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ALDEBURGH

Popular Suffolk seaside sailing town, famous for its fresh fish sold from the seashore, the Scallop sculpture by Maggi Hambling and the Aldeburgh Festival, started by the composer Benjamin Britten, who lived in the town and whose house, the Red House, can be viewed. The main concert venue is at Snape Maltings, just up the road. Aldeburgh also boasts a fine Tudor Moot Hall and a Napoleonic Martello Tower - the latter is not open to the public, but is available for holidays. Aldeburgh is a fairly buzzy place, with a variety of shops, pubs, restaurants and a cinema.

Suffolk
IP15 5DS
Victorian
From a house in the clouds to a fort
Suffolk Coast website
Orford Castle, Orford Ness, Thorpeness
Local Authority
ALDEBURGH MOOT HALL

A lovely Tudor town hall, dating from c1550, and a symbol of Aldeburgh's prosperity at the time. The ground floor would have been occupied by shops, with meetings taking place on the first floor. Greatly restored in Victorian times, it now houses a good local museum. The building would once have been more at the centre of town - now it is close to the beach, an indication of shoreline erosion in this part of the UK.

Market Cross
Aldeburgh
Suffolk
IP15 5DS
Tudor
Aldeburgh Museum website
Aldrebugh town, Thorpeness, Orford
Local Authority
BERKHAMSTED CASTLE

Ruined remains of motte and bailey castle dating from 11th to 15th centuries. Berkhamsted was home to kings, besieged by the French and scene of the Saxon surrender to William the Conqueror in 1066.

Berkhamsted
Hertfordshire
HP4 1HH
Medieval
Why visit Berkhamsted Castle?
English Heritage
BLAKENEY GUILDHALL

Flint-covered remains of a 15th century merchant's house, with a fine brick-vaulted undercroft. It later became the guildhall for local fish merchants. Worth seeing if you're in town; it's just by the quayside.

English Heritage property managed by Blakeney Parish Council.

Back Lane
Blakeney
Norfolk
NR25 7NA
Tudor
Binham Priory, Castle Acre, visit the seals off Blakeney Point.
Local Authority
BROADS (The)

The Broads covers an area of 117 square miles of East Anglia, where there is a network of navigable waterways and rivers, which meander through low countryside and past picturesque villages. It is a place for leisure boating and wildlife watching, particularly birds and invertebrates. The 'broads' themselves are formed from old flooded peat workings.

Broads Authority
Yare House
62-64 Thorpe Road
Norwich
Norfolk
NR1 1RY
N/A
Britain's National Parks
Broads Authority website
National Park
CASTLE ACRE CASTLE and BAILEY GATE

Atmospheric ruin of the castle of the de Warrene's, the Earls of Surrey, in Norfolk.  The entire village was once protected by its defences.

Castle Acre
Norfolk
PE32 2XB
Medieval
The Castle at Castle Acre
Castle Acre Priory
English Heritage
CASTLE ACRE PRIORY

Impressive and extensive ruins, which include a virtually complete west range with the prior's lodging and several wonderful features - including a ceiling with original painted Tudor roses. The site is enormous, and varied. There's also an exhibition and a herb garden.

Castle Acre
King's Lynn
Norfolk
PE32 2XD
Medieval
English Heritage
DUXFORD IWM

IWM Duxford is a historic RAF airfield also used by the United States Army Air Forces during the Second World War. It houses the Imperial War Museum's huge collection of historic aircraft and other large vehicles like tanks. Permanent exhibitions include the American Air Museum, Battle of Britain, Land Warfare and Historic Duxford (many of the buildings are original). You can get up close and personal with some of the most famous aircraft ever, including the Spitfire, Lancaster, Concorde and Vulcan. It's probably the best aviation collection and museum in the country, and enormous, so allow enough time. Air Shows are a regular feature and Duxford is also home to the Airborne Assault and Royal Anglian Museums.

Imperial War Museum
Duxford
Cambridgeshire
CB22 4QR
Modern
Imperial War Museum Duxford website
Just off J10 of the M11
Imperial War Museum
ELEANOR CROSS, Waltham

One of three surviving original Eleanor Crosses of the 12 ordered by Edward I to commemorate his deceased wife, Eleanor. Eleanor died at Harby in 1290 and a cross was subsequently erected at every point where the cortege carrying her body rested on its journey to Westminster. The other three surviving crosses are at Geddington and Hardingstone in Northamptonshire; the final cross was at Charing, London. The Waltham Cross is in the centre of the town near the Pavilions Shopping Centre and has been heavily restored.

Photo Nigel Cox via Wikimedia.  Post code is approximate.

Waltham Cross
Hertfordshire
EN8 7AJ
Medieval
Eleanor's Cross, Hardingstone
Waltham Abbey
Local Authority
ELY CATHEDRAL

Ely Cathedral was founded by Queen Etheldreda in the 7th century on the site of an earlier church. Sacked by the Danes, it was re-founded by Benedictine monks in the 10th century. The present, magnificent yet serene, cathedral dates from 11th century, was heavily refurbished in the 19th century and is partly surrounded by parkland. Do not miss the amazing octagon tower, the ceilings and the Lady Chapel.

Chapter House
The College
Ely
Cambridgeshire
CB7 4DL
Medieval
Ely Cathedral
Ely Cathedral website
Oliver Cromwell's House
Church authorities