Getting Oriented

East Anglia, in southeastern England, can be divided into distinct areas for sightseeing. The central area surrounds the ancient university city of Cambridge and includes Ely, with its magnificent cathedral rising out of the flatlands, and the towns of inland Suffolk. The Suffolk Heritage Coast is home to historic small towns and villages; while the northeast, with the region's capital, Norwich, encompasses the waterways of the Broads and the beaches and salt marshes of the North Norfolk coast. Farther north, in Lincolnshire, the historic town of Stamford sits just south of the city of Lincoln, famous for its tall, fluted cathedral towers.

  • Cambridge. The home of the ancient university is East Anglia's liveliest town. The city center is perfect for ambling around the colleges, museums, and King's College Chapel, one of England's greatest monuments.
  • Ely and Central Suffolk. The villages within a short drive of Cambridge remain largely unspoiled. Ely's lofty cathedral dominates the surrounding flatlands, and Sudbury, Long Melford, Lavenham, and Bury St. Edmunds preserve their rich historical flavor.
  • The Suffolk Coast. Idyllic villages such as Dedham and Flatford form the center of what's been dubbed "Constable Country," while the nearby Suffolk Coast includes such atmospheric seaside towns as Woodbridge and Aldeburgh.
  • Norwich and North Norfolk. Sights in Norwich include its cathedral and castle. To the north and west you'll find the stately homes of Blickling Hall, Houghton Hall, and Sandringham, plus quiet coastal resorts such as Blakeney and Wells-next-the-Sea.
  • Stamford and Lincoln. On the western fringes of East Anglia, Lincoln is worth visiting for its Norman cathedral, whereas Stamford is best known for Burghley House, an impressive Elizabethan mansion.

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