In Roman times, Acle was a port at the head of a large estuary named Gariensis. Acle is mentioned in the Domesday Book, and in 1253 it was granted a market charter.
The village of Acle is in a prime position almost equidistant from Great Yarmouth and Norwich, with the River Bure flowing out to the coast in one direction and to the beautiful Norfolk Broads in the other. It is for this reason that the village is known as “The Gateway to the Broads.” Acle currently has a population of around 2750, yet still retains much of its traditional character.
The village is an ideal base for holidays in the Broads; it has two supermarkets, two butcher’s, two banks, three cashpoints, a post office, a chemist, a vet’s, a medical centre, a petrol station, a hardware store, a newsagent’s, cafés, pubs and public toilets.
There is a large range of sports available at Acle Recreation Centre, to the North of the village, with a children’s play area and a skatepark.
Visit Acle St Edmund Church: located on The Street, this part-thatched, round-towered church features a dramatic font, a delicate screen and a disturbing inscription, all from the 15th century. The church is open every day (at least 9.30am – 5.00pm)
The village is a 20 minute walk from moorings at Acle Bridge on the Bure. There is a footpath set back from the road all the way to the village. Once in Acle there are regular fast buses to the shops, cathedral, castle and cinemas in Norwich or to the shops and beaches at Great Yarmouth. There is also a train station in Acle – it’s 20 minutes to Norwich with connections to the rest of the UK.
From Acle you can walk across the fields to Upton Boat Dyke and back to Acle Bridge along the banks of the Bure. Acle is also on the Weavers’ Way walk.