November 10, 2015 at 10:38 AM
East Anglia is one of the main regions of the UK in terms of history: from Queen Boudicca to the modern days passing by the Anglo-Saxon invasions.
Today, we’ll take you on a road trip to this beautiful region of our country however don’t spend too much time there as you may never want to leave the laid back lifestyle over there.
Our first stop is Bury St Edmunds located roughly 85 miles away from London, allow at least 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Welcome to the spiritual capital of Suffolk, renowned for its abbey and Cathedral seal of the bishop in charge of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. Supposed to have been built over the Villa Faustina, Bury St Edmunds was one of the royal towns of the Saxons Kings. One of these founded a monastery in 633 that influenced the city so much that by 925 the name of the town originally known as Beodericsworth was changed to St Edmund’s Bury. By the end of the first millennia King Edmund granted the abbot jurisdiction over the whole town. But in the monastery was destroyed by Sweyn and was replaced by a Benedictine abbey. In 1235, King Henry III granted the town two annual fairs (still existing); thanks to these fairs the city developed a large woollen industry by the 14th century. In the 16th and 17th century the town was struck by numerous witch trials. The 18th century was the moment of the militarisation of the city that continues till today.
When in the city you should visit:
- The Abbey ruins and its gardens
- The Cathedral
- The Norman Tower
Once you are ready to go take the A134 towards Norfolk and switch to the A10 to King’s Lynn, your destination. Allow 1 hour and 15 minutes.
King’s Lynn, Norfolk
King’s Lynn, supposedly founded around the 10th century is a sea port and a market town located 97 miles from London. The town war originally quite an important trade port especially due to the implantation of the Hanseatic League Warehouse, in essence, King’s Lynn during the Middle Ages was as important as Liverpool during the Industrial Revolution. However in the 16th and 17th century King’s Lynn entered a form or recession due to the discovery of America. This recession was reversed only by the late arrival of the railway in 1847. During World Wars I & II the town was bombed which destroyed a lot of remains and historical buildings.
When in King’s Lynn you can’t miss:
- Castle Rising
- King’s Lynn Minster
- True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum
- Caithness Crystall factory
- Houghton Hall & Gardens
Once you are done in King’s Lynn get on the A149 to Sandringham, if there is not much traffic, you should arrive there in 20 minutes.
Once in Sandringham head straid for the Estate and visit JM summer estate in Norfolk. The house has been the private home of British Monarchs for four generations and is at the heart of an 8,000 hectare park. It’s definitely a must see.
When you are ready to go, jump on the A148 then take the B1105 towards Wells, it should take you about 35 minutes.
Wells-next-the-Sea is a tiny sea shore village like the many you can find on the coasts of Britain, however we recommend you stop there just to take a breath of fresh air. It’s always nice to rest by the sea.
When you have enjoyed the sea, simply hit back the road get back on your steps and take the A1067 to Norwich, without traffic you should arrive within the hour.
Norwich is a city built on the shores of River Wensum and it is the regional administrative centre for East Anglia. Since Roman times the area had a strong appeal to settlers, in fact the Iceni tribe of Queen Boudica had its capital only 5 miles south away. However modern day Norwich was really settled between the 5th and 7th centuries by the Anglo-Saxons actually founding three cities Northwic (Norwich), Westwic (Norwich-over-the-Water) and Thorpe that actually joined to become a single city. By 1004 AD the city was raided and burnt by Swein Forkbeard who was attracted by the thriving economy of the city. By the time of the Norman Conquest the city was one of the largest in England.
When in the city don’t forget to visit:
- The Cathedral
- The Castle
- RAF Air Defense Radar Museum
- The Aviation Museum
- The Ziggurats of the University of East Anglia.
It is now time to leave Norwich, get on the A47 to Great Yarmouth, the last stop of our road trip
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
Located at the mouth of river Yare, Great Yarmouth area seem to have been inhabited since roman times however the settlement only developed around the 13th century. In 1208, King John granted a charter to Great Yarmouth which gave its burgesses general liberties according to the customs of Oxford, a gild merchant and weekly hustings. Under Edward I, a hospital was founded and in 1551, a grammar school was founded. The city mostly developed during the 18th and 19th century thanks to its status as a Royal Navy supply base.
When in Great Yarmouth, don’t forget to:
- Go to Sea Life
- Visit the Potteries and Smoke house
- Visit the Nelson Museum
- Discover the Wind Energy Museum
If you take the trip let us know what you thought about it.