Whether it’s relaxing in your riverside apartment or cruising down the waterways, bird watching, fishing and cycling or simply taking in the impressive scenery, The Broads in Norfolk has it all.

Here are my top things to do on The Broads!

Day Boating

Exploring Norfolk’s unique Broads is a must for any visitor. It’s safe and easy to navigate, with over 125 tranquil, lock-free miles. Throughout the summer Herbert Woods has a large fleet of luxury cruisers for short and long breaks as well as smaller boats for day-boating. Boats depart from Potter Heigham and are available to hire from £20.00 an hour.

Enjoy a day boat on The Broads


Or for those with a sense of adventure, hire one of their Canadian canoes and cruise the waterways from £20 for a half day, £36 full day.


River Cruising

For longer breaks try the elite river cruisers, such as Sovereign Light and Olympic Light starting from £945 for three night and £1350 for seven nights, excluding fuel and damage waiver.

For a shorter break, a river cruiser, such as Crystal Light starts from £586 for a family of four. If you’re looking for a larger boat, cruisers such as Amethyst Light and Beam of Light sleep six and range between £574 and £1256 for three nights, again, this excludes fuel and damage waiver.


Herbert Woods’ luxury motor cruiser


These boats are equipped with ensuite cabins, a raised steering position, a warm air heating system and an LCD TV / DVD, as well as, other unique features depending on the boat.


Day Tripping

For those people that prefer to stay on dry land, Herbert Woods and Broads Escapes has an array of luxury waterside properties, including Broadlands, Marsh View Cottage, Dragonfly Apartment and Wagtail Apartment. For one week during the summer, Waterside properties (sleeping four) start from £481.00.

From your base you can explore the stunning area of The Broads.

Waterside Apartments


The cultural city of Norwich has an unrivalled collection of heritage landmarks, spanning 1,000 years of history, which blends beautifully with outstanding 21st century architecture.

With Norwich’s famous cobbled streets packed full of independent boutiques, the best high street fashion shops and the hottest upcoming designers around, for any shopaholics looking for their next fix, Norwich is a must-see city.


How Hill

The How Hill Trust offers a unique opportunity for people of all ages to experience and learn about the distinctive and exceptional environment of the Norfolk Broads.

Set in a unique location with full access to the house and gardens, How Hill is a great educational day out, plus all money raised at How Hill supports their charitable environmental work!


Thrigby Hall

Thrigby Hall is set in stunning wildlife gardens. The Hall which was built in 1736 is open all year round for visitors to explore. Animals from Red Pandas and Monkeys, through to Leopards and Otters can be found here!


Bure Valley Railway

Bure Valley Railway is Norfolk’s longest fifteen inch gauge line which runs between the ancient market towns of Wroxham and Aylsham. The 18-mile round trip runs through the picturesque Bure Valley countryside following the meandering river through meadowland and ancient pasture, stopping occasionally at small country villages, including Coltishall, Buxton and Brampton.


Bird Watching

The Norfolk Broads are the UK’s largest protected wetland and as such, support many different species. From birds to mammals, the wildlife living on the Broads is richly varied and is a dream for twitchers. The area is home to bittern, the tufted duck, Canada geese and black headed gull, as well as the Chinese water deer and the Swallowtail butterfly. With amazing sunsets, misty mornings and an abundance of wildlife, the Broads are the ideal location for day visits, short breaks or long holidays.


The fishing season is officially open!  Fishing is one of the most popular hobbies in the UK and The Broads in Norfolk is a popular destination for anglers offering a wide range of fishing in over 100 miles of lock-free rivers and shallow lakes.  The magical waters are rich with Bream, Roach, Eels, Perch, Rudd, Tench, Carp and Pike.

You must have a valid Environmental Agency Rod license, available from Post Offices.



Hire bikes and discover miles of tracks and bridle paths taking you through some idyllic sights along The Broads (priced from 6 hours for £12).