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Attractions in East Anglia

The region of East Anglia offers a wealth of attractions from it’s famous and beautiful broads which offer opportunities to sample a peaceful life on the water and sightings of the wild-life that live there, the marshy fenlands, cathedral towns such as Cambridge and Peterborough, stately homes and medieval market towns. The city of Cambridge is home to the 4th oldest University in the world.

The Norfolk Broads

The Broads are a network of mostly navigable rivers and lakes in the English counties of Norfolk and Suffolk. The Broads, and some surrounding land were constituted as a special area with a level of protection similar to a UK National Park by The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Act of 1988. The Broads Authority, a Special Statutory Authority responsible for managing the area, became operational in 1989…….
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Flatford Mill

Flatford Mill is situated in Flatford,East Bergholt, Suffolk, in the heart of the beautiful Dedham Vale, and is a Grade I listed 18th century watermill built in 1733,attached to the mill is the 17th century miller’s cottage which is also Grade I listed…..
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Imperial War Museum Duxford

Imperial War Museum Duxford is a branch of the Imperial War Museum near the village of Duxford in Cambridgeshire, England. Britain’s largest aviation museum,Duxford houses the museum’s large exhibits, including nearly 200 aircraft, military vehicles, artillery and minor naval vessels in seven main exhibitions buildings…..
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Houghton Mill

Various mills have occupied this spot since the first building was erected in the year 969. In the Middle Ages, the mill was owned by the nearby Benedictine Abbey, and peasants were under an obligation to have their flour ground in the mill. Part of the flour was withheld as payment by the miller…..
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Tilbury Fort

Tilbury Fort on the Thames estuary has protected London’s seaward approach from the 16th century through to the Second World War…..
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Photo : Tilbury Fort. Author – Mervyn Rands

Letheringsett Mill

At the time of the Domesday book, 580 water mills were recorded in Norfolk, including one at Letheringsett but there were no windmills. By the 19th century there were only about 80 or 90 watermills still able to work. The red brick mill you see today was built in 1802…..
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Photo : Letheringsett_Watermill_author – Jim Woodward-Nutt

Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker

The Secret Nuclear Bunker at Kelvedon Hatch, in the Borough of Brentwood in the English county of Essex, is a large underground bunker maintained during the cold war as a potential regional government headquarters….
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Bure Valley Railway

Norfolk’s longest fifteen inch gauge line runs between the ancient market town of Aylsham and Wroxham, the ‘Capital of the Norfolk Broads’ with country stations serving the villages of Brampton,Buxton and Coltishall…..
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Ely Cathedral

Ely Cathedral (in full, The Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Ely) is the principal church of the Diocese of Ely, in Cambridgeshire, England, and is the seat of the Bishop of Ely and a suffragan bishop, the Bishop of Huntingdon. It is known locally as “the ship of the Fens”,….
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Oliver Cromwell’s House

Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, lived in Ely for 10 years. Today the House, the only surviving former Cromwell residence other than Hampton Court, has been recreated to show how his family would have lived in the mid 17th Century……
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Photo : Oliver_Cromwell_House_Ely. Author- Oxyman

Sandringham House

Sandringham is the much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen, and has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862. The house, set in 24 hectares of stunning gardens, is perhaps the most famous stately home in Norfolk…..
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Photo : Sandringham_House_-Author- David Dixon

Merrivale Model Village

Welcome to Merrivale Model Village, one of Great Yarmouth’s best-loved attractions, a fantastic model village set in an acre of floral landscaped gardens on the sea front……
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Photo : Merrivale Model Village.Photographer Kieron Tovell

Wicken Fen

Wicken Fen is a wetland nature reserve situated near the village of Wicken, Cambridgeshire, England. It is one of Britain’s oldest nature reserves, and was the first reserve acquired by the National Trust, in 1899. The reserve includes fenland, farmland, marsh, and reedbeds…..
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Saxted Green Postmill

