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Top places to live in Norfolk Swaffham

This busy market town is situated in the heart of the rural Brecklands area of Norfolk and is definitely one to watch as house prices are still relatively low. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

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A market town with a great community vibe and a few eccentric surprises such as Strattons Hotel and Russian restaurant Rasputin.


The Kings Arms Coaching Inn is great for family dining pub grub. If you need a cafe culture fix, head to Cocoes in the grounds of Strattons Hotel, which, by the way, serves a great Afternoon Tea. Breakfast and lunch – Shelley’s Bistro won’t disappoint or Market Cross, which turns into a cosy bistro at night. If you want something a bit different, check out the Russian restaurant Rasputin, which has simply brilliant reviews.


The high street is alive with local, plus a weekly food and bric a brac market. Don’t fear – there’s a Waitrose if you’re not quite ready to go full-on Good Life. For quirky luxe homewares pop to Bam & Arrow and if you like sniffing out a bargain, antiques store Shabbytatt is a treasure trove of hidden gems and possibilities. For fashion, Norwich or Cambridge are your best bet.


Explore the ruined priory at Castle Acre, walk along the river Nar and lunch in The Ostrich pub. Walkers and cyclists can enjoy miles of freedom on the Peddars Way. If you like country piles, Oxburgh Hall and Damien Hirst favourite Houghton Hall are worth a family day out (The Dabbling Duck & Bedingfeld Arms are very close by – just saying). Swaffham is also directly en-route to the North Norfolk Coast where you’ll find miles of fabulous beaches.


£242,870. On average, detached properties sell for £266,354, semi-detached properties £176,634 and terraced properties £146,783. Good local estate agents in the area are Longsons and William H Brown.



OneSchoolGlobalUK is a small independent Christian day school in Swaffham with only 141 students. In the area there is also Thetford Grammar and Riddlesworth Hall Prep in Diss both offering day and board options.


The Bell in Brisley (a Muddy Award winner) is an uber stylish country pub only 20-minutes drive away. It has a Michelin trained chef, gorgeous gardens and six beautiful rooms.


You’re nearest cities are Norwich (45 minutes), Kings Lynn (30 minutes) or Cambridge (1 hour 5 minutes). Train to London from Norwich or Kings Lynn would be 2.5 – 3 hours one way).

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