Wroxham is considered the capital of the Norfolk Broads and has been frequented by holidaymakers since the late 1800’s. It is especially popular with those seeking a boating holiday, with its numerous boat hire companies offering a vast range of vessel.
In recent years it has become quite commercialised with the building of hotels, gift shops and tea-rooms, a far cry from the days when the locals would meet the London train at Wroxham station and carry the passengers’ luggage to the boatyards for two pence.
There is a good selection of shops in Wroxham, the most famous one being Roys of Wroxham, probably the largest village store in the country. It offers a huge range of merchandise from clothes, toys, garden equipment, plants, books, home-ware, electrical goods, as well as an excellent supermarket, and is open seven days a week. It also has a McDonalds restaurant within the store.
Down by the river there is the Hotel Wroxham, along with many boatyards, holiday homes and apartments. During the summer months the waters are full of holidaymakers enjoying the peace and tranquillity a boating holiday offer.
Interesting facts about Wroxham
- George Formby, OBE (1904 – 1961), an English actor, singer-songwriter and comedian famous for playing the ukulele or banjolele, once owned a riverside home in Wroxham
- English author and journalist Arthur Ransome (1884 – 1967), best known for writing the Swallows and Amazons series of children's books, visited Wroxham in the 1930s and made reference to the town in his book Coot Club (1934)
- Wroxham can be visited by hopping aboard Norfolk’s longest narrow-gauge railway. Bure Valley Railway runs steam trains between the historic market town of Aylsham and the bustling town of Wroxham. This 18-mile round trip runs through the pretty Bure Valley countryside following the meandering River Bure and the single journey between Aylsham and Wroxham takes 45 minutes
- Wroxham Miniature Worlds is the largest indoor modelling attraction in the UK, with over 10,000 square feet of model railways, slot car displays, a whole city made from Lego, model boat displays and toys from across the decades
- Wroxham Barns is an award-winning Norfolk visitor attraction that has a farm, craft and food shops, restaurant, café, indoor soft-play, mini golf and funfair
Considered the UK’s largest and finest wetland landscape, the Norfolk Broads have been a popular destination to hire boats for many decades. These waterways offer open spaces, spectacular scenery, peace and tranquillity and are full to the brim with stunning Norfolk wildlife.
Map of Wroxham
Attractions in Wroxham
Set on the edge of the Norfolk Broads, Hoveton Hall Gardens is a delightful 15 acre garden mixing both formal and informal planting across the seasons. Beginning with the burst of early spring bulbs, the spectacular rhododendrons and azaleas in May and June through to the mid-summer delights of the 'Spider Garden'. Full summer colours of hydrangeas followed by autumn berried shrubs and leaf tints complete what is truly a garden for all seasons. Hoveton Hall Gardens is home to Andrew and Barbara Buxton and has been in the Buxton family since 1946. The Hall, although not open to the public, was built between 1809 and 1812 is attributed to Humphry Repton. The parkland surrounding the Hall was ploughed in the 1940's to provide food during the war years. Most trees were removed, and only the grass on the north side of the lake left untouched. In 1993 the then arable parts of the park were re-sown with grass, under the Countryside Commission Scheme for the Restoration of Historic Parks, and iron railings re-established.
Children and parents alike enjoy the close contact with the friendly farm animals. You are able to watch traditional and contemporary craftsmen at work, do a spot of shopping, have fun at the fair and enjoy something nice to eat at the quaint coffee shop.