Situated halfway between Great Yarmouth and the city of Norwich, the attractive market village of Acle is located alongside the beautiful River Bure. Often referred to as the ‘Gateway of the Norfolk Broads’ due to it’s central location, this picturesque village is home to approximately 2750 people. It has a selection of shops, restaurants, cafe’s and public houses plus several boat yards.
Acle Boat Hire
The central location is ideal for hiring a cruiser boat, allowing you to explore either the Northern or Southern Broads during your short break or holiday.
It gives you the opportunity to explore the Northern Broads towards Horning, Wroxham and Coltishall. Or venture onto the River Thurne or River Ant and discover Potter Heigham, Hickling, Stalham or Ludham.
Alternatively you can head south onto the Southern Broads once you have made your way across Breydon Water. You then have the choice of taking the river Yare or river Waveney. Continue your journey to explore the villages of Reedham, Brundall, Oulton Broad or the many other places of interest.
‘Acle’ is a term that means ‘ a clearing in the Oak forest.’ It dates back to the reign of Elizabeth I when hundreds of oak trees in the area were felled to provide wood for ship building.
St Edmunds church in the village centre dates back over 900 years. It has an unusual round tower which remains partly thatched.
Acle railway station is on The Wherry Line, which offers a regular train service between Norwich and Great Yarmouth.
The village hosts a weekly market every Thursday morning and a Farmers market every other Saturday morning.
A short distance from the village centre is Acle bridge, which is the venue for the annual Sailing Regatta every May.
Ramblers might enjoy some scenic walks from the village including part of Weavers Way or a circular walk alongside the River Bure to Upton and back.
Several World War Two ‘pillboxes’ are noticeable in and around the village which offers a glimpse into a sad past.