If you’re staying in Wroxham, you MUST go out in a boat! Just cross the bridge into the village and you’ll see boats everywhere
Wroxham looks great from any angle, but from the water it’s exceptionally beautiful. A different perspective – the enchanting landscape is like going back in time. From the river you see many things invisible otherwise: wildlife, reed beds, thatched cottages, waterside beer gardens, and little canals like in Venice.
Day Boat Hire
Day boats are simple to hire and easy to drive, most are electric. Prices are from £14-£25 an hour or £75 a day for a small 6-person picnic boat. Fineway boats are a good deal, booked from a portacabin outside Roy’s Hardware Shop.
I recommend hiring one for at least 3-hours and going to Horning. It’s an hour each way as you’re restricted to 4mph to 6mph to prevent the wash eroding the river banks. At Horning you can choose to stop at one (or more) of the three excellent pubs. All sell good food and local ales.
Horning is a beautiful little village with three pubs, resturants, tea houses, a post office and other shops. There are picnic tables and benches available where you can sit and watch the boats go by. And if they're all take, you can picnic in your boat!
If you can drive a car, you're more than be able to control a boat - and there's no breathalysers on the Broads, so you can have a good time!
Largest and first pub is The Swan Inn – a rustic 324-year-old pub with a waterside beer garden and log-firs out of season. It’s right on the bend of the river with free boat moorings.
A little further along is the New Inn, a traditional family pub with limited moorings and waterway garden. Then on your way out of the village is the Ferry Inn, a newer pub with heartening food and riverside tables.
Mooring on the river at peak times, is like finding a car parking space over Christmas. If you can get in, I suggest mooring at the Swan first. If no space, The Ferry Inn has the most moorings.
I've Been To Horning - Where Else Can I Take a Boat?
You can go under Wroxham Bridge to the village of Coltishall. This takes about an hour each way and is only possible if you take your own hire boat.
The river is narrower here, but with a small boat, it's not a problem. At Coltishall you have the Rising Sun and Red Lion pubs. Both are excellent and easy to moor.
Wroxham River Cruises
It’s more fun with your own boat, but if you really don’t fancy it, there are several wheel-chair friendly boat trips, many times a day with fully licensed bar and light refreshments. Cost is around £10 per person, depending on distance and boat. These larger boats have a commentary and some run out of season too, with special evening, Halloween and Christmas trips.
Fineway Boat Hire: