Aylsham is a remarkable and attractive and unspoilt little East Anglian market town in North Norfolk with a fine collection of 18th Century houses located on the River Bure in Norfolk. The town and surrounding villages are home to a number of quaint self-catering cottages - one in an old, but beautifully restored, windmill.
Aylsham has welcomed visitors to its various hostelries, restaurants and tea rooms over the centuries - Lord Nelson apparently attended a dance at The Blackboys Inn on the Market Place, a popular watering hole and eating place in the town centre. Take the family on a trip by steam train on the Bure Valley Railway which runs from Aylsham to Wroxham where children will enjoy the play areas and a spot of animal feeding and grooming at Wroxham Barns.
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Aylsham is indeed a good place from which to explore the rich Norfolk Countryside and its pretty villages, or for day trips to the coast at Cromer. countryside and dipping into Norwich to experience its vibrant city lifestyle or for a night out in one of its theatres or cinemas.
There are plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy during your holiday in north Norfolk. Take a walking treasure hunt around the town and surrounding countryside, or simply venture out on your own and appreciate the East Coast countryside on foot. Nearby family attractions include Strikers Ten Pin Bowling, Stompers Play Centre and Davenports Magic Kingdom in neighbouring North Walsham where they can burn off their energy ensuring they sleep like logs in their holiday cottage beds thereafter. A little further afield but still good for a half or a whole day trip are attractions such as The Redwings Horse Sanctuary (free entry), Bewilderwood (very popular with children) and The Amzona 'South American' Zoo in Cromer.
Walkers and nature lovers will enjoy exploring the Norfolk countryside using two long-distance footpaths, the Weaver's Way and Marriott's Way both of which run through Aylsham. The Norfolk Wildlife Trust has several sites, on the Broads, on heathland and at the coast. Ideal for birdwatchers, nature lovers and walkers.
Visit the grand houses and stately homes such as Blickling Hall, a beautiful Jacobean House now managed by the National Trust where the ghost of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife, still walks. The Buckinghamshire Arms a National Trust pub opposite the Hall is run by the same team that manages The Blackboys Inn. Discover all that the Norfolk Broads has to offer, by hiring a boat or canoe or just joining a boat trip to explore the historic waterways of The Broads.
Stay in an Alysham holiday cottage for a week or a weekend at any time of year with family or friends for a relaxing or action-packed holiday exploring this corner of Norfolk.