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Sutton Hoo - one of the greatest archaeological finds of all time
Lavenham - one of England's loveliest towns
Picturesque seaside Southwold
Historic Suffolk churches
Norman Framlingham Castle
The discovery of the Anglo-Saxon burial site at Sutton Hoo, one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time, not only uncovered a wealth of fascinating artefacts but also gave us a glimpse into the lives and rituals of our ancestors. This tour explores both our Anglo-Saxon past and Suffolk’s more recent rich heritage, visiting quaint villages, old castles, and historic market towns with your guides, historian Mike Ingram and archaeologist Ben Robinson.
Day 1: Arrive independently at the Holiday Inn, Ipswich from 15.00
This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and a talk by Ben Robinson, ' A Journey into East Anglia’s Past.’
Day 2 Lavenham and Sutton Hoo
This morning we will explore charming Lavenham where we will have a guided walking tour. Lavenham is one of the finest surviving wool villages in England and we will learn more about its history with visits to St Peter's and Paul Church and the fascinating Guildhall. Free time for lunch (not included) before heading to Sutton Hoo, where in 1939 the famous burial ship with all its treasures was uncovered. The excellent visitor centre has informative displays and interpretation of the many finds. This evening there will be a talk by Mike Ingram, ‘The Dukes of Norfolk and Suffolk' and dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Day 3: Dunwich, Wenhaston, Blythburgh, Southwold and Framlingham
A varied day of visits starts with Dunwich, once an important port but was lost to the sea in dramatic fashion. We then continue to the ancient church of St Peter's at Wenhaston which has a remarkable doom painting that was saved for posterity in 1892 when it was left outside during a church restoration and the whitewash removed by overnight rain that revealed the treasures below - it was featured on David Dimbleby's TV series "A Picture of Britain”. Then to Blythburgh's impressive Holy Trinity Church and on to the picturesque seaside town of Southwold, renowned as the home of the famous Adnams brewery, where time will be allowed for lunch (not included) and a brief visit to its lovely church, St Edmunds. This afternoon we head to the pretty market town of Framlingham to see its Norman Castle, dating back to the 12th century. Return to the hotel for approximately 18.00.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion
Please note: Post tour Extra nights are available at a supplement.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 48 passengers.
Holiday Inn, Ipswich
Modern three-star hotel on the outskirts of Ipswich, ideally located for the places visited on this tour, which offers a bar, restaurant, indoor pool, gym and comfortable bedrooms with all modern amenities.
Dr Ben Robinson is a British archaeologist and television presenter who currently works for Historic England. He has appeared as a contributor and presenter for Channel 4, ITV and the BBC.
Ben Robinson achieved his PhD at the University of York in 2008 while working for Peterborough City Council as the Historic Environment Manager. In 2009 Ben joined English Heritage as a Team Leader and Inspector of Ancient Monuments. Ben has worked for Historic England since the 2015 split of English Heritage as the Principal Adviser, Heritage at Risk for the East Midlands.
Ben first appeared on the Channel 4 programme Time Team in 2005, on a dig at Northborough, and went on to make a further eleven appearances, with his last in 2011 at Litlington, Cambridgeshire. He also appeared on the episode "East" of the 2009 BBC One programme Rivers with Griff Rhys Jones. In 2010 he presented the four-part BBC Four series The Flying Archaeologist. During 2014 he presented the episode "The Zeppelin Terror" for the BBC Four documentary World War One at Home. In the episode he followed the paths of the Zeppelin attacks over the East of England. Also, in 2014, Ben co-presented the ITV series Secrets from the Sky with historian Bettany Hughes. 2015 he co-presented the BBC One documentary The Last Journey of the Magna Carta King with Professor Stephen Church and in 2018 he joined presenter Alice Roberts in the six-part Channel 4 programme Britain's Most Historic Towns and again for the second series in 2019. In 2019 Ben fronted the BBC Four series Pubs, Ponds and Power: The Story of the Village, a six-part programme documenting the history of the English village in various regions. His new series for BBC Two will air in 2020.
