The Broads National Park

The Broads National Park, Norwich: Hours, Address, The Broads National Park Reviews: 4.5/5

The Broads National Park
4.5
Bodies of Water • National Parks • Nature & Wildlife Areas
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Discover dramatic landscapes, raw natural beauty and a rare quality of light. Where big, bright skies meet endless horizons and dreamlike landscapes. A place where time stands still. Real peace, open space – it’s a place unlike anywhere else... The Broads National Park.
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Sue C
Bolton, England, United Kingdom62 contributions
Hickling Broad Nature Reserve - Norfolk Wildlife Trust
Jun 2021
Lovely afternoon walk around the reserve, followed by a fantastic early evening boat trip. Lots of wildlife to see, with expert advice and support from the staff. All COVID 19 safety measures in place. Highly recommended!
Written June 10, 2021
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Nicky C
Heybridge, UK404 contributions
Boating love it or hate it
May 2021
Been on the Norfolk Broads several times now covering both the northern and southern sections at different times of the year.
This time we went with Bridgecraft at Acle Bridge on the northern section.
Small friendly yard, good location and range of boats.
Boats can expensive but from the various boatyards there is a wide choice.
Note the bigger boats can be hard to moor when there is limited space on a mooring.
This time it was busier than normal due to overseas holidays not an option at the time
The broads offer great views, scenery and wildlife.
Boats are easy to handle with training by the yards.
Can be very much like camping and even on warm day the boats can be cold and morning damp.
Lots of different mooring available whether you want wild, free broads mooring, boatyards or pubs/restaurants . Mooring costs range between free and £10 per night and many areas are private and mooring is not welcomed or allowed
Popular mooring do get busy early on.
Be prepared with supplies you take with you as you may not be near somewhere to eat out every night.
The towns and villages are popular places to moor and places can be limited.
Speeds are between 3 and 6 mph so its a wind down type of holiday
March to June is the non fishing season so no rods to avoid.
Dayboats are available at most yards from a few hours to a week if staying in a riverside property.
Never been boating with children but note play areas and attractions can be away from the rivers.
Take a book, a few bottles of wine, binoculars, slow down and unwind.
Pirate flags and captain hats are optional
Written May 21, 2021
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northants90
Northampton, UK2,831 contributions
Stunning
May 2021 • Couples
This is a vast area of Norfolk which is very popular for boating holidays. As such it is expensive but the setting is lovely and there is lots to see and do. It is a lovely area and great place to visit.
Written May 3, 2021
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Gordon B
1 contribution
OK but a bit expensive
Apr 2021 • Couples
Hire boat had no pots cutlery no cups fridge stank broads tours after that had a nice day out and the map was a bit rubbish
Written April 28, 2021
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DivineDiner
Norwich, UK123 contributions
A beautiful area!
Mar 2021 • Solo
Great for exploring nature, birdwatching, landscape photography, walking, cycling, boating and many other activities. A lovely place for a holiday or short break.
Written March 26, 2021
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Paul W
Norwich, UK34 contributions
Excellent place for days out
Jan 2020 • Family
Norfolk broads are great, wildlife including swans. Brilliant. Lots of walks there, but not so much for me as I've got knee probs.
Written December 4, 2020
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KentRacer
West Kingsdown, UK79 contributions
Another week - another boat
Oct 2020 • Couples
We enjoy the Norfolk Broads so much we decided to have a week on a boat from Ferry Marina boat hire. We have hired boats from this company a few times but not this particular boat....Whisper Emblem.

As always the Scenery on the Rivers is beautiful and it is worth going at different times of the year to see the seasonal changes.

This time we did not cross over from Yarmouth as the tides were not convenient times. It is worth checking the tide tables and daylight hours if you plan to spend time crossing Brendon Water to visit places like Reedham and Saint Olaves.

We were quite lucky with the weather only one day that rain made life difficult but plenty of places to spend a peaceful day moored up. Boats with inside steering are useful here because a little rain won’t stop you!

