The Norfolk Coast

Life in The East of ENGLAND

Magnificent countryside, canals, coastline, culture and an ancient kingdom

The East of England contains the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. The latter trio are also known collectively as East Anglia – the remains of an ancient kingdom. Unsurprisingly then, the region is steeped in history and culture as well as enjoying unrivalled countryside and a spectacular sandy coastline. Both active and intellectual types will enjoy exploring its endless delights.


Location guide

Retirement living in the East of England

East of England days out
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There are  cultural attractions aplenty to keep you busy in the East of England. As well as the famous university town of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, there are the many stunning historic houses and gardens around the region, like the Italianate Palace of Ickworth, Suffolk, the RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Chelmsford, Essex, or the Roman Theatre of Verulamium, St Albans, Hertfordshire. Or perhaps you’ll find Bad King John’s lost treasure in  East Anglia? Legend tells it’s hiding in the Wash National Nature Reserve in Norfolk.

So where are the best places to visit on the east coast of England? There are so many spectacular beaches in the East of England it’s hard to choose. From Essex to Lincolnshire, you'll find everything from traditional seaside fun at Southend-on-Sea and Great Yarmouth pleasure beach, to pretty Victorian beach huts on Southwold, Suffolk or the wild unspoilt beauty of Horsey beach, Norfolk, where, if you’re lucky, you’ll spot seals.    



Retiring to the East of England - Frequently asked questions

McCarthy Stone Developments in East of England

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“My son wanted me to move a bit closer to where he lives, and Atherstone is very pretty, so I was easily persuaded. I was a little bit worried about some parts of the move, but McCarthy Stone’s Smooth Move service made it so easy for me, I had signed within a fortnight!”