Steam Railways & Museums in Norfolk & Suffolk

Norfolk and Suffolk are home to some of the most magnificent vintage steam railways in the country. They offer a nostalgic experience, away from the electronic world that we live in today – and is one that many people have not had the opportunity to enjoy.

We’ve put together a list of the heritage and steam railways and museums to visit while you’re on holiday in Suffolk or the Norfolk area.

North Norfolk – Near Sheringham

Poppy Line – North Norfolk Railway: Easily accessible from Cromer, the North Norfolk railway at Sheringham, offers much more than just a train ride, it offers an insight into the world of yesterday. The route will bring you along some of the finest coastal countryside you could wish to see, and you’ll be riding along one of their professionally restored coaches. All stations on the line have been restored and have a range of attractions for you to enjoy, with lunch and evening meals available so you can make the most of your day. Take a look at our cottages in Cromer and find the perfect place to stay.


Address: Station Approach, Sheringham NR26 8RA, England

North Norfolk – Aylsham

Bure Valley Railway: Halfway between Cromer and Norwich, the Bure Valley railway runs between Aylsham and Wroxham, in the heart of the Norfolk Broads. One of Norfolk’s longest gauge railways, there are a number of quaint villages along the line, where you can stop and explore and board again simply by waving down the driver as the steam train approaches.  The station itself features a café offering cakes, treats, snacks and homemade hot meals.


Location: Bure Valley Railway, Aylsham Station, Norwich Road, Aylsham, Norfolk, NR11 6BW

North Norfolk – Wells Next-the-Sea

The Wells & Walsingham Light Steam Railway:  Running between Wells and Walsingham, all stations along the line have been restored and the two locomotives that run on this railway are well known within the steam industry. Overall, the location is one of Britain’s best little railways, and is a must visit if you’re in the area.


Location: Wells to Walsingham Light Railway, Wells Next-the-Sea, Norfolk. NR23 1QB.

Mid Norfolk - Dereham

Mid-Norfolk Railway: Running between Dereham and Wymondham Abbey, this line offers dining experiences on selected days of the week – so you can enjoy a cream tea or fish and chip supper while trundling through the heart of the Norfolk countryside.


Location: Station Road, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1DF

South Norfolk/North Suffolk border – near Diss

Bressingham Steam & Gardens

Less of a steam railway, more of a heritage museum – the 4km track winds its way through the 20 acres of landscaped gardens, passing locomotive sheds, the galloper carousel and the Dad’s Army Collection. There is something for all of the family and is a great day out.


Location: Low Road, Bressingham, Diss, IP22 2AA 

Take a look at our holiday cottages in Suffolk to find the ideal place for your stay.

If you have any other insights or updates regarding our list, please do email us and let us know, so that we can keep our information up to date.

Steam train at platform