The Parish Churches of Ranworth with Panxworth,
South Walsham, Upton and Woodbastwick

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Visitors

The Norfolk Broadland of East Anglia is Britain's largest protected wetland and one of Europe's most popular inland waterways. The area is managed as a national park and attracts more than a million holidaymakers a year from all over the World. Once an essential transport network for peat, thatching reed and marsh hay, the waterway of interconnected rivers and shallow lakes (the ‘Broads’) is used today for recreation.

Most people visit the traditional landscape and waterscapes of the Broads for sailing, motor cruising and to visit the lovely villages of the area and the City of Norwich. Some come to fish, some for tracing family histories, some to enjoy the wildlife or to visit our many medieval country churches. Ranworth Church, next to Ranworth and Malthouse Broads, is sometimes called the ‘Cathedral of the Broads’ and the best view of Broadland can be seen from Ranworth tower.

We welcome all visitors and have an open church policy where our doors are open during the hours of daylight. There is often a member of the Church around to answer questions or just to chat. We have a Visitors’ Centre and teashop next to Ranworth Church and the St Lawrence’s Centre for the arts in South Walsham. All four churches are within easy cycling distance of each other.

Broads' wildlife from the altar cloth in St Helen's Church, Ranworth

Broads' wildlife from the altar cloth in St Helen's Church, Ranworth

Aerial view of Broads - click for a larger image

Map of the Broads