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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.

A Boating Holiday on the Norfolk Broads is the only way to truly experience the beauty of the Broads National Park. You are at the helm so there is no need to rush, take your time to admire the pretty riverside villages of Horning, Ranworth and Coltishall. Spot otters and Kingfishers along the River Ant or venture along the River Bure to the traditional seaside town of Great Yarmouth. Don’t worry if you are short on time the Broads can easily be explored in a day on board a Day Boat or Canoe. With a wide range of cruisers available sleeping from 2 to 12, family and friends can choose from days, weeks or weekends away on the Norfolk Broads for less than the price of a hotel stay.

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    Our Boats

    With over 120 boats to choose from we have something to suit ever taste and budget. Our boats will sleep from 2 to 12 people in a range of layouts and bed configurations.

  • Family enjoying a day out on a day boat

    Day Boats

    If your short on time why not hire one of our day or picnic boats to explore the Broads. Day Boats seat up to 8 people an can be hired from an hour up to a full day.

  • Special Offers

    Special Offers

    Save with our special offers for returning customers, second holidays and early bookings.

  • Winter Boating Holidays

    Save 20% on boating holidays in February and November and discover the Broads in Winter. Our fleet of winter boats all have superb warm air heating systems to make sure you are warm and cosy during your stay.

  • Luxury Boating Holidays

    Push the boat out with a holiday on board one of our Elite Cruisers. Designed and built at Herbert Woods the Elite Cruisers are the finest boats in our fleet and offer a first class holiday experience.

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    Boating Holidays with Pets

    We know how difficult it can be leaving your pet whilst you go on holiday which is why the majority of our cruisers are pet friendly. Pets are charged at £35 per pet and there is a maximum of two pets per cruiser.

  • School Trips

    School Trips

    Experiencing the Norfolk Broads is always exciting whether it be with family or school friends. We’re excited to team up with a variety of schools and be able to offer trips to help children widen their knowledge of the waterways and the safety that comes with a boating holiday.


Boating Holidays for Everyone

Why Choose a Boating Holiday on the Norfolk Broads

The Norfolk Broads form part of the Broads National Park and are made up of over 125 miles of lock free waterways. The Broads were originally formed as a result of peat digging in the middle ages when peat was used as a main source of fuel. Overtime, as sea levels rose, the peat pits and channels filled with water and abandoned leaving behind the rivers and Broads you see today.

The Broads are now used solely for recreation and are a popular destination for walking, cycling and boating. The unique environment and eco systems of the Broads have also made it a haven for wildlife, with over a quarter of Britain’s rarest plant and animal species found within the National Park. Bring binoculars and you won’t fail to spot Marsh Harriers hunting over the reed beds, Grey Heron perched along the banks of the River Bure and damselflies skimming the water at Ranworth Broad.

Anglers won’t be disappointed as the Broads are ideal for fishing and home to a wide range of freshwater fish including bream, roach, tench and perch. Moor up and fish direct from your boat or hire a rowing dinghy to access the streams and tributaries that cannot be reached by motor cruiser.

For further information on the everything to do with the Broads, and all the ways in which you can enjoy this beautiful area, please take a look at our in depth guides below.

Why choose Herbert Woods

As the Broads oldest hire boat operator we believe we know a thing or two about what makes for a fantastic boating holiday. Our fleet of 120+ cruisers can sleep between two and twelve  people and offer a range of layouts and bed configurations to suit couples, families or groups of friends. Our cruisers are available to hire for mid week or weekend breaks up to multi week holidays and with departures throughout the week we try to be as flexible as possible. Prices for a boating holiday start from £45pp/pn for our standard fleet up to £145pp/pn for a luxury Elite boats, exclusive of fuel and damage waiver offering something for every taste and budget .

Every boat comes fully equipped with everything you might need during your stay and is carefully maintained throughout the year by our team of experienced boat builders, marine engineers and upholsterers, whilst our team of housekeepers work tirelessly to make sure each boat it spick and span ready for your arrival. We also take your safety very seriously which is why every crew member is provided with an inflatable life jacket or buoyancy aid for young children on arrival. All of our cruisers carry a valid Boat Safety Certificate and are fitted with life rings, smoke and CO detectors.

Don’t worry if you have never driven a boat before, most of our customers have little to no experience when they arrive. During your Boat Handover a member of our friendly team will show you around the boat, explain all of the controls and accompany you out on to the river for a short test drive. Once you feel confident you are free to enjoy your holiday, but remember we are only a phone call away should you need any support during your stay.

If you have a question or would like some help choosing the perfect cruiser for your holiday please get in touch, our Holiday Booking Advisors are all local to the Broads, know our cruisers inside and out making them the ideal people to assist you whether you are wondering where to visit or would like to know more information about a particular boat .

Cottage Holidays

Prefer to stay on dry land? Our waterside cottages are the perfect base from which to explore the Broad National Park.

View Our Cottage Holidays