Since 2003 we have been very proud to carry on the fantastic work that Charles Hannaford started all of those years ago. During this time we have built a new double decker passenger boat and six luxury day cruisers and have shared this special area with many hundreds of thousands of visitors.
In 2004 we built the Belle of the Broads in our boatshed here in Wroxham. Her steel hull was welded upside down on the hard standing in the shed. When finished it was turned the right way up in our slings, a real breath holding moment! This successfully done, the top deck of the boat was then built out of aluminium. After both parts were joined together our team of boat builders and marine engineers fitted out the interior of the boat and installed the three engines needed for propulsion and the generation of electricity. She was finally launched in August 2004 just in time for the busiest part of the season.
The addition of the Belle of the Broads to the fleet means that all of our customers now have the benefit of being able to take a river trip on a double decker passenger boat!
Today we operate a full timetable of river trips from April until the end of October each year. During the summer months we host our very popular evening music cruises on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. We also charter out our passenger boats for those celebrating special events. We feel very privileged to have been part of so many people’s special occasion over the years!
As well as the four double decker and one single decker passenger boats, Broads Tours also operates a fleet of forty standard diesel dayboats, two large electric dayboats and six day cruisers.
Today we take enormous pride in being able to supply people of all ages and abilities a truly magical experience on the Norfolk Broads!