quad bikes also feature at the Children's Funfair in Wroxham Barns.
Wroxham Barns is just a mile and a half from Wroxham clearly signposted from Wroxham centre. Farmers' Markets and family activities and events are through the year at Wroxham Barns.
Hoveton Hall Gardens near Wroxham is another superb attraction in the Wroxham area, situated on the edge of the Norfolk Broads and covering 15 acres. The gardens here at Hoveton Hall are spectacular through the seasons with Rhododendrons and Azaleas prevalent through May and June and a host of summer flowering gems in the Spider Garden during the summer months. The Hall itself is attributed to the great British landscape gardener Humphrey Repton (1752-1818) who was born in Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk. Examples of Repton's designs feature elsewhere in Norfolk at Sheringham Park and the Hall at Hoveton (not open to the public) is similar in design to Sheringham Hall.
Gardeners will find much to inspire here with highlights in the Gardens at Hoveton Hall including the exquisite herbaceous border colours in the Spider Garden, the circular designed Clematis Walk, the Magnolia Garden with lake dug in the 18th century and the 1920s Water Gardens with Kidney Lake featuring a central island populated by many wildfowl such as Grey Heron. Guided tours of Hoveton Hall Gardens are available and children will love the on-site Childrens Nature Trail which weaves around the Gardens highlighting key features in a fun learning way with nature trail card to stamp as you find key sites.
Events at Hoveton Hall Gardens range from Easter Treasure Hunts to Craft Fairs and summer Strawberry Fayre. Recent events introduced include the Victorian Extravaganza Family Fun Day. Afternoon tea and light lunches are available at the onsite pretty tearoom and you can purchase plants propagated from the actual plants at Hoveton Hall Gardens in the plant sales area. Facilities for wedding receptions in the Hoveton Hall Gardens are also available.
Hoveton Hall Gardens is clearly signposted from Wroxham centre and is situated just north of Wroxham on the edge of the Norfolk Broads off the A1151.
Award winning Bewilderwood Treehouse Adventure Park near Wroxham is one of the Broads' top family attractions and a guaranteed hit attraction with children. Containing outdoor adventure attractions at their best including Treehouses, zip wires, boat trips, jungle bridges, marsh walks and Crocklebogs plus woodland characters such as Twiggles and Boggles, Bewilderwood is a magical outdoor attraction for children.
Birthday parties in Bewilderwood are available and festivals and events like puppet shows regularly take place at Bewilderwood Treehouse Adventure Park. Three snack bars including the Cosy Cabin are on-site. Local children's author Tom Blofeld set his famous book 'A Boggle at BeWILDerwood' here at this premier attraction in the Nofolk Broads for children. Tickets for Bewilderwood near Wroxham can be pre-booked online via the attraction's official website.
Wroxham, the 'Capital of the Norfolk Broads' is a great family friendly gateway into the Norfolk Broads and one of the best places in the Broads for Day boat hire and boat trips on the Broads. Wroxham is one of the most popular cruise starting point for boating holidays in the Norfolk Broads. Around bustling Wroxham Bridge with ample adjacent parking sit top Norfolk Broads boat hire and boat trip companies offering everything from small motor cruisers and self-drive day launches to holiday cruisers and homes on the Norfolk Broads. A Broads information centre is also situated here in Wroxham where you can book your Norfolk Broads boat trip or day/hourly boat hire.
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Wroxham, capital of the Norfolk Broads has a wonderful family holiday atmosphere set alongside one of the prettiest rivers - the River Bure in the Norfolk Broads. Wroxham is a fantastic Broads location to watch cruisers around Wroxham Bridge. Wroxham town centre contains a great choice of Norfolk Broads family restaurants and riverside pubs, as well as independent craft shops. Wroxham is also famously home to the world's largest village store 'Roys of Wroxham'.
At Wroxham you can pick up Broads boat hire from small day and hourly motor cruisers to canoes, rowing boats and holiday cruisers. Alongside the outstanding opportunities for Norfolk Broads boat hire at Wroxham you will also find a wide choice of beautiful Wroxham B&B guesthouses. Nearby Hoveton B&Bs are also widely available, all listed here on iknow East Anglia.
Family attractions in Wroxham and around this Norfolk Broads centre are extensive and include family favourites like the Bure Valley Railway and Bewilderwood. Situated in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, Wroxham is just a short drive from some of the most popular Broads in the Norfolk Broads such as Ranworth Broad with floating Broadland Conservation Centre. Pretty Norfolk Broads villages and craft centres are within easy reach of Wroxham such as Cottishall historic village just to the north.