– Peninsula Site Plan –
The plan here shows the Peninsula site viewed from the North East (ish), with the River Bure at the top. Click on the two smaller images with the red boxes on the right to view a full-size version of the map with additional labels

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Choose your cottage! (click to enlarge):
Peninsula site plan with individual cottages identified.

Plan showing surrounding area (click to enlarge):
Peninsula site plan showing access and surrounding area

Photos from around the site! (click to enlarge):
Compilation of photos from around the Peninsula site

– Location –
The Peninsula cottages are situated in the heart of the Norfolk Broads National Park, an area of interconnected natural rivers, lakes and ancient man-made channels that has been called “Britain’s Magical Waterland”.

The Broads have long been a boating and holiday destination; Wroxham railway station opened in 1874, followed just four years later by one of the very first boatyards to offer sailing boats for weekly hire to holidaymakers. This pioneering hireboat yard was established by John Loynes and operated from a site immediately adjacent to where the Peninsula cottages are now located

The neighbouring towns of Wroxham and Hoveton are known as the ‘Capital of the Broads’ and are linked by the iconic medieval Wroxham Bridge.

The riverside Peninsula site is only a short distance from the bridge and – crucially – is on the ‘downstream’ side; The bridge itself is famously low and something of a navigation hazard to larger boats – watching the intricate maneuverings of many assorted craft can be a very entertaining spectacle for Peninsula guests on a summer afternoon!

Surrounding Area

Peninsula is particularly ideal for those holidaying without a car or who’d simply like to base themselves in a location that doesn’t require further driving every time you want to do something.

Everything you need for a full and enjoyable self-catering holiday is available within a short (5 to 10 minute) walk from your cottage, including boat tours, gift and souvenir shops, a department store and supermarket, plus of course assorted pubs and restaurants. For the more active, self-drive dayboat hire, canoe and cycle hire are available very locally – and of course, there’s free fishing available on-site.

Travelling slightly further afield, guests have the choice, for example, of city-centre shopping in Norwich a few miles to the West, or trips to the coast only slightly further to the East. Use the interactive Google Map at the bottom of this page to explore the other interesting countryside in the surrounding area.

For more local attraction and activities see the “Places to Visit” tab at the top of the page

Map of the Norfolk Broads (click to enlarge):
Map of the Norfolk Broads

Wroxham and the Peninsula site (click to enlarge):
Aerial view of Wroxham showing Peninsula site

Busy at the Bridge! (Click to enlarge):
Busy at the Bridge!

Busy with Wildlife too! (Click to enlarge):
Busy with Wildlife too! These are all photos taken on the Peninsula site itself

– Travel Directions –
By Car
Postcode for Sat Navs:- NR12 8TH

All major routes need to connect to the Norwich ring road, and then follow a common 7-mile local road to Wroxham (see below):

From London and the South.
M25 to M11 towards Cambridge, and take the next junction (J9) 15 miles after Bishop’s Stortford onto the A11 to Norwich. Approaching Norwich cross the A47 and continue into Norwich until the ring round and turn left onto it. (then see local route below)

From the West & North:
Join the A47 at King’s Lynn (gateway into Norfolk) towards Norwich and leave it at Norwich Showground, A1074 and head towards Norwich City. At Norwich ring road turn left onto it and then continue on local route below

From Norwich ring road: (local route)
Follow the ring road and take the A1151 (brown Tourist sign to Wroxham) approx 8 miles to Wroxham & Hoveton. After crossing over the railway bridge and mini roundabout, on entering Wroxham, take the second right turn into The Avenue. After about 100yds take a left turn into Staitheway Road and follow this down towards the boatyard. At a sharp right bend carry straight on into the private signed “Peninsula Cottages”.

By Train
Use your own chosen mainline route to Norwich Station. Then use the Greater Anglia local route towards Sheringham, just 2 stops to Hoveton & Wroxham Station.

Wroxham station is only a modest distance from the cottages – a short taxi ride or perhaps a 15 minute walk through the centre of the village and across the bridge; in fact you’ll see see the cottages as you cross the bridge – then it’s just a matter of walking through the car park of ‘Norfolk Broads Direct’ and around their boat mooring basin. See the map on the right for more information.

By Coach / Bus
Take your own chosen main coach / bus service to Norwich Bus Station. Then from St Stephen’s Street just outside the bus station take First Eastern Counties No:14, Neaves No:32, or Anglian Bus & Coach No:123, local bus services to Wroxham.

