Where to go on a Day Trip from Norwich

Where to go on a day trip from Norwich

Norwich has a lot to offer, with medieval delights such as Elm Hill, the Cathedral and Norwich Castle, plus brilliant food and fun activites. But there’s also a wealth of amazing things to see and do in Norfolk. Want to discover the secrets of the picturesque little villages sitting outside the city? Or perhaps you fancy a little adventure visiting beautiful wild beaches, spotting stunning wildlife, or experiencing a unique activity or two. And don’t worry, if it’s great day trips from Norwich you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered.

Home of the Norfolk Broads

What many people consider to be the capital of the Norfolk Broads, Wroxham (and Hoveton St. John) is a beautiful spot. The village is centred around the gorgeous broad, so it’s the perfect place to start a boating adventure. Book a day boat from Broads Tours (from £19 per hour) and start sailing through the picturesque waterways. Take a picnic with you or stop off at a Broad-side pub for lunch. Bird spotters can have fun trying to spot the rare wader, the Bittern.

The Norfolk Broads

The Norfolk Broads

In Wroxham village, there’s also plenty to see and do. Fans of Hornby trains and doll’s houses will love Wroxham Miniature Worlds indoor model museum (adults £11.95, children £8.95, kids under six go free). A popular tourist attraction near Norwich, visitors can check out more than 10,000 square feet of tiny rail tracks – from a standard British railway to high-speed Japanese and European mini trains. There are also vintage arcade games and Lego displays. A must for anyone who wants to spend an hour or two revisiting their childhood.

From Wroxham, you can also hop onto one of the area’s major fun tourist attractions – the Bure Valley Railway Steam Train (£16 return for adults, £8 for children). Take an 18-mile round trip into the Broads, looking out onto lovely countryside as the train traces the route of the River Bure. You’ll stop at Aylsham, with the chance to sit down in the pretty café and enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake.

Bure Valley Railway Boat Train

Enjoy a day out on the Bure Valley Railway.

Historic Market Towns

Our next great day out near Norwich is the historic town Alysham. With its traditional market square, surrounded by grand 18th-century homes and an impressive Jacobean hall, Aylsham is another Norfolk market town steeped in history.

For the keen rambler, you’ll love the Bure Valley Walk, which starts at the steam train station. The walking and cycling route to Wroxham is set alongside the railway line in pretty countryside – and is a perfect activity for when the sun is shining.

Further afield is the impressive Blickling Hall (entrance £14 for adults, £7 for children). Owned by the National Trust since 1940, this stunning Jacobean mansion is set in acres of rich greenery with narrow tree-lined lanes and a large formal garden.

Blickling Hall

Holkham Hall

Speaking of Hall’s, Holkham Hall really has it all. Marvel at artworks by the likes of Van Dyck, Claude and Gainsborough as you wander the stately rooms. Imagine yourself living back in the 18th century as you discover the Downton Abbey-style kitchen, servants hall, and the grade II-listed Greek-themed fountain outdoors.

There are various experiences on offer at the Hall, including tours of the servants’ stairs and hidden passages (tickets £25), or tractor trailer tours of the grounds for only £5.50 (keep your eyes peeled for the herd of deer!). Get out onto the lake by hiring a boat, or hire some bikes so you can cycle round the grounds. If you have time, you can also walk down to the Holkham National Nature Reserve and Beach. You’ll be amazed by the unspoilt, natural, and beautiful stretches of sand, along with the many fascinating habitats and rare species of flora and fauna here.

Holkham Hall Animals

The stunning grounds at Holkham Hall

The Norfolk Coast

If you’re more of a beach and nature lover, then Horsey is the place to go. A village with a popular stretch of coastline famous for its year-round wild grey seal visits, Horsey is especially busy during grey seal breeding season (November to January), when the seals come ashore to have their pups. At this point, the beach is cordoned off to give the seals peace, but it’s still possible to watch from afar and take photos (and there are dedicated viewing areas). It’s definitely one of the best places to visit near Norwich.

See the seals at Horsey Gap

Beautiful Countryside

Take time to stroll through the beautiful, colourful one-acre-long millennium garden at Pensthorpe. With a contemporary feel, this bright and lush tapestry of colour and texture is mesmerising. More of a wild meadow than a formal garden, it’s the perfect relaxation spot, as well as a treat for insect and bird lovers. They also offer a reduced entrance fee for those who arrive by bike or bus which is £8.95.

Wildflower Meadow at Pensthorpe Natural Park

Pensthorpe

There’s so many wonderful places to visit on a day trip from Norwich. So if you’re booking a stay in the city, make sure you extend your trip by a day or two so you can enjoy all that the wonderful county of Norfolk has to offer.

Directions

It’s possible to get to Wroxham in 15 mins via train from Norwich. Alight at the Wroxham/Hoveton station and walk for a further 15 mins into the centre of town.

For Aylsham, get a train from Norwich to North Walsham (the journey takes around 27 mins). It’s then 11 mins by taxi into Aylsham itself. You can also drive there within 20 mins.

Horsey is 40 mins from Norwich by car, but it’s also possible to take the train to Acle, and from there it’s a 16 mins journey by taxi.

To get to Pensthorpe from Norwich you can take the x29 First Norfolk bus. By car, travel along the A1067, and you’ll find the Park just one mile outside the market town of Fakenham.

Looking for more places to go in Norwich? Check out our City of Stories blogs for more inspiration.