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.
Situated 8 miles from Norwich and 20 miles from Great Yarmouth and Cromer, Wroxham is an ideal place to stay and explore Norfolk.
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
Some of the best places to visit in Wroxham
Considered the capital of the Norfolk Broads, Wroxham is located 8 miles from Norwich and 20 miles from Cromer and Great Yarmouth. Since the late 1800’s Wroxham has been frequented by holidaymakers and today it is especially popular with those seeking a boating holiday, with numerous boat hire companies in the town.
Enjoy a great day out at Wroxham Barns
Located 10 miles from Norwich and close to the stunning Norfolk Broads, Wroxham Barns is an all-weather destination suitable for all ages. Younger visitors will love the Junior Farm, play area and new Funpark opening 2nd April 2020 and grownups are sure to enjoy all the local crafts and gifts on offer.
Bure Valley Railway
Hop on board Norfolk’s longest narrow-gauge railway which runs between the historic market town of Aylsham and popular tourist destination of Wroxham and experience a nostalgic trip by steam, in the heart of the Norfolk Broads.
Located 10 miles north-east of Norwich and close to the beautiful Norfolk Broads, Wroxham Barns is an all-weather tourist attraction popular with visitors of all ages. The Junior Farm and Funpark are sure to be a hit with the younger visitors and the grownups will love all the local crafts and gifts on offer. Sample the excellent selection of food available at Wroxham Barns, from breakfast through to afternoon tea and Sunday roasts.
Map of Wroxham
Accommodation in Wroxham
Norfolk Broads Direct
The Bridge Wroxham Norfolk NR12 8RX