Days out in the Broads

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Day trip adventures

Whether you want to head out for a day of fun, relaxation or discovery there are lots of great locations in the Broads. With organised attractions like Wroxham Barns, beautiful countryside, market towns like Bungay and also plenty of coastline nearby (if you want to get your feet wet) you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to exploring!

What's the attraction?

Come rain or shine, an organised attraction is a sure fire way to guarantee some fun for all of the family. Head to Great Yarmouth or Norwich to catch a live show, or if you need to entertain the kids why not try out one of the many indoor play and activity centres in the region? If the weather's good, a theme park or zoo could be just the ticket. Take in the exotic wildlife at Thrigby Hall or explore the mysterious woodland at Bewilderwood.

The River Waveney at Beccles © James Bass
The River Waveney at Beccles © James Bass

Day tripping

The Broads is famous for its abundance of scenic day trip destinations just waiting to be explored. With nature reserves, gardens of stately homes, quaint towns and villages and a short (but beautiful) stretch of coastline there's definitely plenty of choice.

Inland there are beauty spots such as Hickling Broad, Ranworth Broad, How Hill and Carlton Marshes to name just a few. You're guaranteed to see some amazing wildlife including some national favourites and maybe some exotic migrants too! Pay a visit to one of the idyllic East Anglian towns or villages en route to refuel and indulge in a spot of shopping, some of our favourites are Beccles, Bungay, Wroxham and the fine city of Norwich itself.

It's not all in North Norfolk! If you head seawards there are also some great coastal areas to explore including the dunes at Winterton-on-Sea, the classic ports of Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft and also the beach at Horsey which is home to thousands of grey seals at certain times during the year (please abide by the Friends of Horsey Seals rules if visiting).

Whether you’re looking for peaceful waterways, idyllic countryside, bustling towns, a thrilling theme park, charming coastline or even combining your national park stay with a city break, the Broads has something for you. But why choose? The best thing about the Broads is the sheer variety of wonderful places you can go and exciting things to do while you’re here.

Read more about attractions and the nearby coast or check out our days out listings and attractions listings.