Days out and attractions in East Anglia and surrounding areas
East Anglia is a popular region for beach holidays, rural escapes and cultural experiences all within easy reach. Explore the beaches of Norfolk and Suffolk, the coastal towns of Essex, or the historic attractions and beautiful gardens of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.
The East Anglia Coast, Norfolk and Suffolk
When looking for places to visit in East Anglia, you can start by exploring the coastal towns and villages like Lowestoff, Southwold, Cromer, Sheringham, Holkham, East and West Runton, and Mundesley, where many beaches hold a Blue Flag Award.
Set on the unspoilt North Norfolk Coast, Burnham Market has become known as ‘Chelsea-on-Sea’ with an array of independent specialist shops. Down the road is Wells-next-the-Sea, a colourful fish quay home to a fleet of little boats, narrow streets and traditional flint buildings. A little further you can visit Holkham National Nature Reserve , one of the most diverse coastline reserve, with a fascinating mix of habitats and wildlife.
The West Norfolk Coast with its coastal Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a great place for families. Visit Hunstanton’s Sea Life Sanctuary, Norfolk’s leading marine rescue centre.
Jump on a steam train running on The Poppy Line on the North Norfolk Railway or visit the Suffolk Coast with its 40 miles of Heritage Coast including the seaside towns of Alderburgh and Felixstowe, both offering activities likely to appeal to younger children. Visit the Suffolk Wildlife Trust and see some of the country’s most precous wildlife habitat.
One of the UK’s most popular seaside resorts, Great Yarmouth has an historic quayside with old merchants’ houses, museums and narrow medieval alleys. The Time and Tide Museum tells the story of Great Yarmouth from ice age to present day and is perfect location for a day out with kids in Norfolk or for anyone interested in the history of the local area.
Beds, Cambs, Essex and Herts
Visit the historic town of Bedford, dating back to Saxon times, or come to Woburn, great for antiques and collectables and the Woburn Abbey and Safari Park. Attractions nearby include the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, the Shuttleworth Swiss Gardens, the Birds of Prey Centre, and the Vintage Aircraft and Cars Collection .
If visiting Essex, spend a great family day out at Audley End House, England’s grandest stately homes built to entertain royalty, or visit the Barleylands Farm and Craft Village for a day out with the kids..
For lovers of historical buildings and beautiful gardens, why not visit the Hatfield House, St Albans Abbey, or the Hitchin Lavender. Take your children to the College Lake Nature Reserve, the Shepreth Wildlife Park, the Paradise Wildlife Park, or go for an adventure with friends at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead.