There is so much to do in and around the Broads.
If you're struggling to decide where to begin, here a few helpful suggestions.
The Broads is the only national park in England that is home to a vibrant, modern city. With waterways running right through, a holiday here wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Norwich.
If you want to enjoy a day shopping, eating out, or visiting its many historical sites, having Norwich on your doorstep means you don’t have to choose between the tranquillity of a boating holiday and the buzz of a city break.
Sometimes referred to as the Capital of the Broads, the interlinked villages of Wroxham and Hoveton are the perfect base from which to explore the area. The main streets are overflowing with hotels, pubs, restaurants and shops – many of which are owned by the local retailers Roys of Wroxham, also known as the world’s largest village store!
From Wroxham, it’s simple to rent a boat for the day. Set off early for a gentle cruise to the delightful village of Coltishall - with its easily accessible riverside pubs - or explore Wroxham Broad and the River Bure. It’s the ideal way for day trippers to get a taste of life on the Broads.
A quintessential Broads village with waterside pubs, a village green, crafts shops and delicatessens, restaurants and quaint tea-rooms, Horning is also home to a biannual boat show and opposite the Bure Marshes National Nature Reserve. Spend a day soaking up the sleepy atmosphere, take in lunch and a guided boat tour or visit the picturesque church of St Benedict. The annual Three Rivers Race in June is a staple in the Broads calendar. It is run by Horning Sailing Club which also hires out rowing boats for those wanting a more gentle experience.
Known as the microcosm of the Broads, the picnic meadow at How Hill Nature Reserve looks down on a breathtaking vista of mills, sailing yachts serenely tacking the river and even an old marshman's cottage, Toad Hole, where you can experience life on the Broads a century ago. Combine your visit with a trip on the Electric Eel wildlife boat.
Ranworth is home to the so-called 'Cathedral of the Broads', stunning St Helen’s Church which was completed in 1450 and where you can climb 89 steps to a breathtaking view for miles at the top of the tower. You can also take a leisurely boardwalk stroll spotting rare creatures in woodland and reedbeds ending up at Norfolk Wildlife Trust's floating wildlife centre where you can learn about what you've just seen.
Beccles is a charming, thriving market town in the heart of the Waveney valley and steeped in history. You can moor up at the quayside, take a refreshing dip at Beccles Lido or an easy walk into the town centre with its independent shops, pubs and cafes. The nearby market town of Bungay is great for walking, good shopping and food and historic buildings. Legend has it that it was also home to the fearsome Black Shuck.
Somerleyton, with its stately home, leafy lanes and thatched fairy tale cottages, seems to have been suspended in a past era. Take a picnic on the green or a short walk to the wonderful Herringfleet Mill.
The Broads is the only English national park to embrace a city - where the river Wensum runs through historic Norwich
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