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Top Things to do in the Norfolk Broads

If you’re on a short break with us at Richardson’s Boating Holidays, you may only have time to explore the Norfolk Broads – but that doesn’t mean that your time in the Broads National Park will be any less fun-filled! There’s plenty to see, do, and explore in the northern parts of Norfolk’s wetlands, from adventure fun with the children to educational museums and nature reserves to learn all about the beautiful area and its wildlife. Read on to see our list of things to do in the Norfolk Broads.

BeWILDerwood, Hoveton

Moor at: Horning Staithe

Fun if travelling with children, BeWILDerwood is an adventure playground for all ages. Run free with the children and explore the Sky Maze, or take a boat trip through BeWILDerwood’s Dismal Dyke. There’s also places for toddlers to safely play, as well as food facilities on-site. A great day out – and an easy 15-minute walk from Horning Staithe!

Broads by Cycle – Various Locations

Moor at: Broads Authority Wroxham Moorings, Womack Staithe in Ludham, Horning Staithe

Exploring the Broads by bike is a fantastic way to get close to nature and see some beautiful sights from your bike seat! There are several routes online for you to take your pick from, each with stunning sights and interesting places to visit along the way!

Bure Valley Railway, Wroxham

Moor at: Broads Authority Wroxham Moorings

If nostalgia is more your idea of fun, then the Bure Valley Railway is perfect. Running between the historic market town of Aylsham and the village of Wroxham, the line is 9 miles long, and journeys through picturesque villages and stunning scenery, with the opportunity to hop on-and-off to explore. A roundtrip from Wroxham to Aylsham takes 90 minutes with plenty of places in between to experience, so this is a fantastic day out!

Museum of the Broads, Stalham

Moor at: Richardson’s Boating Holidays Marina

Aptly located on the waterside, on the same Staithe as our Stalham Marina, the Museum of the Broads tells the story of Broadland life of times past, through the Romans, medieval peat digging, Broads holidaymakers, and more. The Museum also has its own steam launch, the Falcon, which visitors can take a ride on*! There also a number of exhibitions, including Broads Boat Toilets, historic boats, and lots more!

Ranworth Broad Nature Reserve, Ranworth

Moor at: Ranworth Staithe

Featuring a beautiful floating Broads Wildlife Centre, the Ranworth Broad Nature Reserve has wildfowl, Great crested grebes, and kingfishers. The reserve also has a boardwalk that passes through woodland and reedbeds, with a variety of habitats hidden within. There are also a number of insects to spot, from the rare Swallowtail buttery to the Norfolk hawker dragonfly. A nice day out in nature!

Roy’s of Wroxham, Wroxham

Moor at: Broads Authority Wroxham Moorings

Roys, a family owned group of shops in Wroxham, pride themselves on being “The World’s Largest Village Store”. Founded in the late 19th century by Alfred and Arnold Roy, the shops have expanded ever since, with their largest concentration of branches in Wroxham – so this is definitely worth a look! The Wroxham stores feature a department shop, supermarket, food hall, toy store, gardening, DIY, and more.

Please contact attraction before travelling for correct information.  Photo of Bure Valley Railway by Mark Bullimore.