Nestled on the banks of the River Bure, Horning is a popular base from which to explore the Norfolk Broads. This ancient village lies within the Broads National Park, in North Norfolk. It is roughly halfway between the city of Norwich and the Norfolk coast, and east of the larger village of Wroxham. Holiday cottages in Horning are perfect for visiting the Broads, with beautiful riverside walks and plenty of places to rent boats. There is a graceful 13th century church and many historic thatched buildings, earning Horning a reputation as one of the Broads’ prettiest villages.
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Moored at the riverside, Southern Comfort is a luxury double-decker steam-liner offering tours along the Bure, to Ranworth. The boat has a bar and live jazz, and is highly recommended on self-catering holidays in Horning. Take a wander through the village from your holiday cottage in Horning and you will discover a variety of independent businesses.
In and around picturesque Lower Street, there are excellent places to eat and drink, including Bure River Cottage Restaurant, the Galley Deli, and the Staithe and Willow Tea Rooms. You will also notice an old-fashioned grocery and post office that looks as if it has barely changed for decades. A stop at the Swan Inn or the New Inn is essential, both with beautiful riverside settings. Follow Lower Street away from the village centre, towards Horning Ferry, with wonderful views along the river. At the boat marina, there is a Mexican restaurant and another lovely pub, the Ferry Inn, built in the mid-19th century on the site of an ancient monk’s mead house. Horning is famous for its annual summer fete, which is held on the village Green, and the Three Rivers Race, which covers 45 miles along the rivers Bure, Ant and Thurne. Just outside the village, Bewilderwood is an award-winning theme park and a great day out for the whole family.