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Visit the Norfolk Broads

Norfolk is possibly most famous for the man-made Broads, over 125 miles of navigable lock-free waterways set in beautiful countryside and with many charming and picturesque towns and villages. The big skies and sparkling landscape of marshland fields, feathery reeds and tangled woodlands are a perfect canvas for adventure and relaxation - time to reflect, space to explore, a magical opportunity to enjoy a fabulous break.

The Broads, a National Park, offers visitors an experience unlike any other, both on its rivers and lakes, and alongside them, on peaceful paths and cycle ways.

Without doubt, the best way to discover the Broads is by boat. So much of the Broads can't be reached by road that days - and nights - afloat become a real adventure, with hidden places, perfect fishing spots and close encounters with wildlife at every turn. The famous Broads motor cruisers have been holiday favourites since the 1930s, and today’s boats have all the comforts of home on board, so even if you prefer to visit during the quieter, cooler months, you'll have a cosy base for your explorations. With fresh air, sparkling water and wide horizons by day, and wonderfully dark, starry nights, a boating holiday on the Broads is an unforgettable experience.

There are plenty of places along the meandering waterways for you to moor up and hop out to explore pretty villages and market towns, or to stop at a welcoming pub.

Map of the BroadsThe Broads offers 125 miles of easily-navigable, lock-free boating.

Norfolk Broads - Britain's Magical Waterland

The UK's largest nationally protected wetland, the Broads are a fragile wetland of international importance, with rare wildlife such as the huge swallowtail butterfly, the booming bittern, frolicking otters and beautiful white water lilies.

If you want to taste the exhilaration of being afloat, the Broads offers boating and sailing holidays, as well as river cruises, sailing and motor boats, canoeing, rowing and wildlife boat trips for memorable days out. Wear a life-jacket or buoyancy aid when you are on deck, getting on and off or tying up your boat.

Take a look at our Inspire section for things to do on the Broads and places to eat and drink.

More information at Broads Tourism.

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