Must-see attractions in East Anglia

  • View inside Kings college Chapel Cambridge, showing the fan vault ceiling and vast wooden paneling, and amazing stain glass windows.

    King's College Chapel


    In a city crammed with showstopping buildings, this is a scene-stealer. Grandiose 16th-century King's College Chapel is one of England’s most…

  • The Gatehouse, Trinity College, Cambridge

    Trinity College


    The largest of Cambridge's colleges, Trinity offers an extraordinary Tudor gateway, an air of supreme elegance and a sweeping Great Court – the largest of…

  • Interior of Ely Cathedral

    Ely Cathedral


    Ely Cathedral’s stunning silhouette dominates the whole area; it’s dubbed the 'Ship of the Fens' because it’s so visible across the vast, flat sweeps of…

  • CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM - 2009/06/14: Fitzwilliam Museum at the  university city. (Photo by Olaf Protze/LightRocket via Getty Images)

    Fitzwilliam Museum


    Fondly dubbed 'the Fitz' by locals, this colossal neoclassical pile was one of the first public art museums in Britain, built to house the fabulous…

  • Located in Norfolk, Sandringham House is one of two personal and private residences owned by the English Royal Family. The residence - which is occupied since Elizabethan times - is one of the most loved by the Queen, who uses to spend here the Christmas Day and year-end holidays.



    Both monarchists and those bemused by the English system will have plenty to mull over here, at the Queen's country estate. It's set in 25 hectares of…

  • Imperial War Museum


    At Europe's biggest aviation museum, 200 lovingly preserved vintage aircraft are housed in several enormous hangars. The vast airfield showcases…

  • Audley End House & Gardens

    East Anglia

    Positively palatial in its scale, style and the all-too-apparent ambition of its creator, the first Earl of Suffolk, the fabulous early-Jacobean Audley…

  • Aerial view of Norwich Cathedral located in Norwich, Norfolk, UK

    Norwich Cathedral


    Norwich's most impressive landmark is a magnificent Anglican cathedral. Its barbed spire soars higher than any in England except Salisbury's, while the…

  • A view of Kings College from the Backs with punting in the foreground, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

    The Backs


    Behind the Cambridge colleges’ grandiose facades and stately courts, a series of gardens and parks line up beside the river. Collectively known as the…

  • "Norwich, England - May 17, 2012: A man walking past Norwich Castle keep and castle mound on a spring day. The stone keep was constructed by order of the King between 1100 and 1120 to replace a wooden structure which stood on the same mound dating back to the Norman conquest of 1066. The castle was used as a prison until 1887 and has been used as a museum since 1894."

    Norwich Castle


    Crowning a hilltop overlooking central Norwich, this massive 12th-century castle is one of England’s best-preserved examples of Anglo-Norman military…

  • The interior of a reconstructed Chemist's shop in Bridewell Museum, Norwich, 1989.  (Photo By RDImages/Epics/Getty Images)

Museum of Norwich

    Museum of Norwich


    Stay on your best behaviour: 14th-century Bridewell is a former house of correction, a 'prison for women, beggars and tramps'. Displays here explore…

  • Sutton Hoo


    Somehow missed by plundering robbers and left undisturbed for 1300 years, the hull of an enormous Anglo-Saxon ship was discovered here in 1939, buried…

  • Colchester Castle

    East Anglia

    Built in 1076 on the foundations of the Roman Temple of Claudius, England’s largest surviving Norman keep is bigger than that of the Tower of London. Over…

  • Holkham National Nature Reserve


    Beach, dunes, salt marsh, grazing marsh, pinewoods and scrub – a high number of habitats pack into 37-sq-km Holkham Reserve. It's easily accessed from the…

  • CAMBRIDGE, UK - 03.11.2020:  Exterior view of the Polar Museum  at the Scott Polar Research Institute on on Lensfield Road

    Polar Museum


    Tales of hostile environments, dogged determination and, sometimes, life-claiming mistakes are evoked powerfully at this compelling museum. Its focus on…

  • Cambridge, United Kingdom - January 17, 2019: The Senate House and Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge

    Gonville & Caius College


    Known locally as Caius (pronounced 'keys'), Gonville and Caius boasts three fascinating gates: Virtue, Humility and Honour. They symbolise the progress of…

  • First court at Christ's college university of Cambridge, in Cambridge, UK

    Christ's College


    Christ's College is a venerable institution at more than 500 years old. Its gleaming Great Gate is emblazoned with heraldic carvings of Tudor roses, a…

  • Frontal view of the manor house of Blickling Hall in the village of Blickling north of Aylsham in Norfolk County, England, UK

    Blickling Hall


    Largely remodelled in the 17th century for Sir Henry Hobart, James I's chief justice, Blickling Hall began life in the 11th century as a manor house and…

  • Tourists under Bridge of Sighs at Saint John's College. Named for a famous Venice landmark, this circa-1831 covered arch bridge connects campus buildings, Cambridge, England, 21st of May 2017; Shutterstock ID 763444831; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update

    St John's College


    Alma mater of six prime ministers, three saints and Douglas Adams (author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), St John's is superbly photogenic…

  • Magdalene college, Cambridge University. Quayside view with punts moored on the bank of the River Cam

    Magdalene College


    Riverside Magdalene often catches people out – the college name is properly pronounced 'Maud-lyn'. This former Benedictine hostel's greatest asset is the…

  • Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom - June 24, 2006: Students in the Great Court of Trinity College in Cambridge University with its historical fountain in the center of the courtyard.

