Area guides



Country living so close to the city

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20 mins to Norwich
23 mins to Dereham
38 mins to Cromer
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Just six miles from the county capital, but a world away from the urban bustle, Taverham is a city commuter’s dream, with easy access to the A47 for cross-country routes. But to see this pretty village as a suburban spot misses the charm of this much sought-after historic place, voted the fourth best place to live in 2015.


Local landmark Taverham Mill was once a major producer of paper which was used to produce The Times newspaper, Oxford English Dictionary and even banknotes for the Bank of England, before the mill’s closure in 1899. Now the 100-acre site is a picturesque nature reserve with walks and four lakes fondly fished by anglers for carp, trench, roach, perch and pike.

The Marriott’s Way, a 26-mile footpath, bridleway and cycle route, between Aylsham and Norwich runs through the village, and the paths are popular with families for weekend walks, runners and horse riders enjoying the rural setting and wildlife.

Past and present, education has played an important part in the village’s history with a school established as early as the 13th century, and today there is an excellent choice of local primary and secondary schools along with a small independent, Langley Prep School.

With Norwich’s shopping centres just a few miles away, the village has its own country shopping centre and garden nursery, along with a Tesco supermarket, GP surgery, chemist, library, golf course, country club and local pub. Close enough to the city, yet a rural idyll with amenities and excellent schools, it’s easy to see why Taverham is as popular as the pollsters say.