Essex is best described as Constable Country, the countryside that inspired Britain's greatest landscape painter John Constable. Britain’s oldest recorded town is Colchester where you can enjoy Roman remains, Europe’s largest Norman castle keep (now an excellent museum), vibrant arts and shopping.
East Anglia is a region of great beauty and romantic landscapes, and not surprisingly is the spiritual heartland of England 's famous painters, Gainsborough and Constable. From St Albans, with its Roman remains, to Cambridge, the home of one of England 's most famous universities, East Anglia is full of wonderful churches, cathedrals and stately homes. Combined with the amusement parks, cross country walks and watersports, and you'll find something of interest for all ages.
East of England countryside is predominately a low lying and open area, containing a diversity of gentle landscapes including the Fens. The East Anglia coast covers 250 miles from The Wash to the wide expanse of the River Thames. Unspoilt beaches, crumbling cliffs, estuaries, shingle spits and Britain's best mudflats and saltmarshes - the Broads of Norfolk and Suffolk are included in a National Park.
Norfolk boasts wonderful coast line, world-famous birdwatching, the stark beauty of the Fens and Sandringham, the famous Royal country retreat set in 60 acres of beautiful gardens and lakes. Norwich is the most complete medieval city in Britain, with its cathedral, castle, lively cultural scene and great shopping.
Visit Cambridge, the famous University city, noted for its historic colleges, specialist museums and bookshops. Have a go punting on the River Cam - it's harder than it looks! Also visit Ely Cathedral which dominates The Fens, one of six spectacular cathedrals to be found in the Cambridgeshire area.
If you are renting a cottage in Norfolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire or Suffolk you will be well placed to visit much of East Anglia. There are some idyllic thatched cottages to rent in Suffolk, holiday houses on the Norfolk Broads, bird-watching accommodation on the East Anglian coast and a huge variety of self-catering houses, cottages and castles.
To the North East of London, Suffolk is large county and Bury St Edmunds is a Historic Market Town in its heartland. Romans and Saxons were notable inhabitants and there are lots of Historic buildings, including an Abbey and a Cathedral.
60 miles to the north east of London, Ipswich has been an important port since Saxon times. On the estuary of the River Orwell it has now developed a fashionable waterfront living quarter to blend with some of its Historic buildings. It is a busy town and serves much of agriculture of the county
Across the central band of Suffolk are the Historic towns of Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket and Saxmundham. Ancient buildings, churches, pubs and tea rooms set amongst rolling fields
From Felixstowe and inland to Ipswich, the River Orwell forks and has created the picturesque Dedham Vale AONB. Inland there are some picture postcard villages and glorious countryside.
On the East Coast of England, North of Essex, South of Norfolk, Suffolk is a large county with a large coastal boundary and lots of agriculture inland. With lots of historic villages, towns and cities, Suffolk has Ipswich as its county town. Some of the larger towns are Lowestoft, Felixstowe and Newmarket – a major horse racing centre.
An Area of Natural Beauty, the Suffolk coast is a joy to visit. Farmland, marshes and forests leading down to shingle beaches or gentle cliffs. Small River estuaries ebb into the sea and there are some charming coastal towns such as Aldeburgh, Southwold, Orford and Dunwich. Nature reserves and footpaths add to the entertainment.