museums and attractions

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.

Tiptree Jam Museum

Tiptree Jam Shop & Tea Room, Factory Hill, Tiptree, Essex, CO5 0RF.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

On the site of Wilkin & Sons, well known for their range of jams and preserves, this is a collection of the paraphernalia of preserve making and Essex…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Langham Dome

RAF Langham, Langham, Norfolk, NR25 7BP.

  • Parking
  • Part disabled access

The Dome was a state-of-the-art AA (anti-aircraft) gunnery trainer, and is one of only six such WW2 gunnery trainers left in existence in 2014, although…

Transport / Aircraft

Maritime Heritage Centre

Next to High Sands, Creek Campsite, Greenway, Stiffkey, Norfolk, NR23 1QF.

  • Parking
  • Full disabled access

Displays of our fishing and wooden boat building heritage, including crab fishing, whelk fishing, and fishing life and communities. Tells the story of…

Transport / Maritime

RAF Bircham Newton Memorial Project

National Construction College East , Bircham Newton, near King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE31 6RH.

  • Parking
  • Part disabled access

The history of the former west Norfolk airfield of Bircham Newton and its two World War 2 satellites at Docking and Langham. You will also find information…

Transport / Aircraft

Sheringham Museum

At The Mo, Lifeboat Plain, Sheringham, Norfolk, NR26 8BG.

  • Full disabled access

Step inside stunning galleries and walk amongst Sheringham's extraordinary historic fleet of lifeboats and fishing boats. The collection includes a rich…

Transport / Maritime

Wroxham Miniature Worlds

Station Business Park, Horning Road West, Hoveton, Norfolk, NR12 8QJ.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

It is the largest indoor modelling attraction in the UK stretching over 10,000sqft with some of the largest model railways in the world on permanent public…

Railways / Model Railway

The David Silver Honda Collection

Unit 14 Masterlord Industrial Estate, Station Road, Leiston, Suffolk, IP16 4JD.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

The museum features over 150 classic Honda motorcycles produced from the beginning in 1948 through to 1992. The collection is based within a all-new purpose…

Transport / Road

House on the Hill Toy Museum

Mountfitchet Castle, Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, CM24 8SP.

  • Parking
  • Souvenir Shop

The museum has over 70,000 individual toys on display ranging from humble homemade toys, Victorian toys when they were mainly only purchased by the rich…

Other Sites of Interest / Country Life

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 (2018)

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

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 & Visitor Centre

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

  • Parking
  • Part disabled access

Maintained as the most active marsh drainage mill on the Norfolk Broads. The turning sails attract visitors from far and wide. The windmill is now fully…

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
  • 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 Bomb Group Heritage 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 on the airfield.

Other Sites of Interest / Military

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