Broads Authority visitor centres

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The Broads Authority has three visitor centres where friendly staff can help you get the most out of your visit to the Broads.

Each runs a boat trip that allows you to explore the nearby waterways and has touchscreen technology screening films about Broads wildlife. You can buy short visit boat licenses as well as books, maps, postcards and gifts.

The Broads information centres at Hoveton and How Hill are open daily from Easter until the end of October. The centre at Whitlingham is open daily all year (except Christmas and New Year).

Hoveton Visitor Centre

This information centre is on the River Bure and has information and displays about Hoveton and the Broads. The centre offers a wildlife boat trip on Liana, an Edwardian style launch that journeys along the River Bure towards Coltishall and back, with plenty of time to enjoy the woodlands and meadows of this tranquil and varied stretch of river.

Hoveton Information Centre
Station Road,
Hoveton, NR12 8UR
01603 756097 or 01603 782281

The Barn at Whitlingham Country Park

The park's historic flint barn has information and displays about Whitlingham and the Broads. Take a guided trip on the solar boat Ra to experience the watery wildlife. Surrounded by green banks and woodlands, it's hard to believe how close you are to the city. Ra is fully accessible to wheelchair users. Staff will also help you make bookings for accommodation and you can enjoy a bite to eat at the Barn Cafe.

Whitlingham Country Park,
Whitlingham Lane,
Trowse, Norwich, NR14 8TR
01603 756094 or 01603 617332

Toad Hole Cottage at How Hill Nature Reserve

This tiny marshman's cottage on the River Ant was home for a whole family in Victorian times. Visit the cottage to see how they lived and the tools they used for working on the marshes. You can watch a video and read about how Toad Hole was rethatched in March 2017.

The cottage also has information and displays about How Hill and the Broads and tickets can be bought for the wildlife walking trail. The Electric Eel boat trip offers you the chance to explore along dykes fringed with marshland plants and an experienced guide will show you the wildlife including dragonflies, marsh harriers, wildflowers and swallowtail butterflies.

Toad Hole Cottage Museum,
Ludham, NR29 5PG
01603 756096 or 01692 678763