Suffolk

Situated on the east coast of England, Suffolk is a county filled with natural beauty, bordered by unique heritage coastline and full of charming villages and medieval towns. Here you will discover world-class culture, hidden heritage, and an abundance of wildlife, with great local produce and award winning restaurants – a perfect spot for foodies. Whatever the season, come rain or shine, there is something for everyone in Suffolk.

  • Shotley Peninsula - An awe-inspiring setting between the River Orwell and the River Stour. 

Take the walking and cycling trails at your own leisure, while you enjoy the idyllic riverside views of Suffolk’s landscape. Down the River Orwell is the hamlet of Pin Mill, the perfect place to sit with a pint of local ale and watch the boats go by. Closer to Ipswich is the Suffolk Food Hall, an excellent destination to fill up on Suffolk produce, see amazing views of the river and the impressive 1,287m long Orwell Bridge.

  • Constable Country; Flatford home to John Constable and an area of outstanding beauty

This rural landscape was once home to the famous painter John Constable and is where he captured the true essence of the sleepy Suffolk countryside. The vista in The Hay Wain (1821) remains much unchanged to this day. Flatford and the surrounding villages have to be one of the most picturesque places to relax with a picnic by the river, or to take out a rowing boat on long and lazy summers day.

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  • Wool Towns – These preserved historic towns feel like you’ve stepped back in time to when they thrived at the height of the British wool industry.

Exposed timber-framed buildings line the crooked streets of Lavenham. At the Guild Hall immerse yourself in the history of the village; we highly recommend a spot of afternoon tea at the Crooked House tearoom. The Wool Town of Hadleigh is set beside the River Stour with charming river views and countryside walks, be sure to check out the Hadleigh Ram for their daily bottomless brunch. Sudbury was also birthplace to the famous portrait painter Thomas Gainsborough, his former home now displays the largest collection of his works and is open to the public. Kersey, Monks Eleigh, Long Melford, Clare and Cavendish are all considered the prettiest villages in Suffolk and all have their own charming characteristics. 

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  • The Gateway to the Heritage Coast is an area filled with historic market towns and charming villages, referenced in the Domesday Book, (1086).

Woodbridge is a busy riverside market town, full of things for every age to see and do. Walk through the Thoroughfare on to Church Street and then up to Market Hill, where independent businesses and eateries line the streets. Market Square also hosts fortnightly farmers markets and other annual markets. The maritime connection dates back to the Middle Age and traditional boat building still takes place at the quayside. The town lies on the River Deben where you can take a pleasant ramble with views along its banks. Across the river is Sutton Hoo, where the magnificent undisturbed Royal Saxon burial ship lays; it’s one of Britain’s most treasured archaeological sites. Discover more about AD 700 - Sutton Hoo and the site at the visitors centre. Down the road is the market town of Framlingham, explore the local shops and café in this thriving community. The biggest attraction is ‘The Castle on the Hill’, aka Framlingham Castle (famous before the Ed Sheeran Song), and the mere, which make for a lovely walk with views over the castle and beyond. Snape Maltings has become the leading hub for independent shops, galleries, concerts, local produce. It’s also for those who just want to experience one of the most perfect destinations that Suffolk has to show.  Located beside the River Alde just inland from the popular seaside town Aldeburgh, Snape is home to the Aldeburgh Music’s concert hall. Every June the Aldeburgh Festival, founded by Benjamin Britten in 1948, attracts music lovers from across the world.

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  • The Hertiage Coast – is a 45-mile plus stretch of coastline, the place in England to watch the sunrise in the East on the shingle beaches. Sprinkled with quintessential Suffolk towns and villages which all have their own history to tell.

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On the north of the Suffolk coast is the village of Covehithe. Follow the footpath through fields to the dunes, a short descend down and you are on the fantastic secluded beach - one of Suffolk’s best-kept secrets! If you like to be by the seaside, visit picturesque Southwold with pastel beach huts lining the front, Britain’s only 21st Century pier and Adnams the regional brewery/distillery founded in 1872 (tours available by booking). Across the river and sandy heathland is pretty Walberswick. Treasured by writers and artists, Walberswick also offers the best crabbing spots in Suffolk. Further along the coast is the tiny village of Dunwich, famed as the medieval town lost to sea due to extreme coastal erosion. Dunwich Heath and the RSPB nature reserve Minsmere are home to a rich variety of wildlife. Thorpeness is a fairytale village by the sea full of unique architecture, including The House in the Clouds, Thorpeness Windmill, and the Dune House. Take a rowing boat out to the islands in the middle of the Meare to find the locations of ‘The Pirates Lair’ and ‘Wendy’s Home’, inspired by regular visitor to the village, and author of Peter Pan, JM Barrie. Only a walk away is the hometown of composer Benjamin Britten and tenor Peter Pears, Aldeburgh. The cultural magnet of the Suffolk coast, Aldeburgh hosts the acclaimed art, music and food festivals every year. We may be biased, but nothing beats queuing for the world’s best fish ’N’ chips. In the height of the summer, the famous Aldeburgh carnival, brings a week of colour and events for locals and tourists to enjoy. Orford and Orford Ness may be a couple of the smaller fishing villages on the Suffolk coast, yet are a foodie’s heaven, full of award winning restaurants, pubs and the Pump Street bakery. The unique castle built by King Henry II (1165 to 1173) is surrounded by the folklore tale of the ‘Merman of Orford’ whose picture has been carved into church fonts around the area. The Edwardian seaside town of Felixstowe merges traditional sea front gardens and promenade with a modern dockside. With new investment being injected in to the arcade games pier and Spa Pavilion, the town is starting to see a new lease of life. Just along is Old Felixstowe where you can buy fresh catches and take the ferryboat to Bawsey Manor, famed during World War 2 for its developments in radar technology.

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  • Heart of Suffolk – amid flat fields and winding rivers are a cluster of peaceful market towns and villages.

Named after the Patron Saint of Suffolk, Saint Edmund the Anglo Saxon King, Bury St Edmunds is deemed a historic jewel in the crown of Suffolk. Bury's famed landmarks include the only Cathedral in Suffolk, St Edmundbury Cathedral and the impressive abbey ruins and gardens once a shrine to St Edmund, which over the centuries has been a pilgrimage point. Charles Dickens was a frequent guest at the Georgian coach inn (The Angel Hotel). Greene King Brewery founded in 1799 - The largest pub retailer and brewer in the UK, is based in Bury St Edmunds (book for guided brewery tours). Amongst all its history are new boutiques, enticing delis, a range of eateries and the smallest pub in Britain: The Nutshell. Stowmarket an ancient town set on the River Gipping with wonderful river walks. You can also learn more about Suffolk’s agricultural past at the Museum of East Anglian Life. To the east of Stowmarket is Debenham, surrounded by extensive farmland creating an unspoilt charm. Just north of Debenham is a village where the famed cider manufacturer Aspall’s, 1728 brewery is located.

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  • Newmarket – The home of British thoroughbred horseracing.

Annually, two of the five British Classic Races are held at the historic racecourse, plus countless racing days and the most glamorous event in the racing calendar, the July Festival.

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  • Waveney Valley – a series of interconnecting rivers and lakes that forms the Suffolk Broads and part of the Broads National Park.

Extending several miles inland, surrounded by wildlife reserves, these magical meandering waterways offer a different experience to Suffolk.

  • The Brecks – In the north of the county of Suffolk, the countryside becomes wilder.

This ancient landscape is full of soaring hawks, twisted pine trees and a place to unleash the adrenaline junkie within, for a tree top adventure course taking on zip wires, rope ladders, Tarzan swings and various other obstacles and crossing.

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