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Acle is a market town in Norfolk.


The town is named after the word for a clearing in an oak forest. In Tudor times many Oak trees from the area were used to built Elizabeth I's navy. With a population of nearly 3,000 the town lies midway between Norwich and Great Yarmouth. It lies on an important road route having the only bridge across the River Bure between Great Yarmouth and Wroxham and Hoveton.

Get in[edit]

By road[edit]

The town lies on the A47 main road between Norwich and Great Yarmouth. Local roads link the town to nearby villages including Potter Heigham and Wroxham and Hoveton. Note that the single carriageway section of the A47 between the town and Great Yarmouth (known as 'the Acle Straight is an accident blackspot so take particular care).

By train[edit]

Acle Railway Station

By bus[edit]

First Group X1 & X11[dead link] services run from Norwich to Great Yarmouth (and beyond) through the town.

By boat[edit]

Acle Dyke

The town lies on the River Bure between Great Yarmouth and the Northern Broads (Wroxham, Barton Broad, Hickling Broad, River Ant, River Thurne, etc.).

  • 2 Acle Marina, Boat Dyke Lane, Acle, NR13 3AZ, +44 1603 270058.

On foot[edit]

Get around[edit]

The town is small enough to explore on foot.


River Bure at Acle
St. Edmund church
  • 1 Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, School Rd, South Walsham, NR13 6DZ (3 miles NW of town), +44 1603 270449. Daily 10:00-17:00 (Mar-Sept). 10:00-16:00 (Oct-Feb). 130 acres of cultivated & wild natural plantings. 4 miles of woodland paths. Private Broad. £6.75 (adult). £6.15 (concessions). £3.85 (children). Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden (Q5430474) on Wikidata Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden on Wikipedia
  • 2 Parish church of St Edmund. round-tower church Acle (Q341938) on Wikidata Acle#Parish church of St Edmund on Wikipedia
  • 3 Strumpshaw Old Hall Steam Museum, Strumpshaw NR13 4HR. Closed in 2021. Large private collection of stationary and mobile steam engines, usually in steam once a month in summer.



  • 1 Co-op (Supermarket/Convenience store), Main St, Acle, NR13 3QJ, +44 1493 750227. Daily 07:00-22:00.
  • 2 The Studio Art Gallery, The Street, Acle, NR13 3DY, +44 1493 751974. Tu-F 10:00-16:00. Sa-Su 10:00-14:00. Primarily wildlife art but also other artists works.




  • 1 Travelodge, A47 Roundabout, Acle Bypass, Acle, NR13 3BE, +44 8719 846032. Check-in: From 15:00 (from 12:00 charged for)., check-out: By 12:00 (by 14:00 charged for).. Limited free parking. Food nearby. Wi-Fi (charged for beyond 30 mins).
  • 2 Kings Head (B&B), The Street, Acle, NR13 3DY, +44 1493 750204, . Free Wi-Fi (in public areas). On-site parking. Bar.

Stay healthy[edit]


Acle has 4G from all UK carriers, which extends all along the highway between Norwich and Great Yarmouth. As of Sept 2022, 5G has not reach town.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Acle
Norwich  W  E  Great Yarmouth

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