Local Area Information

Loddon and Surrounds

Loddon is a charming, large village located in the scenic county of Norfolk in the East of England.  It is a picturesque destination with access to the beautiful Norfolk Broads, a network of navigable rivers and lakes.

Loddon itself is filled with quaint, historic buildings and a variety of local shops including a post office, chemist and supermarket.  The Church of the Holy Trinity, a stunning example of 15th-century architecture, is a 'must visit'.  Nature lovers will enjoy a visit to Wherryman's Way, a long-distance footpath along the River Yare.  Here, and on other local walks (or cycles if you prefer), you can enjoy the tranquil environment and wildlife sightings.  For those interested in boating, the Loddon Staithe is a popular spot from which to watch the boats pass by or to take to the water by canoe.  Day boats can be hired by the hour in nearby Beccles.  

Loddon is well provided for refreshments and eating out with a range of cafes, pubs and take-aways all within easy walking distance.

Nearby Towns (15 mins by car)

Beccles and Bungay are two delightful towns located near Loddon, offering their own unique attractions for tourists.  Beccles, nestled beside the River Waveney, is known for its beautiful Bell Tower, offering stunning panoramic views of the town and surrounding countryside. The town is home to a variety of independent shops and restaurants, and its quay is a hub of activity, with opportunities for boating, canoeing, and other watersports. The Beccles Lido, an outdoor heated swimming pool, is a popular spot in the summer months.  Bungay, a historic market town, is rich in folklore and legends. The ruins of Bungay Castle, dating back to the 12th century, are a must-visit. The town is also home to the Fisher Theatre, one of the oldest provincial theatres in the UK, and the unique Bungay Museum, which tells the story of the town's history. The beautiful River Waveney Valley surrounding the town offers picturesque walking and cycling routes.

East Coast (30 mins by car)

The closest beaches to Loddon include the beautiful beaches of Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, and Southwold.  Great Yarmouth, a traditional seaside town, is famous for its long sandy beach, historic piers, and vibrant seafront with amusement arcades, restaurants, and funfair as well as the Sea Life aquarium.  Lowestoft Beach is a lovely sandy beach that is popular with families.  This beach boasts a traditional English seaside vibe, with a promenade, a Victorian seafront garden, and plenty of cafes and restaurants nearby.  Southwold Beach is a charming, Blue Flag awarded beach lined with colorful beach huts.  Southwold's sandy beach is backed by a promenade and impressive cliff-top cannons, reminders of its historic past.  Southwold is also home to numerous art galleries/shops and Adnams Brewery.

Norwich  (25 mins by car)

Norwich is a vibrant city with a rich history, offering a bustling market and a lively arts scene.  Norwich Cathedral and the Norwich Castle (including the Museum & Art Gallery), both dating back nearly 1000 years to the Normans, are brimming with history and heritage and and are must-see attractions in the city.   Also dating from the same period is Norwich Market which comprises nearly 200 outdoor stalls with colourful awnings selling an amazing range of goods and services.  The city also hosts numerous festivals throughout the year, celebrating everything from food and drink to literature and music, offering something for everyone.

Other Local Attractions (within 40 minutes by car)

Other local attractions include Africa Alive, Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens, Pleasurewood Hills Family Theme Park, Somerleyton Hall, Reedham Ferry (chain ferry and pub), East Anglia Transport Museum, Bressingham Steam Museum & Gardens, RSPB sites (including Strumpshaw Fen and Minsmere), Broadland Conservation Centre (Norfolk Wildlife Trust), Carlton & Oulton Marshes (Suffolk Wildlife Trust) and many more.

Further details about Norfolk and Suffolk attractions can be found here:  norfolkandsuffolkattractions.co.uk