Bury St Edmunds is home to Britain’s smallest pub, worth a visit for that alone we think.
Helen, Original Traveller
Comprised of Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, the areas therein are home to a multitude of hidden gems from pretty villages and medieval market towns to grand cathedrals and the stunning architecture of the colleges of Cambridge University. Art, architecture, countryside and long golden sandy beaches make for a great destination not far from London but with all you could wish for when looking for a rural escape.
Why we think you’ll love it
- Constable country and Cambridge make for a great dual destination. Long sandy beaches and great pubs abound.
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Our guide to holidays in East Anglia & Cambridge
Our UK specialist Helen studied in Cambridge, so can vouch for this beautiful city. Explore on foot or by bike or if it's all too much like hard work then hop on a chauffeured punt and let someone else do the hard work as you see the city's famous "backs" of the colleges from the River Cam. How about a treat laden wicker picnic hamper laid out on a crisp white linen cloth ready and waiting as a surprise on the banks along the way?
Must sees in Cambridge for the culture vulture are Kettles Yard (modern and contemporary art from the 20th century), The Fitzwilliam Museum (fabulous collection of art and antiquities spanning civilisations and centuries), and, time permitting, Choral Evensong at the Late Gothic Chapel of King's College Cambridge. See if you can spot a rather large Grasshopper marking time along the way…
Between Cambridge and Newmarket (famous for the horse race course) is Angelsey Abbey. This Jacobean House and Watermill is a great place to take the family for a varied day out. Aside from the fascinating interior of the house, the water mill is still turning after 150 years of hard graft, and elements of the Abbey even resemble a scene from Harry Potter. The gardens are a sight to behold and activities are laid on throughout the year to get the younger audience completely involved, be it on the statue trail around the gardens, the inspiration station, or the Family Muck In Days. Just outside Cambridge, Ely Cathedral is also well worth a visit, and the views from the top are spectacular.
Other towns worth a visit are Wisbech (prounounced 'wiz-beach'), purely because it's beautiful as well as the fact that it is said that to have 'one of the most perfect Georgian streets in England', and Long Melford for antique hunting. The picture perfect medieval Wool town of Lavenham is simply dreamy and for those in search of the extra-ordinary, why not enjoy a pint in Bury St Edmunds which has Britain's smallest pub. Another market town is Ipswich which is steeped in history as it is Britain's oldest Anglo-Saxon town, and then there are the sweeping sandy beaches of the Suffolk coast, for example Aldeburgh which has the best fish and chips, fact.