If you’ve never visited the beautiful east coast of England, this is for you!
A great introduction to all the coastline has to offer - concert venues, museums, great attractions, nature reserves, stately homes, quaint villages and market towns, ancient churches and much, much more! Prepare to be inspired.
The P&O Ferries overnight crossing from Rotterdam arrives in Hull at 7.30am, so enjoy a full day exploring the UK City of Culture 2017. Join an English Heritage guided walking tour of Hull Old Town and visit the Museums Quarter. Enjoy lunch at the 1884 Dock Street Kitchen or Tapas Bar and spend the afternoon at The Deep - Hull's iconic aquarium, home to more than 3,500 sea creatures including sharks, rays and penguins. Indulge in a performance at the Hull Truck Theatre and overnight in Hull.
Drive north to the dramatic coast of Bridlington where you can see 250,000 seabirds at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, including the puffin and gannet. Boat trips are available to view the high cliffs and secret caves with the Yorkshire Belle. Nearby there are rugged coast trails at Flamborough Cliffs with seabirds, seals and orchids. Visit the lively market town of Beverley, home to the exquisite 13th century Beverley Minster. Head south over the famous Humber Bridge into Lincolnshire and visit the Grimsby Heritage Fishing Museum before spending the night in the pretty Georgian town of Louth.
Enjoy the morning exploring Louth before taking a trip to the Gibralter Point Nature Reserve, a dynamic stretch of unspoilt coastline teeming with wildlife. The newly opened visitor centre has a cafe and shop and there are a variety of marked walking trails throughout the reserve. Head on to the bustling market town of Boston. St. Botolph's Church - known locally as The Stump - can be seen from miles around whilst Boston Guildhall, built in the 1930's, is not to be missed. Stay overnight in Boston.
Don't miss Boston's market if you are here on a Wednesday or Saturday morning, then head to the coast. Stop at the popular seaside resorts of Skegness and Ingoldmells, then set off to Mablethorpe to see the Seal Sanctuary. Relax with a last drink and meal in Hull's historic quarter before catching the return ferry back.
Arrive at Harwich 6.30am. After a hearty English breakfast, spend some time exploring this historically important port, where the Pilgrim Fathers built The Mayflower. Don’t miss the Mayflower Project; a replica of the original ship is being rebuilt and will sail across the Atlantic in 2020, the 400th anniversary. Follow the coast up to Suffolk, stopping off at Flatford Mill, the inspiration for the romantic painter John Constable. Overnight at the pretty coastal Suffolk town of Aldeburgh and dine at one of the many pubs or restaurants.
Spend the morning exploring Aldeburgh, taking in the famous Snape Maltings – a busy centre for music, culture and dining with boutique shops, galleries and restaurants. Indulge in afternoon tea at the historic seaside resort of Southwold, home to the famous Adnams Brewery, iconic lighthouse, traditional beach huts and pier. Explore the seaside town of Lowestoft in the evening, stroll along one of its two piers, or enjoy a night at the theatre. Lowestoft is home to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and boasts plenty of accommodation and restaurants.
Relax today enjoying the vast open stretches of Norfolk; its wide beaches are backed by marram and dunes and famous for wildlife. Visit the traditional resorts of Sheringham and Cromer and make sure you sample some delicious local Cromer crab. Then head to beautiful Blakeney and visit the seal colony out at Blakeney Point. Spend the night here or at the pretty harbour town of Wells-next-the-Sea.
Drive north and stroll along the beach to see famous Hunstanton, known for its striped cliffs and magnificent sunsets, then head south along the beautiful Norfolk coast stopping off at Holkham, home to a fabulous beach and nature reserve and the superb Palladian Holkham Hall set in rolling parkland carpeted with deer. Enjoy the evening entertainment of Great Yarmouth.
Enjoy the morning visiting Great Yarmouth’s Pleasure Beach or getting up-close with the sharks at the Sea Life Centre. On the way back to catch the evening ferry from Harwich, make sure you stop off at awe-inspiring Anglo-Saxon royal burial site Sutton Hoo, one of the most important archaeological finds in England now managed by the National Trust.