Known as the gateway to the Norfolk Broads, Coltishall in the 16th to 19th centuries was a thriving commercial centre with many malt houses. During this time, the River Bure was fully navigable to Aylsham and Coltishall became an important stopping point on the Aylsham to Great Yarmouth route. The brewing industry was very important to the village. Coltishall even had its own shipbuilding yard and many wherries were built here. The village now is host to a number of pubs / restaurants, shops and tea rooms. You can also catch the Bure Valley Railway at Coltishall Station, a 15in min guage heritage railway running from Wroxham to Aylsham.
Wroxham known as the capital of the Norfolk Broads is just over 3 miles away. Here you can find the various shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants, boat trips and boats to hire. Not far from here is Bewilderwood and Wroxham Barns.
The City of Norwich with its cathedral, castle, medieval streets and buildings, shops, restaurants, cafes and famous market is 8 miles away.
If you like the seaside and the funfair, Great Yarmouth pleasure beach is worth a visit and is 25 miles away by car.
A 30-minute drive takes you to the beaches of North Norfolk. If you travel further along the North Norfolk Coast you will come across various villages including Burnham Market with its renowned eateries and shops, Wells Next the Sea for its crabbing and beach and Holkham and Brancaster . If you would like to visit the seals by boat then a trip to Blakeney is needed.
The grand homes of Holkham Hall, Felbrigg Hall and Blickling Hall, the former home of Anne Boleyn, are also worth a visit. The Queen’s Sandringham House is also not far.