East of England
Wed, 27/04/2011 - 11:40 — johnnydoefacereturns
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A rich heritage, stunning landscapes & coastal attractions
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A rich heritage, stunning landscapes & coastal attractions
Head to the east of England and discover an area that remains largely unspoilt in its character, rural landscape, architecture and traditions. The area offers attractions as diverse as the university city of Cambridge, classic seaside resorts, the tranquil waterways of the Broads and picture postcard villages. Add to this 250 miles of untamed coastline, excellent walking and cycle routes, lowland landscapes, historic treasure houses and gardens to visit, eight cathedrals and several steam railways and you have all the makings of a perfect break for everyone.

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<p><strong>Flatford &ndash; Bridge Cottage</strong><br /> This lovely 16th century cottage beside the River Stour in Suffolk inspired John Constable. It now has an exhibition about the artist.</p> <p><strong>Houghton House, Bedfordshire</strong><br /> Explore the romantic ruin of this 17th century mansion. Built for a duchess around 1615, it is said to be the inspiration for the House Beautiful in John Bunyan&rsquo;s Pilgrim&rsquo;s Progress.</p> <p><strong>Bury St Edmunds Abbey</strong><br /> Explore the extensive remains of what was the wealthiest and most powerful Benedictine monastery in England.</p> <p><strong>The Corpus Clock, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge</strong><br /> This large sculptural clock with 24-carat gold-plated face was unveiled in 2008 by physicist Stephen Hawking. Watch the &lsquo;terrifying&rsquo; Chronophage insect devour time.</p> <p><strong>RSPB Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve, Titchwell, Kings Lynn</strong><br /> This popular venue has three bird watching hides, a visitor centre and a gift shop, a servery and picnic area with toilets.</p>

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