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Harleston is a market town in Norfolk.


Clock Tower

Harleston is a small market town close to the River Waveney and the Suffolk border. The town was first called Herolf'ston (from the Danish leader Herolf in the around 1010 who settled in the area). Although there is no record of a royal charter, the town is thought to have held a weekly market since the mid-1300s and still holds a Wednesday market.

A charming town with lots of Georgian houses, alleyways, character, etc. to explore, but from a visitor's perspective the town is a working town and mainly caters for locals. Visitors are more likely to visit the town for the surrounding countryside which has much to offer.

The parish is called Redenhall with Harleston which includes the adjoining village of Redenhall.

Get in[edit]

By road[edit]

The town lies on the A143 main road running to Great Yarmouth to the NE and Diss to the SW, continuing on to Bury St Edmunds. At Diss the A143 connects to the A140 connecting to Norwich northbound and Stowmarket and the A14 southbound. Free parking can be found at Bullock Fair, next to the Co op supermarket. There is a fuel station on the main road at the southern end of the town centre.

By rail[edit]

The town used to have a railway station but it closed in 1953 and now has no rail connections. The nearest station now is Diss, on the London-Norwich mainline.

By bus[edit]

The town is served by Bus Service with connections to Bungay (route 80A), to Norwich via Long Stratton (route 83) and Norwich via Hempnall (route 84).

By bicycle[edit]

The town is on Regional Cycle Route (RCR) 30 that runs from Lowestoft to Thetford and beyond. RCR 30 meets and crosses National Cycle Route (NCR) 1} around 12 miles NE of the town, NCR 1 running the length of the UK (1,700 miles) from Shetland Islands to Dover. To the west of Diss RCR 30 connects to National cycle Route 13 which runs from the North Norfolk Coast south to Colchester.

On foot[edit]

Get around[edit]

Map of Harleston (Norfolk)
Town Sign

The town is small enough to be seen on foot.




  • 1 Rowan Craft Ltd, Wherry Dyke, Geldeston, Beccles, NR34 0LY (12½ miles E of Long Stratton), +44 1508 518208. 08:30–13:00, 14:00–17:00. Day boat hire 3 hr £50, all day (6 hr) £80. Canoe hire 3 hr £23, all day £35 per canoe; two- and three-man canoes available.


  • 2 Weybread Pits (Harleston angling club), . Day and week tickets available. Day 1 rod £6. Week 1 rod £20. Day 2 rods £9. Week 2 rods £40..


View to The Thoroughfare
Wednesday Market
  • 1 Co op (Supermarket), Bullock Fair Close, Harleston, IP20 9AT, +44 1379 854310. M-Sa 08:00-22:00, Su 10:00-16:00. Previously a Budgen supermarket
  • 2 Co-op (Convenience Food Store), 7 London Rd, Harleston, IP20 9BN, +44 1379 852259. M-F 06:00-22:00\ Sa Su 07:00-22:00.
  • 3 Adnams Store (Beer Shop (off-license)), 23 The Thoroughfare, Harleston, IP20 9AS (Behind The Cardinal's Hat Pub), +44 1379 854 788, . M-Sa 10:00-18:00.
  • 4 Wednesday Market, Market Place. W 06:00-16:00. Small (approx 10 stalls) weekly market with fishmonger, greengrocer, card shop, DIY tools, flowers & plants, etc.


  • 1 Momiji (Japanese Restaurant and Bar), The Cherry Tree, 74 London Rd, Harleston, IP20 9BZ, +44 1379 852288. M Tu Th-Sa from 18:00. Booking advisable.
  • 2 The Old Kings Head (Cafe, Restaurant & Bar), 50 The St, Brockdish, IP21 4JY, +44 1379 668843. Tu-Th 10:00-22:00, F Sa 10:00-23:00, Su 10:00-21:00. Well behaved dogs on a lead until 18:00.
  • 3 Taste of Raj (Indian Restaurant & take-away), 20-24 Broad St, Harleston, IP20 9AZ, +44 1379 853587. Daily 17:30-23:00.
  • 4 The Buck Inn, The Street, Flixton, Bungay NR35 1NZ, +44 1986 896883. M–Sa 10AM–11PM; Su 10AM–10:30PM. A very good option for an afternoon cream tea (£20 per person). £10 lunch; £15+ dinner.



Stay healthy[edit]


As of Sept 2022, Harleston and its approach roads have 4G from EE, O2 and Vodafone but no signal from Three. 5G has not reached this area.

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