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Norfolk Broads Boating Holidays

Norfolk Broads Direct is the home of boat hire on the Norfolk Broads. Offering a modern fleet of high-quality cruisers for hire, we provide options for 2-11 people looking to create memories out on the water. Our fleet is dog friendly, too, so you’re welcome to bring your pets along to enjoy a Norfolk Broads boat hire with you!

Norfolk Broads Boat Hire

Providing something for everyone, a Norfolk Broads boating holiday promises to delight children and adults alike. Renowned for its natural beauty as well as its fine range of visitor attractions, the Norfolk Broads abounds with incredible waterside restaurants, traditional English pubs and remarkable nature trails. One of the UK’s 15 national parks, the wildlife and landscapes of the Norfolk Broads are expertly protected to ensure they maintain their year round beauty.

Stretching from Beccles in the south to Dilham in the north, there’s over 125 miles of navigable waterways to explore. From the quaint village of Wroxham to the bustling city of Norwich, the variety of destinations to visit means there’s something to please all tastes. Indeed, some visitors will fall in love with the boating centre of Stalham whilst others will be at home in the charming market town of Beccles.

There’s plenty of activities for everyone to get involved in, too. There’s tigers to be visited at Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens, magical days out to be had at BeWILDerwood in Horning, and scenic walks to be taken just about everywhere along the waterside. There’s also a nature reserve at Surlingham which provides guests the opportunity to learn about the way that the Broads were formed as a by-product of peat digging during the medieval period.

Naturally, those hiring a boat on the Norfolk Broads are able to experience and sample all of these places and activities at their own pace and in a way that suits them best.

When it comes to exploring the Broads, there’s boats of all shapes and sizes to consider. Obviously, we like to think our fleet of modern cruisers are amongst the best available! Easy to handle, and requiring no previous boating experience, our team makes sure that every guest is confident when setting out on their Norfolk Broads boat hire. Equipped with all of the comforts necessary to cruise in style, our boats provide guests with outstanding accommodation and boast a performance that makes them ideal vessels for experiencing the Broads. 

Certain boats in our fleet have notable additions that set them apart from the crowd. Some, like the Fair Prince, for example, have a raised steering position that makes it possible to steer the boat whilst being out in the open. Others, like the Fair Princess, have a split sliding canopy to allow those on board to feel even more connected to the water and their surroundings.

Our collection of premier cruisers which include boats like the the Fair Marquess and Fair Jubilee benefit from alfresco dining areas and exterior lounges that make them great choices for families and couples who like to spend the majority of their holidays outside. Certain boats in this collection also feature whirlpool baths, flatscreen televisions, and separate interior dining areas. Ultimately, they allow boaters to discover the Broads whilst indulging in a few luxuries whilst cruising from one place to another.

To find out the specific features of any of our boats for hire on the Norfolk Broads, simply click through to its profile to view a complete list of its berths and amenities. On these pages you’ll be able to find out which boats provide Wi-Fi, and to what standard. It’s also important to point out that some of our boats are unable to pass beneath Potter Heigham bridge due to their height. Again, we encourage anyone setting out to enjoy a Norfolk Broads boat hire to identify if this is the case before placing a booking.

Providing there isn’t a sign stating otherwise, boaters are welcome to moor anywhere on the Norfolk Broads. Providing, of course, that they do so sensibly. Whilst many areas are free to moor in, it’s important to note that some places do charge for this service and it’s the responsibility of anyone hiring a boat to ensure that all necessary fees are paid. In the case of the yacht stations at Norwich and Great Yarmouth, for example, there is a charge to stop and make use of their facilities.

In some cases, waterside restaurants will refund any mooring fees upon the purchase of a meal. Similarly, all hire boatyards which are members of the Broads Hire Boat Federation will allow visiting cruisers to moor for free at certain periods.

Convenient and often free mooring options ultimately make boat hire on the Norfolk Broads much more enjoyable as it’s possible for visitors to easily get around and spend as much time as they like at their preferred destinations.

Our boating holidays on the Broads are great for four legged friends, too! Welcomed on board along with their humans, they’re welcome to cruise the Broads in style. We’re also committed to ensuring that everyone stays safe out on the water, which is why we’re happy to loan out dog life jackets in exchange for a small refundable deposit.

It’s not just our team that welcomes our furry friends on the Broads. Indeed, many of the walking trails around the waterways accommodate dogs. From walks on Wherryman’s Way by the River Yare to the grounds around Burgh Castle, it’s possible for dogs to come along and enjoy a holiday with their owners.

There’s also various pubs and attractions that are dog-friendly and make for great places to visit during a Norfolk Broads holiday. These include:

  • Fairhaven Woodland & Water Gardens
  • Wroxham Barns
  • The Bure Valley Railways
  • Blickling Estate

When it comes to refreshments, these dog-friendly pubs on the Norfolk Broads provide a great place to stop:

  • The Bridge Inn, Accle
  • The Swann Inn, Loddon
  • The Maltsters, Ranworth
  • The King’s Head, Hoveton
  • The White Horse, Upton
  • The Ship, Reedham
  • The White Horse, Neatishead

Of course, anyone planning on bringing their dog along to any of these establishments during their boating holiday on the Broads should look into any specific rules they’ll need to adhere to before arriving.

Of course! In order to hire a boat on the Norfolk Broads for day we’d highly recommend our sister company, Broads Tours. Providing day boats for hire on the Broads, their team will get you out on the water and lend any assistance you require. They also run tours if you’d prefer for someone else to take the wheel. Ensuring that you get a good taste of everything on offer around the waterways, we’re confident that you’ll want your next Norfolk Broads boat hire to last a little longer.