Hoveton & Wroxham station serves the twin villages of Hoveton and Wroxham on the River Bure. Wroxham is known as the 'capital of the Broads' and is the main hub for boating holidays and day trips on the northern Broads. Wroxham's Roys Shopping Centre is claimed to be the world's largest village store. Day trips by boat are operated by Broads Tours and their office is just over the bridge, ½ mile from the station.
There are buses to the nearby picturesque village of Horning, see the RAF Air Defence Radar Museum below for buses to Horning but if necessary you can walk as there's a path all the way along the A1062. For riverside walks take the bus to Ludham Bridge and visit Toad Hole Cottage or the ruins of St Benet's Abbey. Find out more at the Museum of the Broads in Stalham.
TI Station Road (Summer only). Tel. 01603 782281.
A 15" gauge railway mainly operated by steam locomotives. It runs for 9 miles through Coltishall,
Buxton and Brampton to Aylsham. Restaurant at Aylsham. Events programme.
Open Apr-Sep, Daily, please see website for train times and additional operating days.
Blickling Hall NT is 1¾ miles walk from the Bure Valley Railway station at Aylsham, for more details see Norwich.
British and continental model railways, model planes, dolls houses, vintage model trains and toys,
driving and flying simulators, penny arcade. Café.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1630, see website for Nov-Mar.
Two miniature ride-on railways in a large garden running down to the River Bure.
Full size working signalling system. Museum of railway items. Refreshments.
Open Apr-Oct, usually 3rd Sunday of month 1430-1730 but please check website to confirm dates.
The gardens offer a mix of planting and styles. Water garden, lake, kitchen garden, woodland walks,
restored 19th century iron glasshouse. Tearoom. Events programme.
Open Easter-Sep, MTWThFSu & BH 1030-1700.
A woodland adventure park for all ages with treehouses, jungle bridges, marsh walks, zip wires, boat trips and storytelling.
Events programme. Refreshments.
Open Apr-Aug, Daily 1000-1700. See website for Oct-Mar.
Bus 5B from Wroxham, Roys to entrance, 4 minutes journey. M-S every 2 hours. Note that the hourly buses operate alternate ways around a loop via Stalham, check the timetable for an outward journey via Horning. Operated by Konect.
Housed in RAF buildings, including the original 1942 radar operations building, the museum covers the
history of radar from WWII to the Cold War. See an original Cold War Operations Room. Talks (see website for times). Café.
Open Apr-Oct, TWThFS & BH 1000-1700.
Bus 5B from Wroxham, Roys to Horning, Lower Street, 5 minutes journey, then ¾ mile walk. M-S every 2 hours. Note that the hourly buses operate alternate ways around a loop via Stalham, check the timetable for an outward journey via Horning. Operated by Konect.
You might like to allow extra time to explore the picturesque village of Horning on the River Bure.
If necessary you can walk to Horning as there's a path all the way along the A1062. From Hoveton & Wroxham station it is 2 miles to BeWILDerwood, 2½ miles to the village and 3 miles to the Radar Museum.
Tiny Toad Hole Cottage was home for a marshman's whole family in Victorian times. Displays inside show how they lived
and tools used for working on the marshes. Broads information. Wildlife Trail around Nature Reserve. Electric Eel boat trips.
Open Apr-Oct, 1030-1700 (but closed 1300-1330), see website for boat trips.
www.visitthebroads.co.uk (search for Toad Hole Cottage)
Bus 5B from Wroxham, Roys to Ludham Bridge then 2¼ miles riverside walk. M-S hourly, alternately direct via Horning (12 minutes journey) or via Stalham and Ludham village (37 minutes journey). There are no marked stops at Ludham Bridge, wait by the laybys for return buses after checking the timetable to wait on the correct side of the road. Operated by Konect.
These woodland gardens were established in the 1920s by the original owner of How Hill House. Plants include azaleas
and rhododendrons (colourful in May and June). Exotic species. Admission free, donations welcome. Tearoom at rear of How Hill House.
Open Daily during daylight. Tearoom Jun-Aug, SSu (Daily in Aug) 1100-1600.
Bus as for Toad Hole Cottage above.
How Hill House is an Environmental Study Centre for the Broads and not open to the public.
In medieval times St Benet's was a powerful and wealthy Abbey, now only the picturesque ruins of the
gatehouse and a later mill remain. An annual religious service is held in August. Free guided tours (see website).
Audio tours to download for more information (download before visiting as the mobile signal is weak at the Abbey).
Open any reasonable time.
Bus as for Toad Hole Cottage above but 1¼ miles walk.
Note that Ludham village is 1½ miles from Ludham Bridge.
Hickling is the largest of the broads and the reserve is a great place to see wetland wildlife.
Highlights include marsh harriers and rare swallowtail butterflies.
Visitor Centre, trails and birdwatching hides. Boat tours in summer (see website).
Open Visitor Centre Apr-Oct Daily 1000-1700, Nov-Mar SSu 1100-1600.
Bus 5B from Wroxham, Roys to Sutton (Elmhurst Avenue stop) then 3½ miles walk. M-S hourly, alternately via Stalham (21 minutes journey) or via Horning and Ludham (27 minutes journey). For the return journey check the timetable to wait on the correct side of the road. Operated by Konect. Buses also operate from North Walsham.
The Museum tells the story of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads with iconic boats, tools, household items, photographs,
brochures, souvenirs and even a water bicycle! Light refreshments. Picnic area.
Open Apr-Sep, TWThSu 1100-1500.
Bus 5B from Wroxham, Roys to Stalham. M-S hourly, alternately direct to Stalham Yarmouth Road (16 minutes journey) or via Horning and Ludham to Stalham High Street (33 minutes journey). Check the timetable for the correct stop in Stalham for the return journey. Operated by Konect. Buses also operate from North Walsham.
Stalham Firehouse was opened in 1833, one of the oldest Fire Brigades in England. The Museum has
a collection of fire brigade items including an original horse drawn pump engine. Admission free, donations welcome.
Open Apr-Sep, MTThF 1000-1400.
Bus as Museum of the Broads above.