3 places to visit in East Anglia
With coast, countryside and cites, East Anglia is the perfect place for visitors to experience layers of Britain. This article outlines some of the top locations that East Anglia has to offer.
Home to one of England’s most prestigious universities, and set beside the River Cam, the city of Cambridge is only 45 minutes away from London by train.
One of the Cambridge’s most iconic buildings is the grand gothic chapel of King’s College. It’s the perfect place to soak up the atmosphere of this historic university, admire the beauty of the architecture and visitors may be lucky enough to hear a concert or a music practice to get a sense of the fantastic acoustics of this magnificent building.
For a real taste of Cambridge life, a punt down the river Cam is not to be missed. These traditional flat-bottomed boats are propelled and steered with a long pole, historically used for angling. Today they’re an iconic part of Cambridge life, and on a sunny day, dozens can be seen cruising along the river, with visitors using them as a way to get some exercise in a very English way!
Norwich and the Norfolk Broads
Set in the heart of the county of Norfolk, Norwich is a great base to explore the city and the surrounding Norfolk Broads.
A compact city, Norwich is home to the most complete Normal cathedral in England, and the medieval Norwich Castle, as well as being England’s first UNESCO City of Literature.
Just a stone’s throw outside the city are the Norfolk Broads – a network of rivers and lakes that criss-cross the beautiful open landscapes of this national park. The best way to explore is on a boat tour, or by hiring a boat to fully appreciate this tranquil setting.
The train from Norwich to Hoveton & Wroxham takes just 13 minutes, followed by an 8 minute walk to the boat tour office.
The Essex and Suffolk Coast
Long beaches, brightly coloured beach huts, and eating fresh fish and chips with the sound of seagulls overhead. These are the sights and sounds of the Essex and Suffolk coast – home to some of Britain’s driest towns!
Towns such as Frinton-on-Sea, in Essex, retain a charm of years gone by, and further north into Suffolk, Aldeburgh and Southwold are the perfect place to enjoy a stroll around the quaint seaside streets, or enjoy a pint of local Adnams beer. Strolling along the coast, it’s hard to imagine that London is only about 100 miles away, and that’s why this is one of the best spots for people to escape city life and have a day, or a weekend, by the sea.
To find out more about this wonderful location, please see our East Anglia sample itinerary: