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Nature Reserve:NWT Hickling Broad

Nature Reserve

NWT Hickling Broad

NWT Hickling Broad

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NWT Hickling Broad is the largest Norfolk Broad and harbours a spectacular variety of plants and animals. There are gentle walks under wide skies for the casual visitor or fascinating study for those interested in swallowtail butterflies, bitterns, cranes, marsh harriers and other rare Broadland wildlife. Ideal for bird watching.

The Water Trail takes you by boat through the quiet backwaters with breathtaking views of the Broads. It runs May to September weather permitting (additional charge).

Visitor centre and toilets (one with wheelchair access), interpretive displays and refreshments.

Bird watching hides overlooking pools. Boardwalk with way-marked trails suitable for wheelchairs, information boards and reserve leaflet.

Wildlife Detective Bumbags for children are free to hire.

Water Trail (additional charge, available summer only) takes you by boat across open water, through reeds to the base of the Tree Tower. From the top of the Tower is an amazing view of the Broads and coast. The Tree Tower is accessible only on the Water Trail.

Disabled toiletsFacilities for educational visitsPicnic sitePublic toilets

Guided tours for groups

Opening details

Open all year


Stubb Road,
NR12 0BW


See location of NWT Hickling Broad on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TG 416215  Lat: 52.73753 Long: 1.57787

By Road:
NWT Hickling Broad is approximately 4 miles south east of the market town of Stalham, just off the A149 Yarmouth road. From Hickling village, follow the tourist signs, turn into Stubb Road, then the 1st left and then right.


  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups