Broadland and the Broads
Norfolk is possibly most famous for the man-made Broads, a National Park with over 125 miles of navigable lock-free waterways set in beautiful countryside and studded with charming and picturesque towns and villages.
The only National Park with a city in it!
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.
This is the Venice of the East – in fact, the Norfolk Broads has more miles of waterway than the Italian city!
The Broads 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 a 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.
Broadland and Broads highlights
Things to see and do...
50 acres of wild, outdoor adventure with treehouses, zip wires, jungle bridges, Crocklebogs, boat trips and marsh walks
Day boat hire
You can head out onto the water for just a day - why not book up with Broads Tours at Wroxham
Greater Yarmouth has a range of safe sandy beaches, including Hemsby, Winterton-on-Sea and Gorleston-on-Sea
Boat trips on the Broads
Sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery when you take a boat trip with Broads Tours
Whitlingham Country Park
Visit the Broad in the city, and enjoy the water-based activities on offer at the Outdoor Education Centre
A wheely great way to enjoy the Broads
You don't have to be on the water to enjoy the Broads - hire a cycle or put on your walking boots
As they say at Dinosaur Adventure Park, isn't it time you came and saurus...
Take a train journey
The Bure Valley Railway goes through beautiful Broadland countryside between Aylsham and Wroxham.
DID YOU KNOW THEY WERE MAN-MADE?
The result of medieval peat diggings
The Broads, which can be split into Northern Broads and Southern Broads (below Breydon Water - see map below), offers a rich mix of attractions and activities year-round for visitors of any age and any interest and is recognised globally for its wildlife and the distinct and precious character of its environment.
The UK's largest nationally protected wetland and an important area for wildlife, the history of the Norfolk Broads is fascinating, as they are actually a man-made creation. The Broads were formed when people dug for peat in medieval times and then they were later flooded. The Victorians used them for transporting heavy loads but nowadays they are purely for pleasure.
The Broads is a fragile wetland of international importance, with rare wildlife like 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.