A train to Norfolk takes you to the eastern tip of England, bordering the North Sea, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire. The county, once home to naval commander Horatio Nelson, is popular for its lush green countryside, an extensive coastline dotted with picturesque villages and its rich cultural heritage. The vibrant city of Norwich, Norfolk's major city, is packed with museums, art galleries and independent boutiques, while Norfolk's charming smaller towns and rural villages offer a tranquil getaway. Read on for our top places to visit and a list of all train stations in the county.
Departing from many major cities and airports, most trains to Norfolk terminate at Norwich train station. Popular routes include Leeds to Norwich and Nottingham to Norwich. It's also possible to catch a direct train from Manchester to Norwich. On arrival at Norwich station, you’ll be able to connect to local trains. There's a bus stop just outside the gates of the station and a taxi rank situated at the station entrance. Restaurants, bars, a cinema and a bowling alley are just a stone's throw away at the Riverside complex, and the city centre is within walking distance. Norwich is also a convenient base from which to access and explore the Norfolk Broads and coastline.
This museum is just a 10-minute walk from Norwich railway station. Built in the 14th century, Strangers Hall was home to a succession of wealthy Norwich citizens. The building also lodged and employed many 16th-century refugees who were welcomed to the city for their textile weaving skills. Wander through the fascinating period-themed rooms of this beautifully preserved Tudor house, and you'll find yourself whisked back in time. Admire the varied styles of architecture and learn about how families used to live.
Just a 20-minute bus journey from Norwich station, situated on the edge of the University of East Anglia's beautiful riverside campus, is the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. This impressive, futuristic art gallery houses a phenomenal range of art dating back 5,000 years. After perusing the art inside, step outside to explore the sculpture trail or take a stroll around the serene lake and bluebell woods situated behind the gallery. Entry to the permanent exhibitions is free.
From Norwich station take the direct Greater Anglia service to Cromer. In just 45 minutes you'll be breathing in the fresh sea air of one of Norfolk's most popular coastal destinations. Enjoy a delicious meal of locally caught fish and chips on the beach. Visit the Cromer museum, the lifeboat station, and treat yourself to entertainment at the end of the day with a show at the theatre, situated at the end of Cromer Pier.
To reach the Broads, take the train to Hoveton and Wroxham station. From here the Broads and the bustling town of Wroxham are just a 15-minute walk away. Hire a boat or canoe or hop aboard a cruise to explore the extensive network of waterways and admire the idyllic rural scenery. After a few hours on the water, refuel in one of the many pubs in Wroxham.
Travel from Norwich to Great Yarmouth railway station and from there, follow the signs to the seafront to the Sea Life Centre. Experience majestic sea creatures close up, come face to face with sharks and crocodiles, and learn about marine life in this impressive aquarium. The Great Yarmouth seafront offers a range of lively amusement arcades, shops and cafes.
Norfolk is well connected to London. The main route from London to Norfolk is London Liverpool Street to Norwich. This is a direct Greater Anglia service, with trains running half-hourly from 06:00 until 23:30. If you're travelling from London to West Norfolk, there's a direct service from London Kings Cross to King's Lynn. This is a Great Northern service which runs hourly during off-peak times and half-hourly during peak times. Most journeys are direct, but a few do require a transfer at Cambridge.