Our Top-10 Reasons to visit Suffolk
Suffolk is called England’s “Curious County,” a place different to the norm, which has inspired artists, writers and musicians and long held fascinating whispers of history and secrets that stretch back through the ages.
Suffolk is a flat sprawling county with few hills and an abundance of beautiful landscapes, dramatic coastlines, windswept shingle beaches and hidden holiday villages.
1. Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty)
Suffolk’s coastline is a place of dramatic landscapes and breath-taking beauty. There are several coastal walks and trails to enjoy and the annual Suffolk Walking Festival is an ideal way to be guided around one of England’s most inspiring coastlines.
2. Sutton Hoo – discover the riches of England’s battle scarred past
Sutton Hoo is one of Britain’s greatest archaeological treasures and the site of an Anglo Saxon Royal burial ground, complete with awe inspiring burial mounds, a war ship and a treasure horde. Come face to face with the past.
3. Coast and Colour – Southwold’s iconic Beach Huts
The brightly coloured beach huts at Southwold are iconic Suffolk attractions and are available to rent for the quintessentially British seaside holiday.
4. The home of Horse Racing
Newmarket in Suffolk is the home of Horse Racing in England and its special status is captured at the National Horse Racing Museum.
5. Benjamin Britten – composer of Britain’s only Opera
The famous composer lived on Golf Lane in Aldeburgh and penned Britain’s only Opera called Peter Grimes.
6. Awesome Ales – Adnam’s, Suffolk’s finest brewer for over 140-years Adnam’s, Suffolk’s best known brewers, has been creating award winning real ales for over 140-years. You can go on a tour of its Southwold brewery and distillery for £12 per person and taste its ales and spirits in the Adnam’s Cellar and Kitchen.
7. Curious House in the Clouds
One of the most unusual attractions in the Curious County is a converted water tower floating on the Suffolk skyline overlooking the golf course at Thorpeness. The “House in the Clouds” is now a privately owned residence and is the focus of many iconic photographs.
8. Cycle the UFO Trail in Rendlesham Forest
In 1980, several witnesses reported seeing a UFO in Rendlesham Forest near Woodbridge, Suffolk. The Forestry Commission has opened a UFO Trail which you can either cycle or walk. Experts refer to the sighting as Britain’s answer to Roswell in America.
9. Delightful hidden villages
Suffolk is home to hideaway’s and bolt-holes that are perfect for relaxing short breaks, including the fantasy holiday village of Thorpeness, Aldeburgh with its arts and music scene and Lavenham with its stunning 15th century coaching inn.
10. John Constable – England’s masterful painter
John Constable was an English romantic painter born in Suffolk in 1776 and most famous for his paintings of his childhood haunts like Dedham Vale and Hay Wein. His works are among the most valuable in British art and the landscapes which inspired his art are an excellent place to spend time walking.
Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club is an ideal place to base yourself for a short break in Suffolk.