Mike is a medieval historian, author and lecturer and a Freeman of the Ancient Borough of Northampton He regularly leads tours around medieval battlefields and is also chairman of the Northampton Battlefields Society. His latest books include "Richard III and the Battle of Bosworth" and "Northampton:5,000 years of history". He is a renowned expert on medieval history and is a regular expert contributor on TV history shows, including the recent Channel 5 series “Britain’s lost Battlefields.”
Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.
You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day.
For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation.
The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date.
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We thoroughly enjoyed the weekend, the guides were excellent and the talks good. Our only complaint which was beyond the control of the tour company was the Sunday evening when we had to wait two hours for a simple meal,
Review by Parkes who travelled 13-August-2021
A most enjoyable tour. We learned a lot from the places we visited, most of which we did not previously have any knowledge of. One or two of the locations would have benefited from some extra time there.
Review by Brooking who travelled 13-August-2021
as always an excellent couple of days, this year being something to look forward to
Review by Anonymous who travelled 13-August-2021
A much larger group than I'm used to - 46 rather than the low twenties - and so it was never going to jell. But everything else was fine - the tour guides were organised, engaging and knew their stuff, the Holiday Inn OK for a chain hotel and the sun shone! Lots of essential Suffolk medieval sites, mostly not accessible by train, so I'm a happy traveller.
Review by Cotton who travelled 13-August-2021
Mikes talk on dukes of Norfolk and Suffolk was a bit dry. It would be better to pick a few of the more interesting ones and expand on them rather than just list one after the other.
Review by Buckle who travelled 13-August-2021
The whole tour was excellent, the talks and visits very informative and enjoyable, will definitely go on another.
Review by Usher who travelled 13-August-2021
I really enjoyed the tour. Both the guides were very informative.
Review by Lambert who travelled 13-August-2021
Absolutely loved Lavenham and Sutton Hoo and Ben was a most knowledgeable and amiable guide. Thank you to Ben, Mike and Travel Editions for another great trip.
Review by Wylde who travelled 13-August-2021
Really enjoyed this trip and thought the content and Tour Manager and Lecturer fantastic. Only one thing that bothered me slightly - the first lecture was held in a room where nobody had a mask on and there was no ventilation. I feel that in these early days a little more caution was needed particularly as people were wearing masks on the coach and in the hotel foyer. It is however early days so maybe I am feeling a little anxious about socially distancing etc. However I am looking forward to doing another of these amazing breaks.
Review by Anonymous who travelled 13-August-2021
An excellent tour and an excellent tour manager assisted by a noted historian.
Review by Thomas who travelled 13-August-2021
Review by Blackburne who travelled 13-August-2021
The tour was excellent. The manager and Ben Robinson, our guide, were always helpful and very knowledgeable. I enjoyed all the visits and the timing was good, one would always like more time but within the constraints this worked well. The hotel was rather disappointing, due I am sure to the current shortage of staff. There was much confusion over the dinner meals, either very late and unlabelled or just placed on the buffet without us being told it was there. The food itself was acceptable but the service was not, the tables were not cleared before dessert and became very crowded. Breakfasts were much better organised. I stayed on for the extra night and one poor lady was trying to serve in the bar, take food orders for those not on the tour in the restaurant and serve the food. The coach travel was well organised and the selection of visits was wonderful. The closure of part of the Sutton Hoo trail was disappointing but out of your control. I really enjoyed the tour and hope to travel with you again soon.
Review by Anonymous who travelled 31-July-2021
Ben Robinson's knowledge of East Anglia is limitless and together with Mike Ingram, they put together a very interesting tour, with lots to see, I personally learned a lot about the area we covered, especially Dunwich.
Review by Wallburton who travelled 31-July-2021
Overall good. Maybe more time is needed for the second day's tour. The shambolic suppers have no doubt been commented on before.
Review by Usher who travelled 31-July-2021
Accomodation OK, probably suffering from staff shortages. Evening meal a bit chaotic but food acceptable. Breakfast excellent. Room just about OK but needed some TLC.
Review by Devriendt who travelled 31-July-2021
Thoroughly enjoyable tour and very knowledgeable guides, Mike Ingram and Ben. The Ipswich Holiday Inn was a bit basic and dinner was a bit of a "free for all" but fortunately plenty of food. This was our fourth trip with you and all have been excellent. We'll look for another trip of interest at a later date with you.
Review by Wright who travelled 31-July-2021
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