Broads, Rivers and Staithes Church Guide

Each of the churches mentioned in this article are either next to a staithe or within easy walking distance. Most churches are open during daylight hours or provide details of a nearby keyholder, but please confirm locally. All the churches welcome visitors, so stop and go inside, you might be surprised by what you find.

A magnificent church in the middle of a bustling town. A beautiful font, and other delights await the visitor. There is often organ or piano music to be heard.

Nearest Staithe: Stalham Staithe

St Mary’s, Stalham

High Street, Stalham, Norwich, NR12 9AU
Open daily dawn to dusk.
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A gem of a small church right by the staithe, it is full of wonderful bits and pieces including an image of St Michael wrestling with a serpent, an octagonal font, a medieval rood screen and carved pew ends and an excellent children’s guide. Not to be missed!

Nearest Staithe: lrstead Shoals Staithe

St Michael’s, Irstead

Shoals Road, Irstead, Norwich, NR12 8XS
Open dawn to dusk
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The church is set high on a bluff above its own staithe. A light and airy church, set in a churchyard rich with flowers. See if you can find the ghost of an earlier church traced out in dark brown ironstone. A fabulous screen and Norman tub font.

Nearest Staithe: Own staithe

St Peter’s, Belaugh

Church Lane, Belaugh, Wroxham, NR12 8XA
Open to dawn to dusk.
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What a magnificent Norman doorway greets the visitor to this wonderful Broads’ Church. The churchyard is a peaceful place to sit and think, and contains the large mausoleum to the Trafford Family.

Nearest Staithe: Caen Meadow

St Mary’s, Wroxham

St Mary's Close, Wroxham, Norwich, NR12 8SG
Open daily dawn to dusk.
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Often described as the Queen of Broads Churches, a walk up from the staithe is well worth it! A climb up the tower for the commanding views is a must. Inside there is a wonderful 15th century painted screen, an antiphonal and other delights.

Nearest Staithe: Malthouse Broad at Ranworth

St Helen’s, Ranworth

Woodbastwick Road, Ranworth, Norwich, NR13 6HT
Open daily dawn to dusk.
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Horning Church is connected to St Benet’s Abbey. Its rector is Prior of the Abbey. More dragon history here, with wonderful carved pew ends of people battling dragons and a dragon in the stocks. Horning has an imposing Victorian interior.

Nearest Staithe: Horning Church Staithe

St Benedict’s, Horning

Church Road, Horning, NR12 8PZ
Open dawn to dusk.
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An imposing church in the middle of a busy broadland village, St Catherine’s has a magnificent font, a painted screen to rival Ranworth and Barton Turf, and an interesting history. It is also linked to St Benet’s Abbey through the story of the Ludham Worm.

Nearest Staithe: Womack Staithe

St Catherine’s, Ludham

Norwich Road , Ludham, Norwich, NR29 5QA
Open daily dawn to dusk.
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A thatched church with a Victorian interior. The roof is interesting from the inside with massive oak beams holding up the thatch. A round squint hole in the tower looks westward to St Benet’s Abbey across the river.

Nearest Staithe: Thurne Village Staithe

St Edmund’s, Thurne

Church Road, Thurne, Norwich, NR29 3BT
Open daily dawn to dusk.
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Once through the door the dominating feature is the magnificent Seven Sacrament Font which has eight sides. Also the Burraway Slab with its interesting inscription; the beautiful millennium banners and very fine medieval stained glass.

Nearest Staithe: Martham Parish Staithe at the Ferry

St Mary’s, Martham

Black Street, Martham, NR29 4PR
Open daily dawn to dusk.
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What strikes on first view is the huge thatched roof, but inside St Andrew’s has some of the finest carved pew ends around. It also has a square font which is quite unusual for Broads’ churches.

Nearest Staithe: Stokesby Staithe

St Andrew’s, Stokesby

Runham Road, Stokesby, NR29 3ET
Open daily dawn to dusk.
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This is said to be the largest parish church in England and is dedicated to a saint who is patron of children (Santa Claus), sailors and pawnbrokers. A church full of interest founded by Herbert de Losinga who also founded Norwich Cathedral and links to St Mary, Aldeby.

