With steam trains, miniature railways and even a rideable mini train, there’s plenty in Norfolk to entertain anyone with an interest in this mode of transport!
BURE VALLEY RAILWAY
Image: Bure Valley Railway
Ride a steam train from Aylsham to Wroxham with Bure Valley Railway – Norfolk's longest narrow gauge heritage railway. It’s a wonderful attraction which draws over 100,000 visitors a year and is great entertainment for all the family. You can also combine a steam train ride with a boat trip in Wroxham - a brilliant way to extend the fun! If you fancy, you could walk part of the route as there is a long-distance footpath running alongside the tracks – ideal for a stroll in the sunshine or a scenic bike ride!
Bure Valley Railway also have a great programme of events throughout the year. We’re particularly excited about their Fathers Day VIP Package and their Strawberries & Steam Weekends in July. See the full list of events at Bure Valley Railway on their website.
For more information about Bure Valley Railway visit their listing here.
EATON PARK’S MINIATURE RAILWAY
Image: Eaton Park's Miniature Railway
From human sized to mini: Eaton Park have opened their miniature railway again for the summer! This a great chance to ride the train, which travels around on the original elevated track and a lower level track, through lots of lovely green meadowland!
The railway will run on Sundays and bank holiday Mondays from 1pm to 5pm, but there will be no public running on the last Sunday of each month. Adults and kids alike can ride the mainline track for £1 and the raised heritage track for just 50p! Find out more here.
ASHMANHAUGH LIGHT RAILWAY
Image: Ashmanhaugh Light Railway
If you fancy participating in more train-related activities, head over to Ashmanhaugh Light Railway who also have a miniature railway to enjoy with steam, diesel and electric trains. They have their open day on 7 May, so it’s a great time to pay a visit! Subsequent open days fall on the first Sunday of each month (7 May, 4 June, 2 July, 6 August, 3 September and 1 October).
TAKE THE TRAIN…
Image: Norwich Rail Station
Why not take a train from Norwich to one of South Norfolk’s market towns – Loddon, Wymondham, Harleston and Diss are all lovely towns to enjoy a day out in. Take a walk and then indulge in lunch or dinner– and they have some great shops and pubs too!
Take the train to Wymondham and have a lunch and a slice of cake at the Station Bistro – it’s a wonderfully unique restaurant based at the station which serves Sunday lunch, cooked breakfasts, all-day lunches and lovely hot drinks!
There are plenty of other lovely places in Norfolk's market towns for tea, cake or lunch – take a look at our blog post for more inspiration. For a spot of shopping in the market towns we’ve written all about our favourite spots here.
COMING TO VISIT?
Greater Anglia have Advance fares from £9 one way between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. Trains run every 30 minutes. Greater Anglia also serves Colchester, Ipswich and Diss on the Norwich line. Direct trains also run from Cambridge.
East Midlands Trains runs services from Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham.
Flights into Norwich served from Edinburgh, Manchester, Exeter, Aberdeen, Jersey*, Guernsey* and Amsterdam.