Wroxham has the nickname 'Capital of the Broads', and is a bustling Broadland centre alongside huge Wroxham Broad, the starting point for many a boating holiday or day hire trip. Wroxham offers a host of opportunities for boat hire and boat trips. The town is a major gateway into miles of lock free waterways and a popular Broadland family holiday base. You're guaranteed a warm welcome in Wroxham which has been welcoming visitors to the Norfolk Broads for many years and offers a wide choice of waterfront inns, restaurants, town centre craft centres and famous village store 'Roys of Wroxham', the world's largest village store dating back to 1895.
Choose from numerous Wroxham holiday cottages, waterfront bungalows and Broadland bed and breakfasts in this popular Broadland town situated within easy reach of the Norfolk Coast and Norwich. A host of family attractions surround Wroxham including the outdoor adventure park Bewilderwood and award-winning Wroxham Barns featuring exquisite Norfolk Craft Outlets, tearooms, cafes, a junior animal farm and indoor play centre.
Ride on the Bure Valley Railway near Wroxham or explore the 15 acres of spectacular gardens at Hoveton Hall. A guest house or holiday cottage in the Wroxham area puts you right in the heart of the Norfolk Broads and you'll never be short of things to do and attractions to visit, with all amenities from restaurants and cafes to inns and boat hire all close to hand. Find accommodation in the 'Capital of the Broads' and book Wroxham accommodation online.
Wroxham is a real hub for family attractions in the Broads. The Bure Valley Railway runs between historic market town Aylsham and Wroxham, and is an enchanting 15 inch narrow gauge railway line with station stops en-route including Brampton, Buxton and Coltishall.
A round trip on the Bure Valley Railway is 18 miles, taking you through stunning river meadowland with views of the River Bure enroute. Boat trips can be combined with railway trips with Broads Tours. Visitors can hop on and off at the pretty village stations along the line and enjoy walking and cycling.
A cycle and walking footpath is adjacent to the entire 9 miles of the railway line between Aylsham and Wroxham and cycles can be taken aboard the scheduled Bure Valley Railway services. Hire bikes in Wroxham and at Bewilderwood to take on to the Bure Valley Railway. The main station on the Bure Valley line is Aylsham where you'll find a large railway shop, railway workshops, a tourist information centre and a large cafe.
Award winning Wroxham Barns just one and a half miles outside of Wroxham centre offers a great mix of attractions including a variety of craft centres and family attractions particularly good for younger children. Craft shops at Wroxham Barns sell a range of fine gifts, plants, Norfolk country foods and local produce. Beautiful craft jewellery, pottery pieces, sketches and paintings of Norfolk can all be purchased at craft centres here.
Enjoy great home cooking in the onsite restaurant. Wroxham Barns also features a country food shop selling a range of locally sourced beers, jams and preserves. Don't miss a visit to traditional onsite sweet shops! Family attractions at Wroxham Barns feature The Junior Farm, a hands-on petting farmyard with goats, donkeys, lambs and calves. Children can collect eggs from the hen houses, groom ponies and handle the guinea pigs.
Wroxham Barns Funfair also operates from mid-February at weekends only and has great fun family rides like merry-go-rounds as well as traditional fairground candy floss and ice creams. Tractor rides and quad bikes also feature at the Children's Funfair. Farmers' Markets, family activities and events run through the year at Wroxham Barns.
Hoveton Hall Gardens near Wroxham is another superb attraction in the area, situated on the edge of the Norfolk Broads and covering 15 acres. The gardens here at Hoveton Hall are spectacular through the seasons with Rhododendrons and Azaleas prevalent through May and June and a host of summer flowering gems in the Spider Garden during the summer months. The Hall itself is attributed to the great British landscape gardener Humphrey Repton (1752-1818) who was born in Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk. Examples of Repton's designs feature elsewhere in Norfolk at Sheringham Park.
Gardeners will find much to inspire here with highlights in the Gardens including the exquisite herbaceous border colours in the Spider Garden, the circular designed Clematis Walk, the Magnolia Garden with lake dug in the 18th century and the 1920s Water Gardens with Kidney Lake featuring a central island populated by many wildfowl such as Grey Heron. Guided tours of Hoveton Hall Gardens are available and children will love the on-site Children's Nature Trail which weaves around the Gardens highlighting key features in a fun learning way with nature trail card to stamp as you find key sites.
Events at Hoveton Hall Gardens range from Easter Treasure Hunts to Craft Fairs and summer Strawberry Fayre. Recent events introduced include the Victorian Extravaganza Family Fun Day. Treat yourself to afternoon tea and a light lunches at the tearoom and you can purchase plants propagated from the gardens in the plant sales area. Facilities for wedding receptions in the Hoveton Hall Gardens are also available. Hoveton Hall sits just north of Wroxham off the A1151.
Award winning Bewilderwood Treehouse Adventure Park near Wroxham is one of the Broads' top family attractions and a guaranteed hit attraction with children. Containing outdoor adventure activities at their best including Treehouses, zip wires, boat trips, jungle bridges, marsh walks and Crocklebogs plus woodland characters such as Twiggles and Boggles, Bewilderwood is a magical outdoor adventure for children.
Book a birthday party for children at Bewilderwood - the attraction also hosts year round events, festivals and themed openings - lookout for spooky Halloween. Snack bars including the Cosy Cabin are on-site. Local children's author Tom Blofeld set his famous book 'A Boggle at BeWILDerwood' here at this premier attraction for children.
Wroxham is one of the most popular cruise starting points for boating holidays in the Norfolk Broads. The heart of the boating action is around bustling Wroxham Bridge with ample adjacent parking and a choice of top boat hire companies offering everything from small motor cruisers and self-drive day launches to holiday cruisers and homes on the Norfolk Broads. A Broads information centre is also situated here in Wroxham where you can book your Norfolk Broads boat trip or day/hourly boat hire.