Norfolk Broads Boating Holidays

Whether it’s a family holiday, a day out or a romantic weekend away for two, a boating holiday in the Broads is the perfect way to unwind.

You're at the helm so there is no need to rush, this is a holiday at your own pace where you can take time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings, watch the wildlife go by, spend time with family and friends, and relax and recharge.

Find the perfect boat

With more than 120 cruisers to choose from, we have something to suit every taste and budget. The search bar at the top of this page will help you find the boats that are available on a specific date, while our boats page will show you the whole range.

If it’s a short trip, have a look at our selection of day boats (including picnic boats, canoes, kayaks and fishing boats), while our Elite range of luxury boats will invite you to cruise the Broads in style.

  • If you’re not sure which type of boat will suit you best, have a look at our tips on how to pick the perfect cruiser. If you’re still unsure, our friendly booking team will be more than happy to assist you, just give them a call on freephone 0800 144 4472 or chat with them online.
  • If you’d like to bring a pet, choose one of our pet-friendly boats.
  • We’ve also put together a boating guide for you covering everything from itineraries and journey times to information on safety, boat handling and navigation.
  • DON’T MISS OUT – visit our special offers page and you could save money on your boating holiday today!

Why you should choose a boating holiday on the Norfolk Broads

No experience necessary

Don't worry if you have never driven a boat before, most of our customers have little or no experience when they first arrive. We will show you the ropes on arrival and with 125 miles of lock-free waterways, the Broads are much easier to navigate than canals.

Our Boating Guide includes all the information you might need before booking your first boating holiday, including our First Time Boating Guide and tips on Finding Your Perfect Broads Cruiser.

Easy-to-handle boats and free tutorial

All of our cruisers are very easy to handle and our engineers will give you a thorough tutorial and a test-drive before you cast off. Each cruiser is fully equipped with everything you may need for a comfortable trip (although we do ask you to bring your own towels) and our friendly team is always on hand to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Friendly customer support

If you have any questions about one of our boats, making a booking or simply want to find out a bit more about our boating holidays in the Broads, there are several ways to get in touch:

Our booking office opening hours are:

Booking Office Opening Times 

Monday: 8am - 6pm
Tuesday: 8am - 6pm
Wednesday: 8am - 5pm
Thursday: 8am - 5pm
Friday: 8am - 6pm
Saturday: 8am - 6pm
Sunday: 9am - 5pm

Affordable and convenient

A boating holiday is also great value, with prices starting at around £45pp/pn they can work out cheaper than many hotels, plus there are no busy airports, long check-ins, transfers or car hire to worry about as you simply cast off and cruise to your next destination.

Safe hands - 90 years’ experience

Herbert Woods have been providing boating holidays on the Norfolk Broads since 1926. We have over 90 years’ experience in making sure that your Norfolk Broads holiday is one that you will enjoy and remember for many years to come.

Although the company has evolved over the years, our aim remains the same, to provide high-quality cruisers with the highest levels of customer service to ensure that all of our customers have a comfortable and carefree holiday.

Learn about the man who started it all and discover the History of Herbert Woods.

Beautiful surroundings and a truly unique vantage point

There is no better way to discover and enjoy the Broads National Park than from the water. Home to some of the UK’s rarest species of wildlife, scenic riverside villages and a rich cultural heritage, it is the perfect place to get away from day-to-day life.

Unique wildlife and local attractions

From enjoying a cosy fireside meal with a pint of real ale in one of the many riverside inns, to visiting one of our unspoilt market towns, or one of the many tourist attractions in the area, you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied during your boating holiday.

And let’s not forget, the Norfolk Broads is a national park, and an area of outstanding natural beauty. From Chinese Water Deer to otters, marsh harriers and Norfolk Hawker dragonflies, the Broads has a spectacular array of wildlife to offer.

Fun for all the family, friends and pets

Go on an adventure with the whole family and experience a slower pace of life, work as a team and let the kids help with planning out a route, learning to tie up or even steering.

We offer a wide range of boats to suit the size of your family, and there’s plenty of room for a friend or two as well. You can even bring your pet along too, as most of our boats are pet friendly.

Special offers

Don’t miss out! Our special offers page has all our latest promotions. You could save money on your booking!

Contact us to find out more about our latest holiday prices, or have a look at our gift vouchers page if you’re buying for a loved one.

Weekend breaks on the Norfolk Broads

All of our cruisers can be hired for 3 nights from Friday-Monday or Saturday-Tuesday.

Even in just a few short days, you can relax and experience all the Broads has to offer: wide-open spaces, beautiful sunsets, wildlife, woodland walks and excellent fishing.

Add a touch of luxury to your boating holiday

Cruise the Broads in style on board one of our Elite cruisers. Fitted out to the highest standard and with additional features such as bow thrusters, freeSat TV and power showers, these are the best boats in the fleet and have all been designed and built here at Herbert Woods.

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Registered Office: , Bridge Road, Potter Heigham, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR29 5JF. Telephone Number: 0800 144 4472.