Saxted Green Mill dates back to at least 1796 when the miller was Amos Webber. In 1810, the Mill House was built for Robert Holmes. The mill was raised a total of three times during its working life. The mill was tail-winded c1853. As a result of this, the mill was completely rebuilt in 1854 by Whitmore and Binyon, the Wickham Market millwrights……
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Photo : Saxstead_Green_Postmill_-Author – Ashley Dace

Norwich Cathedral

Norwich Cathedral is dedicated to the Holy and Undivided Trinity and has stood for over 900 years as a Christian presence in the heart of Norfolk and is one of the 12 heritage sites of Norwich. It is built on the foundations of a medieval Hostry, where guests were welcomed into the Benedictine monastery which then served the Cathedral. In the Nave one can take in the grandeur of the Romanesque structure with its Gothic vault….
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Norwich Castle

Norwich Castle in Norfolk, is a medieval fortification which was built by the Normans 900 years ago as a Royal Palace. Its construction was on the orders of William the Conqueror who wanted a fortified palace in the important city of Norwich, and was his only castle in East Anglia. Today it houses the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery and is one of the 12 Heritage site of Norwich. In the museum one can see art collections which include costumes, textiles, jewellery, glass, ceramics and silverware, and a large display of porcelain and ceramic teapots….
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Walsingham Abbey

Walsingham Abbey has been a place of pilgrimage since the 11th century and is famous for the ruins of the Augustinian Priory. The house is still called the Abbey and is privately occupied, but the surrounding grounds are open to the public. Walsingham is a village made up of two smaller villages Little Walsingham and Greater Walsingham, both of which have a wealth of historic buildings.….
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St.Ives

St. Ives is a market town in Cambridgeshire, East Anglia, England. It lies in the historic county of Huntingdonshire. There have been people living in this area for at least 50,000 years, but it’s history begins with the Saxons who settled here in around AD 500. The village was named “Slepe” at this time,…..
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Blakeney National Nature Reserve

Wide open spaces and uninterrupted views of the natural and dynamic coastline make for an inspiring visit to Blakeney, at any time of the year. The moving tides, covering pristine saltmarsh or exposing the harbour, combined with the varying light of Norfolk’s big skies, create an ever-changing scene…….
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Holkham Nature Reserve

HOLKHAM is the most extensive, diverse and dramatic nature reserve on a coastline famous for nature reserves. Windswept tidelines, a maze of creeks and saltings, miles of dunes and sandspits, shady pinewoods, green pastures and marshes: the mix of habitats and the blend of wildlife unite Holkham’s National Nature Reserve a unique place, somewhere to catch your breath in a busy world….
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Horsey Windpump, Great Yarmouth

The striking windpump provides stunning views over the coast and broadland landscape.Set within the Broads National Park, the Horsey estate is an internationally important site for wildlife and offers a great spot for birdwatching and wintering wildfowl….
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Melford Hall, Suffolk

For almost five centuries the picturesque turrets of Melford Hall have dominated Long Melford’s village green.Devastated by fire in 1942, the house was nurtured back to life by the Hyde Parker family and it remains their much-loved family home to this day. Their interior decoration and furnishings chart changing tastes and fashions over two centuries…..
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Photo : Melford_Hall_author- Charles Rawding

Framlington Castle, Suffolk

Framlington Castle is situated in the market town of Framlington, Suffolk, and it is a magnificent 12th century fortress with a long and colourful past. It was destroyed by Henry II in the aftermath of the revolt of 1173-4. It was replaced by Roger Bigod, Earl of Norfolk….
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Photo : Framlington Castle, Suffolk. Author-Squeezyboy

Aviation Heritage Centre

The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre is a family run museum and was set up over 20 years ago. It is now widely seen as a living memorial to the 55,500 men of Bomber Command who lost their lives during WW2. It holds one of the rarest aircraft, an Avro Lancaster Bomber, in its collection along with many wartime vehicles including a Ford WOT1 Crew Bus, the only one of its kind known in existence.
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