Visitor centres

The Broads Authority has three visitor centres where our 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

Hoveton Information CentreHoveton Visitor Centre,

Station Road,

Hoveton, NR12 8UR

tel 01603 756097 or 01603 782281

This information centre is situated on the River Bure and has information and displays about Hoveton and the Broads. From April to October 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.

The Barn at Whitlingham Country Park

The Barn at Whitlingham County ParkWhitlingham Broads Information Centre,

The Visitor Centre, Whitlingham Country Park,

Whitlingham Lane,

Trowse, Norwich, NR14 8TR

tel 01603 617332

The park's historic flint barn has information and displays about Whitlingham and the Broads.

From April to October you can take a guided trip on the solar boat Ra and 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.

There is an upstairs meeting room for hire within the flint barn that can host up to 20 people, with catering available on site provided by Churchill Catering. Please contact us for more information.

Parking charges

For full details of parking charges, including annual parking permits, please go to Whitlingham Charitable Trust website.

Toad Hole Cottage at How Hill Nature Reserve

Toad Hole Cottage MuseumToad Hole Cottage Museum,

Ludham, NR29 5PG

tel 01603 756096 or 01692 678763

This tiny marshman's cottage situated on the River Ant, was home for a whole family in Victorian times. See how they lived and the tools they used for working on the marshes. 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 runs from April to October, offering you the chance to explore along dykes fringed with marshland plants. Our experienced guide will also show you some local and rare wildlife including dragonflies, marsh harriers, wildflowers and swallowtail butterflies. To book please call Toad Hole Cottage or email

Interpretation for use with a mobile phone has been created for the How Hill National Nature Reserve. Augmented reality uses the camera and GPS capabilities of smart phones to show additional information on screen, on top of the real view fed in from the phone's camera. There is also an ebook available. Ask our staff for further information.