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 >


A new website has been developed by Harleston Town Council to help keep our community informed of what is going on in relation to Coronavirus.  These are very worrying times for everyone, we must all work together as a the wonderful community of Harleston.

Please look to this website for regular updates

Upcoming Events

8 August 2020

Half Moons, Dragons, Magpies and Eagles are in the mix for this colourful part of Harleston’s past. What is more, they were controlled by wheelwrights, harness makers and maltsters. Whatever else the people of Harleston may have lacked, it ...

Guided Walk: Lost Pubs of Harleston

19 August 2020

Tony Diamond will present an investigation of the religious motivations of the Pilgrims in East Anglia and how their non-conformist views clashed with the established Church of England which eventually led to their journey to the New World....

Mayflower Lecture: The Origins and Persecution of the Mayflower Pilgrims: POSTPONED

22 August 2020

Building styles have changed over time.  There are clues in buildings that can help reveal their history. Many buildings have been altered over the years.  However, the pitch of a roof, the style of a window, and the size and pattern of bri...

Guided Walk: Understanding Architecture

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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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