7 day Friendly Invasion tour

Immerse yourself in the full story of the American Friendly Invasion with this comprehensive seven-day tour of eastern England.

View over Norwich at sunset
View over Norwich from Mousehold Heath, Norfolk.

Day 1: Medieval city of Norwich

Begin the tour in Norwich. Visit the Second Air Division Memorial Library, Norwich Cathedral and Castle and walk the cobbled streets of the UK’s best-preserved medieval city. Stay overnight at the historic Maids Head Hotel.

STAY AT

The Maids Head Hotel

Sprowston Manor

MUST SEE

2nd Air Division Memorial Library

Norwich Cathedral

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Jimmy Stewart, The Friendly Invasion

Day 2: 453rd, 95th and 100th BG

Visit three museums devoted to America’s wartime presence: Old Buckenham, home to the 453rd Bomb Group which was commanded by Hollywood film star Jimmy Stewart; ‘The Bloody Hundredth’ Bomb Group Memorial Museum, Thorpe Abbotts; and 95th Bomb Group, Horham, Suffolk, site of recent archaeological excavations of WWII items and the Red Feather Club. Then head to the seaside and the newly-refurbished 6-star Swan Inn at Southwold.

66 miles

STAY AT

The Swan

MUST SEE

453rd BG Memorial Museum

95th BG Memorial Museum

100th BG Memorial Museum

 

Day 3:

Explore the Suffolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, enjoy a tour of Adnams’ brewery and distillery or the quirky amusements on the pier. Stay at the Swan Inn.

STAY AT 

The Swan

MUST SEE

Southwold Pier

Suffolk Coast

 

 

Airman's bar at The Swan, Lavenham, Suffolk
The Airmen's Bar, The Swan, Lavenham, Suffok

Day 4: 390th BG and The Airman's Bar, Lavenham

Visit Parham, home to the 390th Bomb Group Memorial Air Museum, on the way the Lavenham Swan Hotel, home of the Airmen’s Bar.

54 miles

STAY AT

The Swan, Lavenham

MUST SEE

390th BG Memorial Museum

The Airman's Bar

94th Bomb Group, Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
94th BG Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Day 5: 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 Ruins and Gardens

IWM Duxford, Cambridgeshire
American Air Museum, IWM Duxford, Cambridgeshire

Day 6: IWM Duxford and Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial

Get the full picture of The Friendly Invasion at the American Air Museum, IWM Duxford, and Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial. Stay at The Gonville in Cambridge.

48 miles

STAY AT

The Gonville Hotel

MUST SEE

IWM Duxford

Cambridge American Cemetery

Kings College, Cambridge
Kings College, Cambridge

Day 7: The River Cam, Kings College and The Eagle Pub

Have a day of relaxation in the world’s No 2 University City. Visit King’s College and The Backs, pop into the Eagle pub, with its walls signed by WWII pilots, and have someone punt you along the River Cam. Stay at The Gonville in Cambridge.

STAY AT

The Gonville Hotel

MUST SEE

The Eagle Pub

Tour of Cambridge

Punting in Cambridge

Cambridge streets, rich in culture and heritage

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

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

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