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Excursions, points of interest and attractions close to IPSWICH


The flat, smooth landscape, pretty seaside towns, ghosts and haunted castles; East Anglia has all this and more. The contrasts are exciting and provide the visitor to this region with adventures beyond imagination. Try snail racing in Norfolk or enjoy the spectacle of the age old Fitch Trials at Great Dunmow, Essex; a mock trial, complete with a bewigged judge, to find a couple who 'haven't had a brawl for the last 12 months and a day'&.not easily won! In Stilton, Cambridgeshire, they roll cheeses down the street and all over this region they wear their eccentricity with pride. Peterborough, Norwich, Cambridge, Ipswich, Milton Keynes, Stevenage, Colchester, St. Albans, Enfield, Chelmsford, Southend-on-sea and all the quirky, ancient, quaint towns in between make up this region of diversity. Ancestors don't rest in peace in East Anglia, they hang around to entertain, amuse and startle the unsuspecting tourists! At Blickling Hall, Norfolk, it's not just the horseman that is headless - but the horses, too, along with poor Ann Boleyn who sits with her head neatly on her lap. On the Norfolk Broads there's a phantom skater and a ghost wherry, while at Dunwich, Suffolk, you can listen for the church bells of a huge and prosperous town long lost beneath the sea. Even the buildings in this region are individual with traits unlike any other; all shapes and sizes from the giant rotunda of 18th century Ickworth House to the House in the Clouds on the Suffolk Coast - a former water tower converted into a unique holiday home. Visit the huge Tudor Dovecote at Willington in Bedfordshire, where there are also remains of a Viking harbour down by the river; try and puzzle out the ancient earth maze at Saffron Walden, Essex, or how they built the Mathematical Bridge in Cambridge without any nails. Strange folk, strange architecture, odd spirits but one great holiday for anybody with a love of the unique.