Why You Should Visit South Norfolk

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South Norfolk gives you the opportunity to unwind and explore the rural heritage of this part of the region. Discover the multiple nature reserves and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and experience the unspoilt coastline.  Encouraging coastal holiday makers to visit the beaches and family breaks at the amusements, South Norfolk is the perfect place to escape to, with something for everyone to enjoy.

Composed of villages including Hingham, Loddon, Long Stratton and Wymondham and many others, each location has its own unique charm. Nestled between the Waveney Valley and the Norfolk Broads, South Norfolk has plenty of things to see and do throughout your stay.

South Norfolk’s History

South Norfolk is an agricultural district with expanses of low lying countryside. Several of the local parishes have Churches dating back to the Norman and Gothic periods with one of the oldest being Wymondham’s 12th Century Abbey. The River Waveney runs through the region and is responsible for creating the fertile soils which provide barley, wheat and sugar beets to local people and businesses.

The area is well known for its stunning scenery, dining and shopping experiences, as well as being popular with anglers thanks to the River Waveney.

Things to Do in South Norfolk

Why You Should Visit South Norfolk

Waveney Valley

Running alongside both Norfolk and Suffolk, the Waveney Valley is often described as a haven. Linking the brecks and the broads there is an abundance of villages and wildlife. There is so much to do in the area from a river tour to sightseeing, walking and cycling. The valley itself contains many of the South Norfolk towns including Bungay. Bungay is home to the Flint Vineyard and Fen Farm Dairy, producing delicious wine and cheeses for visitors to enjoy. Another popular place to visit in the Valley is Oulton Broad, which contains beautiful marshes teeming with wildlife and offers watersports, cafés and idyllic fishing spots.


Voted Norfolk’s town of the year, Harleston is a picturesque village with a wide range of independent shops, cafés and historical architecture. Each Wednesday you will be able to find a market held in the town centre, perfect for picking up unique gifts and seasonal produce. The Discovery Trail is also a must do attraction to discover the historic buildings and architecture that surrounds this area.

Why You Should Visit South Norfolk

Mid Norfolk Railway

The Mid Norfolk Railway is the longest standard gauge heritage railway in East Anglia, with two stations in South Norfolk including Wymondham and Dereham. The railway itself is a firm favourite with both locals and tourists thanks to its events and family friendly nature. One of their most popular attractions is the Polar Express Christmas train which takes children on a magical journey following the story of the popular Christmas film and ending with a visit to Father Christmas.

When travelling on the train, you can stop at the surrounding towns and villages to explore. Wymondham is one of the most popular to visit due to its array of ancient buildings and museum which has an exhibit on Ketts Rebellion, one of the most important historical events in the history of the area.

Book your stay with the Norfolk Cottage Agency

If you would like to experience the best that South Norfolk has to offer, get in touch with us at the Norfolk Cottage Agency to find your perfect getaway. Book your Norfolk holiday cottage with us and start planning your country escape today.