Midlands & Eastern England

From the Welsh border counties through the heart of England to East Anglia, the Midlands and Eastern England is a diverse region that offers a wealth of landscapes and historic sites to visit. Highlights include brushing up on your Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon, the foodie delights of Ludlow, medieval jousting tournaments in Warwick Castle and exploring East Anglia's ports and salt marshes.

The great swathe of England that stretches from the Welsh borders to the coast of the North Sea contain some of England’s most evocative landscapes and most beautiful historic cities. This hugely diverse area of central and eastern England offers plenty to enjoy, either as an escape from London or en route to the North.

The western counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire are filled with cider and fruit orchards, rolling hills and ancient cathedral cities, while foodies will be in heaven visiting towns like Ludlow, whose food market with its fine local produce is an absolute mecca. In the heart of England, comprising Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, you can trace the life of William Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon and visit spectacular Warwick Castle, while a host of fine stately homes and gardens still offer a glimpse of old England.

Further east, the academic city of Cambridge offers you a chance to explore Britain’s second-oldest university with its beautiful colleges and grassy quadrangles, while the low-lying landscapes of East Anglia provided inspiration for artists such as John Constable. Inland are the beautiful reed-fringed waterways of the Norfolk Broads, ideal for exploring by boat, as well as splendid Gothic cathedral cities at Lincoln and Ely, and immaculately preserved medieval villages like Lavenham.

On the coast, in atmospheric towns like Cley-next-the-Sea and Aldeburgh, you can enjoy fabulous fresh seafood, explore connections with composer Benjamin Britten, and visit some of the internationally important wildlife reserves to see huge seal colonies and thousands of over-wintering geese.

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