Explore England’s eastern corner. Experience nature, wildlife, stately homes, a scenic steam train journey, harbour cruise and a journey on the Norfolk Broads. Discover a county steeped in heritage from Boudicca to Boleyn and Cromwell to Nelson with a special visit to the royal residence at Sandringham and to Aldeburgh to learn of Britten’s legacy
Norwich - 6 nights
From history and heritage to culture and art, our Eastern Corner has it all. Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it also has fantastic museums, stately homes and wonderful cathedrals. Enjoy a scenic steam train journey, a cruise onto Blakeney Harbour in search of wildlife and a cruise on the Broads. Visit Blickling Hall, former home to the Boleyn family, Oliver Cromwell’s house and spend time at Sandringham Estate, the much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen, private home to four generations of British monarchs since 1862. Discover pretty market towns and villages and the musical history of Aldeburgh, home of Benjamin Britten, famous for its annual music festival.
Nature & Wildlife
Landscapes & Seascapes
Heritage & Culture
Scenic Heritage Rail Journey
Harbour & Broads Cruise
Expert Local Guides
Group Size: 6 – 18
Day 1 Make your own way to Barnham Broom a beautiful property on the outside of the city of Norwich for a six-night stay. Enjoy dinner and meet your fellow travellers. (D)
Day 2 Transfer to the beautiful North Norfolk Coast, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Board your custom ferry with your expert guide as we go in search of the famous Blakeney seals. Head along Morston Creek out into the expanse of Blakeney Harbour, one of the most important regions for migrating birds in Europe, keep an eye out for sandwich terns, black-headed gulls and Brent Geese. Continue to Blakeney Point, the best vantage point to see the lovable and curious Grey and Common seals. Return to Morston Quay and head to the quaint seaside town of Sheringham with free time to explore. Continue to North Norfolk Railway Station for an exciting round trip steam-train journey on the Poppy Line to the Georgian town of Holt, hugging the coastline. (B, D)
Day 3 Enjoy a visit to Blickling Hall just north of the historic market town of Aylsham. This Jacobean-style stately home dates back to the 15th century and was previously in the possession of the Boleyn family. Is it said that Anne Boleyn was born in Blickling Hall and the Hall today is home to a statue of this famous wife of Henry VIII. Transfer to the Broads town of Wroxham with free time to admire the waterways. Later take to the Norfolk Broads for a scenic boat journey through this impressive water network. The Norfolk Broads is an internationally important wetland, with more than 40 Broads or small lakes linked together by six rivers. (B, D)
Day 4 From Norwich train station take a scenic journey through south-west Norfolk into the county of Cambridgeshire. Visit the family home of Oliver Cromwell, enjoy a guided tour with a guide in historical garb and learn about the Lord Protector, the English Civil War as well as the Cromwell family tree. Spend time in Ely with free time for lunch before a guided tour of spectacular Ely Cathedral. Dating back to the 11th century it is Romanesque in style with Gothic elements with a famous octagonal central tower. Enjoy a guided tour of the cathedral. (B, D)
Day 5 Travel to Sandringham House. Located on a 20,000-acre estate in the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the estate was purchased by Queen Victoria in 1892. Now the royal residence of Queen Elizabeth II and one of her most loved country retreats. Discover the fascinating history of the house and explore some of the 24 hectares of formal gardens as well as the Grade II-listed, St Mary Magdalene Church. Later explore Norwich on foot, view the 11th century cathedral, the ancient thoroughfare of Tombland, Norwich Castle and Elm Hill, the historic cobbled lane. This evening enjoy dinner in a local restaurant. (B, D)
Day 6 Cross the border into Suffolk and enjoy a visit to Aldeburgh, former home of famous British composer, Benjamin Britten. Be immersed in the musical history of this beautiful coastal town, famous for the annual Aldeburgh Festival. Explore the Red House, former residence of Benjamin Britten which he shared with his long-term partner, Peter Pears, with an expert local guide. Enjoy time at the beachfront in Aldeburgh to soak up the spectacular sea scenery before heading to the small Suffolk village of Snape, located on the River Alde. Enjoy an expert-guided visit to Snape Maltings, an art complex, best known for its concert hall which is the central stage of the Aldeburgh Festival. (B, D)
Day 7 Relax over a leisurely breakfast before starting our homeward journeys. (B)
This is a full itinerary with most visits on foot including several sites with inclines or steps.
Country hotel, ideally located on the outskirts of Norwich and set in 250 acres of Norfolk countryside. Award-winning restaurant, spa, swimming pool, gym, 2 golf courses and WiFi (free). 46 stylish rooms offering modern luxury combined with traditional charm, air conditioning, fridge, dressing gowns, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.
per person in a double/twin room
per person in a double/twin room
Supplements per person
Single supplement £350
Rail Travel from London Liverpool Street (including hotel transfers) £70
First Class Rail Travel Supplement £75
Arrival and departure transfer add £50
Extra Nights – Norwich
Barnham Broom Hotel
(per night) £110
Single Supplement £75
6 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 6 dinners, entrance fees, scenic rail journey, harbour cruise, Broads cruise, itinerary as described, services of expert local guides and tour manager, on-site parking
Travel insurance, arrival/departure transfers, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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