We had no difficulty finding mooring each day. Some more popular mooring spots get filled quickly especially those with electric hook up and with nearby pubs.

Ranworth Broad is one of these and we have found that an overnight stay on these free moorings, with electric hook up and the Maltsters pub close by, are full very early in the day. We aim to be there by 1:30pm!!
There is an element of ‘fun’ watching other boats trying to get in when the spaces left are small.

This time we spent one night moored on the Thurne Dyke. Not free and no electric but the short walk to the Lion and the lovely meal we had there makes it worth while.

If on a hire boat it is possible to moor at Potter Heigham (Herbert Woods) or in Wroxham (at Faircraft Loynes) but changeover days are best avoided in these boat yards.

The moorings at Stokesby are close to the Ferry Inn and if you go further The windmill and animals at Stracey is worth a visit. Both have overnight moorings (charged).
These are the last moorings before Great Yarmouth Yacht Station and timing is important here as the bridge is low and tides are strong which makes mooring difficult at times.

This boat needs electric hook up...it is a friendly eco boat. The Broads Authorities need to make more electric hook
Ups available on their moorings if they want to move into ‘cleaner quieter’ boats.

Potter Heigham is worth a visit, very pretty but again busy moorings. Sadly Covid seems to have affected evening availability of food but daytime is fine and the shop will provide everything you could need. The bridge here is tiny and most hire boats can’t get under it. Plenty of takeaway food available and a couple of eat in places were open lunchtime.

Ackle Bridge also has moorings.. some free some charged. Local pub here as well.

Overall the week was a lovely break and a chance of normality in these unusual times. Other boaters are friendly and it’s nice to chat to others about their experiences. If you are new to this kind of holiday you will find help and advice freely available from more experienced holidaymakers.

Remember life is casual, shorts and tee shirts, trousers and trainers and of course jumpers and waterproofs are what you need...no good taking high heels or fancy dresses😂

Don’t forget your camera, binoculars and sketch pad.
Written November 12, 2020
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Rats_snod
Mirfield, UK68 contributions
Enjoyable time on boating holiday but busy.
Oct 2020
I am not sure what I was expecting by visiting the Norfolk Broads for a boating holiday. We picked our boat up from Wroxham and having planned out trip it was changed due to the river being too high to get under bridges etc, understandable and we were prepared for that. We did hire the boat for 11 days which was too long for us. We did cut our visit short as the river 'driving' was very busy, not exactly sure what the rules of the river are apart from staying on the right. The Norfolk Broads in general are beautiful. Lots of little villages with thatched roofed houses and very friendly pubs. Lots of tributaries to explore, bird life to see and a haven for fishermen. We had a lovely time we just weren't expecting the amount of traffic on the river which spoilt it for us.
Written October 21, 2020
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Amy F
High Wycombe, UK275 contributions
Lovely and relaxing
Sep 2020
The Broads National Park is great for walks, picnics and boat trips! The scenery is stunning and I found it to be really peaceful. I'd definitely recommend visiting.
Written October 7, 2020
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Clare
Derby, UK51 contributions
Enjoying the scenery aboard Tower Bridge, lovely.
Sep 2020
A week aboard Tower Bridge from Bridgecraft at Acle, it was fantastic. The friendliest boat company you could ever wish for. Very Covid safe, each boat has antiviral fogging before you get it so you know the boat is safe. Well equipped boats and a wide range of different boats to suit your needs. We love Tower because we like the roof down cruising.
We saw 3 otters this year, which is great and a good sign that the population is doing well, although the number of cormorants is worrying and I think they need managing. Had some lovely meals at some great pubs, like the Lion at Thurn and the White Horse at Neatishead. These pubs had great track and trace and were doing table service only well before that became compulsory. The food was also stunning.
The Norfolk Broads were busier this year, which I think is because people are not able to go abroad. That said we still had a lovely quiet relaxing time aboard a stunning boat. We will be back.
Written October 6, 2020
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