East Anglia

We’ve compiled the best of the best in East Anglia - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Blickling Estate


    Behind the wrought-iron entrance gate to Blickling Estate, two mighty yew hedges form a magnificent frame for this perfectly symmetrical Jacobean...Read More

  • 2. Burghley House


    Considered one of the grandest houses of the Elizabethan age, this architectural masterpiece is celebrated for its rooftops bristling with pepper...Read More

  • 3. Ely Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Known affectionately as the Ship of the Fens, Ely Cathedral can be seen for miles, towering above the flat landscape on one of the few ridges...Read More

  • 4. Fitzwilliam Museum


    In a Classical Revival building renowned for its grand Corinthian portico, "The Fitz," founded by the 7th Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion in...Read More

  • 5. Holkham Hall


    One of the most splendid mansions in Britain, Holkham Hall is the seat of the Coke family, the earls of Leicester. In the late 18th century...Read More

  • 6. Houghton Hall


    Built in the 1720s by the first British prime minister, Sir Robert Walpole, this extraordinary Palladian pile has been carefully restored by...Read More

  • 7. King's College Chapel

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Based on Sainte-Chapelle, the 13th-century royal chapel in Paris, this house of worship is perhaps the most glorious flowering of Perpendicular...Read More

  • 8. Lincoln Castle


    Facing the cathedral across Exchequer Gate, this castle was built by William the Conqueror in 1068, incorporating the remains of Roman walls...Read More

  • 9. Lincoln Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Lincoln's crowning glory (properly known as the Cathedral of St. Mary, although nobody calls it that), this was for centuries the tallest building...Read More

  • 10. Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology


    Cambridge University maintains some fine museums in its research halls on Downing Street—the wonder is that they're not better known to visitors...Read More

  • 11. Norwich Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The grandest example of Norman architecture in Norwich has a towering 315-foot spire and the second-largest monastic cloisters in Britain (only...Read More

  • 12. Polar Museum


    Beautifully designed, this museum at Cambridge University's Scott Polar Research Institute chronicles the history of polar exploration. There...Read More

  • 13. Sandringham House


    Not far from the old-fashioned seaside resort of Hunstanton, Sandringham House is where the Royal Family traditionally spends Christmas. The...Read More

  • 14. St. Mary-the-Virgin

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of the most remarkable churches in the region, St. Mary-the-Virgin was started just before the Reformation. The doors underneath the ruined...Read More

  • 15. Sutton Hoo

    Information Center

    The visitor center at Sutton Hoo tells the story of one of Britain's most significant Anglo-Saxon archaeological sites. In 1938 a local archaeologist...Read More

  • 16. Aldeburgh Beach Lookout

    Arts/Performance Venue

    This tiny, disused lookout tower is in the middle of the main beachfront in Aldeburgh and has been converted into a bijou space for contemporary...Read More

  • 17. Angel Hill


    A walk here is a journey through the history of Bury St. Edmunds. Along one side, the Abbey Gate, Norman Gate Tower, and St. Mary's Church make...Read More

  • 18. Angel Hotel


    This splendid, ivy-clad hotel was the location for Sam Weller's meeting with Job Trotter in Dickens's The Pickwick Papers. Dickens himself...Read More

  • 19. Audley End House and Gardens


    A famous example of early-17th-century architecture, Audley End was once owned by Charles II, who bought it as a convenient place to break his...Read More

  • 20. Blakeney National Nature Reserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    The 1,000 acres of grassy dunes at Blakeney Point are home to nesting terns and about 500 common and gray seals. The 3½-mile walk here from...Read More

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