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With its long coastline and miles of waterways on the Broads, it is not surprising that Norfolk offers such a variety of boat trips to the visitor

An Introduction to Boat Trips in Norfolk

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Norfolk is a county with plenty of boating opportunity. With a long coastline, numerous rivers and the world famous Norfolk Broads, you can see why boat trips are a popular activity. For those choosing not to launch their own boat or hire a self-drive cruiser, there is plenty of organised trips that you and you family can enjoy - from rare military hardware to Mississippi style paddle steamers, we have it all in Norfolk!

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A Map of Boat Trips in Norfolk

Norfolk Boat Trips Map Blakeney Point The Wash Monster Scroby Sands Primrose at Fairhaven Lola Charters Broads Tours Southern Comfort The RA Electric Eel City Boats

10 Boat Trips in Norfolk

The RA at Whitlingham
The Ra is a solar powered boat operated by the Broads Authority. This shiny silver catamaran style boat, can take a group of around 20 on a cruise on the Norfolk Broads. The roof is one massive solar panel and it re-charges the batteries driving the electric motors as the boat cruises! The boat is virtually silent and this means you are more likely to see wildlife scared off by noisier boats! The RA is currently sailing on Whitlingham Broad.
The Ra
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Self Drive Day Boat
A self drive day boat on the Norfolk Broads is a very popular activity, especially on a sunny, summers day! The best way to see the Norfolk Broads is undoubtedly by boat and a self-drive is a fabulous way to get afloat and explore the Norfolk Broads for yourself. Pack a picnic and make sure oyu take your camera and off you go! Try hiting a boat from Wroxham, Stalham or Potter Heigham.
Day Boat Norfolk Broads
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Blakeney Point Seal Trips
Blakeney Point is a spit of land jutting out just north of Blakeney. It is home to a colony of grey and common seals, that number about 500. The grey seals are the larger of the two and they have pups between November and January. Common seals have their pups between June and August. Blakeney Point is also home to countless birds, including Terns. Beans Boats is one of several companies offering boat trips to Blakeney Point at high tide. The trips run daily (weather and tide permitting) from Morston Quay and take about an hour.
Seal Pup
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The Wash Monster at Hunstanton
One of the most popular and unusual attractions in Norfolk is The Wash Monster. This incredible machine is an ex. military vehicle manufactured in 1967 for use as a landing craft by American forces in Vietnam. This 60 seater amphibious craft now transports tourists from the sandy beach at Hunstanton straight into the sea on any one of five coastal tours. The craft cruises at 8 knots in the water and 13 knots on land. It has become a regular sight, cruising up and down the Norfolk Coast, taking tourists on trips along this beautiful stretch of coastline, consisting of wide open sandy beaches.
Hunstanton Wash Monster
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Southern Comfort at Horning
The Southern Comfort is a double-deck Mississippi style paddle cruiser, which has been purpose built for the Norfolk Broads. It has a capacity of 100 passengers and operates a number of scheduled cruises during the summer months. The boat is based in the beautiful village of Horning and cruises take passengers along the River Bure to Ranworth Broad and back, passing thatched riverside homes, windmills and reed beds. Throughout the trip there is continual commentary, helping you spot various wildlife. Some cruises are even accompanied by a jazz band on board!
Southern Comfort
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Broads Tours from Wroxham
It is well recognised that the only real way to see the Norfolk Broads is from the water. For those choosing an organised cruise over self-drive, Broads Tours offer a wide selection of boats and cruises to suit all tastes. A fleet of cruisers take individuals, families and coach parties on cruises along the River Bure to places such as Wroxham Broad, Salhouse Broad and Horning. Cruises vary in length from 1 to 2 hours and include evening music cruises, children's educational cruises and even Santa cruises at Christmas!
Broads Tours
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Scroby Sands from Great Yarmouth
Wind is big business in Norfolk. Several wind farms are being built just off the coast, generating green electricity for our ever increasing consumption. Scroby Sands is located just over a mile offshore from Great Yarmouth and consists of 30 wind turbines generating 60 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 41,000 homes. In the past Scroby Sandbank was responsible for many shipwrecks, but it is now the home to a colony of grey seals. The best way to see Scroby Sands close-up is to take a boat trip directly from the beach at Great Yarmouth. Trips run daily in summer, weather permitting and chalkboards in the beach advertise the time of the next trip.
Scroby Sands Windfarm
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Electric Eel at How Hill
How Hill is a nature reserve and riverside estate on the Norfolk Broads, that consists of a large, thatched Edwardian house set in acres of reed, marsh, woodland and a small broad, together with a marshman's cottage and three restored drainage mills. From How Hill you can board the Electric Eel, a small, silent, electric boat that takes visitors on a 50 minute boat ride through the reed fringed dykes not normally open to the public. The boat trip gives visitors the opportunity to see countless types of wildlife close-up.
Electric Eel
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Primrose at Fairhaven Gardens
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden comprises 131 acres of beautiful ancient woodland and water gardens at South Walsham in the heart of the Norfolk Broads. The garden is renowned for its fabulous collection of candelabra primulas – the best naturalised collection in the UK – which can be seen in May. It is also well known for magnificent Autumn colour's in late October and early November. Fairhaven Gardens operate 20 minute boat trips on a private broad, that gives visitors the ability to view the beautiful woodland and gardens from the water. A longer trip takes visitors along the river to view the historic ruins of St Benet's Abbey.
Primrose at Fairhaven
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Blue Ice Charter on the Norfolk Broads
A small independent boat charter offering cruises on beautiful Barton Broad and the surrounding area. Blue Ice is a modern 26ft luxurious cruiser for small family groups. The skipper can either point out places of interest or fade into the background and simply let visitors soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the wonderful surroundings. Cruises can be adapted to suit your requirments and cruise lengths can be half day or a full day. If you don't fancy a self-drive and yet still wan't something small and independent, this is for you!
Primrose at Fairhaven
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