Alight from the bus just after Wroxham Bridge at Roy’s in the village centre. From the bus stop to the cottages is less than a 10 minute walk – start by crossing back across the bridge, then follow the same route as described in the ‘Trains’ section above.

By Air
Norwich Airport is a regional airport with scheduled flights from other UK destinations, and Amsterdam for international connections.

The airport is located to the North of Norwich city and has all the usual car hire and transport facilities. A bus or taxi journey of around 20 minutes will take you to either Norwich bus or rail stations (but, given the airport’s location, onward travel direct to Wroxham will take only slightly longer).

On arrival at Peninsula

When you first arrive you’ll need to collect your cottage keys; there is a reception office on-site (‘Peninsula Holiday Cottages’) which deals with some cottages and will be able to give you your keys. Other cottages simply have a keysafe mounted besides the front door; the information given to you when making your booking will tell you how to obtain the keys to the particular cottage you are staying in.

Arriving by Car (click to enlarge)
Access to site by car via The Avenue and Staitheway Road

Arriving by Train or Bus (click to enlarge)
Access to site by foot from town centre and public transport links

Plan showing access to site (click to enlarge):
Peninsula site plan showing access and surrounding area

– Places to Visit –
Places to Eat
Self Catering
That’s what it’s all about!
All of the Peninsula Cottages have the usual range of kitchen facilities needed for self-catering, and some of the cottage kitchens have been refurbished to a high standard in recent years (see individual cottage details). Grocery shopping is just a 10-minute walk over Wroxham Bridge to Roy’s supermarket. Cooking “at home” is very economical, and especially important for those with special dietary needs. However you are likely to want to eat out as a special treat or buy take-away cuisine to bring back and enjoy in your cottage. No problem!

Eating Out & Takeaways
The Shed. The Peninsula’s own on-site bistro which provides breakfasts, lunches and evening meals, and a Sunday carvery, for cottage guests and locals, and sometimes has live entertainment on Friday evenings.

Walking out to the main road brings you to The Bridge Restaurant “Home of the big fish!” offering breakfasts, lunches, afternoon teas and evening dinners with outside riverside terrace (01603 783509.)

On the other side of the road is The Wherrymans (01603 784041). Wide range of food and good range of pizza.

Crossing the bridge brings you to the Bridge Tea Rooms: fish & chips, cream teas, eat in or take away. Also in the town is Yankee candy & soda, Star of India (tucked away down a little alley just over the bridge), MacDonalds (01603 784397) (inside Roy’s Food Hall), Ken’s Traditional Fish & Chip shop (01603 784445), Grey’s traditional Fish & Chips and Royal Indian (Pizza & Kebab)

Other restaurants in the town include:
The Old Mill Restaurant & café bar: everything from breakfasts sandwiches and afternoon teas to lunches

Yim Siam Thai Restaurant (01603 781133). Serves traditional Thai cuisine, in the Riverside Centre shopping precinct, and the King’s Head Country Carvery & Hotel (01603 782429). Carvery everyday, and full bar menu. Large outside gardens right on the riverside.

Finally, directly facing the Peninsula site from the other side of the river is Hotel Wroxham – Sit in the window or out on the riverside terrace and you might be able to look across to your cottage

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Places to Visit – Activities
You could easily spend your entire holiday around the cottage grounds and marina; just relaxing and watching the world go by. But for the more adventurous there’s plenty to do all from within walking distance of your cottage.
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River Trips & Day Boats
Take a walk around the Norfolk Broads Direct marina to Broads Tours ticket office and pre-book for one of their several different sightseeing boat tours. In the summer there’s even musical evening trips with live bands. Or hire a day boat or day cruiser from either Broads Tours or MC Marinefor anything from an hour, half-day or day, or even for your whole stay. This gives you the freedom to explore the quiet Swallows & Amazons type river above Wroxham Bridge towards Coltishall, or take the downstream trip past the “picture postcard” thatched cottages with their gardens rolling down to the river, into Wroxham Broad and Salhouse Broad. Then on to Horning for a lunch at the Swan, New Inn or Ferry Inn. You may want more than a day to do all this.

** See the Guest Discount Offers page for details of special offers on dayboat hire and rivertrips, exclusive to Peninsula Cottage guests ***

Fishing
Being able to fish on site – and in some cases directly from the patio of your cottage – is one of Peninsula’s major attractions. Fishing enthusiasts are well-served in the locality, the closest tackle and bait shop being Wroxham Angling (01603 782453) in the town.

