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 >

Easter Egg Hunt 2021

We had hoped to run our annual Easter Egg Hunt around town, but we are all back in self isolation. However, we have found a way to still...

Upcoming Events

15 April 2021

The story of the Mayflower and the ‘Pilgrim Fathers’ began to be held in reverence in New England  by the time of the 200th anniversary of the arrival in 1820.  The fraught and troubled beginnings of ...

Mayflower Lecture Online: The Making of America's Foundation Myth

20 May 2021

This lecture will be hosted by Professor Geoffrey Plank, accompanied by a panel of experts from the University of East Anglia.There will be three separate talks each focussing on different aspects of ...

Mayflower Lecture Online: Transatlantic Print

10 July 2021

Ever wondered what it would have been like to live in Harleston 400 years ago? Who were the Fullers and why is there a road named after them? What would it have been like to visit The Swan Hotel when ...

Mayflower Play and Walk: Living History Re-enactments

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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.

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.

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. 

Whats On

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

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.

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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