East Anglia Places of Interest

Sculpture of a scallop shell Maggi Hambling

Places of Interest - East Anglia

East Anglia Places of Interest

SUFFOLK / Aldeburgh Beach / The Aldeburgh Museum

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Aldeburgh Beach
Suffolk

A sculpture of a scallop shell commemorating the life of composer Benjamin Britten lies on the beach at Aldeburgh. Sculptor Maggi Hambling said the 12-foot steel scallop shell on Aldeburgh's windswept beach is a fitting tribute to the composer of the operas "Peter Grimes" and "Billy Budd," who lived in the town and loved its rugged North Sea coast.

Sculpture of a scallop shell Maggi Hambling

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The Brudenell

.... only a pebble's throw from the sea, with wonderful views along the beach.

..a haven of calm and relaxation in a contemporary and welcoming setting.

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The White Lion Hotel

.. in Aldeburgh's oldest hotel, a charming hideaway situated opposite the shingle beach.

.. with oak panelling and beams, log fires, warm atmosphere and seaside setting.

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The Aldeburgh Museum
Moot Hall
Aldeburgh
Suffolk
IP15 5DS
Tel: 01728 454666
The Moot Hall was once, as long ago as the middle of the 16th century, in the centre of Aldeburgh. By the beginning of the 17th century houses were being lost to the sea and a hundred years later there was little more to the East of the Moot Hall than there is today, it is now only a few yards from the beach. The Moot Hall is now the meeting place of the Town Council and, upstairs, a small, but interesting, museum.

Aldeburgh Suffolk

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SUFFOLK / Lavenham: The Guildhall of Corpus Christi / Gainsborough's House

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Lavenham: The Guildhall of Corpus Christi
Market Place
Lavenham
Sudbury
Suffolk CO10 9QZ
Tel: 01787 247646

A stunning early 16th-century timber-framed building in the heart of the remarkably preserved medieval village of Lavenham, with its many historic houses. The local history museum has exhibitions on the medieval cloth industry. There is also a tranquil walled garden with dye plants used since middle ages. A National Trust property where charges apply. (Photo: © NTPL / Rod J Edwards).

Lavenham: The Guildhall of Corpus Christi

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The Swan, Lavenham

.. in one of East Anglia's best known hotels, dating back to the 14th century and incorporating an Elizabethan house and Lavenham's former Wool Hall.

.. with an interior that has been lavishly restored to include exposed timbers, large open fireplaces and a minstrel gallery.

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Angel at Lavenham

.. in an 8-bedroom Tudor inn set in the Market Place of the picturesque village of Lavenham

...with decor and furnishings in keeping with the history of the hotel.

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The Olde Bull Hotel, Sudbury

.. in a 16th Century Grade 1 Listed Olde Coaching Inn, with original Oak beams throughout the building and has two rooms with vaulted ceilings.

..with traditional British food and hospitality in a very traditional English setting.

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Hotel Elizabeth The Mill, Sudbury

.... on the banks of the River Stour with magnificent river and countryside views.

....the Mill houses the original mill wheel, which still turns and is a focal point for the oak-beamed restaurant.

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Gainsborough's House
46 Gainsborough Street
Sudbury
Suffolk CO10 2EU

Gainsborough's House, the only artist's birthplace open to the public in Britain, was established as a museum in 1961. It shows a large collection of Gainsborough's paintings, drawings and prints as well as temporary exhibitions. At the back of the museum is a walled garden with a four hundred year-old mulberry tree. It is used for exhibitions of sculpture during the summer months.
Telephone 01787 372958

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SUFFOLK / Snape Maltings / Sutton Hoo

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Snape Maltings
Nr. Saxmundham
Suffolk IP17 1SR
Tel: 01728 688303/5
Snape Maltings is a unique collection of granaries and malthouses nestling beside the River Alde. Shops, galleries and restaurants fill the old buildings where local barley was once malted for the brewing industry. The present owners, the Gooderham family, bought the Maltings in the 1960s and set about its gradual restoration and rejuvenation. In 1967 Snape Maltings Concert Hall was opened as a venue for the Aldeburgh Festival, the brainchild of composer Benjamin Britten and tenor Peter Pears.

