With its period buildings, local shops and community feel, the pretty market town of Aylsham exudes old world charm as well as modern world style. Offering a good choice of things to do and a number of popular local attractions, it will make a great base for your trip to the Norfolk Broads.
Main Sights & Attractions
There are a number of sights to see as you stroll around town, beginning with St Michael’s, Aylsham’s impressive gothic church. Built in the 13th century, it was added to in the 14th and 15th centuries and was once visited by Oliver Cromwell.
Once you’ve spent a while admiring the building, continue your walk to the town’s unique thatched water pump located at Carr’s Corner. Built in 1911, the pump is 52m deep and was constructed in honour of John Soame by his uncle, a wealthy financier.
Another important sight in the area is Blickling Hall. The magnificent stately home was built in 1616 and has been in the care of the National Trust since 1940. The Blickling Estate covers a huge 4,777 acres, making it a great destination for an afternoon stroll.
Places to eat
The most historic pub in Aylsham is the Black Boys on Market Place. One of Aylsham’s oldest surviving buildings, it dates all the way back to 1650. Stop in for a bite to eat or enjoy a drink with a few locals. Another popular pub in the town is The Unicorn, while the Buckinghamshire Arms can be found just to the north of Aylsham.
As well as pubs, Aylsham is home to a good variety of cafes and restaurants. Take a wander around the centre of town and you’ll come across lots of great places to relax and refuel.
Things to do
Aylsham is the terminus of the Bure Valley Railway, a heritage line that runs from the town to Wroxham, nine miles away. Take a trip on the railway and you’ll be able to watch Norfolk’s beautiful landscape slipping by the window as you go.
The town is also the start and end point for some long-distance footpaths including the Marriot’s Way to Norwich and the Bure Valley Path to Wroxham. A number of shorter routes are also available in the local area.
Tips for travelling around Aylsham
With both the town’s train stations now closed, buses are the only form of public transport in the area.
Take a day out and explore Aylsham by car, the average journey can take less than an hour and is well worth a visit when staying in one of our cottages.