A location to please all tastes
Whether you want laid-back relaxation , gentle or challenging activity, fancy just sight-seeing and exploring or are looking to combine business with pleasure, The Swan Hotel is perfectly positioned to satisfy most people. Below are just some of the things to see and visit, to do and enjoy and even some local places to eat and drink that we think you might appreciate...and down the bottom of the page you can see our exact location.
SOME OF THE THINGS TO VISIT, SEE AND DO
The Museum displays artifacts relating to the life and times of the people of Harleston and the immediate surrounding parishes from pre-historic times to the present day. Items on display illustrate; personal and domestic life, working life, costume, recreation, entertainment and the built environment of the town. Run by the Harleston and District Historical Society, this compact museum is staffed by local volunteers.
With a stunning location on the north Norfolk coast and at the heart of a thriving 25,000 acre estate, Holkham Hall is described as an exceptional place, rich in history, architecture and wildlife. The seat of the Earls of Leicester, this elegant 18th century mansion is still very much a lived-in family home which the family take pride in sharing with visitors.
TIME & TIDE
Time & Tide in Great Yarmouth is set in one of the UK's best preserved Victorian Herring curing works, and tells the story of Great Yarmouth from its ice age origins to the present day.
Experience the heady atmosphere of a 1950's fish wharf and take the wheel of a steam drifter. Hear gripping tales of wreck and rescue and meet some of the colourful characters who made their living from the sea.
Explore the original smokehouses where the lingering aroma of smoked fish is a reminder of times gone by. Enjoy fascinating archive film shows and hands on displays and relax in the attractive courtyard beneath a canopy of sails.
HARLESTON LEISURE CENTRE
Harleston has it own Leisure Facility’s that are run by the Town Council. There is a gym, tennis courts and squash courts and the Family Inclusive Sports Area.
Running along the border between Norfolk and Suffolk, the Waveney Valley is an unspoilt haven of wildlife, idyllic villages and unique market towns. Escape the frantic pace of everyday life, and head straight to your perfect holiday destination that’s just waiting to be discovered. With tranquil surroundings and warm hospitality, you can’t help but fall in love with the Waveney Valley’s timeless beauty.
Strangers Hall is a marvellous Tudor merchant's house, used as a museum of local history since the 1930s. The house boasts richly furnished 16th and 17th-century interiors, with beautifully carved wood panelling, period furniture, and exhibits that show how life was lived here over the centuries. Behind the house is a small knot garden, laid out in the 17th century.
The walk takes you around the town centre where there are about a hundred shops, the vast majority being independent traders which combined with free parking, makes Harleston so busy.
There are close to two hundred very old buildings and it is often said that if stripped of their later facades, Harleston would resemble Lavenham. The centre of Harleston was once a vast open market and the stalls in the middle gradually became permanent shops and houses, creating the shape of a box-iron, known now as ‘the heater.’ The audio tour explores the history of the town and features some wonderful characters who all love Harleston with a passion, including Sid Taylor who has planted over three thousand trees in the town.
With the opening of the 12 mile Wensum Way between Gressenhall and Lenwade in mid Norfolk, a new long distance trail has been created that provides a continuous east - west path across Norfolk between King’s Lynn and Great Yarmouth.
The new route provides the central portion of a cross-county route that begins with the Nar Valley Way in King’s Lynn on the Wash, continues with the Wensum Way and Marriott’s Way to Norwich where it picks up the Wensum River Parkway through the city and from here follows the Wherryman’s Way to Great Yarmouth on the North Sea coast.
CYCLING AT THE WAVENEY VALLEY
Check out one of the cycle routes which run through the Waveney Valley passing through beautiful scenery, lovely villages with friendly pubs. Sustrans Regional Route 30 runs along the river right to the coast, passing the beautiful towns of Diss, Bungay and Beccles. There are also an abundance of short circular routes, providing you with all the guidance you need to plan your day out exploring the Waveney Valley. And if you don’t want to bring your own bike, there are a number of hire shops ready to help you.
The Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum is near Flixton, in East Anglia. The museum houses a varied array of over 60 complete or partial aircraft.
The museum's aircraft include the only complete de Havilland Sea Vixen FAW.1 in private ownership, a flyable replica of the Colditz Cock escape glider, and an FMA IA 58 Pucara that was captured by British forces during the Falklands War.
THE BROADS NATIONAL PARK
Norfolk is possibly most famous for the man-made Broads, a National Park with over 125 miles of navigable lock-free waterways set in beautiful countryside and studded with charming and picturesque towns and villages.
A holiday on the Norfolk Broads is characterised by peace and serenity. For centuries, its rich network of rivers and lakes has formed a suitably beautiful backdrop for unforgettable getaways.
With over 125 miles of stunning waterways and vast, diverse wildlife to discover, a boating holiday is something all of the family will enjoy. You’ll wake up to the calm of the Broads and have the freedom to explore its various charms at your own pace.