Destination Guide to the East of England

Seemingly frozen in time, enjoy the East of England where sweeping pastoral landscapes are dappled with cathedral cities, medieval villages and an abundance of stately homes.

Often overlooked by overseas visitors to Britain, the East of England is an undiscovered gem. Spreading across the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire the landscapes here are decidedly lacking in drama, characterized by low-lying pastoral countryside, sweeping fields and gentle hills further north, but hold their own more subtle appeal. The coastline is dotted with charming fishing towns and ports with shingle bays and a number of Edwardian beach resorts. However the region's countryside is most famed for the idyllic Norfolk Broads National Park a vast region of low lying freshwater lakes, slow moving rivers, marshes and water meadows making an ideal area for boating and wildlife enthusiasts in equal measure.

Once known as the Kingdom of East Anglia and home to the invading Anglo Saxons, in places, the East of England can still today seem frozen in time scattered as it is with charming market towns and quaint medieval villages of whitewashed timberwork houses. Its proximity to London made the region historically prosperous resulting in a high concentration of stunning stately homes and castles which still remain today; not to be missed are those at Audley End House, Blickling Estate and the enchanting gardens and house at Chatsworth. Not to mention of course one of the Queen's favoured residences at Sandringham.

There are few large cities in the East however those that exist are home to some of Britain's finest cathedrals including those at Ely and Peterborough and Norwich. Further north, set in the gently rolling hills of Lincolnshire is the city of Lincoln itself, home to a warren of cobbled Tudor streets and squares, an impressive cathedral and interesting Norman castle. The jewel of the region however is undoubtedly the city of Cambridge, peacefully set on the banks of the river Cam with breathtakingly beautiful architecture, a long history but unstuffy, easygoing atmosphere and one of the world's most famous universities this city is not to be missed.

Any trip to England is incomplete without a day or two spent in the East experiencing her subtle charms, stately homes and the glorious university city of Cambridge.

Relevant Tours

Tours of England - Bath

Discover some of Britain’s finest cities and all that’s in between on this leisurely tour of the East of Scotland and England. Travelling from Edinburgh to London via York, you’ll enjoy overnight stays in our most renowned historic and cultural centres whilst your daily excursions will take you to a host of smaller towns and areas of natural beauty including St Andrews, the Scottish Borders, the North Yorkshire Moors and the Cotswolds.

Tour the North of England - Durham

Travel from Edinburgh to London through England's historic Eastern regions where the Celts, Romans, Angles and Vikings all left their marks. We'll discover rich and contrasting history and culture as we explore the cathedral cities of Durham and York, drive through the stunning and remote landscapes of the Yorkshire Moors and the Peak District and wind our way through the colleges and cobbled streets of Cambridge. On route we'll encounter hidden villages, stately homes and Royal Palaces.

London Tours - Imperial War Museum

Embark on a journey back in time on the Battle of Britain tour which takes you through regions of central and Southern England steeped in history. This is your chance to witness some of the most intriguing aviation and war museums Britain has to offer not to mention some truly unique experiences; walk in the footsteps of fallen heroes and take flight over Cambridge in a fully restored Dragon Rapide aircraft.

England Tours - Lake District

Discover quintessential England as you explore the patchwork countryside of the Cotswolds and some of England's most captivating historic cities. Delight in the rolling fields of Cambridgeshire, the walking haven of the Lake District and the grandeur of regency city Bath, before retiring to a comfortable overnight stay in a traditional pub or inn offering classic "pub-grub" for your evening meal and a selection of ales in the bar.

England Tours Salisbury

Icons of England takes you on a journey of discovery of England's most renowned sites, cities and landscapes. You'll experience English icons including the colleges of Cambridge, historic York Minster, the classic countryside of the Cotswolds, Warwick Castle, Shakespeare's Stratford, Roman Baths, the enigmatic Stonehenge and the grandiose Windsor Castle.

Tours of England - Liverpool

Experience English icons, a number of heritage cities and the tranquil beauty of the English countryside as you traverse the England's rail network. Smooth rail rides will take you from capital London to York, Liverpool and the Bard's Stratford upon Avon.

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