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East of England

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East of England

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East Anglia [1] is the region of eastern England that lies broadly to the north of London and the Thames estuary, to the south of the Wash (the square shaped indentation in England's east coast) and to the east of the East Midlands. The region is also known, much less commonly, as the "East of England".


Map of East Anglia

East Anglia consists of the following counties:


Towns and cities

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



Other destinations

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


East Anglia 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.


East Anglia is an English-speaking region, and travellers should have little difficulty in understanding locals, who generally speak in an accent similar to that of London and most of South Eastern England. The exception to this is Norfolk, in which a strong local dialect persists.

Get in

By air

The region is served by London Luton airport (in Bedfordshire) with regular flights from Europe, and the small international airport in Norwich. The region is best reached by air via one of the London airports

By sea

There are ferries from continental Europe to Harwich on the east coast

By train

The region is particularly well connected in a North/South direction London, notably by the Great Eastern line linking Norwich, Ipswich and Colchester, and the main East Coast line which passes via Peterborough to Scotland, linking up . St Albans and Bedford lie on the Midland line and there is also a smaller line from London to Cambridge. Routes heading West are more limited and pass via Peterborough

By bus

Long distance bus services connect the region's major centres of population, although the convoluted road network makes them a slow option

Get around






Stay safe

Get out

Take a train to enjoy the faster pace and greater cultural diversity of London

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