Top 10 places to visit this spring!

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What’s so great about East Anglia? Well, quite a lot actually and here we have our top ten suggested places to visit by train this spring.

1. Norwich

Jarrolds the award-winning department store

This historic city situated in the heart of Norfolk has plenty of things to see and do for the whole family. A great range of shops, both the high street favourites but also many wonderful independents, alongside a six-day a week market. Visit the castle, galleries and relax in one of the many restaurants and cafes dotted around the city.

2. Cambridge

Punting in Cambridge

Take to the water on a punting tour around this amazing world-renowned city. View the architecturally astounding colleges, whilst a guide reveals what lies behind the great buildings. Kids will love the Museum of Zoology, not to mention a trip to Fitzbillies for one of their famous Chelsea buns. View 2FOR1 offer on 'College Backs' public punt tour - choose from a selection of award-winning chauffeured punt tours or try it yourself on their self-hire boat rentals including punts, kayaks and Canadian canoes.

3. Woodbridge

This lively riverside town in Suffolk is home to the Woodbridge Tide Mill and close by to the National Trust’s Sutton Hoo, the home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. Enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants or a coffee overlooking the river Deben, you may even catch a glimpse of the local seal.

4. Bury St Edmunds

Spring is one of the best times to visit Bury St Edmunds as the whole town literally comes into bloom. The town is home to many fine restaurants and cafes, independent shops, cathedral, and Abbey Gardens where you can sit and view the beautiful spring floral displays.

5. Colchester

Colchester in Essex is Britain's oldest recorded town and was one of the most important settlements in Roman Britain. Its rich history dates back over 2000 years. Today it is a modern town with many places to eat, drink and shop. At Colchester Castle, there are regular events to entertain and educate.

Colchester Castle

6. Ipswich

Ipswich is a vibrant place with a pleasant combination of culture and history. It's a great place to spend a day or more exploring the history, strolling along the waterfront or viewing the largest collection of paintings by the famous artist, John Constable, outside of London. View Anglia Indoor Karting offer for 10% discount off standard arrive and drive prices.

7. Southend on Sea

A trip to Southend-on-Sea must include a visit to the 1.3mile-long pier. With stunning views, it's the perfect place to go for some invigorating fresh air. Salt Cafe is the perfect place to stop for a drink or bite to eat a mile out to sea!

8. Sheringham and Cromer

These Victorian towns combine everything that is great about the British seaside. Cromer Pier has the only ‘end-of-the-pier show’ in the world. The streets and alleys are bustling with shops, pubs, cafes & restaurants where you can enjoy the famous Cromer crab! You can take both long and short distance coastal and countryside walks from Sheringham or just relax on the award-winning, family friendly beach. if you wish to stay in Sheringham overnight, view our Lazy Sunday or Monday break offer at The Chequers Inn.

Cromer beach

9. Ely

The majestic Ely Cathedral towers above the skyline of this Cambridgeshire town. The town was once an island until the waterlogged Fens were drained in the 17th century. These watery surrounds gave Ely its original name the 'Isle of Eels'.Visit on the weekend 7-10th May and celebrate at the Ely Eel Festival.

10. Great Yarmouth

This maritime, seaside town on the east coast is a family favourite with its bustling town centre and beautiful wide, sandy beaches stretching as far as the eye can see. Go on the rides at Pleasure Beach or to Merrivale Model Village to the see town in miniature sets, with landscaped gardens and a railway running through.

Great Yarmouth seafront

Still want more?

Visit East of England website to find out more places to visit and things to see in the East of England.