Travel & Archaeology

East Anglia: Origins of England.

Excavation and Exploration
Hidden History / East Anglia: Origins of England.

East Anglia: Origins of England.



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Gain first-hand experience of excavation techniques and explore the rich lands of Suffolk and Norfolk, including Sutton Hoo and Walsingham. Follow the story of the Anglo-Saxons, Norman lordships and the creation of medieval England.

6 Days

Excavation and Exploration:

Dr Martin Locker and Dr Neil Faulkner invite you to join them uncovering the story of the Anglo-Saxons and the creation of medieval England. Gain first-hand experience of excavation techniques on-site with archaeologists at Sedgeford. Discover the origins of the English village, Norman landscapes and lordships and the lives of Christian saints and pilgrims. Visit England’s ‘Valley of the Kings’ at Sutton Hoo, its ‘Jerusalem’ at Little Walsingham and its fine medieval city of Norwich.

Dates & Prices:

Sunday 22 July to Friday 27 July 2018. Only £745

Sunday 29 July to Friday 03 August 2018. Only £745

We have secured a reduced supplement of £195 for single occupancy of double rooms.

This tour is limited to a maximum of 20 participants. Reserve your place early for a best price guarantee.

What’s Included:

  • Five nights 4-star accommodation at the St Giles House Hotel in Norwich.
  • An included 3-course evening meal on the first night.
  • Lectures and daily excursions with experts and site guides.
  • A unique opportunity to get to know field techniques and the latest discoveries.
  • A wider exploration of the region’s unrivalled Anglo-Saxon and medieval sites.
  • A focus on current research and the themes of the period.

Reservations & Enquiries: To reserve your place or enquire further simply fill in the booking form, or call us on (UK) 0121 444 1854. There is no commitment and no payment at this stage; reservations are purely provisional until we have confirmed availability and proceeded with booking and payment.

More Info: Click on the tabs for more information on the itinerary, the hotel and how to get there. For more about the tour leader, Dr Martin Locker click here.

  • Departure Time
    Departs 22 July and 29 July 2018.

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrivals:

Make your way to the fine historic city of Norwich. Check in to your city centre hotel and meet your tour leader for an introductory lecture and an included 3-course evening meal (see the ‘Hotel’ and ‘How To Get There’ tabs above for directions and further information).


Day 2 (Monday): Norwich & Burgh Castle:

Norwich was one of medieval England’s most important cities, second only in size to London, and is now one its best preserved. Discover it this morning on a walking tour through its winding, cobbled streets and visit its magnificent Norman cathedral and castle. After lunch head to the nearby coast to see Burgh Castle, one of England’s best examples of a Roman shore fort built to repel Anglo-Saxon invaders.


Day 3 (Tuesday): Sutton Hoo:

Today is focused on England’s most important Anglo-Saxon site – Sutton Hoo. It is the richest burial ever found in northern Europe. Dating from the 7th century AD, it is the ancestral burial ground of the warrior kings who forged the kingdom of England. Enjoy a guided walk around the burial mounds and see the excavated treasures in an award-winning exhibition, including a full-sized reconstruction of the main ship burial and its glittering crown jewels.


Day 4 (Wednesday): Sedgeford Excavation:

A day on-site with the archaeologists at Sedgeford will show you the excavation process, the field techniques and the latest discoveries. The excavation’s director, Dr Neil Faulkner, will give you a private guided tour of the active dig and talk about the aims and significance of the project. There will be practical, hands-on sessions in the excavation and recording of finds, and we even include a picnic lunch with the diggers.


Day 5 (Thursday): Walsingham & Castle Acre:

Two visits today explore the manors and monasteries that dominated everyday life in medieval England. Since 1061 Walsingham has been one of the holiest places in England. It was one of the four great shrines of medieval Christendom and remains a place of pilgrimage to this day. At Castle Acre the impressive motte-and-bailey castle, extensive priory ruins and pretty walled town constitute one of the best examples of a Norman settlement in the whole country.


Day 6 (Friday): West Stow & Departures:

The final morning is an opportunity to see a reconstructed Anglo-Saxon village at West Stow. Rebuilt on the site of their excavation, this collection of timber buildings is a vivid illustration of the period and an important centre for experimental archaeology. We return to Norwich for the early afternoon (about 2 pm), in good time for making your way home.

Tour Location

Travel To The St Giles House Hotel, Nowich:

Norwich is in the heart of Norfolk with easy access by road or rail. Ideally, you should aim to arrive on the Sunday before 5pm. This will enable you to settle in before enjoying a lecture from your tour leader followed by an included 3-course evening meal in the hotel.

Road: The hotel has its own car park accessed from Pottergate to the rear of the hotel. Take the A147 ring road, then Cleveland Road, St Giles Street and Willow Lane to reach Pottergate (see map below).

Train:  The hotel is a short taxi ride (5 minutes) from Norwich railway station. There is a direct line to Norwich from London Liverpool Street operated by Greater Anglia. Journey times are around 1 hour 50 minutes and depart daily every 30 minutes. Direct services also run to Nottingham and to Liverpool.

Use the + and – buttons on the map to zoom in and out.

The St Giles House Hotel is an elegant boutique hotel in a Grade II* listed historic building in the heart of Norwich. It has just 24 comfortable rooms, all unique, and many period features complemented by contemporary design. Its stylish restaurant offers a two rosette a la carte menu. It is ideally located within easy walking distance of the city’s sights, shops and restaurants.

The grand facade was designed by celebrated local architect George Skipper after a fire in 1900 destroyed most of the older building whose 15th century cellars are preserved. Intriguingly, the cellars are connected by secret tunnels to nearby St Giles Church and these were used for access by government officials to secret meetings in the hotel’s boardroom and Walnut Suite during the Second World War.

The St Giles House Hotel, 41-45 St Giles Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1JR. Telephone: 01603 275180. Website: