5 day Friendly Invasion tour

This wide-ranging itinerary shows where American airmen were stationed and are remembered – and where they went to have fun.

Play Pooh Sticks in East Anglia

The River Camb, Cambridge

Day 1: Cambridge and The Eagle Pub

The university city of Cambridge has been home to some of the greatest thinkers in the past 500 years. Explore the beautiful museums, galleries and majestic college buildings on a walking tour, or enjoy the many shops. Enjoy a pint at The Eagle pub, in the famous RAF bar adorned by ceiling graffiti drawn by US airmen. Stay at the city centre 5-star Gonville Hotel.

STAY AT 

The Gonville

MUST SEE

The Eagle Pub, Cambridge

Cambridge American Cemetery

Cambridge American Cemetary and Memorial

Day 2: Cambridge American Cemetery, IWM Duxford and The Airman's Bar at the Swan, Lavenham.

It’s a short drive to the poignant Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial. This is a fitting and moving monument to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Then to the Imperial War Museum Duxford and its American Air Museum with its personal stories which bring the era alive.

Next stop is the historical village of Lavenham, Suffolk. Dine and stay at The Swan Hotel, home to the Airmen’s Bar, so named as many of the 850 signatures on the walls belong to American airmen stationed nearby.

60 miles

STAY AT 

The Swan, Lavenham

MUST SEE

Cambridge American Cemetary

IWM Duxford

The Airman's Bar

 

Bury St Edmunds Abbey
The Abbey, Bury St Edmunds

Day 3: 94th BG and Bury St Edmunds

Head to Rougham, from where the men of the 94th Bomb Group flew more than 300 missions over the German Reich. The Control Tower is one of the best-preserved in the region. On to Bury St Edmunds, to explore the wonderful abbey ruins and gardens and its Magna Carta connections. Spend the evening at The Angel Hotel, dating from the Regency period.

17 miles

STAY AT

The Angel Hotel

MUST SEE

94th BG Memorial Museum

Abbey Gardens

 

390th Bomb Group, Parham, Suffolk
Restored photo with colour showing some of the 390th bomb group crew.

Day 4: Southwold and the 390th BG

A drive through the winding countryside and the wool towns of Suffolk to Parham and the 390th Bomb Group Memorial Air Museum which pays tribute to the 740 servicemen killed or Missing in Action from this airfield and the further 754 who were taken as Prisoners of War.

Then head for the seaside, to Southwold and the magnificent recently-refurbished 6-star Swan Inn. In this wonderfully unspoilt market town take a tour of Adnams brewery and distillery and take a walk along the Victorian pier.

54 miles

STAY AT

The Swan, Southwold

MUST SEE

390th Bomb Group Memorial Museum

Southwold Pier

95th Bomb Group Museum, Red Feather Club, Horham
The Red Feather Club, 95th Bomb Group Memorial Museum, Horham

Day 5: 95th and 453rd BG

On the way to Norwich, stop at Horham, home of the 95th Bomb Group, with its impressive outbuildings and Red Feather Club; Thorpe Abbotts, home to The Bloody 100th Bomb Group, with its evocative control tower and excellent museum; and Old Buckenham, home to the 453rd Bomb Group which was commanded by Hollywood film star Jimmy Stewart. Stay at the historic Maids Head Hotel in the city, close to the colourful market place, 900-year-old Norman castle and impressive cathedral.

66 miles

STAY AT

The Maids Head, Norwich

Sprowston Manor, Norwich

MUST SEE

95th BG Memorial Museum

453rd BG Memorial Museum

100th BG Memorial Museum

Cambridge streets, rich in culture and heritage

3 DAY TOUR

Two characterful medieval cities, some Hollywood star quality and a taste of English tradition in this packed three-day tour.

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