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North Walsham

North Walsham first became prosperous in the 13th and 14th centuries when Flemish weavers moved to the area and brought their craft with them. Today, very little textile production still takes place in the town, however North Walsham does have a number of other attractions and amenities, making it a great stop on your tour of the Norfolk Broads. 

 

Sights and attractions

The main sight in North Walsham is St Nicolas’ Church. Built in the 14th century, largely by profits from the textile industry, the church’s steeple was once the tallest in Norfolk, standing at an impressive height of 147 ft.

On Saturday 16 May 1724, however, the tower, which was already in a poor state of repair, was further destabilised by the ringing of the church bells and much of the structure collapsed. Today you can still see the ruins of the tower and visit the church itself.

 

Places to eat

Most of the cafes and restaurants in North Walsham are located in and around the town’s high street. Stop off at the White Swan, The Bluebell or the Orchard Gardens for a drink or visit one of the local coffee shops for a hot beverage and a piece of cake. 

 

Things to do

As well as a good choice of local shops, North Walsham is also home to a large supermarket, making it the perfect place to stock up on supplies during your stay in the region. The town also has a leisure complex, a number of local shops, a cinema and a local rugby team.

If you’re interested in motorbikes, a visit to the Norfolk Motorcycle Museum is a must. This collection of classic vehicles includes around 80 display pieces and makes a great day out for bike enthusiasts.

North Walsham is just a few miles from the Norfolk coast, offering you easy access to some of the county’s beautiful beaches. Fields and woodland surround the town, providing plenty of opportunities for country walks.

 

Tips for travelling around North Walsham

North Walsham is home to a train station which connects the town directly to Norwich, Cromer and Sheringham. There’s also a reasonably good bus network and the North Walsham & Dilham Canal also runs through the town.

Take a day out and explore North Walsham by car, the average journey can take less than thirty minutes and is well worth a visit when staying in one of our cottages.

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