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The White Lion Hotel, Aldeburgh

.. in Aldeburgh's oldest hotel, a charming hideaway situated opposite the shingle beach.

.. with oak panelling and beams, log fires, warm atmosphere and seaside setting.

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Best Western Ufford Park Hotel, Woodbridge

.. in this modern hotel with its impressive leisure complex, 18-hole par 71 golf course and luxury Thermal Suite and Spa.

....with the comfort and luxury of premier, superior or standard bedrooms, many having balconies overlooking the golf course and some with jacuzzi baths.

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The Bull Hotel & Restaurant

.. .. in the centre of Woodbridge overlooking the lovely Tudor Shire Hall and Market Hill.

.. in a former 16th century coaching Inn.

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Sutton Hoo
Tranmer House
Woodbridge
Suffolk IP12 3DJ
Tel: 01394 389700

One of Britain's most important and atmospheric archaeological sites is the burial ground here of the Anglo-Saxon kings of East Anglia. Priceless royal treasures were discovered in a huge ship grave and the exhibition hall tells the compelling story of early English history. A National Trust property where charges apply. (Photo: © NTPL / Joe Cornish).

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SUFFOLK / Somerleyton Hall & Gardens

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Somerleyton Hall & Gardens
Somerleyton Hall
Lowestoft
Suffolk NR32 5QQ

Somerleyton Hall is widely regarded as one of the best examples of an archetypal Tudor-Jacobean mansion and one of the most beautiful stately homes in Britain whose rooms and gardens are open to the public. A splendid early Victorian mansion built in Anglo- Italian style by Sir Morton Peto. Lavish architectural features and magnificent carved stonework.

Tel: 01502 73490

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Britten House, Lowestoft

.. with unobstructed sea views and a prime seafront position in a magnificent Victorian town house, the birthplace and family home of composer Benjamin Britten.

....exuding a Victorian elegance complete with modern comforts and conveniences.

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Hotel Hatfield

.. ..in a stylishly designed hotel is beautifully situated in a prominent seafront position on Lowestoft's award-winning beach.

..offering high quality en suite accommodation in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.

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Hotel Victoria

.. with panoramic sea views of Lowestoft’s award winning beaches.

.. offering premier hospitality with easy access for business or leisure activities.

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NORFOLK / Blickling Hall, Gardens and Park

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Blickling Hall, Gardens and Park
Blickling
Norwich
Norfolk NR11 6NF
Tel: 01263 738030

Built in the early 17th century, a magnificent Jacobean house with gardens and park, famed for its spectacular long gallery, fine tapestries, paintings and rare books. Reputedly home to the headless ghost of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second queen. A National Trust property where charges apply. (Photo: © NTPL / Nick Meers).

Blickling Hall, Gardens and Park

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Old Brewery House Hotel, Reepham

. ...in the ancient market town of Reepham in a hotel steeped in Georgian charm.

....boasting beautiful staircases and wood panelling, and retaining many original features.

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Elderton Lodge Hotel, Thorpe Market

.. in this 200 year old building, formally the shooting lodge to Gunton Hall, lovingly preserved by its local owners

..with a beautiful aspect overlooking 800 acres of deer park.

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Keswick Hotel, Bacton

.. in an enchanting seaside hotel on the beautiful North Norfolk coast with great sea views and direct access to a lovely sandy beach

..in a relaxed and peaceful coastal setting with comfortable en suite rooms, licensed bar, restaurant, disabled facilities and a large car park.

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NORFOLK / Holkham Hall / Bircham Windmill

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Holkham Hall
Wells-next-the-Sea
Norfolk
NR23 1AB
A majestic stately Home, a Palladian style mansion is home to the Coke family and the Earls of Leicester. Built between 1734 and 1764 by Thomas Coke, the first Earl of Leicester, with a 3,000 acre deer park, magnificent state rooms and Bygones Musuem.

Information line: (01328) 710227

www.holkham.co.uk

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The Kings Head Hotel, Great Bircham

...in a country house hotel, set on the Sandringham Estate.

..with unparalled views, set in tranquil surroundings.

