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Attractions in East England

The East of England was a major centre for the Royal Air Force and the US Air Force during the Second World War and there are museums reflecting this. However, a wide range of interests are covered, such as water pumping stations, gas works, traction engine builders and industrial railways.

The Steam Heritage Guide includes contact details, opening times and description of preservation and heritage attractions across the East of England region including Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk and Huntingdonshire.

Happisburgh Lighthouse

Lighthouse Lane, Happisburgh, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 0PY.

It is the oldest working light in East Anglia, and the only independently run lighthouse in Great Britain.

Transport / Maritime

Southwold Sailors Reading Room

East Cliff, Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6EL.

  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The room was built in 1864 as a refuge for fishermen and mariners when not engaged at sea, as an endeavour to keep them out of the pubs and encourage them…

Transport / Maritime

Thelnetham Windmill

Mill Road, Thelnetham, Suffolk, IP22 1JS.

  • Parking
  • Part disabled access

This tower mill stands on the edge of Thelnetham Fen. Dating from 1819, it is one of only four preserved tower mills in Suffolk.

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

Lodge Farm Park Miniature Railway

Lodge Farm Park, Main Road, Romford, Essex, RM2 5JB.

  • Parking
  • Part disabled access

New 7 1/4in. gauge railway, around 1,000 yards long, being extended and located in Lodge Farm Park.

Railways / Miniature Railways

Ashmanhaugh Light Railway

East View Farm, Stone Lane, Ashmanhaugh, Norfolk, NR12 8YW.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

The railway is a 7¼ inch gauge and set in the beautiful North Norfolk countryside, with steam, diesel and electric trains.

Railways / Miniature Railways

Lynn Museum

(Entrance is in King's Lynn bus station), Market Street, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1NL.

  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

A display on the history of Savages, with carved fairground gallopers and other objects associated with the firm. As well as numerous other objects of…

Other Sites of Interest / Fairground

Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre

Station House, Station Road, Ridgmont, Bedfordshire, MK43 0XP.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Visit this hidden gem on the Marston Vale rail line. The station building is built in the distinctive Victorian Gothic ‘Cottage Orné’ style, and the…

Railways / Railway Museum

Charles Burrell Museum

Minstergate , Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 1BN.
Tel: 01842 751 166 .

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Discover the history of Charles Burrell Works, view the engines close up. Exhibits include recreated workshops, including boilershop, pattern shop, blacksmith’s…

Other Sites of Interest / Museums & Steam Centres

Jordans Mill

Holme Mills, Southill Road, Nr Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9JY.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The Mill is a unique food heritage attraction with something for all ages. Tour the historic flour mill, explore the gardens, meadow and woodland, relax…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Barnards Miniature Railway

Barnards Farm, Brentwood Road, West Horndon, Essex, CM13 3LX.

  • Parking
  • Part disabled access

7 1/4in. gauge railway in the picturesque grounds and gardens of Barnards Farm. Now extends to 1.5km. Runs steam and I/C locos.

Railways / Miniature Railways

Royal Gunpowder Mills

Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1JY.
Tel: 01992 707 370.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

170 acre historic landscape featuring 20 listed buildings and a network of canals survive, showing the manufacture of munitions from the 17th century.…

Other Sites of Interest / Museums & Steam Centres

Boxted Airfield Museum

Langham Lane, Langham, Essex, CO4 5NW.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Museum on former USAAF WWII airfield with the largest surviving piece of a Martin B-26 Marauder in the UK.

Transport / Aircraft

Hardley Windmill

Hardley Staithe, Nr Norwich, Norfolk, NR14 6DE.

  • Parking

Maintained as the most active mill on the Norfolk Broads. The turning sails attract visitors from far and wide. The drive to the pump is fully restored,…

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

Suffolk Punch Trust Museum

Woodbridge Walk, Hollesley, Suffolk, IP12 3JR.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Dedicated to preserving the Suffolk Punch breed but also the skills of the people needed to handle these wonderful horses. The exhibition hall contains…

Other Sites of Interest / Agricultural

Norfolk Tank Museum

Station Road, Forncett St Peter, Norwich, Norfolk, NR16 1HZ.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

An independent museum housing a collection of Cold War armoured vehicles, weaponry and tanks; many in working order! The collection includes operational…

Other Sites of Interest / Military

North Weald Airfield Museum

Ad Astra House, Hurricane Way, North Weald, Epping, Essex, CM16 6AA.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The station started military flight operations for the Royal Flying Corps in 1916 and Royal Air Force Operations finally stood down in 1958. The airfield…

Transport / Aircraft

453rd Bombardment Group Museum

The Pat Ramm Building, Old Buckenham Airfield, Abbey Road, Old Buckenham, Norfolk, NR17 1PU.

  • Parking

The largest collection of 453rd memorabilia in existence, housed in a brand new building at their wartime home.

Other Sites of Interest / Military

Sacrewell

Thornhaugh, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE8 6HJ.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

There’s something for everyone at Sacrewell, from an 18th century watermill, old farming equipment and Shire horses to rare breeds of farm animals, to…

Other Sites of Interest / Country Life

Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum

Ferry Road, Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6NG.

  • Parking
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

The museum is full of items of local history, both of the lifeboat and the building in the form of various artefacts connected to the industry, and an…

Transport / Maritime

Halesworth Airfield Memorial Museum

Sparrowhawk Way, Upper Holton, Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19 8NH.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The museum houses an extensive collection of WWII memorabilia, including many items specific to the airfield. Walking through the museum visitors get the…

Transport / Aircraft

Wind Energy Museum

Staithe Road, Repps With Bastwick, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR29 5JU.

  • Parking
  • Part disabled access

Large variety of full scale wind pumps, steam machinery and a unique waterwheel, along with working demonstrations and models. Part of the museum is Thurne…

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

Fishermen’s Heritage Centre

The Slip, West Cliff, Sheringham, Norfolk, NR26 8JT.

  • Part disabled access

The museum tells the story of the private (non-RNLI) Sheringham lifeboats, with information about the crews and the lives they led. The centrepiece is…

Transport / Maritime

Rougham Control Tower Aviation Museum

The Control Tower, Rougham Industrial Estate, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30 9XA.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

This is a museum dedicated to the 332nd Bomber Group and 94th Bomber Group, and is full of WWII memorabilia.

Transport / Aircraft

100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum

Common Road, Dickleburgh, Nr Diss, Norfolk, IP21 4PH.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Housed in the original airfield control tower and other atmospheric buildings, the museum is a moving testament to the Americans who came to Thorpe Abbotts…

Transport / Aircraft / Other Sites of Interest / Military

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