How to get here

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, our entrance is quite narrow.


By taxi

Eastern Chauffeur                Airport / Cruise Transfers, corporate and private hire taxis



By train

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


By air

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.


By coach

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 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.

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!



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The Old Rectory. 103 Yarmouth Road, Thorpe St. Andrew, Norwich NR7 0HF


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    Spring seems to have arrived early so make the most of the longer days and warmer weather in the comfortable and relaxing atmosphere of Norwich's only AA 'Red Star' & 2 Rosette hotel. Your break includes complimentary tea by our log fire on arrival, 3 course 2AA Rosette dinner each evening, accommodation in one of our stylish guest rooms plus a delicious freshly cooked English Breakfast. (Mon - Sat inclusive, min. two night stay, based on two people sharing)


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