Canoeing
The Canoeman centre by the bridge is a good starting place to gather local information, hire a canoe, kayak, or bicycle and go for an adventure, by river, road or cycleway. They also offers guided canoe trails
Canoe Hire is also available from Barnes Boatyard (01603 782625), or those bringing their own canoes may wish to call at Norfolk Marine

Lastly, you can find out more about canoeing the Norfolk Broads from the official web site:
www.norfolkbroads.com/boating-days-out/canoeing

Cycling
A purpose built footpath and cycle path runs alongside the entire nine mile length of the track from Aylsham to Wroxham taking cyclists and walkers through some stunningly beautiful English countryside

For information on local cycling routes see www.bvrw.co.uk and The Broads By Bike website which gives detailed information on local bike routes: The Broads by Bike

Rail Trips
A 5-minute walk from the shopping centre brings you to the Bure Valley Railway (next to the main station) offers a nostalgic trip back to the steam engine days with an 18 mile round trip to the ancient market town of Aylsham. A cycle and footpath has been constructed along the railways entire length allowing cyclists and walkers of all abilities to enjoy the Norfolk countryside. Making several stops at small villages along the way you may walk or cycle for all or some of the journey, taking your bike on the train. At Aylsham there is a gift shop and tearoom. (See walking and cycling below)

Even closer to Peninsula is the riverside Barton House Railway (01603) 782008 – a unique miniature railway that is open to the public on selected dates throughout the summer.

Golf
Sprowston Manor is an 18 hole par 72 championship golf course located between Wroxham and Norwich

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Places to Visit – Days Out
A few slightly less strenuous places to go and things to do from your base at Peninsula. Some of these locations are within easy walking or cycling (or even boating) distance, whilst others will require a car journey.
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Within a mile or two of Wroxham
Bewilderwood
A huge, award winning forest of family fun and outdoor adventure. Treehouses, zip wires, jungle bridges, Crocklebogs, Twiggles and Boggles, storytelling, boat trips, marsh walks and really yummy food!

Wroxham Barns
A ‘must visit’ for all the family – whatever your age. For stylish clothes, gifts for home and garden, Uncle Stuart’s Brewery, Bill LeGrice Roses & Plant Centre, Junior Farm, Children’s Funfair, 12 Craft Studios and award winning restaurant, it’s well worth a visit.

Hoveton Hall Gardens
The beautiful Hoveton Hall Estate covers 620 acres of parkland, gardens, woodland, arable and grazing land. This fine Regency Hall was built between 1809-1812 and has been owned by the Buxton family since 1946.

RAF Air Defence Radar Museum
The Museum traces the history and development of Air Defence Radar since its invention in 1935 right up to today’s defence of the UK and British Forces abroad

Museum of the Broads
Welcome to the only waterside museum of Broadland life in a tranquil and picturesque location at Stalham Staithe Discover the boats of the Broads and see how people’s working lives shaped the landscape. Family friendly with activities for children

Horning Village
Only a couple of miles from the cottages by road, or an hour by boat, Horning is the second main village on the river Bure. Good destination for a boat trip, stopping at one of the three riverside restaurants for lunch.

Slightly further afield
Potter Heigham village
Good place to stop on the way to Gt Yarmouth. Stop in the large car park and visit Lathams store and fishing tackle shop, have a picnic on the riverside by Potter Heigham bridge and stroll around the large boat sale marina.

The Norfolk Coast
Wroxham is the perfect hub for day visits to a wide band of the huge Norfolk coastline, visiting quiet sandy beaches and the seaside towns of Gt Yarmouth, Cromer and Sheringham, or the shingle and marsh of Blakeney and Cley-next-the sea, all ideal locations for a relaxing day out.

Gt Yarmouth
Gt Yarmouth is one of the UK’s top seaside towns and Norfolk’s premier beach resort. Width it’s Golden Mile of seafront with sandy beaches, pleasure beach, amusement arcades, pier and theatres it’s a must visit place for visitors from outside East Anglia. It’s also where the River Bure that flows past your cottage eventually meets the sea.

Cromer
Cromer is a more genteel seaside town, famous for it’s shellfish. It has sandy beaches, pier and theatre. It has cliff top walks with sea views, and a bustling town full of traditional independent shops.

Sheringham
Another seaside town, worth a visit, while visiting Cromer. For the steam train enthusiast Sheringham is the start of The North Norfolk Railway, which is a preserved steam railway, connecting the town of Sheringham to the picturesque Georgian town of Holt. Experience yesteryear with a day out travelling through some of Norfolk’s stunning coastal countryside. The railway operates both steam and diesel trains.

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Peninsula Cottages - Places to Visit

– Interactive Map –
Use this Google Map to explore the area surrounding Peninsula and Wroxham