GUIDE TO THE NORFOLK BROADS

Discover the best of the Norfolk Broads with our handy local’s guide. Browse our seven-day itinerary, read interesting articles and find attractions and eateries to add to your list of things to do during your holiday.

A 7 day ITINERARY for the Norfolk Broads

Packed with ideas on activities and days out which will suit the whole family and keep you all entertained during a week in the Norfolk Broads.

Boating days out

Naturally, one of the best ways to explore the Broads is to take to the water. Broads Tours, based in Wroxham, offer anything from one hour to a whole day out on the water, in various different boats. You could hire one for yourself and stop at the many riverside pubs along the way, or moor up at somewhere like Broad of Salhouse to enjoy a picnic – it’s a popular spot for wildlife too. If you’d rather someone else was in charge of the boat, the river trips offer light refreshments and a licensed bar – dogs are welcome too. Plus, you’ll get a fascinating live commentary, so you’ll learn something along the way!

See the sights in Norwich

Norwich has something for everyone, for history buffs, the city’s skyline is very much dominated by the 12th century castle and not one, but two cathedrals. Inside Norwich Castle is a fascinating museum which is well worth a visit. For those with an interest in modern art, the Sainsbury Centre is definitely the place to go and if it’s architecture you like, check out the Forum. Norwich is also home to the only mustard museum in the world, so make sure you don’t miss out on a trip to Colman Mustard Shop and Museum. The best way to soak up the sights all in one day is by jumping aboard the hop on and off sightseeing bus around the city!

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Head off the beaten track in Norwich

This beautiful city offers plenty of opportunities to duck away from the crowds and explore a little more of Norwich’s character. Elm Hill, in the historic cathedral quarter, is a captivating area of the city and, undeniably, one of Norwich’s biggest gems. Here, quirky shops and cosy cafes line charming medieval cobbled streets where Tudor buildings transport you back in time. Spend an afternoon wandering the narrow streets, popping in and out of intriguing shops before stopping to refresh with a cup of tea or a bite to eat at The Tea House. The other option is to take to the water and enjoy a whole different perspective of the city. Spend a relaxing afternoon sailing peacefully down the River Wensum aboard a traditional punt, passing sites such as Pull’s Ferry and St James’ Mill.

Family days out

A day for the kids

Today is all about the little people and we think BeWILDerwood will be a massive hit. The fun-filled family attraction is packed with all kinds of outdoor adventure, from treehouses and zip wires to boat trips and enchanting stories. There’s so much to do and fun to be had that you could definitely spend your whole day here! The attraction plays host to a whole range of fictional characters who you’ll find having just as much fun as you during your visit. There are plenty of places to get refreshments too, but you could always take a picnic and make the most of the beautiful outdoor spaces.

Historic attractions

Explore by bike

The Norfolk Broads are the perfect place to take to two wheels, there are plenty of routes to choose from to explore the peaceful country lanes and rolling countryside. The Broads by Bike network is made up of 14 circular walks of differing length and ability, so that’ll certainly keep you busy for a day. Many of the routes pass through the Broads’ pretty villages and towns such as Wroxham, Ranworth and South Walsham and explore both the north and south Broads. The routes take in the beautiful rivers and even head out to the coast where rolling sand dunes give way to miles of pristine beaches – keep an eye out because there are a colony of seals living in Horsey.

A day of variety in Wroxham

Known as the capital of the Broads, Wroxham & Hoveton, offers lots of options for a day out. Not only does Broads Tours depart from here, but so does the Bure Valley Railway. The ancient gauge railway goes between Wroxham and Aylsham on an 18-mile round trip. Wroxham itself is packed with bars, cafes and restaurants and for the shopaholics among you, it is home to Norfolk's and Suffolk’s biggest department store, Roys. For horticulture lovers, Hoveton Hall offers beautiful gardens where you can spend time walking hand in hand. Wroxham barns is great for the whole family, spend a couple of hours here enjoying the fun fair and junior farm, plus a little retail therapy with all the gifts and goods.

The villages of The Broads

The Broads are made up of several pretty villages which are definitely worth a visit, even if you just drive through them. Soak up the peace and quiet in the pretty village of Woodbastwick and visit Woodforde’s Brewery to pick up tasty ales in the shop or enjoy a brewery tour. The friendly village pub, The Fur and Feather Inn, also serves the local brew so it makes for the ideal lunchtime stop off. Nearby Ranworth is home to St Helen’s Church, known as ‘Cathedral of the Broads’. When you’re in need of refuelling, head to Reedham and make the most of the pretty riverside pubs – here you’ll find the only remaining car and passenger ferry in the Broads.

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