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Address: Highcraft Marina | Griffin Lane, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich NR7 0SL, England
Phone Number: 44 (0) 1603 701701
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Description: Relax Afloat A City Boat. We offer many ways to enjoy the Southern...
Relax Afloat A City Boat. We offer many ways to enjoy the Southern Norfolk Broads; why not be your own skipper for the day and hire one of our picnic boats? During the summer months our scheduled river trips operate every Friday, Saturday and Sunday (7 days per week during the school holidays) and relax whilst our skipper gives a live commentary. Refreshments available and cream teas can be ordered in advance, toilets also on-board. We offer private charter cruises for special events, eg. birthday celebrations, corporate events and wedding events. For those of you wishing to spend a relaxing few days or a week on the Broads we offer classic Broads cruisers.
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Day trip gives a different perspective on a fine city

We did the trip from the boatyard, into the city and back. We arrived early and easily found a parking spot. A friendly staff member told us that the vessel was still being... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Derby, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We went on the Cest le vie for four days. Our first time. An older boat than most we saw on the river which is what we wanted. It was great fun once we got used to the steering and tying up etc. We went on the South Broads, a bit quieter than the north I think It was great... More 

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Norfolk
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We did the trip from the boatyard, into the city and back. We arrived early and easily found a parking spot. A friendly staff member told us that the vessel was still being prepared, and answered our questions. The Vanguard is a classic local boat, so don't expect modern luxury, but it's comfortable. The seating is all inside, undercover, but... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Have done many day boat rentals from Wroxham. Something different this time. Very well signposted to the lane, but then easy to get lost between yards. Very friendly staff, not as hectic as other boat renters, day boats maybe a little older than many. Then decide to turn right and head into the centre of Norwich (more industrial, like a... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

WE had a party of 60 on board Vanguard the boat is a 1949 model and getting tired however we enjoyed the 5hr day non stop trip. The catering which we had paid £5.25 per head was to say the least not worth bothering with. It was already on the table in the full sun when the boat arrived to... More 

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Parotgal, Manager at City Boats, responded to this review

The client, was sent all information, however I don't think he really read the menu and ordered for a group of gentlemen what is advertised as a 'nibbles' selection. Perhaps ordering a proper lunch menu would have been more appropriate. The client was also sent a 'stock requirements sheet' on which he ticked every 'liquid' item, ie lager, beer, wine,... More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Had a very good experience with this company. Picked up a boat at about 10am without prebooking. Paid by card without any problem, despite thee being a sign which said we can't. Boat was clean and tidy, although showing signs of age. Decent tutorial, and they seemed to want to be sure you were happy before sending you on your... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Henry, who for some reason is employed by the Company, is rude, swears at customers and will try to extort extra monies out of customers.

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Parotgal, Manager at City Boats, responded to this review

Well here we have what is known as a professional complainer. This person made a complaint in July 2013 and was offered a free full day hire for the same vessel. After being unable to take up the offer for the rest of that season she asked if it could be taken over for the following season (2014) to which... More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

The commentary is excellent and the trip brings a unique floating experience a through a fine city and the Norfolk countryside. We first did this trip in 1979 and still go back for more. Our visitors are always impressed and provide us with a good excuse for repeating the trip! A little sunshine is a bonus.

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Traralgon, Australia
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314 reviews
150 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We booked Camero 2 for 4 nights knowing it was an older style boat that fitted our budget. The cooker works well, water is hot for the shower over the bath, the boat starts the minute you turn the key (if you warm the coil for the required 25 seconds). The bed is OK the pillows good. The broads are... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

My wife and I read the latest reviews on this boat and to be honest we were apprehensive about going on the trip so much so that we called the company to express our worries. We were assured by Richard that the boat was fine and not to worry. We arrived early to be met by Richard and he gave... More 

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We hired this boat September 2014. We previously read the reviews and had concerns so emailed Waterways Holidays. They reassured us that all the problems and faults had now been dealt with....No they hadn't!! Henry (who was like our best friend when we arrived but ignored my partner when she said good morning to him on our return at the... More 

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