Below you will also discover some amazing facts about this attractive market town.
Aylsham is an attractive historic market town in the magnificent County of Norfolk famous for The Broads and the beautiful sandy beaches of the North Norfolk Coast.
It is situated on the banks of the River Bure about 9 miles north of Norwich and close to the large country estates and grand houses of Blickling, Felbrigg, Mannington and Wolterton. The weaving of cloth brought prosperity to the town in medieval times.
Aylsham welcomes visitors. There is much free parking. The town also has lots of facilities for local people and tourists. Furthermore it is a great destination for walking and cycling.
The Marroitt’s Way at 26 miles long, follows the track bed of the railway line which ran between Norwich and Aylsham finishing at the Bure Valley Railway Station. The 61 miles walking route called The Weavers Way from the coastal town of Cromer to the popular large town of Great Yarmouth passes through Aylsham. The Bure Valley Path meets with the Marriott’s Way. It is 9 miles in length and follows much of the Bure Valley Railway between Aylsham and the Broadland Capital of Wroxham.
The 15 inch gauge Bure Valley Railway opened in 1990. It is mainly operated by steam locomotives. Furthermore, the railway runs for 9 miles between Aylsham and Wroxham with stations at Brampton, Buxton and Colitishall. The journey time is approximately 45 minutes. I like to take the train one way and walk back.
Aylsham Photographer Gallery
Aylsham is a vibrant shopping area with several streets of medieval half-timbered houses leading off the Market Place. Below are some images that show the variety and types of of shops in Aylsham.
The Black Boys Inn in the Market Place shown below is one of Aylsham’s oldest surviving buildings.
The parish church of St Michael and All Angels shown below dominates The Market Place. The architecture is Gothic in style.
Above is the entrance to the church in Aylsham
Below in Penfold Street is a lovely waterpump. The artesian well is 170 feet deep. It’s canopy is thatch, using Norfolk reed.
If you are visiting Aylsham I also recommend driving a few miles north west to the historic market town of Holt with it’s vibrant town centre with many independent shops. North east of the town is North Walsham also great for shopping and to the west is the market town of Fakenham.