About East Anglia

East Anglia is one of the most attractive regions in the United Kingdom and consists of the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. The region is within easy reach of London and continental Europe.

London, Stanstead, airport in Essex gives easy access to the rest of the world. From Norwich, the county town of Norfolk, the regions largest county, there are direct connections to Amsterdam a major European hub airport: taking only 1.55 hours .

Comfortable trains connect the region to London and the Midlands: from Norwich it is 1.54 hours to London, Liverpool Street; from Cambridge 1.20 hours and only an hour to Kings Cross, London.

The M11 motorway links the region to London: 2.5 hrs from Norwich, 1.2 hours from Cambridge and 0.45 hours from Stanstead.

Steeped in history, the region is thoroughly modern and up-to-date. It is a centre of technical and academic excellence with many research institutes and several of the country’s finest universities, Cambridge and the University of East Anglia in Norwich.

Cambridge and Norwich, in Norfolk, share a rare architectural heritage with many fine period buildings, while Ipswich is a bustling port and administrative centre. As a financial centre, only London outranks Norwich.

The historic cities of Cambridge and Norwich are charming towns of considerable historic importance with cathedrals and cobbled streets. Norwich has outstanding retail facilities with modern shopping malls among the best in England and individual shops of character which add interest and value to a shopper wishing to browse.

Throughout the region in towns and in the countryside there are many attractive restaurants, offering international cuisine, bars, cafes, night clubs, theatres, cinemas and museums making every part of the region a good place to eat, drink and relax.

There are throughout the region many good schools and colleges, including leading art colleges, and a wealth of art galleries and museums.

East Anglia has a wealth of leisure facilities and sporting activities: leisure centres, Olympic size swimming pools, wonderful golf courses and facilities for horse riding and fishing.

Norfolk and Suffolk are large counties, attractive to visitors and to their own populations. Everywhere is to be found the history of past and events: villages which date back to the Doomsday Book of 1087; Norman and Saxon churches; and, in many places, records of habitation which go back beyond the Anglo-Saxons to Roman times.

Norfolk and Suffolk have many great historic houses which were built or extended on monastic lands and which can be visited. These include many National Trust houses of outstnding architectural value: such as Blickling Hall (built, 1620) and Holkham Hall (built, 1750).

By 1750-1900 East Anglia was well established as a farming region and described as the granary of Europe with the most sunshine hours of the entire United Kingdom. Most of the land was owned and farmed by the aristocracy and their tenants.

In recent years the unique Norfolk broads have been declared Britain’s newest National Park. Norfolk Broads is a unique mixture of man-made expanses of water connected by meandering rivers and dykes throughout much of Norfolk and into Suffolk. Originally thought to have been created during 1500-1750 and financed by new wealth from trade and industry, subsequent research reveals the broads formed naturally as the result of medieval men digging peat to fuel their fires. These peat diggings later flooded to form the beautiful broad landscape we have today.

Norfolk and Suffolk have wonderful coast lines with dramatic beaches, wild birds and otter sanctuaries. Along the 90 mile stretch of the Norfolk coast there are bird reserves at Titchwell, Scott Head, Blakeney and Cley and ancient spa resorts such as Southwold.

One of the jewels of the Norfolk coast is Sandringham, the Norfolk retreat of Her Majesty the Queen. Built in 1870 by the then Prince and Princess of Wales it has been passed down through successive generations of Royals and used by them as a private home and country retreat through four generations of British monarchs. Today it is regularly used by the Royal Family and the main ground floor rooms are open for public viewing.

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