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Britain, places to visit, attractions, heritageThis is the place to search for places and things of interest to visit in Britain, by name, location, type, keyword – or just have a browse.  It is a growing directory – 700+ entries as of October 2019.  Most entries have links for further information.

East of England

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St MICHAEL’S, Framlingham

The earliest part of St Michael's Framlingham dates from the 12th century, though it is mostly 14th - 16th century. It is an impressive church. The roof is wonderful, but the chancel is huge and spectacular. There are several notable features, not least a 15th century wall painting and interestingly carved font, but what Framlingham's parish church is most famous for is its tombs, especially those of the Howard family, the Dukes of Norfolk. Included are the tombs of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, executed for treason in 1547, and that of the 3rd Duke of Norfolk, Thomas Howard, in his day one of the most powerful men in England. Framlingham also contains the tomb of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond, an illegitimate son of Henry VIII.

Location/Address: Church Street
County: Suffolk
Post Code: IP13 9BJ
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Tip/Nearby: Framlingham Castle next door
Primary Management: Church authorities
St John's, Cambridge

St John’s College is the third largest college of the University of Cambridge and is located on the site of a 13th century monastic hospital of St John. The college was founded by Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of King Henry VII, and dates from 1511. It is her arms that are carved on the enormous Great Gate; the arms include yales – mythical beasts with elephants’ tails, antelopes’ bodies, goats’ heads and horns that swivel from back to front. Wander through the various courts – many buildings date from the Tudor period. Significant features include the chapel, Bridge of Sighs and New Court. Alumni are known as ‘Johnians’. Famous ones include Lord Palmerston, William Wilberforce, William Wordsworth, Douglas Adams, Fred Sanger, Hugh Dennis, Derek Jacobi, Rob Andrew and Mike Brierley.

Location/Address: St John's Street
County: Cambridgeshire
Post Code: CB2 1TP
Main Historic Period: Tudor
Useful Website Address: St John's College website
Tip/Nearby: Central Cambridge attractions and other colleges
Primary Management: Educational establisment

Orford's parish church was originally built in the 12th century - and its grand, but ruined, chancel can still be seen in the churchyard. The surviving building is still large, dates from 14th century and has been much restored. Amongst its treasures are a number of surviving 15th and 16th century brasses and a remarkable font. Benjamin Britten loved the church; some of the composer's works premiered here and concerts are regularly held.

Location/Address: Church Street
County: Suffolk
Post Code: IP12 2LW
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Tip/Nearby: Orford Castle, Orford Ness
Primary Management: Church authorities
St ANDREWS, Greensted

Known as 'Greensted Log Church', or simply, 'Log Church', this is reputedly the oldest surviving wooden church in the world, constructed c1060 using split oak logs.  It is believed that an earlier church stood on the same site.  The church is also famous as a resting place for the body of St Edmund, on its way from London to be finally interred in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, in 1013.

When visiting, bear in mind this is not just a historic building of considerable interest, but also a fully functioning place of worship.

Location/Address: Church Lane
County: Essex
Post Code: CM5 9LD
Main Historic Period: Saxon
Link to featured article: Greensted Log Church
Useful Website Address: Greensted church website
Primary Management: Church authorities
Southwold from the pier

A charming, small, seaside town, famous for its colourful beach huts and home to Adnams Brewery. It has a pier, with some quirky slot machines, a boating lake and putting green. Most importantly, there's a decent beach, a mixture of shingle and sand. There's also a lighthouse, museum, other attractions and associations with George Orwell, whose parents lived in the town.  he Battle of Solebay took place off-shore in 1672.

Location/Address: Southwold
County: Suffolk
Post Code: IP18 6DS
Main Historic Period: All
Link to featured article: A short visit to Southwold
Useful Website Address: Visit Southwold website
Tip/Nearby: Aldeburgh, Thorpeness
Primary Management: Local Authority

Snape maltings is a complex of shops, holiday accommodation, café and pub centred around the world famous concert hall. The buildings are mainly converted Victorian industrial buildings, originally used for the malting of barley. The venue was created by composer Benjamin Britten and his partner, singer Peter Pears, reclaiming the old buildings. A programme of music runs all year.

Location/Address: Near Aldeburgh
County: Suffolk
Post Code: IP17 1SR
Main Historic Period: Modern
Useful Website Address: Snape Maltings' website
Tip/Nearby: Aldeburgh, Orford
Primary Management: Independent

One of Britain's largest colonies of common and grey seals is at Blakeney Pont, a 4 mile spit that sticks out into the North Sea. It is a national nature reserve, and a favourite spot for birds, native and foreign, as well as seals. Various companies run boat trips to see the seals. The trips last about an hour and tend to depart from Morston Quay.

The link below will take you to one operator - but there are others - no recommendation is implied.

Location/Address: Morston Quay
Nr Blakeney
County: Norfolk
Post Code: NR25 7BH
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: Seals at Blakeney
Tip/Nearby: Blakeney village, Cley
Primary Management: Other

The Scallop is a 12 foot (4 metre) high sculpture by Suffolk artist Maggi Hambling controversially situated on the beach just to the north of Aldeburgh. It is made of 10mm thick stainless steel and designed to withstand 100mph winds. The installation is a monument to past Aldeburgh resident Benjamin Britten. Cut into the rim of the scallop are the words "I hear those voices that will not be drowned" from Britten's opera Peter Grimes.

Post code is approximate - walk north along the beach from Aldeburgh.

Location/Address: Aldeburgh Beach
County: Suffolk
Post Code: IP15 5PH
Main Historic Period: Modern
Tip/Nearby: Aldeburgh, Thorpeness
Primary Management: Local Authority

The Roman theatre at Verulamium is unique in Britain, because it's a theatre with a stage, rather than an amphitheatre. It was built in about 140AD, later redeveloped and by the 4th century it is estimated it could seat an audience of some 2,000. Close to the ruins are the foundations of shops and a temple. There is not a great deal to see, but it is opposite the Roman Museum - so park near the latter and combine the two.

Part of the Gorhambury Estate.

Location/Address: A4147 Road
St Albans
County: Hertfordshire
Post Code: AL3 6AE
Main Historic Period: Roman
Useful Website Address: Official Gorhambury website
Tip/Nearby: Verulamium Roman Museum is virtually opposite. Also St Albans Abbey nearby.
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
RED HOUSE, Aldeburgh

This is where the composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) lived and worked for the last two decades of his life with his partner, tenor Peter Pears (1910-1986. Today it is the home of the Britten-Pears Foundation. It is open to visitors.

Location/Address: Golf Lane
County: Suffolk
Post Code: IP15 5PZ
Main Historic Period: Modern
Tip/Nearby: Just outside Aldeburgh; narrow access and limited parking.
Primary Management: Other
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