Grand, stately homes, ornate gardens, forts, lighthouses and historic town quarters; they’re carpeted across the east coast from Hull to Harwich.
Discover links to the Hanseatic ports, explore the maritime heritage and even learn about the importance of some of our local rare breeds.
Hull, the UK’s Capital of Culture 2017, is in the East Riding of Yorkshire and is as perfect for history lovers as it is for art and culture buffs! Key attractions include the Old Town and Museums Quarter where many of the museums have free entry. There are also plenty of traditional pubs and restaurants to explore so spend the night in the city.
In the morning head to the ancient market town of Beverley, just outside Hull, to see the Minster church – larger than many of England’s cathedrals. Have lunch in a traditional Yorkshire pub before heading south into Lincolnshire, travelling over the iconic Humber Bridge. Spend the afternoon and evening in Boston, in the heart of Lincolnshire’s Fenlands, where you can wander the medieval lanes, visit the Boston Guildhall and St Botolph’s church, known locally as “The Stump”.
Visit Sandringham, the much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen, or venture further into Norfolk to see Holkam Hall. Steeped in history, this grand 18th century Palladian villa is set in magnificent parkland within a 25,000 acre agricultural estate which also includes a holiday park, hotel and several cafes. You can also discover the story of food and farming at Holkham’s Field to Fork Experience.
P&O Ferries arrive in Hull early in the morning so you’ll have the whole day to explore the historic town. Hull’s major attractions include the Old Town and the Museums Quarter (many of which have free entry), plus, 2017 saw Hull become the UK City of Culture, so check the events listing! There are plenty of traditional pubs and restaurants as well as places to stay so spend the night in the heart of the city or at the waterfront.
Drive up to the ancient market town of Beverley to take in Beverley Minster one of the largest parish churches in England, famous for its carvings of medieval musical instruments and misericords as well as for being larger than many of our cathedrals. Have lunch in a traditional Yorkshire pub and then head to Louth in Lincolnshire for the night. This Georgian market town has many popular places to eat out.
After exploring Louth, head to Boston and discover the medieval lanes, the Boston Guildhall and St. Botolph’s Church – a famous landmark known locally as “The Stump” which can be seen for miles around. From Boston, travel on to the beautiful market town of King’s Lynn. Dating back to the 12th Century, this was once one of England's most important ports. Its rich past has left a wonderful heritage of buildings, museums and stories waiting to be discovered. Spend the night in King’s Lynn.
Today continue further along the Norfolk coast. Visit the Sandringham Estate where Her Majesty the Queen has one of her most famous country houses. Just 40 minutes away is the magnificent Holkham Hall and deer park and the country museum. Spend the night in historic Wells-next-the-Sea, traditional Sheringham or Cromer.
As you start thinking about your return to Hull, historic house enthusiasts really shouldn’t miss the magnificent Blickling Hall. A National Trust property, this is another complete Norfolk estate where you can step back into the 1930s (the house opens in March), explore a variety of gardens, 950 acres of woodland and parkland, and 3500 acres of farmland.