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The Suffolk Broads

The Suffolk Broads are a glorious network of lakes and rivers which cover a small part of Suffolk and a large part of neighbouring Norfolk. Most of the broads are navigable by boat making the broads an idyllic destination for boating holidays.

The Broads

The Broads cover a total of 303 square kilometres of which over 200 kilometres of waterway are open to navigation. Rich in wildlife and very beautiful today the broads were originally created in the Middle Ages as a result of peat digging for fuel.

Today the Broads form a distinctive landscape dotted with picturesque windmills and reed beds. This low lying wetland habitat is not only unique but is also home to a wealth of bird and plant species including rare creatures such as the Norfolk Hawker a rare dragonfly only found in the Broads and a beautiful butterfly called the Old World Swallowtail.

Old World Swallowtail

Walking & Cycling in the Broads

With over 300 km of footpaths you don't need a boat to discover the Broads they are just as beautiful when explored on foot or bicycle and with plenty of unspoiled villages there's always somewhere to stop a while and enjoy a meal or stay the night.

Fishing on the Broads

The Suffolk broads are home to a wide variety of fresh water and estuary fish species including Pike, Tench and Bream. There are plenty of places where you can fish for free but please make sure that you have a rod license.

Things to do in Suffolk

Things to do in Suffolk

Find activities, attractions and fantastic days out in our guide to Tourist attractions in Suffolk.

For events and other activities visit our Suffolk What's On Guide

Places to visit

article thumbnailIckworth House
Ickworth House can be found in the village of Horringer just outside of Bury St Edmunds.