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Long Stratton is a small town in Norfolk, 12 miles S of Norwich.

Understand[edit]

A working town catering mainly for the local population. Most travellers will be visiting the town on their way through (maybe on their way to/from Norwich) as the town lies on the main A140 route to/from Norwich from the S). There has been much talk over the years of constructing a bypass and considerable pressure from local residents all of which which has so far come to nothing. But in 2013 another Planning Consultation started and in 2016 the District Council decided it did want a bypass subject to the development of an additional 1,800 homes.

The surrounding countryside is ideal for exploring on foot or by bicycle, with quiet rural country lanes without many hills.

Get in[edit]

The town lies on the A140 main road south of Norwich. Several bus services between Diss and Norwich (some rural services can be slow).

Get around[edit]

Map of Long Stratton

The town is small enough to walk around

See[edit]

View along the A140
Houses and shops in The Street (A140)
The war memorial on Ipswich Road (A140)

Do[edit]

  • 1 Banham Zoo (Zoological Society of East Anglia), Kenninghall Road, Banham, Norfolk NR16 2HE (12 miles to WSW), +44 1953 887771. Opening times vary through year. Good sized zoo, wide range of animals, good enclosures, well looked after. Entry price varies with time of year and visitor age. Banham Zoo (Q4855654) on Wikidata Banham Zoo on Wikipedia
  • 2 Rowan Craft Ltd, Wherry Dyke, Geldeston, Beccles, NR34 0LY (15 miles E of Long Stratton), +44 1508 518208. 08:30–13:00, 14:00–17:00. Day boat hire 3hrs £50, all day (6hours) £80. Canoe hire 3hrs £23, all day £35 per canoe; two and three man canoes available.
  • 3 Lotus Cars Factory Tour, Potash Lane, Hethel, NR14 8EZ (7 miles NW of town). Different tours on different days at different prices. Book through website. Lotus Cars (Q35935) on Wikidata Lotus Cars on Wikipedia
  • 4 Norfolk Tank Museum, Station Road, Forncett, St Peter, NR16 1HZ (2 miles W of town), +44 1508 532650, . Easter–31 Oct Tu–Th & Su 10:00–17:00. Collection of Cold War armoured vehicles, weaponry and tanks

Cycling[edit]

The surrounding countryside has many small rural quiet roads without many hills ideally suited to cycling. The network of small lanes will need a map (or GPS or smartphone with mapping) for those not familiar with the area. Most cyclists avoid the A140 running through the town and tend to use the narrower rural lanes. Cyclists requiring the traditional "cafe stop" see The Tudor Bakehouse or Goodies Food Hall listed below.

Horse Riding[edit]

The area is popular for horse riding

Buy[edit]

The town has several shops including a small supermarket (with ATM) BUT no banks (the only bank closed in Sept 2015 so some out of date internet sites might still maintain the town has a bank)..

  • 1 Co-Op (Supermarket), The Street, NR15 2XJ (On A140 road), +44 1508 536109. M-Sa 07:00–22:00. Su 10:00–16:00. Small supermarket. ATM/Cashpoint. Parking. Subway sandwich counter inside supermarket.

Cyclists[edit]

  • 2 Stratton Cycle Shed, The Street, NR15 2XJ (Behind Tudor Bake House), +44 7798 718492. Tu 9:30–17:00. W 09:30–13:00. Th–F 09:30–17:00. Sa 09:30–16:00. Bicycle repair.

Eat[edit]

Several restaurants and take-aways in the town.

  • 1 Goodies Food Hall, French’s Farm, Wood Lane, Pulham, IP21 4XU (4 miles S of town, just off A140 but cyclists approach using lanes to E.), +44 1379 676880, . Store: M–F 09:00–17:00, Sa 08:00–17:00, Su 09:00–16:00. Café: M–Sa 09:00–16:00, Su 09:00–15:30. Farm shop and cafe/restaurant

Drink[edit]

Several pubs in the town as well as country pubs in some surrounding villages.

  • 1 Fox & Hounds, Frith Way, Great Moulton, Norwich NR15 2HE (3 miles SW of town by road), +44 1379 677506, . Local village pub. Serves food
  • 2 The Swan Inn, The Street, Long Stratton, NR15 2XG, +44 1508 530200.
  • 3 Brown Sugar Coffee Bar, Kestrel House, The Street, Long Stratton, NR15 2XJ, +44 1508 535822. M-F 09:30-16:30. Sa 10:00-15:00. Speciality coffees, sandwiches, cakes & snacks.
  • 4 The Queen's Head (Pub), The Street, Long Stratton, NR15 2XG, +44 1508 530164.

Sleep[edit]

Surrounding areas have B&Bs, hotels, campsites, etc., but there is not much accommodation within the town itself.

Stay healthy[edit]

Connect[edit]

Telephone area code (0)1508

  • 5 Post Office, 6–8 Swan La, Long Stratton, NR15 2XN (Located within One-Stop Convenience store.), +44 1508 532584. M–F 09:00–17:30.

Go next[edit]

This city travel guide to Long Stratton is a usable article. It has information on how to get there and on restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.