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Boating & cruising in norfolk

If you like the idea of a water-based boat holiday in Norfolk, then look no further than the Norfolk Broads. Imagine the freedom of leisurely days sailing in Norfolk waterways without a lock in sight. You can go where you want, when you want - each day is a new journey.

While boating on the Broads, wildlife is your constant travelling companion as you drift along with bitterns, moorhens, ducks, swans, coots and herons and many, many more. Look out for darting fish beneath the surface or the rare swallowtail butterfly flitting from reeds to marshes.

Cruisers and yachts make great holiday accommodation for self-catering with a difference. And there's plenty of places to stop and moor up if you want to explore or call in at one of our Norfolk pubs and eateries.

Boating & Sailing in Norfolk

Boats are well-maintained and easy to handle and you will get full instructions when you arrive on how everything works. Whether you are a sailing enthusiast or a keen first-timer you can expect unrivalled service.

In addition, boating on the Norfolk Broads have all the basic facilities you are likely to need with pump flushing toilets, fridge, cooker, seating and sleeping areas and lighting. You can guess how much fun children have here - and big kids too! There's a real sense of adventure as you 'camp out' on a gently bobbing boat.

Choose from a 2 to 12 berth to suit all kinds of travelling groups from romantic couples to fun-loving friends and extended families. And you can hire boats in Norfolk for a short break, a whole week or even longer. Or if you would prefer to 'test the waters' why not try one of the Norfolk Broads boat trips for a great day out.

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Greater Yarmouth
Great Yarmouth

Greater Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth is famous as a family holiday destination, bursting with fun things to do, arcades, rides and attractions stretching along the fabled Golden Mile and the huge expanse of pristine beach.
The Broads
Norfolk Broads

Broadland & The 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.


Norwich is a wonderful fusion of the modern and historic, one complementing the other. Like any great city its centre is easy to walk around, has great shopping, wonderful culture and sights, and a river at its heart.
South Norfolk and Waveney Valley
South Norfolk

South Norfolk & Waveney Valley

South Norfolk has some of the county's most scenic and peaceful countryside, with winding lanes, thatched cottages, welcoming pubs and picturesque villages and market towns - ideal for cycling and walking.
Brecks and Thetford Forest
The Brecks

The Brecks & Thetford Forest

The Brecks has one of the most distinctive landscapes in the UK and boasts its best overall climate with low rainfall and hot summers. Thetford Forest is a wonderful adventure playground for off-road cycling, walking and wildlife watching.
West Norfolk and The Fens
King's Lynn and West Norfolk

King's Lynn & West Norfolk

There are around 550 square miles of West Norfolk and every single one of them has something to surprise, inspire and delight, ranging from the wetlands of The Fens to glorious sandy beaches, including Hunstanton.
North Norfolk
North Norfolk

North Norfolk

North Norfolk is renowned for its spectacular coastline, fantastic wildlife, miles of glorious beaches, seaside communities and a beautiful hinterland of rolling countryside and picturesque market towns and villages.

Explore the seven areas of Norfolk - each one offering a superb range of things to do and see, attractions and places to stay...

Brecks & Thetford Forest

Broadland & Broads

Greater Yarmouth

King's Lynn & West Norfolk

North Norfolk


South Norfolk & Waveney Valley