The Suffolk Coast
  • Oulton Broad (c) Nick Catling
  • Oulton Broad Sunrise - (c) Richard Surman

Oulton Broad guide

The gateway to the Broads National Park

Located just a mile west of Lowestoft, Oulton Broad offers year-round water sports, cute cafes, riverside eateries, fishing spots and an edwardian park - the ideal place to spend a day on The Suffolk Coast.

Things to do in Oulton Broad

Lowestoft Water Taxi

1. Lowestoft Ferry

Running hourly along Lake Lothing, a trip on Lowestoft Ferry enables passengers to see Lowestoft and Oulton Broad; At each end of the journey you are just a short walk from the amenities of each locations; the beach, seafront attractions and town centre shopping of Lowestoft and the bars, restaurants, shops, park and museum in Oulton Broad.

2. Nicholas Everitt Park

The Edwardian Park situated on the edge of the broads is home to a play area, petting zoo, tennis courts, bowling green and Victorian bandstand; where on Sundays during the summer you can enjoy afternoons of brass band concerts. 

Children will love the boating lake, trampolines and crazy golf as well, whilst adults can enjoy a cappuccino and slice of cake in the park cafe.

3.The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads

Sail along the River Waveney from Oulton Broad to Lowestoft on board Waveney River Tours 100 seater passenger boat or be the captain of your own ship with a boat hire from Oulton Dayboats, where you can begin your journey along the river to the Norfolk Broads.

Josh Simpson - Oulton Broad

4. International Boatbuilding Training College

IBTC in Oulton Broad offers a variety of boatbuilding/maintenance and woodworking courses suitable for those looking for a career in the maritime industry as well as individuals wanting to develop existing or new interests and skills.

With courses from 1 day to almost a year there is something to offer everyone; from owners and enthusiasts to prospective tradespersons.

5. Carlton & Oulton Marshes

Walk from Oulton Broad along the river to the Suffolk Wildlife Trust reserve of Carlton Marshes. With flower-studded marshes, pools teeming with water life and the shimmer of dragonflies during summer, Carlton & Oulton Marshes is the Suffolk Broads at their best. 

There is a range of activities on offer for the whole family; wildlife sessions, family workshops, young wardens, wild days hands-on natural history sessions and wildlife watch clubs.

From Carlton Marshes, you can also hop on the passenger ferry crossing the river to Burgh St Peter and the Waveney River Centre. 

6. Powerboat Racing and Sailing

Every summer, Oulton Broad is the host of the Powerboat European Championships. Races take place on Thursday evenings and some Saturdays and Sundays. If you fancy trying your hand at sailing, the Waveney and Oulton Broad Yacht Club run a range of courses and offer boat hire and host many regattas through the year.

Useful Information

How to Get to Oulton Broad - By Public Transport

By Bus: Local bus timetables and further information can be found at www.suffolkonboard.com

Address: Gordon Road, Lowestoft, NR32 1LR.


By Train: Oulton Broad has two rail stations; Oulton Broad North, Bridge Road, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft NR32 3LJ, providing services to Lowestoft and Norwich, and Oulton Broad South,Beccles Road, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft NR33 8QX providing services to Beccles with on-going connections to Ipswich and London.

Abellio Greater Anglia operates frequent train services. There are many great value fares available such as Advance tickets which start from Just £9 one way (available on certain routes), and Groupsave where 3 to 9 adults save 1/3 off the Off-Peak Return train fare.  Anglia Plus day rover tickets are also available where you can have unlimited travel within certain zones.  Perfect for exploring the beautiful Suffolk coast.

All train tickets can be purchased via the Abellio Greater Anglia Website or the app.

How to get to Oulton Broad - By Car

From Norwich, follow the A146

From Ipswich, follow the A12

From Cambridge, take the A14 followed by the A143 or A11

From London, take the A12 or M11 followed by the A11, A14 and A143



Things to do in Oulton Broad