Published on: Thursday, 16 May 2019
Last updated: Monday, 30 January 2023
With stunning destinations no more than a short train ride out of London Liverpool Street, it’s so easy to discover must-see locations that offer something totally different.
Greater Anglia train services open up the East of England to those looking to get out of London, and there are rail stations linking directly to some of the best destinations in the region for a fun, relaxing get away.
To plan your escape, take advantage of our great value Advance fares at https://www.greateranglia.co.uk/tickets-fares and special offers.
Here are our top four picture-perfect destinations in the East of England you must visit this summer:
Constable Country, Essex / Suffolk border
Where else can you put yourself in the heart of one of England’s best loved and most famous paintings?
Jump off the train at Manningtree in Essex and head to the National Trust’s Flatford Mill (30-minute walk), crossing over into Suffolk, where the 19th century landscape painter, John Constable, once lived and painted his iconic ‘The Hay Wain’ and ‘Willy Lott’s Cottage’.
As you explore the village you’ll feel like you’re walking around in one of Constable’s internationally famous paintings.
You can even stand right in ‘The Hay Wain’ and ‘Willy Lott’s Cottage’ scenes – selfies galore!
The famous university city is one of the most popular destinations on our network and is also loved on Instagram - #cambridge has been used a whopping 3.1 million times!
Perhaps not surprising when you consider the many, many photo opportunities the city affords – punting on the Cam under blue skies, the Bridge of Sighs at St John’s College, the magnificent King’s College, the city’s royal connections to HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and the beautiful botanic gardens, to name but a few.
Find out more about this activity at: Punting in Cambridge
Cromer and Sheringham
These lovely, uncommercial Victorian seaside towns are as far north as you can get on our network and will reward you with magnificent sea and sunset views, quaint streets, foodie delights – including the best fish and chips and famous Cromer crab – and refreshing coastal walks.
The most Instagram friendly sights are grade II listed Cromer Pier or the steam trains of the North Norfolk Poppy Line, evocative of a bygone era.
To make the most of your trip, you can get 10% off the price of a 2 night stay at Cromer’s delightful Beachcomber guesthouse when you travel by train: https://www.greateranglia.co.uk/offers/offers-in-east-anglia/cromer-bea…
Norwich is a compact city that is easy to explore and offers something for everyone.
Modern shopping centres rub shoulders with breath-taking historic monuments. High street retailers are just a stone’s throw from the quirky, independent fashion, lifestyle and art boutiques of the medieval Norwich Lanes. There are many must-see sites within its medieval walls – including the Castle, two Cathedrals, Stranger’s Hall and a show at the Puppet Theatre.
Other instagrammable locations include Cow Tower on the banks of the River Wensum, Pull’s Ferry, Norwich City Football Ground and Elm Hill. We also think our Grade II listed station is very beautiful and a fitting entrance to the rest of this fine city.
A great way to discover the city in a fun and unusual way is to join one of the city’s Ghost Walks – expect a few surprises! You can get two tickets for the price of one when you travel by train: https://www.greateranglia.co.uk/offers/offers-in-east-anglia/norwich-gh…