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What it lacks in mountains and dramatic landscapes, East England - also known as East Anglia - makes up for in culture and history. The Celts, Vikings, Normans and Anglo-Saxons all left their mark here, and the first Roman city in England was founded at Colchester in AD 43, before being ransacked by Boudicca, the chariot-riding queen of the Eastern Celts. Despite the proximity of the capital, East England is still a patchwork of fields and hedgerows, dotted with market towns, stately homes, abbeys and castles, and tiny villages with ancient stone churches. Yet these small settlements are a hive of activity, with bustling markets, ...

What it lacks in mountains and dramatic landscapes, East England - also known as East Anglia - makes up for in culture and history. The Celts, Vikings, Normans and Anglo-Saxons all left their mark here, and the first Roman city in England was founded at Colchester in AD 43, before being ransacked by Boudicca, the chariot-riding queen of the Eastern Celts. Despite the proximity of the capital, East England is still a patchwork of fields and hedgerows, dotted with market towns, stately homes, abbeys and castles, and tiny villages with ancient stone churches. Yet these small settlements are a hive of activity, with bustling markets, centuries-old festivals, and a rich tradition of folk music, theater and dance. The university city of Cambridge is the most famous tourist destination in the east, but Norwich and Colchester are rich in historical attractions, and the east coast offers dozens of old-fashioned seaside resorts and the peaceful waterways of the Norfolk Broads - best explored on a laid-back houseboat cruise.

Joe Bindloss
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Joe Bindloss has written more than 30 guidebooks for Lonely Planet, Time Out and other publishers, with a focus on Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent and island nations.

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  • Location: The East of England is one of nine official regions of England. It includes the ceremonial counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.
  • Language: English
  • Currency: Pound Sterling
  • Research: East of England
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    April to October, for the best weather and local fairs and festivals