How to get here
From May 2014 – Summer 2015 there are roadworks on the eastbound A47 at the Postwick Interchange (A1042 exit) which may occasionally involve evening / night time road closures and / or single lane traffic. Delays may occur at peak hours. Please see www.norfolk.gov.uk/Travel_and_transport/index.htm for current scheduled closure information, check your preferred traffic service for updates or tune in to BBC Radio Norfolk (95.1 FM or 104.4 FM and on DAB) for travel news .
If traffic delays are broadcast, leave the A47 at the A146 Trowse junction and follow signs for Ring Road / City Centre (A1054), then Castle Mall / Riverside, turning right at the Bracondale / King Street traffic lights. Next, follow signs for Great Yarmouth (A47) , crossing the river at Carrow Bridge and passing Norwich City FC on your right. Thorpe St Andrew will then be signposted along with Great Yarmouth (A47). Turn right at the Morrisons traffic lights and continue to follow signs for Great Yarmouth (A47) / A1242 then pick up our directions from City Centre (below) from Broadland District Council.
By car – from the A47 Norwich Southern By-Pass
Follow the A47 east towards Gt. Yarmouth and take the A1042 exit signposted ‘Norwich N & E’ and Thorpe St. Andrew. Turn left at the top of the slip road. Go straight over the first two roundabouts. At the next (mini) roundabout, bear left onto the A1242. About 1/2 a mile further along is a set of traffic lights at Thunder Lane. Go straight over and our entrance is about 70 yards past the traffic lights on the right hand side between the brick pillars with AA signs after the low brick wall. If you reach the ‘Oakland’s’ Hotel you have gone too far!
By car – from Norwich City Centre
From Norwich City Centre, follow signs for the A47 (Gt. Yarmouth). You should cross the river then pass Norwich Railway Station on your right. Keep following this road (A1242) until you reach the traffic lights at Harvey Lane. Carry straight on past Broadland District Council on your left, then the Town House (Innkeeper’s Lodge) hotel on your right. About 1/2 a mile further on, look out for Thorpe River Green and ‘The Rushcutter’s’ PH on your right. Just past ‘Oakland’s’ Hotel (on your left) you will see our entrance with AA signs and a sign for ‘The Old Rectory’. Please take care turning in, our entrance is quite narrow.
Eastern Chauffeur Airport / Cruise Transfers, corporate and private hire taxis
Norwich Thorpe Station is just two miles away. There is a twice hourly train service to London (hourly Sundays), an hourly service to Cambridge via Ely and services to Liverpool Lime Street via Peterborough, Nottingham, Sheffield and Manchester Piccadilly. Local services run on the Bittern and Wherry Lines to Great Yarmouth, Wroxham, North Walsham, Sheringham & Cromer and Oulton Broad / Lowestoft. Norwich rail station is just a few minutes from The Old Rectory by bus or taxi
Norwich International Airport is about 5 miles away with year round scheduled domestic flights to / from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Manchester and seasonal services to other UK destinations. International connections are easy via the KLM hub at Amsterdam Schipol.
National Express run coaches from many UK cities to / from Norwich, as well as services to & from Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted airports
Local bus services
Regular bus services (eight buses an hour daytime Mon – Sat, hourly Sundays) operate from near the hotel entrance to Norwich city centre, Norwich & Norfolk University Hospital (change at Castle Meadow) and UEA (change at Norwich Rail Station). You can also take a bus from Norwich city centre to Aylsham, Great Yarmouth, Gorleston, Holt, and Cromer & Sheringham from where the CoastHopper service will take you to Blakeney, Wells and Hunstanton, and many villages in between.
Norfolk is great for cycling but it’s not as flat as you may think! There are quiet lanes, marked trails around the Broads, or Thetford Forest for a bit of off-road adventure. You can take your bicycle on Bittern Line trains and follow a number of routes from Bittern Line stations (cycles may need to be pre-booked on some services). A network of bike hire points around the county also offer tandems, child seats and trailers, safety equipment and more. Abellio Greater Anglia have cycles for hire at Norwich Station and can also provide cycling maps and local information – book in advance via their website
If you are planning to bring your own cycles, we have plenty of secure storage and space for any maintenance or repairs which might be needed, as well as information on local cycle routes and we’re happy to suggest watering holes along the way!