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Wroxham and Hoveton are two towns in Norfolk separated by the River Bure. They are connected by a road, foot and rail bridges. Wroxham is unofficially often known as "Capital of the Broads", though in practice Hoveton has the vast majority of marinas, boat yards and boat hire centres, and most of the commercial activity.


Wroxham Bridges

The Broads are an important aspect to the area and both towns have "their" broads 1 Wroxham Broad and 2 Hoveton Great Broad & 3 Hoveton Little Broad.

Both towns have a lot for tourists are can get quite busy during the height of summer. The River Bure from the town and downstream can also get busy through high season. However, the road bridge connecting the towns is quite low and upstream the river is generally quieter as the larger cruisers are unable to get under the low bridge.

Get in

St Mary the Virgin Church

By road


The A1151 main road connects the towns to Norwich to the S (9 miles to the SW) and runs on to the NE to other local towns. The B1354 connects the towns to Coltishall (2½ miles to the NW) and the A1062 connects the towns to Horning (3 miles to the E) and on to Ludham and Potter Heighham (9 miles to the E).

By rain


By bus


Sanders Coaches X11 service connects the towns to Norwich (to the SW) and Stalham (to the NE).

By boat


The towns lie on the River Bure and are in the Norfolk Broads National Park (at least the river bank parts of the towns lie within the National Park). There are both commercial marinas (private) and some free Broads Authority moorings in and close to the towns. The river can get busy in the height of the summer holiday season.

Get around

Map of Wroxham and Hoveton

The towns are small enough to see on foot.




  • 1 BeWILDerwood (Forest Family Adventure), Horning Rd, Hoveton, NR12 8JW, +44 1692 633033, . Treehouses, zip wires, jungle bridges, Crocklebogs, Twiggles and Boggles, storytelling, boat trips, bike hire, marsh walks, etc. BeWILDerwood (Q4899748) on Wikidata Bewilderwood on Wikipedia
Bure Valley Railway

Boat hire

Ice cream boat doing trade at Salhouse Broad

If out on the water on the River Bure in the Wroxham/Hoveton/Salhouse area, keep your eye's open for the "Ice Cream Boat" (you'll know it when you see it - selling ice creams to those in boats or on the shore.


Shops in Hoveton
  • 1 Roys (Department Store), Stalham Rd, Hoveton, NR12 8DB, +44 1603 782131. M-F 9AM-8PM, Sa 9AM-6PM, Su 10:30AM-4:30PM (browsing from 10AM). Department store, and nearby garden centre, toy store, food hall, petrol station. Known as "the world's largest village store".
  • 2 Nisa (Convenience Store), Riverside Rd, Hoveton, NR12 8AJ, +44 1603 782859. M-Sa 8AM-10PM, Su 9AM-9PM.









As of Sep 2022, these villages and their approach roads have 4G with all UK carriers, though O2 is patchy. 5G has not reached this area.

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