East of England

The East of England is the most easterly region of England and indeed of the whole United Kingdom. It lies broadly to the north of London, the Thames estuary and South East England, to the south of the Wash (the square shaped indentation in England's east coast) and to the east of the East Midlands. The most easterly parts of this region are known as "East Anglia", which at its strictest definition only includes Norfolk and Suffolk but often includes all or part Cambridgeshire and at its loosest definition covers the entire East of England.

Regions

Map of the East of England

The East of England is a largely flat region consisting of the following counties:

Bedfordshire - home of charming Woburn and multicultural Luton
Cambridgeshire - most visitors come to see Cambridge's university, but cathedral city Ely in the Fens shouldn't be overlooked
Essex - hosts the world's longest pleasure pier in Southend and Britain's oldest recorded town, Colchester
Hertfordshire - St Albans, a satellite of London since Roman times
Norfolk - historic Norwich and lively Great Yarmouth provide access to pastoral lands with scenic windmills in the Broads
Suffolk - has 21st century Gothic revivalist architecture in Bury St Edmunds and Britain's most easterly point in Lowestoft


Towns and cities

Listed below are ten cities and towns of greatest interest to travellers:

Cities

  • Cambridge (Cambridgeshire)
  • Ely (Cambridgeshire)
  • Norwich (Norfolk)
  • Peterborough (Cambridgeshire)
  • St Albans (Hertfordshire)

Towns

  • Colchester (Essex)
  • Great Yarmouth (Norfolk)
  • Hornchurch (Essex)
  • Ipswich (Suffolk)
  • Southend (Essex)
  • Sudbury (Suffolk)

Other destinations

  • The Broads
  • The Sunrise Coast
  • Weald Country Park
  • Minsmere Nature Reserve
  • Sutton Hoo

Understand

The East of England is historically a rural region of small capitals, market towns and picturesque villages. The character of the flattish landscape has been heavily influenced by the people that live on it - most notably with the draining of the Fens transforming marshland into fertile farmland, and the ancient excavations that resulted in the waterways of Norfolk's Broads.

Proximity to the capital city and good farming has long made the region relatively prosperous, and much of the southern area of the region now serves as a base for commuters to London. The effect of this London overspill has been the rapid growth of suburban housing in the regions towns and the construction of purpose-built "New Towns" such as Letchworth, Welwyn Garden City, Stevenage.

 

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