Things to do Within Less Than an Hour of Norwich

12 April 2023

Things to do Within Less Than an Hour of Norwich

Planning a holiday? Want to go somewhere where you can enjoy the coast, navigable waterways, and beautiful countryside? Want all that with the wide range of activities and experiences that come with visiting a city? Well, Norwich might just be the perfect destination for you.

Full of incredible things to see, food to eat and experiences to discover, Norwich is also only a short drive, bus journey or train ride away from beautiful beaches, the sprawling Broads National Park, and plenty of countryside delights. So, if you’re planning that summer holiday break and want somewhere that has it all, look no further.

Read on to find out what you can do in less than an hour’s drive, bus ride, or train journey away from Norwich.

The Broads National Park

One of the UK’s 15 national parks, The Broads National Park is made up of over 60 open areas of water known as Broads, and seven rivers including the Ant, Bure, Chet, Thurne, Waveney, Wensum and Yare. With pretty villages to discover and boats for hire, there’s plenty to keep you occupied.

Wroxham (19-minute drive, 27-minute by train, 30-minute by bus)

The capital of the Norfolk Broads, Wroxham is a big village with all the amenities you might need. Grab some fresh fish and chips and enjoy the sunshine or hire a boat and get out on the broads.

Bure Valley Railway

Bure Valley Railway Boat Train

Coltishall (18-minute drive)

A busy riverside village yet a somewhat lesser-known part of the Broads, Coltishall is a lovely spot to spend an afternoon. It marks the start of the navigable portion of the River Bure and is dotted with beautiful properties, like its thatched village church, and has a beautiful green by the river.

Neatishead (25-minute drive, 35-minute by train and bus) and Irstead (31-minute drive)

To get your fix of quintessentially British villages in the countryside, Neatishead & Irstead are two little gems you’ll be thrilled to discover. With gorgeous riverside residential properties, a pub in Neatishead and a medieval church in Irstead, it’s a lovely place to stop off for an hour or two.

Have a walk or cycle along the Barton Boardwalk which will take you out to view Barton Broad or Alferden Broad nature reserve!

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Beautiful Beaches

The Norfolk coast is perhaps one of the most beautiful coastal stretches in the country. From sandy beaches to wildlife encounters, there’s something for everyone.

Great Yarmouth (34-minute drive, 40-minute by bus, 55-minute by train)

What could be better than a classic seaside holiday destination? Great Yarmouth pleasure beach has it all! Britannia Pier has its own theatre, there’s plenty of amusement arcades, and a rollercoaster! Not forgetting that its sandy beach is worthy of some dedicated time to enjoy.

Great Yarmouth

Winterton-on-Sea (38-minute drive)

Winterton-on-Sea is a walker’s paradise. It’s a dog-friendly beach with miles to explore and is backed by some of the finest sand dunes in Norfolk. In fact, the Winterton Dunes National Nature Reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

See if you can spot the rare natterjack toad which makes its home here, or breeding and overwintering birds!

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See the seals at Horsey Gap

Cromer (45-minute drive, 55-minute by train)

Coming up on the hour mark, but entirely worth the journey, lies this gorgeous town. Another traditional seaside resort, it’s a lot smaller and more relaxed than Great Yarmouth, and ideal for a laid-back morning or afternoon exploring.

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The Norfolk countryside is jam packed full of beautiful parks and walks, and unique market towns that are brilliant for getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city for an hour or so.

Aylsham (31-minute drive, 40-minute by bus)

A traditional and unspoilt market town, Aylsham has plenty of shops, pubs, and tearooms. Its marketplace is surrounded by beautiful 18th century houses which make a walk around the town even more enjoyable.

Blickling Hall

Lenwade (25-minute drive, 30-minute by bus)

Situated in the Wensum Valley, Lenwade boasts a collection of fishing lakes, traditional pubs and a fish and chip shop.