Oulton Broad – The Southern Gateway to the Norfolk Broads

July 5, 2023

Oulton Broad – The Southern Gateway to the Norfolk Broads


Nestled just inland from the coast, lies a tranquil waterway that exudes beauty and charm: Oulton Broad.

Oulton Broad is the southernmost tip of the new Broads National Park which begins right here in Suffolk.

Often overlooked by visitors in favour of the local coastal towns, Oulton Broad is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.

In this blog post, we will delve into the wonders of Oulton Broad, from its scenic landscapes and vibrant boating scene to its rich history and attractions.

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The Natural Beauty of Oulton Broad

Oulton Broad boasts breathtaking natural beauty that will captivate any visitor. One of the largest inland lakes in the UK, Oulton Broad stretches majestically, reflecting the sky and surrounding lush greenery.

Take a leisurely stroll along its shores, breathe in the fresh air, and take in the tranquil atmosphere.

The expansive waterway also attracts an abundance of wildlife, providing nature enthusiasts with countless opportunities for birdwatching.

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A Boater's Paradise

For those with a love for boating, Oulton Broad is a paradise waiting to be explored. The broad’s calm waters are perfect for sailing, rowing, or even paddleboarding with local based Blitz Kiting.

The marinas along the water’s edge offer excellent facilities for boat rentals. Visitors are able to experience the joys of cruising the broad at their own pace.

Waveney River Tours offers an interesting selection of river tours departing from Oulton Broad. The purpose-built vessel Waveney Princess offers panoramic views from the top deck across the Waveney Valley.Live commentary from the Skipper, fully licensed bar and coffee shop, small gift shop, and two toilets onboard. Some wheelchair capacity on cruises, please call 01502 574903 for details. Well behaved dogs are welcome onboard. 

If you are feeling more adventurous, hire a self-drive boat for the day, bring a picnic and see the river at your own pace. See their website for details of all cruises and day boat hire, including sailing times, prices, booking information.

Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or an adventure seeker, Oulton Broad is the perfect spot for exploring the water.

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Oulton Broad's Historic Significance

Oulton Broad’s history dates back centuries, adding depth and intrigue to its charm. The broad was once a bustling hub for trade, with ships navigating its waters to transport goods across the region. Today, remnants of this vibrant past can still be found, such as the iconic Victorian swing bridge that spans the water, connecting the north and south banks.

Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of Oulton Broad by visiting Nicholas Everitt Park, which houses the Oulton Broad Maritime Museum. Here, you can learn about the area’s maritime history, from its shipbuilding heritage to tales of local fishing communities.

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Family Fun at Oulton Broad

Oulton Broad caters to visitors of all ages, making it an ideal destination for families. Be sure to visit Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, a nearby wildlife sanctuary that offers guided walks, educational exhibits, and interactive experiences for children.

The park surrounding Oulton Broad provides ample space for picnics, games, and leisurely walks, offering a peaceful retreat for families seeking quality time in nature.

Additionally, the broad hosts various events throughout the year, such as power boat races every Thursday evening in the summer months and festivals, providing entertainment and excitement for everyone.

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Where to Eat and Drink in Oulton Broad

After a day of exploring Oulton Broad’s beauty and attractions, satisfy your appetite by indulging in the local culinary scene. The area offers a range of dining options to suit every taste and budget.

Soak up the views and treat yourself to a refreshing beverage, whether it’s a handcrafted cocktail, a locally brewed beer, or a cup of specialty tea or coffee.

For a casual and relaxed atmosphere, head to one of the charming waterfront pubs such as The Wherry and The Commodore. Enjoy a traditional fish and chips meal or savor a pint of local ale while admiring the picturesque views.

There is a great selection of cafes too including  The Quays, and The Old Dairy on the banks of the marina. The Everitt Park Cafe and Bar is set in the centre of the Park overlooking the broad, and  Cafe 142 is opposite the entrance to the park.

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Oulton Broad is a true hidden gem, offering a unique blend of natural beauty, historical significance, and family-friendly fun. Just two miles from our holiday cottages in Pakefield on the Suffolk Coast, it’s a ‘must do’ for any stay

Whether you’re seeking a peaceful escape in nature, a thrilling boating adventure, or a glimpse into the region’s maritime past, Oulton Broad has something for everyone.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore this charming destination and discover the wonders that await along its tranquil shores.