Nearest Staithe: Great Yarmouth Yacht Station

Great Yarmouth Minster (St Nicholas), Great Yarmouth

Church Plain, Great Yarmouth, NR30 1NE
Open weekdays 9.30am to 3pm and 10am to 1 pm on Saturdays.
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The church has a lovely round tower and nestles close to the remains of the magnificent Roman Fort. It’s importance is a wider one, as it was the first place that the Celtic Saint St Fursey established a monastery in the 7th century. Another church with a fine font and Victorian stained glass.

Nearest Staithe: Burgh Castle Moorings

St Peter and St Paul’s, Burgh Castle

Church Road, Burgh Castle, Great Yarmouth, NR31 9QG
April-October 10am - 5pm; March-November 10 am -3.30pm; December - February for services normally 9am -11 am.
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Nowhere else has a church tower like this! Built of brick in the 18th century, it is in the shape of a ziggurat. It is attached to a beautiful, thatched medieval church, with much of interest inside. Over the centuries it has been the church of the Boycott family, and yes the phrase ‘to boycott’ comes from the family name.

Nearest Staithe: Waveney River Centre

St Mary’s, Burgh St Peter

Church Lane , Burgh St Peter, NR34 0BT
Open daily dawn to dusk.
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A medieval church, with a huge churchyard, set in the centre of a picturesque Norfolk village. It has an imposing font and interesting screen – look out for the figure of St William of Norwich in particular. Visit the room over the church porch to gain an insight into local history. Loddon is next to Chedgrave where there is another beautiful church to visit.

Nearest Staithe: Chedgrave Common

Holy Trinity, Loddon

Church Plain, Loddon, NR14 6EY
Open throughout the year 10am - 4pm, with Welcomer on duty: Easter - 30 September.
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A bit of a walk from the staithe, along the Wherryman’s Way, but worth passing the ruins of St Saviours’ where the naturalist Ted Ellis is buried, and the RSPB Bird Reserve. St Mary’s has a lovely carved seven sided font and has remains of medieval glass in later windows.

Nearest Staithe: Surlingham Ferry

St Mary’s, Surlingham

Church Lane, Surlingham, NR14 7DF
Open daily dawn to dusk.
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The present church is 19th century with a medieval church in front, which had to be left as a ‘picturesque ruin’. The screen has Apostle faces of religious and political leaders from the early 20th century. This church is a wonderful amalgam of items from former churches on the site and those specific to this church. An interesting tabernacle is to be found on the high altar and the altar frontals tell the story of the Church’s seasons and festivals.

Nearest Staithe: River Yare Moorings

St Andrew’s, Thorpe St Andrew

Yarmouth Road, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich, NR7 0EW
Open usually every day 9.30am - 4pm.
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St Mary’s, Stalham

High Street, Stalham, Norwich, NR12 9AU

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St Michael’s, Irstead

Shoals Road, Irstead, Norwich, NR12 8XS

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St Peter’s, Belaugh

Church Lane, Belaugh, Wroxham, NR12 8XA

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St Mary’s, Wroxham

St Mary's Close, Wroxham, Norwich, NR12 8SG

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St Helen’s, Ranworth

Woodbastwick Road, Ranworth, Norwich, NR13 6HT

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St Benedict’s, Horning

Church Road, Horning, NR12 8PZ

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St Catherine’s, Ludham

Norwich Road , Ludham, Norwich, NR29 5QA

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St Edmund’s, Thurne

Church Road, Thurne, Norwich, NR29 3BT

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St Mary’s, Martham

Black Street, Martham, NR29 4PR

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St Andrew’s, Stokesby

Runham Road, Stokesby, NR29 3ET

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Great Yarmouth Minster (St Nicholas), Great Yarmouth

Church Plain, Great Yarmouth, NR30 1NE

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St Peter and St Paul’s, Burgh Castle

Church Road, Burgh Castle, Great Yarmouth, NR31 9QG

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St Mary’s, Burgh St Peter

Church Lane , Burgh St Peter, NR34 0BT

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Holy Trinity, Loddon

Church Plain, Loddon, NR14 6EY

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St Mary’s, Surlingham

Church Lane, Surlingham, NR14 7DF

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St Andrew’s, Thorpe St Andrew

Yarmouth Road, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich, NR7 0EW

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St. Benet's Abbey, Horning, Norwich, UK