East Anglia comprises the counties of Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire, with predominately low lying countryside, containing a diversity of gentle landscapes – from flat fens to chalk downland, heathland, man-made waterways, forest and ancient woodland. Towering over this land are some of Britain’s finest cathedrals including Norwich and Ely as well as the famous university city of Cambridge. The coastline stretches from the wide expanse of the River Thames to The Wash, England’s largest tidal estuary and a naturalists’ delight. Along the coast you will found unspoilt beaches, crumbling cliffs, estuaries, shingle spits and probably Britain’s best mudflats and saltmarshes.
Suffolk is possibly rural England at its very best and the perfect location for cottage holidays. It has mile after mile of gently undulating countryside, ideal for exploration on foot or by bike and a coastline dotted with family holiday resorts. Wherever you wander Suffolk’s stunning landscapes, historic wool towns and many hidden gems wait to be discovered.
Lavenham was one of the wealthiest towns in England in medieval times, and has retained an almost perfect medieval market square and many half-timbered houses along streets whose patterns remain largely unchanged from medieval times. Nearby is Long Melford, another village whose wealth was derived from the wool trade and which boasts the longest high street in the country.
Bury St Edmunds is an historic market town in the west of the county. At one time this part of Suffolk boasted more pubs than churches. The number has dwindled over the years but the Greene King Brewery and Visitor Centre, where visitors can learn about the history of some of the country’s best-loved beers, remains. Suffolk has some of Britain’s best kept coastal secrets, like the towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold.
Aldeburgh is a charming, traditional seaside town and the perfect location for enjoyable holiday any time of the year. Its unspoilt nature calls to mind an earlier age. Here the fishermen still draw their boats up onto the shore and sell fish from the beach. However Aldeburgh is also internationally famous for its association with the Festival begun by Benjamin Britten. The newest addition to the Aldeburgh seafront is the Scallop, a Maggi Hambling sculpture dedicated to Benjamin Britten. Surrounded by peaceful countryside and award-winning beaches bordering on salt marshes, and with large areas of woodland sweeping down to the shore the resort of Southwold is a haven from the demands of modern society.