A large brick building

Visiting the North Norfolk Railway

April 2, 2017

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When I left school I bought and made full use of my 16-25 railcard. Often travelling across the country to visit my parents in Carlisle. Popping to see friends in Manchester, Portsmouth or Hastings.

As Roo became old enough to require a train ticket we purchased a family & friends railcard. Over the years we have used it to travel between Great Yarmouth and Norwich for days out in the city, and onwards to London.

When Greater Anglia contacted us regarding our rail adventures it suddenly occurred to me that we often travel to the end of the line at London Liverpool Street. However, we rarely hop off at one of over 140 train stations on the Greater Anglia network. Why are we heading out of the area when we have so much to see and do on our doorstep?

Travelling with Greater Anglia in Norfolk

A large brick building

With the inspiration to see what Norfolk has to offer us, we hopped on the train at Norwich yesterday morning. Our destination was Sheringham to continue our love of trains with a visit to the North Norfolk Railway.

We parked at Norwich train station ahead of our 10.45 train to Sheringham. In true Boo Roo and Tigger Too fashion we cut this a little fine, however, we were able to find a parking space. Hopping onboard the two-carriage train to Sheringham which takes just under an hour to get there. We were able to sit down and relax without worrying about traffic and where we would find to park at Sheringham. Train travel can really take the hassle of researching car parks, charges etc.

Arriving in Sheringham after a lovely train journey taking in some of the beautiful North Norfolk scenery and coastal views. We walked across the road to the North Norfolk Railway just in time to BR 4MT 2-6-0 – 76084 steam engine arriving into the station. Although we had plenty of time to catch the next steam engine to Holt we were keen to head onto the platform to see the train up close.

North Norfolk Railway

The engine of a train

After collecting our tickets we boarded the carriage to take our seats for the journey over to Holt. I can’t tell you how excited we were to find that they had a carriage full of enclosed booths – similar to the ones found in the Harry Potter films. Needless to say, our journey was filled with Harry Potter chatter and looking out for dementors.

A stove top oven sitting next to a window

The 25-minute journey between Sheringham and Holt offer you the option to alight at Weybourne or continue through to Holt. As you sit on board the steam train you are treated to the feel, movement, and sounds of what train travel used to be like. The chuff, chuff, chuff and the whistle sounding make the journey magical for the children (and adults too). 

We arrived at Holt station just in time for some lunch so we made use of the large picnic area just passed the model railway. After finishing we took the opportunity to look around the model railway and the William Marriott Museum. We couldn’t visit the North Norfolk Railway without checking out the souvenir shops at both Holt and Sheringham – where Tigger spotted that they do Days Out with Thomas, so this will be something we might need to make another visit for later in the year.

I have to mention the guards and conductors throughout the North Norfolk Railway as they are attentive, passionate and so interactive with all the passengers who board the trains. Tigger who is a huge fan of trains loved their smart uniform and was so very happy when they took the time to chat with him.

Heading home

Before we knew it, it was time to head home. A short walk across the road and over to Sheringham station to head back to Norwich. With space for us to store Piglet’s pushchair, we boarded our train home. The journey allowing us all to chat about the day we’d had rather than either Mr Boo or I having to concentrate on the road ahead. Travelling by train has allowed us all to enjoy both the journey and the day out.

An old photo of a train

What was your last #railadventure?

More Information

Greater Anglia – Norwich to Sheringham off-peak adult return £8.50 each, children £2.00 each
North Norfolk Railway – Rover ticket £42.00 (2 adults & 2 children to unlimited travel along with a complimentary £5.00 voucher to spend on souvenirs or refreshments in NNR gift shops and buffets).

  • Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... April 2, 2017 at 8:45 am

    We really must travel by train more as my kids love it! They would love the steam train as they (and me too 🙂 ) are obsessed. We may try to have some long weekends away and Norfolk looks great.

  • Jen April 2, 2017 at 10:24 am

    I do love to travel on trains, as long as it is a no stress journey. I latest trips have all been for a purpose, meetings anf appointments. Not exactly the most enjoyable. I would love to take my little boy on a mini adventure like this. It looks delightful.

  • Sophie's Nursery April 2, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    This looks like so much fun! I love the Harry Potter style carriages! I haven’t been on a train for YEARS and have been meaning to take Sophie on one so she can experience the fun of it xx

  • Lyndsey O'Halloran April 2, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    We live in North Walsham but I’ve never been to Sheringham or Holt! I should go!

  • JanetT April 2, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    My husband took my two girls on that North Norfolk line about 3 years ago and had a fantastic time. I was stuck somewhere with a broken down car and missed it!

  • Rhiannon-Skye A Boden April 3, 2017 at 3:05 am

    This looks like such a quaint and lovely day! I travel a lot as a music journalist, so i really should invest in a 16 to 25 railcard!

  • Rhian Westbury April 3, 2017 at 9:26 am

    I’m always using trains into London and tubes, but my last proper train journey was when I headed up to Sheffield at the end of last year for an overnight stay to see my favourite band x

  • Fashion and Style Police April 3, 2017 at 9:33 am

    The kids love getting on the train. Need to do that more with them.

  • Mummygummie April 3, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Looks like you had a great day out. What you described sounds like my husbands perfect day out- he is a massive fan of steam trains and has been working on encouraging my 15 month boy to love them too!

  • Kerry Norris April 3, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    I should travel more by train with the kids. That train looks super cool with the enclosed booths. I’ve never been on one like that before x

  • Zena's Suitcase April 3, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    My kids love railways and going on trains. It’s something we must do again now the weather has turned brighter

  • Chloe Ciliberto April 4, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    This looks like such an amazing trip!!! I would so feel like I was in Harry Potter too. I love taking the train with my little one, but this looks so extra special. x

  • Holly - Little Pickle's Mom April 5, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Ah wow! You’ve inspired me to explore my local area a bit more on the train. At the end of the line from us is Lichfield – a city I’ve never been to but apparently it has a gorgeous cathedral and is a wonderful day out. With the weather on our side, I’ll have to take a trip! I’ll let you knwo when we do! It certainly looks like you had FANTASTIC weather!

  • Charlene April 7, 2017 at 7:40 am

    It sounds like an amazing day out! And that is a very cool looking train! 🙂
    If we drive about an hour away, there is a train you can take for a day outing. After reading your post, I really want to do it soon. I think my little one would love it. 🙂 #WanderlustKids

  • Baby Loves Travel April 7, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    I like travelling by train. It means my toddler can wander about. Although it can sometimes seem pricey in the UK. I like the look of the steam train – it makes the journey more of an adventure. #wanderlustkids

  • Welsh Cakes and Wellies April 9, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    We barely ever travel by train, so easy to just jump in the car. It’s a shame as my boys would love it, we’ll have to plan a day out by train. Looks like you had a fab time, I love the old trains, Harry Potter style! #Wanderlustkids

  • Jo April 11, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    What a gorgeous old train! #wanderlustkids

  • Cath - BattleMum May 1, 2017 at 8:40 am

    I’m ashamed to say that apart from very short rides to see Santa and visit Thomas, BattleKid hasn’t been on a proper train adventure yet. But your post has definitely inspired me, although I’m not sure they have beautiful old steam trains like the one you featured in Portugal. We’ll see. Thanks for linking up last month! #wanderlustkids

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