Holiday Cottages in Cambridge & East Anglia - a Guide to Holidays in East England

Regional Guide to Cambridge and East Anglia, Eastern England

Eastern England is rural Britain at its best with vast fertile flatlands of East Anglia providing the beautiful landscape that has inspired great British painters including Constable and Gainsborough.

Of course, millions of people flock to the east of England every year to enjoy a holiday on or near the Norfolk Broads, the Cambridge Fens, the Lincolnshire Wolds and the Suffolk coast every year.

East Anglia and Eastern England Cottage Holiday Guide

Although less populated than most regions in Britain, the east of England has diverse cities, from the seat of learning that is Cambridge, with its historic university, to the cosmopolitan Norwich with its medieval Castle and Cathedral. There are also many pretty market towns and villages which echo the affluence that brought the region to great wealth in medieval times when the wool and weaving industries were at their most important.

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Tourism now plays an important part in Eastern England's economy, with the East Anglian coastline having many popular traditional seaside resorts including Great Yarmouth, with its famous Pleasure Beach, Lowestoft and Hunstanton. However, between these resorts you will find miles of open and untouched coastline to explore, a must for bird watchers, and some lovely fishing villages.

peaceful and relaxing waterways of the Norfolk Broads that meander their way through the county

Head in-land and you will find the peaceful and relaxing waterways of the Norfolk Broads that meander their way through the county and are the focus for thousands of family boat holidays and river boat cruises each year.

Through out the region you will find picturesque villages that are full of historical character and charm from the timber framed avenues of Lavenham in Suffolk to to the cobbled street of Lincoln. Or if you want to follow in the footsteps of those famous painters, try Sudbury where Gainsborough was born and East Bergholt the birthplace of Constable.

 

Seeing the East Anglia and Eastern England at its Finest

The great cities and towns of the East of England are great to visit all year round with plenty to keep you entertained. Not surprisingly the seaside resorts and the Norfolk Broads are seen at their most vibrant best between April and October.

During the school summer holidays the waterways of the Broads do get very busy and so if you are wanting a little more peace on the water it is best to avoid late July and August.

 

Top of your Eastern England Holiday Itinerary

There is no shortage of things to see and do in the east of England so here are a few things that should be on every holiday itinerary.

  • Exploring the University town of Cambridge – how about taking to the river in a punt
  • Medieval sightseeing at Norwich castle and cathedral
  • A cruise on the Norfolk Broads
  • Visit the home of horse racing at Newmarket - a visit to the National Stud is a great family day out
  • stroll up the historic Southwold Pier or have family fun at the Skegness Pier
  • Enjoy a relaxing stroll up the historic Southwold Pier or have family fun at the Skegness Pier
  • Visit Lincoln’s cobbled streets and its iconic Cathedral
  • Check out the views on a walk on the Suffolk coastal path
  • Spend a day exploring the Norfolk retreat of HM The Queen - the Sandringham Estate

 

Whether you are looking for wildlife and zoos, theme parks and excitement or simply gardens and castles to visit you will find it in the south west. Check out our East England activities and attraction guide.

Check out our activities and attractions guides to Cambridgeshire, Essex, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk

 

Cycling in the Cambridge and East Anglia region

Cycling in East Anglia is a very leisurely activity not least because the landscape is so flat. If you can keep the wind behind you it is even possible to freewheel for miles at a time so perfect for a family outing! In addition to being very flat, the East Anglian region has a multitude of quiet lanes and roads for you to cycle along making it generally a safer place to cycle. However if you are in the Essex part of the region you will need to choose your route more carefully as there is more traffic.

In terms of where to head, take your pick of the Norfolk and Suffolk coastline and around the Fens for the best views and enjoyable rides. If you are looking for something more energetic then we would recommend heading to Thetford Forest in Norfolk where you can find some really good off road cycling.

You can find lots more great cycle trails to cycle via the Sustrans website.

 

Walking in East Anglia and Eastern England

For the serious hikers and ramblers East Anglia and Eastern England is not usually a top holiday destination - afterall their is not a peak or climb in sight. However, for those who enjoy a relaxing stroll in beautiful countryside or along the coast the east of England is perfect.

Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path offers fishing villages, and coastal marshes to a Roman Road

To enjoy the Suffolk Coast then you can explore the coastline between Felixstowe and Lowestoft on the Suffolk Coast Path. It is a 50 mile path but there are plenty o fplaces to join and leave it so that you can do as much as you like with popular points around Southwold, Aldeburgh and Dunwich.

If you are further north in East Anglia the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path that runs from Thetford area to Cromer on the coast. This great route enables you to move from Roman road to coastal marshes and fishing villages. Again, this is great for alonger holidays but for day trips there are plenty of places to join and enjoy on shorter walks.

 

Blue Flag beaches in East Anglian and East England

If you are looking for a clean and safe beach for family or friends then it is worth looking out for the Blue Flag beaches (reviewed annually against tough standards, only the best beaches get the Blue Flag Award). The east of England has a great selection of Blue Flag beaches in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex all having beaches with the Awards. Some good locations for beach holiday include Hunstanton, Cromer and Sherringham in Norfolk, Lowestoft and Southwold in Suffolk and Shoebury, Brightlingsea and Clacton-on-Sea in Essex. Check out our Blue Flag beach list.

