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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.

County: Suffolk
Post Code: IP15 5DS
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Link to featured article: From a house in the clouds to a fort
Useful Website Address: Suffolk Coast website
Tip/Nearby: Orford Castle, Orford Ness, Thorpeness
Primary Management: 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.

Location/Address: Market Cross
Aldeburgh
County: Suffolk
Post Code: IP15 5DS
Main Historic Period: Tudor
Useful Website Address: Aldeburgh Museum website
Tip/Nearby: Aldrebugh town, Thorpeness, Orford
Primary Management: 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.

Location/Address: Berkhamsted
County: Hertfordshire
Post Code: HP4 1HH
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Link to featured article: Why visit Berkhamsted Castle?
Primary Management: English Heritage
Blakeney

In the Middle Ages, the small village of Blakeney was a thriving port handling exotic products like spices. Silting of the harbour changed its fortunes and it’s now an attractive tourist destination and a good base for exploring north Norfolk. It is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the North Norfolk Coastal Path passes through the village and the whole area is a magnet for walkers and wildlife lovers. The harbour and surrounding marshes are owned by the National Trust and is a nature reserve. Within the village are the remains of the medieval Blakeney Guildhall, the twin-towered medieval St Nicholas church as well as pubs and restaurants. The largest seal colony in England can be visited by boat to Blakeney Point, which (with restrictions to protect wildlife) can also be walked to from nearby Cley-next-the-Sea. Samphire is grown on the point and, as well as seals, ringed plovers, oystercatchers, brent geese and common teal can also be spotted.

County: Norfolk
Post Code: NR25 7NE
Main Historic Period: All
Useful Website Address: Norfolk tourist site
Tip/Nearby: Nature reserve, seal spotting, Holkham Hall, Castle Acre...
Primary Management: Local Authority
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.

Location/Address: Back Lane
Blakeney
County: Norfolk
Post Code: NR25 7NA
Main Historic Period: Tudor
Tip/Nearby: Binham Priory, Castle Acre, visit the seals off Blakeney Point.
Primary Management: 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.

Location/Address: Broads Authority
Yare House
62-64 Thorpe Road
Norwich
County: Norfolk
Post Code: NR1 1RY
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: Britain's National Parks
Useful Website Address: Broads Authority website
Primary Management: National Park
Cambridge

Cambridge developed around an Anglo-Saxon bridge, the Danes used it as a trading post and William the Conqueror built a castle there.  The city’s greatest fame, however, derives from being home to Britain’s second oldest university, established sometime after 1209.  The first of Cambridge’s residential colleges, Peterhouse, was established in 1284 and it is these self-governing institutions that make up the university.  The entre of Cambridge is King’s Parade, where you’ll find King’s College (founded in 1441) with its breathtaking chapel and, close by, other colleges – like St John’s (1511) and Trinity (1544) – which can be visited.  In parallel with King’s Street are the Backs – a stretch of riverside gardens and lawns linking several colleges.  The university boasts more Nobel Prize winners than you can shake a stick at, as well as a multitude of well-known graduates including politicians, writers and entertainers.

Wander along in and out of colleges, , take a punt on the Cam, stop for a coffee, ice-cream, or a pint.  For visitors, Cambridge also offers notable churches (including one of only 5 round churches in England), outstanding botanic gardens, several museums with interests ranging from archaeology, computing, earth sciences and the polar regions – though the most famous is probably the astonishing Fitzwilliam Museum, which includes world-class artwork as well as major collections from antiquity.  Theatres and cinemas offer a variety of entertainment and there is a large general weekday market as well as specialist arts and crafts ones at weekends.  Nearby attractions include Duxford air museum, and the Cambridge American Cemetery just outside the city is a thought-provoking place to visit.

Location/Address: Cambridge
County: Cambridgeshire
Post Code: CB1 1PS
Main Historic Period: All
Useful Website Address: Cambridge tourist website
Tip/Nearby: Nearby towns include Ely, St Neots, Saffron Walden, Huntingdon and Stamford.
Primary Management: Local Authority
Cambridge American Cemetery

The Cambridge American Cemetery commemorates almost 9,000 Americans who died while based in the UK, or travelling here, during the Second World War. It is the only World War II American military cemetery in the United Kingdom. The site was established as a temporary military burial ground in 1943, on land donated by the University of Cambridge, and has been granted free use in perpetuity by HM Government. It was dedicated in 1956, covers 30.5 acres and lies on a gentle slope overlooking farmland. Simple, white marble, headstones – mostly crosses – mark the resting place of 3,811 of America’s war dead - the missing are listed on large panels. There is a fascinating, and moving, visitor centre as well as an impressive memorial building.

Location/Address: Madingley Road
Coton
County: Cambridgeshire
Post Code: CB23 7PH
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: The Cambridge American Cemetery
Tip/Nearby: Just outside Cambridge
Primary Management: Other
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.

Location/Address: Castle Acre
County: Norfolk
Post Code: PE32 2XB
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Link to featured article: The Castle at Castle Acre
Tip/Nearby: Castle Acre Priory
Primary Management: 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.

Location/Address: Castle Acre
King's Lynn
County: Norfolk
Post Code: PE32 2XD
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Primary Management: English Heritage
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