We’re the only city in a National Park, and the gateway to the iconic Norfolk Broads. From watersports to woodland walks, there’s something for everyone on the wild side of Norwich. Seven rivers, over sixty unique Broads and areas of open-water, thirteen ancient monuments of national importance, and more than a quarter of Britain’s rarest wildlife — there’s a lot to explore in the 303 square kilometre National Park.
The Broads begin at Whitlingham Country Park, and with 280 acres of beautiful landscape, perfect for walking and cycling. There’s a whole selection of watersports too, with tuition and taster sessions available if you’re a beginner. Or head to Wroxham, just fifteen minutes by car, where you can hire self-drive boats by the hour from Broads Tours for the perfect picnic.
With so much to explore, it can be hard to know where to start. But don’t panic. We can’t wait to show you around. Paul Dickson runs an all-day tour called Rails, Trails, and Sails that’ll take you from Norwich to Reedham on a historical adventure. Broads Tours in Wroxham gets you up close to wildlife, and the Bure Valley Railway steam train gently chugs through some of the most picturesque Norfolk villages and countryside. And at Christmas, Santa even buys a ticket…
You can stay in the Broads on a nature retreat and still enjoy the best of the city too. Kett Country Cottages, Norfolk Cottages and Norfolk Broads Direct have a spectacular selection of self-catering properties for families, couples, and dog-lovers, right along the waters’ edge. Pitch a tent or pull-up in your camper at Reedham Ferry, where you’ll be perfectly placed to visit both Norwich and Great Yarmouth. Or, push the boat out, and hire a cruiser for up to eleven people. The boats are super comfy, have everything you need, and they even welcome dogs.