Wroxham holiday cottages are hard to beat for a break in the heart of the Norfolk Broads. This picturesque village lies on the banks of the River Ure, between the broads of Belaugh and Wroxham. Known as the Capital of the Norfolk Broads, Wroxham is a popular base for exploring the area’s meandering waterways, with a wide variety of boats available to hire. From day boats and Kayaks to pleasure cruises, there are plenty of riverside boat yards and operators from which to choose an appropriate mode of aquatic travel at any time of year. Hire your own day boat or canoe or join an organised tour of the Broads.
The village of Hoveton lies on the other side of the river and is often regarded as part of Wroxham. Wandering around the pretty streets in the village centre, you’ll find a variety of independent businesses, including Roy’s, which claims to be the world’s biggest village store. Considering its size, Wroxham has a remarkable number of excellent cafes and restaurants, where delicious food prepared with local, seasonal produce can be enjoyed. The Station Smokehouse, River Kitchen and Old Mill are all good options.
A waterside holiday cottage just steps from the popular Broadland village of Horning, Norfolk, Swan Dyke Cottage offers a peaceful retreat from which to explore this picturesque region, a two-storey pet-friendly cottage with brick panelling, open fire, and four spacious bedrooms.
Self-catering holidays in Wroxham would be incomplete without a ride on the steam-driven miniature railway, set in riverside Hartwell Gardens. A number of striking historic buildings are scattered through the village, including flint and limestone St Mary the Virgin Church, which sits on a steep slope above the river. Nearby, Keys Hill House is an extravagant Jacobean-style home. The wetlands, woods and fields around Wroxham are a paradise for walking and wildlife-watching, with countless footpaths, where you can walk for miles with only birdsong in the hedgerows for company. Eight miles southwest of your holiday cottage in Wroxham, the city of Norwich is well worth a visit, with beautiful churches, excellent shopping, galleries, museums and a lively nightlife. If you fancy a day by the sea, the Norfolk coast is a short drive away, with pretty fishing villages and sweeping beaches. Head to Cromer or Sheringham for the highest-quality crab and lobster. ll the main broads villages, meres and network of interlinking waterways can be accessed from Wroxham including Potter Heigham, Hickling Broad - a haven for migrating birdlife and Horsey Mere with the wonderful Horsey Windpump, now fully restored by the National Trust.
Wroxham is also within a short drive to the coast at Sea Palling and Waxham where there are sandy beaches and gentle waves. The bustling resort of Great Yarmouth with its piers and seaside funfair is also within eady reach.
There are plenty of attractions for visitors of all ages to be enjoyed during a holiday on Wroxham.
Heritage Rail lovers should visit the Barton House Railway for a nostalgic ride on a steam train while family days out with the children can be had at Bewilderwood and Wroxham Barns, the latter having an 18 hole mini adventure golf course and childrens’ fund fair as well as opportunities to feed and groom farm animals. For a more sedate day out, the Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is perfect for a little lightweight exploration. With 131 acres of ancient and scenic woodland, take a sketchbook and camera.
ll the main broads villages, meres and network of interlinking waterways can be accessed from Wroxham including Potter Heigham, Hickling Broad - a haven for migrating birdlife and Horsey Mere with the wonderful Horsey Windpump, now fully restored by the National Trust.