On the river Bure, close to the Norfolk Broads, the coast and the cathedral city of Norwich, Aylsham has everything on its doorstep yet retains the charm of a historic British market town. Renowned for its market square, owned by the National Trust, and medieval lanes, Aylsham is a true gem in the Norfolk countryside with lots to offer in terms of local amenities, heritage and recreation. Markets are held twice weekly and there is a good choice of independent shops, coffee shops, pubs and restaurants. Aylsham also boasts Cittaslow status, a global initiative built around community spirit to improve the quality of life in a town. The laidback ethos of this movement is to bring residents together to create green, happy, healthy places to live with a slower pace of life – which is why Aylsham is a perfect choice!
As you would expect from a historic market town, Aylsham offers some impressive period properties from classic town houses to charming Norfolk cottages. There is also a good choice of well-sized modern family homes, two-to-three bedroom bungalows and apartments.
What you’ll get for your money
In Aylsham, the price of an average two-bedroom bungalow starts from around £200,000. Modern three-bedroom family homes in newer areas of the town start from £260,000 while larger, character three-to-four bedroom properties achieve in excess of £425,000. Popular two-bedroom apartments rent for around £675 per calendar month and three-bedroom family homes start from £800 per month.
What else can you expect from Aylsham?
The true community feel to Aylsham means there is always something happening whether it be the twice-monthly collectors’ fairs or one of the annual highlights of the town calendar such as the Big Lunch street party. One event not to be missed is the annual Aylsham Show, an agricultural show for all the family held within the National Trust parkland of Blickling Hall, a magnificent Jacobean house with vibrant, manicured gardens and woodland walks. Throughout the year the estate hosts special events such as outdoor cinema evenings and the fantastic August proms weekend featuring both Classical Ibiza and the Great British Proms. To the south of the town, The Bure Valley Railway, a narrow-gauge steam railway, runs 45-minute scenic journeys from Aylsham to the busy Broads town of Wroxham. Opposite the station is the Aylsham end of the notable Marriott’s Way. The 26-mile track follows two disused railway lines from the town, meandering through nearby villages into Norwich. A haven for wildlife it is perfect for walkers, cyclists and horse riders alike.
Conveniently situated just off the A140, Aylsham is midway between the coastal town of Cromer to the north (11 miles) and the city of Norwich to the south (12 miles) providing links to both the A11 and A47 routes. There is a good bus service to and from the town covering Norwich, the coast and surrounding villages. From Norwich, there is a half hourly train service to London Liverpool Street with a journey time of approximately 1 hour 50 minutes. This service can also be accessed by taking the local narrow-gauge rail line from the town (The Bure Valley Railway) to Wroxham where a regular train service connects Hoveton & Wroxham station to Norwich.
The governing authority for Aylsham is Broadland District Council, tax bands for which can be found here. There are more than 15 primary schools within a 5-mile radius of Aylsham, most of which have been rated either good or outstanding by Ofsted. Aylsham has its own secondary school with a further six options in easy reach of the town. Highly regarded independent school Gresham’s is just ten miles away and takes children from nursery age through to sixth form. Norwich provides further opportunity for local independent education and is also home to the University of East Anglia.
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