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Bircham Windmill
Great Bircham
Kings Lynn
Norfolk
PE31 6SJ
Tel: 01485 578 393

Standing in the heart of Norfolk's undulating fields, the restored and working Bircham Windmill looks as it did over 100 years ago. Over 300 mills once ground corn for horse and cattle feed and bread making in Norfolk. Bircham Mill is considered one of the best still remaining - it is the only windmill in working order in the area open to the public. Many items of interest are on the ground floor for visitors to see. When possible on windy days the sails turn the milling machinery inside and visitors can climb the five floors up to the fan stage.Gift Shop, Tea Rooms, Free car parking, Disabled facilities, Family cycle hire centre

Bircham Windmill

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NORFOLK / Felbrigg Hall, Garden and Park

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Felbrigg Hall, Garden and Park
Felbrigg
Norwich
Norfolk NR11 8PR
Tel: 01263 837444

One of the most elegant country houses in East Anglia, with remarkable Stuart architecture and a fine Georgian interior. Stunning walled garden, orangery and orchards with many lakeside, parkland and woodland trails to explore. A National Trust property where charges apply. (Photo: © NTPL / Rupert Truman).

Felbrigg Hall, Garden and Park

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Elderton Lodge Hotel, Thorpe Market

.. in this 200 year old building, formally the shooting lodge to Gunton Hall, lovingly preserved by its local owners

..with a beautiful aspect overlooking 800 acres of deer park.

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Green Farm Hotel and Restaurant, Thorpe Market,

.. in this charming 16th century flint-faced Farmhouse Inn with antique style bedrooms all with en-suite facilities including some four posters.

..with fresh fruit and home-made chocolates to greet you on arrival.

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NORFOLK / Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse / Pensthorpe

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Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
Gressenhall
Norfolk
NR20 4DT

A unique museum with a 50-acre site including a historic workhouse, a museum of life on the land, a traditional farm with rare breed animals in beautiful, unspoilt grounds.

Tele: 01362 860563

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Phoenix Hotel, Dereham

.. in the heart of Norfolk's Breckland, providing excellent service in elegant surroundings

..the ground floor has been extensively redesigned to create a new bar, restaurant, reception and private dining suite.

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Hill House Hotel

.. in this handsome Queen Anne property set in the heart of the historical market town of Dereham.

...offering a selection of en suite rooms including superior doubles, galleried apartments & an attic suite.

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The Wensum Lodge Hotel, Fakenham

.. just a 3 minute walk from town centre in a family run hotel, with a games room and waterside restaurant.

....where the crystal clear water of the River Wensum passes the hotel's front terrace, and a stream passes through the rear garden

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Pensthorpe
Fakenham
Norfolk
NR21 0LN

Waterfowl and waders, woodland walks, wildflower meadows, 500 acres of nature reserve, the millenium garden and much more.... Restaurant and gift shop. Conservation of wildlife and their habitats and their interpretation and ‘up-close' enjoyment provides the underpinning ethos of Pensthorpe.

Telephone: 01328 851465

www.pensthorpe.com

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NORFOLK / Norfolk Lavender / Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary

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Norfolk Lavender
Heacham
King's Lynn
Tel: 01485 570384

The internationally renowned Norfolk Lavender is at the gateway to Heacham with the lavender fields, shop and distillery, founded in 1932. Now with large Plant Centre, Rose Garden, Historic Orchard, Organic Vegetable Garden, Tea Rooms, Gift Shop and Conservatory.

Norfolk Lavender

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Le Strange Arms Hotel, Old Hunstanton

... on the coast in Old Hunstanton, with grounds that stretch down to the seashore to one of the finest beaches in Norfolk

....the hotel offers old world charm complemented by personal service

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Caley Hall Hotel

.. set around a manor house dating back to 1648, set in the beautiful village of Old Hunstanton

...in the old farm outbuildings renovated to create a hotel that offers modern amenities whilst retaining the charm of yesteryear

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Old Coach House, Thornham

.. . in the centre of the historic and scenic village of Thornham, about 3 miles east of Hunstanton

...with easy access via the A149.

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Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary
Southern Promenade
Hunstanton
Norfolk
PE36 5BH

At the Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary in Norfolk you will see Otters, Penguins and more than 30 permanent displays all showcasing the rich diversity of life under the waves. We also provide a safe haven for more than 30 sick, injured or orphaned seal pups which are annually cared for at the Sanctuary.

