Explore Norwich & Norfolk by Public Transport
22nd August 2011
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So often these days children don't get to go on trains and buses. Explore Norfolk by public transport and heighten the sense of adventure for your youngsters and you can relax and enjoy the views too.

Take the train from Norwich and the Norfolk countryside will open up to you. Two great train lines head out into the county: the Bittern Line heading North and the Wherry Line heading East.

The Bittern line journeys from Norwich to Sheringham passing through beautiful parts of the Norfolk Broads. The Wherry Line travels alongside the picturesque rivers of the Yare and Waveney.

From the stations along these routes there are some fabulous days out to be had:

The Bittern Line: Norwich to Sheringham

Salhouse - At Salhouse Broad you cn relax shore-side, hire canoes and take the small ferry to Hoveton Great Broad, one of Britain's finest nature reserves, only accessible by boat.

Wroxham & Hoveton - there's lots to do in and around Wroxham. You could take a river boat trip with Broads Tours or take the bus from the train station to Wroxham Barns or BeWILDerwood. At Wroxham station you can change to join the narrow gauge Bure Valley Railway which runs steam trains to Aylsham, from here you can take a walk (1 3/4 miles) to the stunning Blickling Hall Stately House, you will get £1 off admission with your Bure Valley Railway tickets.

Cromer - have a fun day out beside the seaside and visit Cromer Museum too if you wish (1/2 price admission with your train ticket), or you can take the bus to Amazona Zoo (Bittern Line ticket holders travel free).

Sheringham - Another great destination to enjoy a day at the beach or perhaps visit the Muckleburgh Collection Tank Museum via the coasthopper bus (50p per person of museum entry with train ticket).

The Wherry Line: Norwich to Lowestoft

From Reedham station visit Pettitts Animal Adventure Park. Buckenham station takes you to Strumpshaw Fen RSPB nature reserve (free admission with train ticket) and Strumpshaw Steam Museum. Alight at Oulton Broad into a bustling, boating village and hire a boat. At Somerleyton visit the gorgeous Somerleyton Hall & Gardens. There's loads to do at Great Yarmouth and if you visit Time & Tide, Elizabethan House or Tolhouse museums, there's 2 for 1 with your train tickets.

In fact there is so much to do, with just three weeks of the holidays left, I'm not sure you've got enough time...



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