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4.4 stars(82 reviews)

Explore the timeless Norfolk railways and discover Sandringham

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5 days From £409 per person

2021 Tour code: 21NFS

About the tour

Explore the meandering waterways and heritage railways of Norfolk. Based in historic Norwich, this rural getaway takes in the North Norfolk Coast, the royal residence of Sandringham and quaint market towns


What’s included


Day 1 - Norwich

Your tour begins in Norwich, the capital of Norfolk, where you meet at your hotel. After checking in, enjoy a guided walking tour of Norwich's Old Town and learn some of the city's fascinating history. Dominated by a magnificent Anglo-Norman cathedral built in 1096, Norwich is a pleasing jumble of historic and modern architecture, its shopping streets and open squares revealing museums, medieval churches, public gardens, and other attractions at every turn. Deceptively compact, Norwich is both delightful and rewarding to explore on foot.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - Sandringham

Travel by train along the Bittern Line to Sheringham, where you join the heritage North Norfolk Railway for a picturesque, steam-hauled journey to Holt. Famed for its outstanding natural beauty, the railway is nicknamed 'The Poppy Line' thanks to the flora it passes.

The section of the Eastern & Midlands Railway now known as 'The Poppy Line' first opened in June 1887. It was well used, but like many rural railways, traffic declined from the mid-1930s and most of the line was closed in 1959, with the remainder closing in 1964. A preservation society was formed at the first closure. They believed that the charming scenery of the Norfolk Broads would be a popular tourist attraction, and so the line was reopened as a heritage railway after extensive restoration work in 1976. From Holt, make a visit to the Royal residence of Sandringham, a favourite country retreat of Her Majesty the Queen set in acres of beautiful gardens and parkland.

You have some time to explore the stunning house and its beautifully landscaped gardens at leisure before your transfer back to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Please Note; For departures 21NFS08, 09, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 & 21 Days 2 and 3 have swapped around.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Norwich

Discover Norwich at your own pace. One of the oldest cities in the country, Norwich has a richness of culture and history. Visit the imposing Norman castle including its historic dungeons, and wander around the battlements for fine views over the city. You could also visit the Plantation Garden. Established in 1856 and tucked away at the heart of the city, the Plantation Garden is a hidden botanical gem which offers three acres of immaculate lawns, beautiful flower beds and features including an Italian terrace, rustic bridge, and a Gothic fountain.

Why not visit Norwich's famous market? Prior to the Norman Conquest of 1066, Norwich's colourful market was held in the space now occupied by the city's cathedral. Relocated to the city centre, Britain's largest Monday-toSaturday open-air market is still going strong more than nine hundred years later and this atmospheric gathering of around two hundred stalls is an excellent place to find fresh local produce including fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, bread and cakes, cheeses and sweets.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Heritage railways & Norfolk Broads

Discover beautiful Norfolk by heritage railway, visiting alluring towns and admiring the peaceful countryside. Transfer by coach to Dereham, where you join the MidNorfolk Railway. Travel on the restored line from Dereham to the picturesque small market town of Wymondham.

Next, transfer to the charming riverside town of Aylsham for an excursion on the Bure Valley Railway which runs through the picturesque Bure Valley, following the meandering river through meadowland and stopping occasionally at small country villages.

After disembarking, enjoy a scenic cruise along the waters of the Norfolk Broads. With light refreshments available on board, this is a truly relaxing way to spend an afternoon. The broads are home to a plethora of wildlife, some of them endangered, including bitterns, moorhens, water voles, marsh harriers, and European eels.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Home

After breakfast your holiday ends and you are free to depart.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

Your tour begins in Norwich, where you meet your Tour Manager at the Holiday Inn Norwich City at 14.00pm.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Holiday Inn Norwich City, Norwich

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4.4 stars4.4 / 5 · 82 reviews

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A Povey

5 stars

Submitted 30/Jun

The tour was great. It gave a great taste of all the heritage railways in Norfolk. The days had just enough things in so it you always had something to do, but you didn't feel rushed at all. Even with covid restrictions, all the things we did were normal enough to enjoy to their fullest. The tour manager was very friendly, helpful and went above and beyond to ensure the tour went smoothly.

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Mrs Record

3 stars

Submitted 30/Jun

Hotel was fine, good food and spacious room. Trips varied. Sandringham was interesting and all guides there helpful and informative. We had too much time though. Train journeys - narrow gauge and steam train good but didn’t enjoy the smelly diesel. The broads boat trip was a disaster as we were herded downstairs with few windows and no clear view of the water or wild life. Hopeless for photos or binoculars. Very crowded river with Sunday boats. Very hot down below.

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4 stars

Submitted 29/Jun

Hotel clean tidy, staff excellent, parking ok but costs £6.95 a day. Tour well organised coach driver knew area well and was friendly and informative.

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A Barnes

4 stars

Submitted 29/Jun

The hotel was very good. The trip to Sandringham and the North Norfolk railway were both very good. The visit to the Mid Norfolk Railway however was a disappointment, this was mainly due to a class 142 Unit being our traction.These trains were a mainstay for the North East and were awful to travel on.The boat excursion on the Broads was also a disapointment,as we were not able to sit on the upper deck, as a result were not able to view any of the wildlife. The Bure Valley Railway was the highlight of the day, a great little railway. Ken was very knowledgeable and tried his best to ensure a good tour.

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E Nicholls

4 stars

Submitted 29/Jun

Excellent tour with two very full days ad a day to ourselves. Holiday Inn where we stayed has very good rooms but the food in the evening not brilliant.

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K Leberman

4 stars

Submitted 29/Jun

Very enjoyable and varied tour. Very comfortable hotel in good location. Food sufficient, but could be room for improvement! Our guide, Ken, was excellent and very helpful. However, it might be worth him considering having a microphone on the coach. We were towards the back and could not hear him at all - very frustrating!

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