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 The Gunton Arms Pub, Deer Park, Thorpe Market, Norfolk

East Anglia – a top holiday destination for weekend breaks, dog friendly and family friendly holidays.

East Anglia is a top destination for child/family friendly holidays, walking and dog friendly holidays, short breaks, weekends away, and the longer summer holidays.  An ideal staycation location which is within easy reach of London.  East Anglia as such a popular holiday destination has hundreds of accommodation choices, however, for the best of all worlds, staying in a pub with rooms or a country inn offers not only super flexibility but also great food, a hearty full English breakfast, real ales, and fine wines. Most country pubs and inns are very family friendly and dog friendly welcoming children and dogs thus providing the perfect recipe for a great stay away.

Why visit East Anglia?

East Anglia, a region known for its flat landscapes and big skies, is made up of the coastal counties of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex, along with Cambridgeshire, and is a hugely popular destination for family holidays, short breaks and weekends away at any time of the year. There is beautiful countryside (some of it in Suffolk and Norfolk being surprisingly hilly for flat country), including the unique Norfolk Broads, the Brecks and Thetford Forest, and Constable Country. This is all punctuated by pretty market towns & villages. East Anglia has 500 miles of coast, featuring enormous sandy beaches, sand dunes, creeks and saltmarshes with, many say, the best birdwatching in the country, a twitcher’s paradise. In addition, there are numerous family-friendly attractions as well as a rich history from when East Anglia was England’s most progressive and prosperous region.

The County of Essex whilst close to London has a number of top quality tourist attractions and 350 miles of coastline making it the ideal family holiday destination. With a history dating back to pre Roman, there are many ancients towns and villages most notably Colchester, once a major Roman town and now an attractive town with an imposing castle. Quintessentially English Country houses abound and Audley End House and Gardens is one of England’s grandest stately homes.

Suffolk with its 50 miles of coastline draws in artists, writers and foodies. It boasts a string of pretty little towns such as Lavenham and Flatford Mill is famous for its associations with the painter John Constable. However it’s the north Suffolk coast that holds the main appeal with the seaside resorts of Southwold and neighbouring Aldeburge with its famous music festival making the county well known as a family friendly summer holiday destination.

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Norfolk, aside from being flat and watery is one of the most sparsely populated and tranquil counties in England. Famous for the Norfolk Broads, a unique landscape of shallow waterways and also its coast line with the seaside resorts of Cromer, Brancaster and others drawing a huge number of tourists and families throughout the year. Norwich is East Anglia’s largest city, renowned for its Norman cathedral and castle.

Cambridge is much visited, principally because of its world-renowned university, with beautiful architecture, museums and art galleries. The rest of Cambridgeshire is flat fenland, for centuries an inhospitable marshland, but now provides many miles of ideal cycling country. The cathedral town of Ely, settled on one of the few areas of raised ground in the fens, is an easy and popular day-trip from Cambridge and a visit to Newmarket Races and the National Stud is a must.

East Anglia provides miles of walking and being flatter is less strenuous than in most other English regions, for the ambitious rambler, consider the Peddars Way, which runs north from Knettishall Heath, near Thetford, to the coast at Holme-next-the-Sea, near Hunstanton, where it continues east as the Norfolk Coast Path to Cromer – 93 miles in total.