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Norwich and the Norfolk Broads

4.3 stars(10 reviews)
Small Group

Waterways, railways and Sandringham

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5 days From £675 per person
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2021 Tour code: NKB21

About the tour

Discover timeless seaside towns, nostalgic steam trains and historic stately homes on this delightful holiday. Explore the pretty waterways of the Norfolk Broads and tour the picturesque city of Norwich, dominated by its two ancient cathedrals.


What’s included


Day 1 - Hethersett and Norwich

Our holiday begins in Hethersett, at the beautiful Park Farm Hotel. This afternoon we take the coach to Norwich for a guided walking tour of Norwich's Old Town, including an absorbing history of the city over the centuries. The city has a fascinating heritage, with over 1,500 historic buildings, two cathedrals and a Norman Castle. Norwich has stood the test of time since the Norman Conquest in 1066, and was once the largest town in England. We also see charming Elm Hill, a historic cobbled street with buildings dating back to the Tudor period.

Along the way, we notice the old traditional markets that are still in use today. The town also offers a mixture of museums and galleries such as the Bridewell Museum, devoted to local trade, and the Castle Museum, exhibiting different periods in Norwich's trading industry such as tools, pottery and even luxury items.

In the 13th century, a bank and ditch were constructed as a defence mechanism, forming what is now the River Wensum. As additional defence, 12 city gates were constructed between 1293 and 1334 on the bank of the river. The gates allowed for orderly access into the city, and facilitated toll collections as well as protecting those inside from intruders by use of catapults. The gates, however, were damaged in Kett's Rebellion of 1549.

  • Dinner
Norwich Cathedral
Days 2-3 - The Poppy Line and Sandringham

This morning we travel to the quaint coastal town of Sheringham. After some time for exploration, we board the steam-hauled North Norfolk Railway for a journey on the Poppy Line through the verdant countryside to Holt. The name for the Poppy Line comes from 'Poppy Land', that was coined in the 19th-century by poet Clement Scott, and refers to the section of the North Norfolk coast from Sheringham to Mundesley. On our journey we pass the delightful Norfolk countryside.

Here we are picked up by coach and transferred to Sandringham, the country retreat of Her Majesty the Queen, and set in acres of beautiful gardens and parkland.

We enjoy an excursion to Sandringham Estate, gardens and the museum. Sandringham House was built in 1870, and has been passed down as a private home through 4 generations of the British monarchy.

The gardens here are set in 24 stunning hectares, with each generation adding something of their own tastes. The Sandringham Exhibition and Transport Museum, housed in the former coach houses and stables, holds a magnificent collection of important royal memorabilia including a 1939 Merryweather fire engine and gifts given to her majesty The Queen during Royal state visits abroad.

We are free to enjoy Sandringham Estate at our leisure. Why not explore the Sculpture Trail? All made by chainsaw markings on natural tree trunks, there are 15 sculptures to admire in the Arboretum. There is also Sandgram's County Park to stroll through, with its mixture of evergreen trees, and if you fancy a spot of tea or coffee. Make a visit to the Sandringham Cafe & Coffee shop or the Stables Tea Room.

Day 3 is free for you to explore at your own pace. You could make another visit to Norwich where you could look around the quaint shops or open-air market, or venture further afield with a train ride to the coast. Norwich offers a mixture of museums and galleries, such as the Bridewell Museum, devoted to local trade, and the Castle Museum, exhibiting different periods in Norwich's trading industry such as tools, pottery, and luxury items. 

  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
North Norfolk Line
Day 4 - Historic Railways and the Norfolk Broads

Today we discover the true flavour of Norfolk, stepping back in time to visit the charming towns and peaceful countryside that makes this terrific county such an attraction. We travel by coach to Dereham, where we board the Mid-Norfolk Railway for a delightful journey along this restored railway line. Covering 11 miles of Norfolk's classic countryside, this enchanting railway curls through forests and meadows between Dereham and Wymondham. The track itself dates all the way back to the 1840s, and many of the stations reflect that time period. Arriving in the small market town of Wymondham, we travel by coach to Aylsham for a journey on the Bure Valley Railway to Wroxham. Our scenic journey through the beautiful Bure Valley takes us on a narrow-gauge line into the heart of the Norfolk Broads. After disembarking, we enjoy a boat cruise along the wide and picturesque waterways that provide a home for a stunning array of wildlife - bitterns, cuckoos, otters and water voles - many of them unique to Norfolk.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Norfolk Broads
Day 5 - Homeward bound

After breakfast, your tour concludes and you are free to leave Hethersett at your leisure.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Park Farm Hotel

Park Farm Hotel, Hethersett

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Bure Valley Railway
Mid-Norfolk Railway
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4.3 stars4.3 / 5 · 10 reviews

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Mrs Gail Foster

4 stars

Submitted 02 Oct 2020

The tour guide, Julie Boreham and the coach driver, John were very personable and helpful. Although our room was large it felt detached from the main body of the group. Meals were plentiful however there were times when the choices appeared limited. We had an issue with the bathroom taps and although they were reported on at least two occasions they were not fixed. We ordered champagne for our arrival however as we did not arrive until approximately 2.45 the ice was well on the way to being melted. It would be helpful in my opinion for the champagne to be delivered as we arrived or just after.

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Mr A Pilbeam

4 stars

Submitted 06 Oct 2018

We were well satisfied with the holiday, the only snags were that we could have used more time at Sandringham and some people found the stairs at the hotel a problem

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Mr K Bradley

4 stars

Submitted 24 Jun 2018

Content of holiday excellent, varied, well thought out. St Giles House Hotel good accommodation, reception and house keeping. Meals lacked imagination. Tour manager Susan very good, listened to people’s comments and acted to mitigate any complaints.

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Mr R Evans

4 stars

Submitted 23 Jun 2018

Hotel meals took the edge off an excellent holiday.

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Mr N Hockley

4 stars

Submitted 29 May 2018

The organised trips were very enjoyable, well run and expertly carried out. The tour manager was very good at rounding us up and getting us to the right place at the right time.- his school-master background showed. The hotel was potentially very good but as far as dealing with a packaged tour I felt they fell a little short. The dinner menus were unimaginative - fish and chips and sausage and mash did not show the hotel in a good lite. It took a lot of complaining by the tour manager for the hotel, on the last morning, to supply a HOT buffet breakfast.

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Mr I King

4 stars

Submitted 26 May 2018

This was an interesting and well organised holiday exploring the rail lines of Norfolk, with the added bonus of a visit to Sandringham. It was only let down by the quality of the supposedly 4* hotel - the St Giles House.

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