Located directly on the river Bure, Horning is one of the broads highlights and must for any visitor to the area.
The village of Horning is a very popular tourist destination within the Norfolk Broads, having attractions both around the village and surrounding areas. The village lies on the north bank of the River Bure, and has many waterside properties, pubs, shops, restaurants, tea-rooms, boat-trips as well as other features to enjoy.
Horning is picturesque, and described as the prettiest village on the broads.The sights to see are: the River Bure from the staithes, Lower Street, St Benedicts Church and many properties with thatched roofs.
Following Lower Street to the east, leads to the school, marina, leisure centre, church and the old staithe. North of Horning are the broads of Barton, Alderfen and Burntfen, and village of Neatishead. West is the popular area of Hoveton & Wroxham. East lies the quaint village of Ludham. To the south, across the river via the ferry, are Bure Marshes and village of Woodbastwick.
Horning is home to “Southern Comfort” the Mississippi Cruise boat, which leaves from the staithe adjacent to The Swan Inn.
The village is popular for sail & motor boating and Horning Sailing Club hosts regular annual events. Several boatyards specialise in boat sales, boat hire, boat building and repairs.There are two marinas which offer private mooring facilities. There is a ferry service from Freedom Cruisers across to the south bank of the Bure, which allows easy access to the villages of Woodbastwick and Ranworth (trip takes approx 5 mins). The River Bure is navigable from the North Sea at Great Yarmouth all the way to Horning.
The village centre is quite small, consisting of just a single street, a village green, The Swan Inn pub (built early 19th century but dates back to 1696), a few shops and restaurants and a staithe adjacent to the River Bure. The main Village Hall, playing fields and childrens play area are located behind Lower Street on the upper side of the village.
Outside the village centre is the popular Bewilderwood theme park, which was voted best large attraction in the East of England (2009), as well as having many other UK and International awards. Broadland Cycle Hire is located within Bewilderwood, from which there are many good cycle routes through rural areas to villages and broads.
Other local attractions nearby include Barton Broad boardwalk, Neatishead village, Ludham village, shopping in Hoveton & Wroxham. A short distance away are many beautiful beaches such as Waxham, Sea Palling and Winterton-on-Sea, as well as the more popular holiday destinations of Great Yarmouth and Cromer. The North Norfolk Coast is approximately 1hr away which is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.