At the heart of the Waveney Valley, Harleston is an ancient market town, full of historic buildings, and having an array of individual speciality shops.

With historic coaching inns, cosy tearooms, traditional bakers, butchers and delicatessens serving delicious Norfolk foods, you're sure to find plenty on the menu when visiting this traditional market town.

Harleston museum has displays relating to the life and times of the Harleston area from pre-historic times to the present day. This free museum is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from May to the end of September and is located next to King George's Hall, Broad Street, Harleston.

The town's free audio trail provides a guided walk around the town. Local people provide commentary guiding you around the town, giving a potent mix of history, memory and gossip... Read more >

Upcoming Events

1 March 2020

Enjoy a circular walk around two acres of woodland and gardens that lead down to the River Waveney, watching out for wildlife, birds and a beautiful display of snowdrops and spring flowers. Tea, cakes and refreshments available.  Stalls, ja...

7 March 2020

There will be over 40 lovely stalls, showcasing the talents of so many people who produce such a large variety of handcrafted items.  Mother’s Day is 22 March and we hope to see lots of children buying special and individual gifts for their...

26 March 2020

A two hour guided tour of this Grade II* listed Georgian country house, hosted by one of the family. Hear about the historical stories, architectural references and anecdotal evidence that show that the survival of such a building since the...

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Harleston is an ideal centre from which to explore the beautiful Waveney Valley, an area of great beauty and tranquility and an unspoiled haven for wildlife.

Things to Do and See

Local traders have always been an important part of Harleston’s rich community life. Wednesday is still market day as it has been since 1259.

Places to Shop

Whether you are looking for a hotel, bed and breakfast of caravan park.  Harleston and the nearby area has accommodation to meet all requirements. 

Places to Stay

There is always something going on in Harleston and the surrounding area.  There are regular events and activities throughout the year.

Whats On

Harleston has a full variety of places to eat or pick up a snack. Whatever you want, from a full sit down meal, a light bite at lunchtime or a lovely coffee.

Places to Eat and Drink

2020 marks the 400 year anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower to America. Harleston will join the national celebrations based on our local connection.

Mayflower 400
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