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Stately homes, endless beaches and centuries of history waiting to be explored

Touring in East Anglia

East Anglia, the traditional name for this region of eastern England, is named after an ancient Anglo-Saxon kingdom, the Kingdom of the East Angles. It has a unique flat landscape, and a fascinating history which stretches from the Suffolk coast in the East to Peterborough in the West.

The Kingdom of the East Angles, formed about the year 520 by the merging of the North and the South Folk, was one of the seven Anglo-Saxon heptarchy kingdoms and was at one time the most powerful of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England. In the 17th Century, many Puritan families sailed for America and set up settlements there, naming them after their homeland, and visitors from the US will recognise many local names.

The landscape is flat and marshy, and churches and Cathedrals, such as Ely, pop up on the horizon. A haven for wildlife and waterfowl, the region is a pleasure to explore, with plenty of small villages, many featuring thatched cottages painted in traditional East Anglian pink.

The major trade routes from London in the south to York in the north pass this area, and resulted in the building of fine and important towns and houses from Stamford to Burghley. History lovers will be unable to resist Cambridge, with its famous and historic university, or Sandringham House, one of the Royal homes, where you can walk through the Royal apartments and get a tantalising flavour of what it must be like to live like Royalty.

Featured Hotels

Queens Head Inn

Nassington, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Excellent, cosy pub accommodation with two rossetted dining near Peterborough and the highlights of East Anglia.

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