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Top places to live in Norfolk Aylsham

Location, location, location – this market town offers all the benefits of country life, plus has some lovely independent shops and eateries. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

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Why?

Halfway between Norwich and the north Norfolk coast, this is the perfect location to maximise a short city commute with weekends on the beach.

EAT

Biddy’s tearoom is a little like sitting in your nan’s parlour, but the peculiar objects and fabulous cake make it a Muddy favourite. Visit Black Boys Hotel for traditional pub grub or it’s only a short drive to two of our favourite gastro pubs – The Buckinghamshire Arms and The Gunton Arms.

Aylsham Farmers Market is not to be missed on the first Saturday of the month, showcasing all the wonderful local food and drink producers in Norfolk.

SHOP

Pick up something unique at Amika clothing boutique and interiors shopping at Lisa Dawson is a must if you’re redecorating. If you like to sniff out some interesting collectables, the weekly Monday morning auction at Keys Auctioneers is a great experience.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Bure Valley Railway, a line between Aylsham and Wroxham, is a fab family activity. If you’re feeling active, cycle (hire available) or walk the nine-mile railway path to the boating mecca of Wroxham on the Broads. Or head in the other direction to Reepham where we recommend you treat yourself to afternoon tea at the retro cool Dial House and shop for designer seconds at Vintage Vegas.

It’s only a short drive to the National Trust’s Blickling Estate with loads of family activities and countryside to explore. Don’t miss their annual Classic Ibiza event for some midlife raving.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

£279,388. On average, detached properties sell for £336,244, semi-detached properties £256,483 and terraced properties £234,021 and. Good local estate agents in the area are Arnold Keys and Stobart & Hurrell.

HOT PROPERTY

SCHOOLS

Closest private day school is Langley Prep School at Taverham Hall or Beeston Hall school near Cromer offers day and board options.

BEST KEPT SECRET

Head to the nearby Gunton Arms to check out their erotic art including an original Damien Hirst in the ladies loo and a Tracey Emin in the Elk Room. Set in a 1,000-acre deer farm, this gastro pub/hotel has a celebrity following and for locals, it’s a meat-eaters paradise.

COMMUTE

Perfectly located for a commute to Norwich – 12 miles approximately and a 25-minute drive into the centre. The fastest route to London by train is 1 hour 30 mins from Norwich.

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