    Trinity Hall College


    Wedged cosily among the great and famous colleges (but unconnected to better-known Trinity), diminutive Trinity Hall was founded in 1350 as a refuge for…

  • The Mathematical bridge at Queens college in Cambridge..Taken on a bright spring day.

Queens' College with bridge and flowers

    Queens' College


    Gorgeous 15th-century Queens' College sits elegantly astride the river, connected by the unscientific-looking Mathematical Bridge. Highlights include two…

  • Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, U.K. 08/19/2014. Corpus Christi College with its beautiful lawn that rolls down to the River Cam is part of Cambridge University, England.

    Corpus Christi College


    Corpus Christi was founded in 1352, a heritage reflected in its exquisite buildings and a monastic atmosphere that radiates from the medieval Old Court…

  • Jesus College, Cambridge. - stock photo

    Jesus College


    This tranquil 15th-century college was once a nunnery of St Radegund before the Bishop of Ely, John Alcock, expelled the nuns for 'improvidence,…

  • Cambridge, Uk - Circa October 2018: Emmanuel College

    Emmanuel College


    The 16th-century Emmanuel College ('Emma' to students) is famous for its exquisite chapel designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Seek out the plaque…

  • Cambridge, United Kingdom - May 12, 2012: Holy Sepulchre Round Church in Cambridge as seen on 12th of May, 2012.

    Round Church


    Cambridge’s intensely atmospheric Round Church is one of only four such structures in England. It was built by the mysterious Knights Templar in 1130 and…

  • Abbey Gardens


    Now a picturesque ruin in parkland behind the cathedral, Bury's once-mighty abbey still impresses despite the townspeople having made off with much of the…

  • M35DP5 Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, re-opens to the public with a newly-built extension by Jamie Fobert Architects. A wall of Alfred Wallis paintings in the old

    Kettle's Yard


    An £11 million revamp has added high-tech contemporary-art galleries to much-loved Kettle's Yard. The big draw for many though will be the original…

  • Cambridge, JUL 10: Exterior view of the Wren Library on JUL 10, 2011 at Cambrdige, United Kingdom; Shutterstock ID 1649403115; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update

    Wren Library


    The renowned Wren Library contains 55,000 books published before 1820 and more than 2500 manuscripts, including AA Milne's original Winnie the Pooh. Both…

  • St Edmundsbury Cathedral


    The 45m-high tower of this cathedral was only completed in 2005 and is a vision in Lincolnshire limestone – its traditional Gothic-style construction…

  • Houghton Hall


    Built for Britain's first de-facto prime minister, Sir Robert Walpole, in 1730, Palladian-style Houghton Hall is worth seeing for the ornate staterooms…

  • Cambridge University Botanic Garden


    Founded by Charles Darwin's mentor, Professor John Henslow, the beautiful Botanic Garden is home to 8000 plant species, a wonderful arboretum, glasshouses…

  • Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts


    The region's most important centre for the arts is housed in the first major public building by renowned architect Norman Foster. Its eclectic collections…

  • Gainsborough's House


    Thomas Gainsborough's atmospheric birthplace is now home to the world's largest collection of his work. The 16th-century house and gardens feature a…

  • Flatford

    East Anglia

    Set right beside Flatford Mill – a feature of several Constable paintings – thatched Bridge Cottage has an exhibition that provides a fine introduction to…

  • Cley Marshes


    One of England's premier birdwatching sites, Cley Marshes has more than 300 resident bird species, plentiful migrants and a network of walking trails and…

  • Museum of the Broads


    Learn about the traditional Broads' boats (called wherries), the marshmen who gathered reeds and sedge for thatching, and local history and lifestyles at…

  • Kentwell Hall


    Gorgeous, turreted Kentwell Hall may date from the 1500s and be full of Tudor grandeur, but it's still used as a private home, lending it a wonderfully…

  • Orford Ness


    Wind-whipped, remote Orford Ness is the largest vegetated shingle spit in Europe and was once used as a secret military testing ground; now it's a nature…

  • Minsmere


    The coast near Dunwich draws ranks of birdwatchers, thanks to RSPB Minsmere. The reserve is home to one of England's rarest birds, the bittern, with…