Norfolk Broads Boating Holidays
The Norfolk Broads is the UK’s most popular cruising area. Now a National Park and protected wetland, it is a haven for wildlife with many nature reserves.
With 200 miles of gently flowing rivers and broad lakes, the Norfolk Broads is ideal for a boating holiday - and with no locks to open!
Combine the rural lifestyle with visits to the pleasant city of Norwich or the vibrant seaside town of Great Yarmouth.
There are hundreds of boats for hire on the Broads. We have selected just 60 boats for this website - Top Class boats - those built in 2012, 2013, or 2014, or the very best of the boat operators' fleets, or with a 5-star Tourist Board rating.
We have 10 boat bases on the Norfolk Broads, all suitable for week, two-week or short break cruises. There are many boat styles – inside and outside steering, centre steering with sliding roofs, or front steering with accommodation on one level.
The Broadland rivers each have their own character and beauty, all meeting at Breydon Water before entering the North Sea.
The River Bure offers unspoilt scenic beauty and bases at Wroxham and Horning.
Wroxham has a good selection of shops, and for many is the centre of the Broads. Horning is an attractive riverside village with pubs, restaurants, and shops. We have three boat bases in this section of the River Bure, with many boating holiday options.
From Wroxham explore the quiet open waters of Wroxham Broad, Salhouse Broad, Blackhorse Broad and Malthouse Broad.
At the head of the river, Coltishall is an attractive village with plenty of moorings. Upstream climb the 97 steps for panoramic views from Ranworth church tower and visit the local nature reserve.
The northern part of the Broads is crossed by the Rivers Ant and Thurne. The River Ant is an intimate Broads river, narrower than the other rivers. It opens up into the lovely Barton Broad on its way to the bustling Georgian market town of Stalham, home of the Broads Museum and an important port for the wherries which once sailed the Broads.
The River Thurne typifies the Broads with vast expanses of water and sky, churches and derelict windpumps on the horizon.
Potter Heigham is famous for its mediaeval bridge which in perilously low – and may not be passable by some boats. The large Hickling Board is a major nature reserve. The moorings by the Pleasure Boat Inn at Hickling are a popular port of call!
Taking the River Bure south pass Acle village and perhaps divert to the seaside pleasures of Great Yarmouth or continue to take the River Yare northwest to the cathedral city of Norwich via Brundall. South east on the River Waveney, head to lively Oulton Broad and the coast and seaside at Lowestoft.
From Oulton Broad the River Waveney meanders through the pretty village of Beccles to form the border between Suffolk and Norfolk.
A boating holiday on the Norfolk Broads makes for a very relaxing experience - one enjoyed by millions for over 60 years.
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