Places of Interest
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Cambridge is an inspiring city, with quaint passages surrounding the historic market place and college buildings, many of which are set in tranquil gardens. For those looking for total relaxation, the delightful River Cam is the perfect setting for an afternoon stroll or a leisurely cruise on a traditional punt.
Lavenham is an exceptional medieval village, with crooked, half-timbered houses next to fine Tudor buildings and a beautiful church. The splendid 16th Century Guildhall of Corpus Christi is a timber-framed building with displays of local history and the walled garden contains dye plants which have been used since the Middle Ages.
Gainsborough House is the birthplace of the great artist; the Georgian fronted town house displays more of his work than any other gallery. There is also an attractive walled garden, which is dominated by a 600 year old mulberry tree.
Ipswich is an intriguing city, based on a medieval street plan with more than 650 listed buildings of all periods right up to the present day. Its historic waterfront has a host of bars and restaurants which spill out onto the quayside, where an array of yachts and cruisers are moored.
Southwold lies at the centre of the Suffolk Heritage Coast and is surrounded by a designated area of natural beauty. With its working lighthouse, beach huts, award-winning pier, busy harbour and cliff top cannon, Southwold is a quintessentially English resort.
Maldon is an ancient town which was the scene of the famous battle between Anglo Saxons and the Vikings in 991AD. It is also renowned for its sea salt production. Nearby Hythe Quay is home to the sailing barge, Maldon’s living heritage. Many of the barges moored here have been lovingly restored and are still in commercial use.
Dedham is an attractive market town situated on the River Stour. The town attracts visitors from around the world who flock here to admire the stunning views of Dedham Vale, the remarkable scenery which features in many of Constable’s paintings. The 15th century parish church, with its magnificent 131 foot tower is set in the heart of town and the Sir Alfred Munnings museum displays the largest single collection of Munnings’ works, fittingly displayed in the home he was so proud to own.
Chelmsford boasts an impressive 15th century cathedral, 500 acre park featuring a Grade II neo-classical villa, a fascinating museum and one of the best shopping centres in the area. An interesting feature is the number of ‘Blue Plaques’ commemorating notable figures with Colchester connections, including Charles Dickens, the Duke of Wellington, Oliver Goldsmith and Guglielmo Marconi.