Harleston

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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

18 February 2021

Travel back in time to see how Harleston grew from a hamlet into an important market town.  We will meet some characters who actually lived and  worked in Harleston and Redenhall in 1600.  Two of the ...

Mayflower Lecture Online: Meet Old Harleston

18 March 2021

The sailing of the Mayflower in 1620 is a celebrated foundation myth of the United States and a global symbol of the flight from oppression to freedom. It is a migrant story with a powerful resonance ...

Mayflower Lecture: Myths and Legends (TBC)

10 April 2021

In many old guide books Harleston is described as being a town of Georgian and Victorian houses. Whilst the centre of the town looks like this is the case, in reality the buildings are far older - but...

Guided Walk: Harleston Highlights

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Things to Do and See

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.

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Places to Shop

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.

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Places to Stay

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

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Whats On

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

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Places to Eat and Drink

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.

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Mayflower 400

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.

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