Britain's largest wetland The Broads is a National Park and has been popular for boating holidays since the Victorian era. With no locks and ample opportunity for gentle boating holidays and boat day hire around 125 miles of waters, The Broads contain a host of riverside pubs, visitor centres, nature reserves, historic windmills and beautiful medieval churches. Family attractions across the Broads include miniature railways, outdoor adventure parks, theme parks and activity centres offering a variety of watersports.
Family attractions in the Norfolk Broads around Wroxham include Bewilderwood Adventure Park, Wroxham Barns Craft & Play Centre and Broads Tours day boat hire. The Museum of the Broads is situated just 10 minutes from Wroxham at The Staithe, Stalham. Archive Broads photographs, film and historic Broads boats feature at the Museum of the Broads as well as the popular Victorian Steam Launch.
It's not all boat trips in the Broads! A range of other outdoor activities are available including cycling. Bike hire centres are in top spots like the Waveney River Centre, Hoveton, Ludham, Stokesby and Clippesby. Fishing is always incredibly popular and the Broads is brimming with natures reserves, marshes and fenland like landscapes like Strumpshaw Fen on the River Yare. All are meccas for birdwatching.
Numerous historic mills, churches and pretty gardens open to the public are dotted around the Norfolk Broads including Berney Arms (English Heritage), the tallest wind pump in the UK, the Harley Windmill & Visitor Centre and don't miss a tour of the 'Cathedral of the Broads' - St Helen's Church, Ranworth with visitor centre and coffee shop. Pretty Broads gardens include Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden at South Walsham.
Information centres in the Norfolk Broads are located at popular Norfolk Broads locations including Hoveton and Wroxham, Potter Heigham, Whitlingham and Ludham. Tourist information centres at Great Yarmouth and Norwich also offer extensive guides, leaflets and information on boating holidays, day boat hire and river boat trips in the Norfolk Broads.
A huge choice of boat trips in the Broads and day hire/hourly boat hire are available. River boat trips include fantastic vintage boat trips on classic steamer style boats as well as a choice of themed evening cruises, birdwatching and wildlife boat trips. Boat hire companies offer a range of day boat hire or shorter hourly boat hire sessions. Standard Day Boats are incredibly easy to handle in the Norfolk Broads and are popular with families. Canoes and rowing boats are also available to hire around the Broads, or learn to sail at top spots like Oulton Broad and Horning. Canoeing is particularly popular in the quieter sections around Horning, Attlebridge and Fairhaven Garden.