It is located about two miles south-east of the market town of Fakenham. The River Wensum flows through the village. The village has a large maltings which has been producing malt on a traditional malting floor for two centuries. The village and maltings were formerly served by Ryburgh station on the Great Eastern Railway branch from Wymondham and East Dereham to Fakenham and Wells-next-the-Sea. This line is proposed for restoration, as far as Fakenham, by the Mid-Norfolk Railway.
The Boar Inn is located in Great Ryburgh and is a traditional English country inn, with low-beamed ceilings and an inglenook fireplace in the bar.