Tel: 01485 533576

www.sealsanctuary.co.uk

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CAMBRIDGESHIRE / The Stained Glass Museum / Ely Museum

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The Stained Glass Museum
Ely Cathedral
Ely
Cambridgeshire
CB7 4DL
Tel: 01353 660347

The Museum is in the South Transept of Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire, a small city fifteen miles north of Cambridge making it an ideal centre to visit. The Museums exhibits include an early 19th century stained-glass copy of a work by Raphael and an 18th century panel copied from a portrait by the artist Sir Joshua Reynolds. Also on show is a work by William Morris, designed by Edward Burne-Jones.

Ely CATHEDRAL

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The Lamb Hotel

.. in the shadow of Ely Cathedral, this hotel dates back to the 15th century.

...boasting comfortable, en-suite bedrooms, excellent and varied cuisine, traditional beers and a fine wine list.

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Nyton Hotel

.. in a quiet family hotel, situated in residential road just off the A10.

....only 10 minutes walk from the Cathederal and City Centre.

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Ely Guest House

.. in a family-run, central guest house with modern, fully furnished rooms with en suite facilities and Thai restaurant

.. ...formally an 18th /19th century inn and just 2 minutes’ walk from beautiful Ely Cathedral.

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Ely Museum
The Old Gaol
Market Street
Ely
Cambridgeshire
CB7 4LS

Ely Museum, a bright and friendly local history museum, located in the Bishop's Gaol in the centre of the historical city of Ely. The Museum is the history centre for the Isle of Ely & the Fens and it takes you on a journey through time from prehistory to the twentieth century. Displays include original prison cells.

Tel: 01353 666655

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CAMBRIDGESHIRE / Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill

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Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill
Quy Road
Lode
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire CB25 9EJ
Tel: 01223 810080

A Jacobean-style country house with a collection of treasures, set in fine formal and informal gardens with a working watermill, containing Lord Fairhaven's fascinating collection paintings and furniture. Surrounded by an outstanding 114 acre garden and arboretum, with full working 18th-century watermill. A National Trust property where charges apply. (Photo: © NTPL / Nick Meers).

Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill

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Best Western Cambridge Quy Mill Hotel

.. in a characteristic, Grade II listed former watermill, featuring award winning food, real ales and 40 malt whiskies

.. ... set in 11 acres of beautiful gardens.

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Rosery Country House Hotel

.. in the picturesque village of Exning, in a Victorian Manor House

....in a traditionally family run hotel.

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CAMBRIDGESHIRE / The Fitzwilliam Museum / KETTLE'S YARD

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The Fitzwilliam Museum
Trumpington Street,
Cambridge CB2 1RB
Tel: 01223 332900

The Fitzwilliam Museum houses world-class collections of works of art and antiquities spanning centuries and civilisations. Highlights include masterpieces of painting from the fourteenth century to the present day, drawings and prints, sculpture, furniture, armour, pottery and glass, oriental art, illuminated manuscripts, coins and medals and antiquities from Egypt, the Ancient Near East, Greece, Rome and Cyprus.

The Fitzwilliam Museum

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Royal Cambridge

.. in the heart of Cambridge, just 200 yards from the Fitzwilliam Museum, the perfect base to experience the character of this celebrated city.

.. with extensive and comfortable lounge areas reminiscent of a bygone era which has earned it an excellent reputation for fine dining.

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Cambridge Garden House

.. in a unique riverside setting overlooking the river Cam, in a truly enviable location.

... offering superb wine, good food and fine dining in the refurbished Riverside Brasserie.

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Gonville Hotel

.. ..overlooking Parker's Piece, where famed cricketer Sir Jack Hobbs honed his game, a short stroll across the Piece to the Colleges, the river and all of the other attractions that Cambridge has to offer.

....an independent family hotel offering contemporary facilities.

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KETTLE'S YARD
Castle Street
Cambridge CB3 0AQ
tel: 01223 748100

On Castle Street in Cambridge, is a beautiful and unique house containing a distinctive collection of modern art. Kettle's Yard was founded by H.S. 'Jim' Ede as a place where visitors would 'find a home and a welcome, a refuge of peace and order, of the visual arts and of music.' Kettle's Yard is a department of the University of Cambridge.

KETTLE'S YARD

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