Tourism is a major contributor to the economic welfare of the region. In some cases it has replaced certain industries that have declined over the years. This is certainly the case with the resort towns that used to rely heavily on the fishing industry and it has been a relatively easy transition in making these areas attractive to visitors.
Beach holidays are now incredibly popular in the area due to the warm summer weather the region experiences and the good quality beaches that are available. Many of the coastal towns are now set up for tourism with numerous hotels and lots of attractions, such as piers and arcades to keep the visitors entertained.
However, the beach holiday is not the only reason why East Anglia attracts many visitors each year. The history and architectural beauty of the major towns and cities attracts many people. The region has six cathedrals and Norwich Cathedral’s spire dominates the city’s skyline. The cathedral is the most complete Norman cathedral in England, and the cloisters is the second largest in England after Salisbury Cathedral.
Norwich Castle is also another popular destination for visitors to the city. The castle was built after the Norman invasion and was constructed under the orders of William the Conquerer. He wanted the city protected because in those times Norwich was one of the most important places in the UK. Today it houses the City’s museum
Cambridge also has a cathedral but many tourists who visit the city will view it alongside many other beautiful buildings that have been built in the city. It is regularly nominated as one of the most beautiful cities in the world with the university buildings adding to the spectacular architecture of the area.
The buildings are combined with elegant courtyards, plenty of green space and the picturesque River Cam running through the centre of the city. Visitors are able to visit the numerous museums and galleries, take in a show at the theatre, or even go punting on the river.
Sandringham House is owned by the Royal family and is located in Norfolk. The house lies within 20,000 acres and it has its own museum. It has been open to the general public since 1977 and around 600 acres are free for the public to wander around in.
The inland water ways are a popular venue for many of the region’s visitors. The Broads overs an area of 117 square miles and attracts people who want to sail, or fish or even idle their time relaxing on a barge. The area also attracts people who are attracted to the rich wild life that the area has to offer.
Many companies now offer barge holidays where families can send a week boating up and down the broads. Spaced along the broads are numerous refreshment facilities in the form of restaurants and local pubs that serve up locally produced food and ales.
The Broads are home to much wildlife and this is the same on the far North West corner of Norfolk at Cley-Next-The –Sea. The salt marshes and fresh water marshes that are found behind the dunes are home to some of the rarest breeding birds in the country.
This area plus the broads are protected sites yet this does not stop the general public being able to view the areas in the hope of spotting a rare species.
Tourists coming into the region are given the opportunity to see a wide variety of landscapes and urban settlements. East Anglia has a great deal of character and this is reflected by the millions of visitors it receives each year.