Broads National Park

A watery wonderland, the Broads is Britain’s largest protected wetland.

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The park

Its shallow lakes were dug out in medieval times – the peat removed and used for fuel. For centuries afterwards it was assumed that the broads had been formed by natural processes – their true origins not being rediscovered until 1952.

A haven for wildlife; despite comprising only 0.1% of the UK, the area boasts more than 25% of its rarest species. The swallowtail, Britain’s largest butterfly, calls the Broads – and only the Broads – home.

Pleasure boating has been part of the way of life here since the 19th Century and the National Park is still one of Europe’s most popular inland waterways. Hire a day boat to explore the wetlands and winding waterways.

Look out for the distinctive windmills dotting the landscape. Once used to drain the land, with a few serving to grind corn, many have been lovingly restored to their former glory.

Heathrow 3 hours

Hull 3.30 hours

200 kilometres

Navigable waterways in the Broads


ENPEC Experiences


ENPEC Accommodation

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The English National Parks Experience Collection Brochure 2019-20

This guide provides you with a source of information on the wide range of contractable experiences and accommodation available in nine of England’s National Parks.

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The Broads National Park Overview

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Rob Leigh (Head of Communications)

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+44 (0)1603 610734 (Customer services)


Maids Head Hotel

Maids Head Hotel

  • Address 20 Tombland, Norwich, NR3 1LB
  • 84 rooms
  • Open All year round.
Swiss Cottage

Swiss Cottage

  • Address Swiss Cottage, 31 North Drive, Great Yarmouth, NR30 4EW
  • 9 rooms
  • Open
Limes Farm Holidays

Limes Farm Holidays

  • Address Limes Farm, Clint Street, Ludham, Norfolk, NR29 5PA
  • 3 self-contained cottages sleeping 2 - 5 people rooms
  • Open All year round.

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Visit Britain Press Trip


In June, we welcomed an international press group of 8 journalists and influencers to the Lake District & Peak District to showcase the best of the two regions and to celebrate 70 years of National Parks in the UK. Media representatives came from Australia, USA, China, Russia, UAE, Italy, Korea


Battlesteads is a charming hotel that dates back to 1747 and is located in the heart of the Northumberland National Park Dark Skies region. Battlesteads is a pub, hotel and restaurant, with an on-site Observatory. The 4 parts of this venue work fantastically as stand-alone elements and together they complement