The Norfolk Broads are a network of man made rivers and lakes in the English counties of Norfolk and Suffolk. The Broads were created when medieval peat excavations were flooded hundreds of years ago. Indeed, it was only until the 1960s that researcher Dr Joyce Lambert proved they were man made, until then, it was assumed they were entirely natural!




The Broads are found in the south of Norfolk, spilling over into Suffolk.




A number of towns and villages are found within the Broads, including Horning, Wroxham, Ludham, Coltishall, Beccles, Reedham and Ranworth. It is also possible to get to Norwich from the Broads by boat, on the River Yare.



Getting There

The Broads are easily accessible from all the major towns and cities in the east of England, including London.

By Plane

The closest airport to the Broads is Norwich Airport for domestic flights as well as international flights from Amsterdam. For international visitors from other locations, Stansted Airport is the closest major airport.

By Train

The Broads are best accessed by train from either Norwich or Great Yarmouth. Norwich train station has a direct link from London, Cambridge and Stansted airport, and is a short walk from Norwich Yacht Station, which is connected to the Broads via the River Yare.

By Car

The broads can be accessed by car on the A47, with ample parking found in many of the main towns within the broads such as Horning and Wroxham.

By Bus

A regular bus service operates in the main towns in the Broads, with regular connections to Norwich and Great Yarmouth.

By Boat

The Broads can be reached by boat from Norwich. Boat hire and river tours are also available in many of the towns within the Broads.




There are a number of well respected restaurants and pubs along the Norfolk Broads. Many are located at the water's edge, meaning it is possible to moor up your boat for a spot of lunch. Below are some of the best pubs and restaurants:

  • Filby Bridge Restaurant - A family run restaurant with views of the Trinity Broads, serving traditional home made food.
  • Kingfisher Tea Room - Famous for local ice creams and pastries, Kingfisher Tea Room is perfect for lunch.
  • Nelson Head - Full of antique memorabilia from Nelson's county. Dog and family friendly.
  • Reedham Ferry Inn - Home cooked, traditional food made from local produce. Restaurant style food as well as 'pub grub'.
  • The Boathouse - Located on the bank of the Trinity Broads in Ormesby in the beautiful countryside.
  • The Waveney Inn - Food served daily to eat in and take away. Regular weekend entertainment during the peak holiday season, with a lively atmosphere.


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