The Broads have long been a boating and holiday destination; Wroxham railway station opened in 1874, followed just four years later by one of the very first boatyards to offer sailing boats for weekly hire to holidaymakers. This pioneering hireboat yard was established by John Loynes and operated from a site immediately adjacent to where the Peninsula cottages are now located
The neighbouring towns of Wroxham and Hoveton are known as the ‘Capital of the Broads’ and are linked by the iconic medieval Wroxham Bridge.
The riverside Peninsula site is only a short distance from the bridge and – crucially – is on the ‘downstream’ side; The bridge itself is famously low and something of a navigation hazard to larger boats – watching the intricate maneuverings of many assorted craft can be a very entertaining spectacle for Peninsula guests on a summer afternoon!
Peninsula is particularly ideal for those holidaying without a car or who’d simply like to base themselves in a location that doesn’t require further driving every time you want to do something.
Everything you need for a full and enjoyable self-catering holiday is available within a short (5 to 10 minute) walk from your cottage, including boat tours, gift and souvenir shops, a department store and supermarket, plus of course assorted pubs and restaurants. For the more active, self-drive dayboat hire, canoe and cycle hire are available very locally – and of course, there’s free fishing available on-site.
Travelling slightly further afield, guests have the choice, for example, of city-centre shopping in Norwich a few miles to the West, or trips to the coast only slightly further to the East. Use the interactive Google Map at the bottom of this page to explore the other interesting countryside in the surrounding area.
For more local attraction and activities see the “Places to Visit” tab at the top of the page
Postcode for Sat Navs:- NR12 8TH
All major routes need to connect to the Norwich ring road, and then follow a common 7-mile local road to Wroxham (see below):
From London and the South.
M25 to M11 towards Cambridge, and take the next junction (J9) 15 miles after Bishop's Stortford onto the A11 to Norwich. Approaching Norwich cross the A47 and continue into Norwich until the ring round and turn left onto it. (then see local route below)
From the West & North:
Join the A47 at King's Lynn (gateway into Norfolk) towards Norwich and leave it at Norwich Showground, A1074 and head towards Norwich City. At Norwich ring road turn left onto it and then continue on local route below
From Norwich ring road: (local route)
Follow the ring road and take the A1151 (brown Tourist sign to Wroxham) approx 8 miles to Wroxham & Hoveton. After crossing over the railway bridge and mini roundabout, on entering Wroxham, take the second right turn into The Avenue. After about 100yds take a left turn into Staitheway Road and follow this down towards the boatyard. At a sharp right bend carry straight on into the private signed "Peninsula Cottages".
|Use your own chosen mainline route to Norwich Station. Then use the Greater Anglia local route towards Sheringham, just 2 stops to Hoveton & Wroxham Station.|
Wroxham station is only a modest distance from the cottages – a short taxi ride or perhaps a 15 minute walk through the centre of the village and across the bridge; in fact you’ll see see the cottages as you cross the bridge – then it’s just a matter of walking through the car park of ‘Norfolk Broads Direct’ and around their boat mooring basin. See the map on the right for more information.
|Take your own chosen main coach / bus service to Norwich Bus Station. Then from St Stephen's Street just outside the bus station take First Eastern Counties No:14, Neaves No:32, or Anglian Bus & Coach No:123, local bus services to Wroxham.|
Alight from the bus just after Wroxham Bridge at Roy's in the village centre. From the bus stop to the cottages is less than a 10 minute walk – start by crossing back across the bridge, then follow the same route as described in the ‘Trains’ section above.
|Norwich Airport is a regional airport with scheduled flights from other UK destinations, and Amsterdam for international connections.|
The airport is located to the North of Norwich city and has all the usual car hire and transport facilities. A bus or taxi journey of around 20 minutes will take you to either Norwich bus or rail stations (but, given the airport’s location, onward travel direct to Wroxham will take only slightly longer).
When you first arrive you'll need to collect the keys to Star Cottage from the keysafe mounted besides the front door - the combination for this is in the Arrival Pack you received by email when booking, and the cottage keys also include the fob you'll need to operate the car park barrier.