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The Meare

Open Now: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open today: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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My wife and I stay in Aldeburgh periodically, and always walk to Thorpeness. We mooch round the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Norwich, United Kingdom
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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 November 6, 2018
c s
Wickford, United Kingdom
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“peter pan”(20 reviews)
“rowing boat”(16 reviews)
“boating lake”(17 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
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All reviews peter pan rowing boat boating lake great fun row boat big lake stretch your legs tea room beautiful village ducks and swans boiling hot been coming here for years leisurely pace pretty village four hours a lot of fun watching the world
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I stay in Aldeburgh periodically, and always walk to Thorpeness. We mooch round the Meare, and in the summer, might take out a boat. There are swans and many other birds, and the House in the Clouds and windmill dominate the skyline....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 318barriel
Reviewed November 6, 2018 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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank c s
Reviewed October 17, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank JanB373
Reviewed October 2, 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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Goose1647
Reviewed September 9, 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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank zigtravel
Reviewed September 2, 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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Amelia R
Reviewed August 31, 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

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank MummyP6
Reviewed August 29, 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

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Matt L
Reviewed August 27, 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

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Girl-Friday56
Reviewed August 26, 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

Date of experience: August 2018
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terence g
September 14, 2018|
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Response from WrinkleyFace | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, don't know. Try the local information office website
July 23, 2018|
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Response from Andy G | Reviewed this property |
No, you are not allowed to use your own boats.
May 13, 2018|
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Response from technologysavvywife | Reviewed this property |
I imagine not. I have never seen this in many years of visiting.