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The Meare

Open Now: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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What a adventure love it here it's like going back in time lovely eating places lovely boating lake... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
c s
Wickford, United Kingdom
via mobile
Very pretty area suitable for everyone. you feel active. .

This is a very pretty area to visit. Very colourful well worth a visit. There are all types of... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Brisbane, Australia
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“rowing boat”(16 reviews)
“peter pan”(19 reviews)
“boating lake”(14 reviews)
Never more than 3 feet deep the Meare is the ideal place for children of all ages to explore and have their own adventures. A wide range of boats are available including dinghys (generally suitable for one to two people), larger rowing boats, punts...more
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The Meare, Thorpeness IP16 4NW, England
+44 1728 832523
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 28 August 2014

We come to Suffolk two or three times a year and always include a trip to Thorpeness meare. I've never seen anything like it anywhere else. Choose from rowing boats, punts, kayaks, canoes and sailing boats and go wherever you like over around 40 acres...More

3  Thank Pineside
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

I was staying for a few days in the local area with my 11 year old daughter. I heard about the row boats on the mere so set aside a day to visit Thorpeness. When we arrived I couldn't have been more impressed with the...More

6  Thank de5tinyxx
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All reviews rowing boat peter pan boating lake great fun row boat stretch your legs large lake tea room ducks and swans beautiful village been coming here for years pretty village leisurely pace four hours a lot of fun watching the world two hours
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a adventure love it here it's like going back in time lovely eating places lovely boating lake the beach quirky shop the people are lovely u have the house in the clouds and windmill

Thank c s
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very pretty area to visit. Very colourful well worth a visit. There are all types of birds hundreds of them. Hundreds of them either swimming around or sitting on the bank. You can just sit and watch or hire out a sailboat...More

Thank JanB373
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Followed some friends here and decided to hire myself a boat, somewhat hungover so being in control of my own boat was essential. Never driven one of these boats before but pretty straight forward to work out. Booked an hour but think i was a...More

Thank Goose1647
Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

Though the place is undeniably pretty and the we had a lot of fun, the fact is you get charged £18 for an hour for an ancient boat and on ours the rigging clearly didn't fit the oars. I'm an ex competitive rower... Furthermore you...More

Thank zigtravel
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

The meare is a large lake, much bigger than meets the eye with cute row boats and kayaks for you to go on, I shared a row boat with my friend and we rowed around the lake for an hour, visiting the mini islands in...More

Thank Amelia R
Reviewed 31 August 2018

Came here with my daughter and mum for my birthday as camping near by. I would recommend an hour or more. Especially if you are not so good with your rowing, like me. The boats are traditional rowing boats. The mere itself is not deep...More

Thank MummyP6
Reviewed 29 August 2018

The Mere is a great place to have fun, I have been coming here for years and just took my 16 year old son and some of his friends here, who had a great time Kayaking. You can hire row boats, canoes and punts and...More

1  Thank Matt L
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Very busy as it was bank holiday so everyone wanted to be around this area. However managed to find a place to leave the car and spend time relaxing in the sun. We had a picnic with us but there are lots of pubs around...More

1  Thank Girl-Friday56
Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

I spent a great hour rowing on the Mere with my son. In an hour you can just about row the length and get off on an island for a brief visit. The water is shallow so all is safe but it feels like a...More

1  Thank Lorrylingo
Reviewed 25 August 2018 via mobile

Lovely time on the water with a small boat and sunny weather. Reasonably priced and a great spot which rewards with a nice ice cream shop at the end. Yummy.

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terence g
14 September 2018|
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Response from WrinkleyFace | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, don't know. Try the local information office website
24 July 2018|
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Response from Andy G | Reviewed this property |
No, you are not allowed to use your own boats.
14 May 2018|
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Response from technologysavvywife | Reviewed this property |
I imagine not. I have never seen this in many years of visiting.