Electric or Diesel

Choose your fuel type

Bishy Barney Boats offers a small selection of craft mostly powered by Electric with one or two diesel engines for choice.

Our electric boats are sleek, retro-styled craft with seating for up to four people *. They are quiet and highly manouverable little boats and have proved incredibly popular choices from our site at Thorpe River Green in Norwich.

Our Le Bishy Grande electric boats can take up to eight passengers.

Our Diesel boat seats up to seven people and can be hired for longer periods, thus giving a little more travelling scope.

Please read our passenger notice at the bottom of the page.

Which Way?

Explore the city of Norwich from the river or head into open countryside.

Le Bishy Grande in Norwich

City Slickers

Bishy Barney Boats allows you to go where no other hire boat operator will - into the City of Norwich. To do this, you pass under Bishop's Bridge which has signs telling hire boats to turn around. But in your Bishy, we encourage you to continue under the bridge and along the River Wensum right up to the end of navigation at New Mills.

The Rolling Countryside

If you prefer the countryside, head towards the tranquil villages of Brammerton and Surlingham along quiet, uncrowded rivers. The first hour or so gives mostly tree-lined rivers teeming with wildlife. A little further on and the landscape flattens into more marshy areas, again, teeming with wildlife and peppered with pubs.

Norfolk Broads Day Boat Map

To help you out

We provide an exceptional service to our Day Boat pilots and passengers as well as the lowest possible costs.

Bishy Boat in Norwich


So you know where you are

Every group of passengers will be handed a map so you know where you are and how long your journey will take.

Collecting a life jacket

Life Jacket

Don't leave shore without it

For your safety, you will be fitted with a life jacket before boarding. We advise you keep these on at all times in the boat and getting on and off

Bishy Boat in Norwich

Basic Tuition

Easy-drive boats

They are not like a car, but they are not hard to pilot. Don't worry, we'll tell you how to drive and stay out of trouble

Bishy Barney Boat on the river

No Experience

Not a problem

Our Norfolk Broads Day Boats require no licence to drive and novices will find it easy.

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