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Ride on Norfolk’s charming trains
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Norfolk is the perfect place to sit back, relax and take in the scenery, so why not do just that on a brand-new railway adventure?
This is a part of the world where life moves at a slower place; even the royal family go to Norfolk to wind down at the Sandringham Estate. You can't help but relax when you're travelling by steam train, and there are four fabulous journeys included on this short break - a must for fans of nostalgic travel and the golden age of rail.
You'll pass through unspoilt countryside, seeing poppy fields, thatched cottages and windmills along the way, and enjoy stops at pretty market towns and historic houses. There's time set aside for a visit to the Sandringham Estate and exclusive entrance to the 17th-century Jacobean manor, Felbrigg Hall, and its lovely estate. With a cruise on the Norfolk Broads and free time to explore the villages of Wroxham and Horning, this trip offers everything you need to relax and unwind in style.
Enjoy four nights half-board accommodation, coach transfers for your excursions and the assistance of an experienced tour manager. This Little Trains of Norfolk holiday is planned by travel experts who are passionate about providing you with a great break in a group of like-minded travellers, so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy it.
Reasons to book
Step back in time
Fit for a Queen
- Four nights' half-board accommodation at the Holiday Inn Norwich North
Join the steam train journey on the Bure Valley Railway, Mid-Norfolk Railway and the Poppy Line
- Journey aboard the Bittern Line
- Cruise the broads aboard the Southern Comfort Mississippi Paddle Boat
- Enjoy free time in Wroxham and Horning
- Receive entrance to Sandringham Estate and exclusive entrance and a guided tour of Felbrigg Hall, Gardens and Estate
- Coach transfers for all excursions and the services of an experienced tour manager
Day1NorwichNorwich, United Kingdom
Make your own way to Norwich, where you meet your Tour Manager and enjoy a relaxing evening including your first dinner at the hotel
Day2Bure Valley Railway and the Norfolk BroadsWroxham, United Kingdom
This morning, board the coach and travel to the market town of Aylsham to join the Bure Valley Railway. This delightful route takes in some of the most unspoilt countryside as it crosses 17 bridges and passes through idyllic villages to reach Wroxham, known as the 'capital of the Norfolk Broads'.
You have some free time here before travelling to the pretty village of Horning and boarding the Southern Comfort Mississippi Paddle Boat for a cruise on the Broads. The route will take you along the Bure river, passing thatched cottages, windmills and Norfolk reed beds, with an excellent commentary which also points out the water birds along the way.
Day3The Bittern Line, the North Norfolk Railway and Felbrigg HallFelbrigg, United Kingdom
Today you will join the Bittern Line, named after the wading bird at Norwich Station, for a journey to Sheringham. You will then join the North Norfolk Railway, which is affectionately known as the Poppy Line, and enjoy a scenic trip along the coast and through heathland to the lovely town of Holt.
From here, continue to Felbrigg Hall, a magnificent 17th-century English country house. This unaltered manor is noted for its Jacobean architecture and fine Georgian interior. Outside the house are a walled garden, an orangery and orchards, which you explore at your own leisure. There will also be knowledgeable guides on hand who can give you an insight into the estate.
Day4Mid-Norfolk Railway and visit to Sandringham EstateSandringham, United Kingdom
Wymondham is yyour destination today, where you join the Mid-Norfolk Railway for a steam train journey through the heart of Norfolk countryside. Alight from the train in Dereham, where you'll be taken by coach to Sandringham, country residence of the Queen. Here you are free to admire the beautiful grounds and explore the house, which has knowledgeable guides on hand to talk to visitors.
Day5Return homeNorwich, United Kingdom
After breakfast you are free to check out of the hotel and depart at leisure, or perhaps take the opportunity to explore some more of Norfolk.
Holiday Inn Norwich North
Four-star hotel and restaurant in stunning North Norfolk
Located to the north of Norwich, this hotel is a great base for exploring the stunning North Norfolk coast and its villages and picturesque harbours. Guest rooms are well appointed over three floors including standard, executive rooms and suites, some of which overlook the courtyard garden. All 121 bedrooms and bathrooms have recently gone a refubishment and include comforts such as 24-hour room service, TV entertainment, pillow menu, bathroom amenities, iron and ironing board, work desk, high-speed internet connection, on-site car parking.
The Health & Leisure Club features a fully equipped gym, swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and spin room. The new Open Lobby offers an all day menu until 11pm. With the restaurant open for breakfast from 5am and dinner from 6pm daily. Our bar offers Starbucks tea and coffee and is open to all. Free car-parking for guests using the hotel facilities for up to 3 hours.
In the bright and modern Open Lobby and Restaurant, full English breakfasts are served from 5.00 am and the dinner menu includes baked Camembert, lamb rump, pan-roasted seabass and a tabbouleh salad.