3 day Friendly Invasion tour

Two characterful medieval cities, some Hollywood star quality and a taste of English tradition in this packed three-day tour. Exploring Norwich, Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge.

The Friendly Invasion, 2nd Air Division Library, Norwich, Norfolk
The 2nd Air Division Library inside The Forum Millenium Library, Norwich.

Day 1: Norwich, Norfolk

The beautiful city of Norwich hosted thousands of US personnel. The Second Air Division Memorial Library has more than 4,000 books covering American culture and the history of the Division. Explore the city’s imposing medieval cathedral and castle. Soak up the atmosphere at the historic Maids Head Hotel, where Queen Elizabeth I is said to have been a guest.

STAY AT

The Maids Head Hotel

Sprowston Manor

MUST SEE

2nd Air Division Library

100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum, Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk

100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum, Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk

Day 2: 453rd and 100th Bomb Groups

Close to Norwich is rural Old Buckenham, home to the 453rd Bomb Group which was commanded by Hollywood film star Jimmy Stewart, the only Academy Award winner to serve his country in conflict. Stewart was also one of the few commanders to lead missions, arguing that he wouldn’t ask his men to do anything he wasn’t prepared to do himself.

Next stop is Thorpe Abbotts, home to The Bloody 100th Bomb Group, with its evocative control tower and excellent museum, and then Horham, home of the 95th Bomb Group, with its impressive outbuildings and Red Feather Club.

On to Bury St Edmunds, to explore the wonderful abbey ruins and gardens. Spend the evening at The Angel Hotel, dating from the Regency period.

75 miles

STAY AT

The Angel, Bury St Edmunds

MUST SEE

100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum

453rd Bomb Group Museum

Cambridge American Cemetery
Cambridge America Cemetery and Memorial

Day 3: Cambridge

The American Air Museum is a memorable and poignant attraction at IWM Duxford, near Cambridge. It’s a short journey to the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial. The cemetery holds the remains of 3,812 members of the US military, with 5,127 names recorded on the Tablets of the Missing. Spend the rest of the day exploring the historic university city of Cambridge with a visit to King’s College and

The Backs and pop into the Eagle pub, with its walls signed by WWII pilots.

Spend the evening at the city centre 5-star Gonville Hotel.

48 miles

STAY AT

The Gonville, Cambridge

MUST SEE

Cambridge American Cemetery

IWM Duxford

Cambridge streets, rich in culture and heritage

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