 

 

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Beech End in Plumstead, Norfolk, East England

Beech End, Plumstead

Self catering in NorfolkEast England

Beech End self catering accommodation in Plumstead, Norfolk sleeps 4. This 2 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden Open Fire/woodburner . It also has Internet access. Beech End is close to the beach. Beech End does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Beech End start from £397 for a short break but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Beech End


Sleeps 4 Close to the Beach Pet friendly Garden Internet WIFI available Open fire or wood burner Easy walking close by

Wissett Place Cottages - Stable End in Halesworth, Suffolk, East England

Wissett Place Cottages - Stable End, Halesworth

Self catering in SuffolkEast England

Wissett Place Cottages - Stable End in East England has a 4 star rating and can sleep up to 5. This 2 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden . It also has Internet access. Wissett Place Cottages - Stable End does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Wissett Place Cottages - Stable End start from £354 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Wissett Place Cottages - Stable End


Sleeps 4 Pet friendly Garden Internet WIFI available Games room

Manor Cottage in Timberland, Lincolnshire, East England

Manor Cottage, Timberland

Self catering in LincolnshireEast England

Manor Cottage self catering accommodation in Timberland, Lincolnshire sleeps 4. This 2 bedroom Cottage is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break . Manor Cottage does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Manor Cottage start from £319 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. See selected Manor Cottage customer reviews/feedback by clicking More Info button. ... more about Manor Cottage

Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152


Sleeps 4 Pet friendly Manor Cottage Customer Feedback and Reviews

Piglet Cottage in Blyton Carr, Lincolnshire, East England

Piglet Cottage, Blyton Carr

Self catering in LincolnshireEast England

Piglet Cottage self catering accommodation in Blyton Carr, Lincolnshire sleeps 4. This 2 bedroom Cottage is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break . Piglet Cottage does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Piglet Cottage start from £247 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. See selected Piglet Cottage customer reviews/feedback by clicking More Info button. ... more about Piglet Cottage

Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152


Sleeps 4 Pet friendly Easy walking close by Piglet Cottage Customer Feedback and Reviews

Swan Lodge at Willow Lakes Lodges in Ashby Cum Fenby, Lincolnshire, East England

Swan Lodge at Willow Lakes Lodges, Ashby Cum Fenby

Self catering in LincolnshireEast England

Swan Lodge at Willow Lakes Lodges self catering accommodation in Ashby Cum Fenby, Lincolnshire sleeps 4. This luxury Lodge is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Hot Tub . Prices at Swan Lodge at Willow Lakes Lodges start from £499 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Swan Lodge at Willow Lakes Lodges

Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152


Sleeps 4 Hot tub Luxury self catering

Laxton Fortune in Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk, East England

Laxton Fortune, Stoke by Nayland

Self catering in SuffolkEast England

Laxton Fortune self catering accommodation in Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk sleeps 6. This 3 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Swimming Pool Hot Tub . It also has Internet access. Activities close by include golf fishing . Prices at Laxton Fortune start from £675 for a short break but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Laxton Fortune


Sleeps 6 Indoor pool Fishing close by Golf close by Internet WIFI available Ideal for a romantic break Hot tub Easy walking close by

The Stables in Occold, Suffolk, East England

The Stables, Occold

Self catering in SuffolkEast England

The Stables self catering accommodation in Occold, Suffolk sleeps 4. This 2 bedroom luxury Cottage is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break and features include: Garden Swimming Pool . Prices at The Stables start from £403 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. See selected The Stables customer reviews/feedback by clicking More Info button. ... more about The Stables


Sleeps 4 Indoor pool Garden Games room Luxury self catering The Stables Customer Feedback and Reviews

Fenland Exclusive Lodge 2 at Tydd St Giles Resort in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, East England

Fenland Exclusive Lodge 2 at Tydd St Giles Resort, Wisbech

Self catering in CambridgeshireEast England

Fenland Exclusive Lodge 2 at Tydd St Giles Resort self catering accommodation in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire sleeps 4. This Lodge is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Swimming Pool . Activities close by include golf horse riding fishing . Prices at Fenland Exclusive Lodge 2 at Tydd St Giles Resort start from £360 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Fenland Exclusive Lodge 2 at Tydd St Giles Resort

Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152


Sleeps 4 Indoor pool Fishing close by Golf close by

Felgate in Thorpe Market, Norfolk, East England

Felgate, Thorpe Market

Self catering in NorfolkEast England

Felgate self catering accommodation in Thorpe Market, Norfolk sleeps 4. This 2 bedroom Cottage is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break . Felgate is close to the beach. Prices at Felgate start from £347 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. See selected Felgate customer reviews/feedback by clicking More Info button. ... more about Felgate

Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152


Sleeps 4 Close to the Beach Easy walking close by Felgate Customer Feedback and Reviews

Lintel Barn in Holme-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, East England

Lintel Barn, Holme-next-the-Sea

Self catering in NorfolkEast England

Lintel Barn self catering accommodation in Holme-next-the-Sea, Norfolk sleeps 2. This 1 bedroom Cottage is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break . Activities close by include fishing . Prices at Lintel Barn start from £286 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Lintel Barn

Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152


Sleeps 2 Fishing close by Games room

 

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