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 vessels.
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 a 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 offers.
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 Beech Road, off the Avenue, a thatched house built in 1907 called Cintra, but Formby and his tyrannical wife, Beryl, immediately renamed it Beryldene. Every house they had ever owned - and there were many - had been called Beryldene, and this would be no different.
- 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 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