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East Anglia: Origins of England.

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East Anglia: Origins of England.

6 Days


per person

Explore the rich lands of Norfolk and Suffolk, an area steeped in the tribal origins of England and brimming with an unmatched medieval heritage. Join Dr Martin Locker as he uncovers the story of the Anglo-Saxons, Norman lordships, Christian saints and pilgrims, and the creation of medieval England.


  • Sutton Hoo, England’s ‘Valley of the Kings’.
  • West Stow, a reconstructed Anglo-Saxon village.
  • Walsingham, England’s greatest shrine of medieval Christendom.
  • The fine Norman heritage of Norwich, Castle Acre and Castle Rising.
  • Norfolk’s historic towns and classic English countryside.

For the full itinerary and other information use the tab menu above.

Dates & Prices:

  • 18 – 23 July 2021. Only £975. Last few places remaining.
  • 25 – 30 July 2021. Only £975. Booking open.

Single occupancy supplement £195. 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.
  • All breakfasts and two evening meals.
  • Daily excursions with all transport, entrances and guiding.
  • Dr Martin Locker as your tour director, supported by site guides.

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
    18 July 2021 and 25 July 2021.

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrivals.

Make your way to the fine historic city of Norwich, capital of Norfolk. 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.

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 today on a walking tour through its winding, cobbled streets and visit its magnificent Norman cathedral and castle.


Day 3 (Tuesday): Sutton Hoo & Orford Castle.

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 private guided tour of 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. We round off the day at nearby Orford, an attractive seaside town with an important medieval castle.


Day 4 (Wednesday): 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 5 (Thursday): Castle Rising & King's Lynn.

The lovely old village of Castle Rising was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1066 and is now part of the Queen’s Sandringham estate. The magnificent remains of its 12th century castle include one of the finest and most elaborately decorated castle keeps of Norman England. King’s Lynn is one of England’s relatively undiscovered historic gems. It was one of the country’s foremost ports as early as the 12th century, and has a proud maritime history associated with the Hanseatic League and George Vancouver. Its attractive harbour and historic buildings hold much of interest, and its museum houses Norfolk’s famous prehistoric Seahenge.

This evening enjoy an included dinner to celebrate your week’s experiences.


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, Norwich:

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:

  • Mrs Willoughby

    This was very easy to book online. The tour notes arrived well before the event and were comprehensive

  • Miss Ingham

    A thoroughly enjoyable holiday. The itinerary was well organised and executed

  • Mrs Stanley

    No problems – everything went very smoothly and the tour notes were very full giving an overview of the region’s history and a detailed breakdown on the various sites to be visited

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