Suffolk Things to Do

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Suffolk Things to Do

  • The Miller's Trail...

    0nce upon a time, Suffolk, akin with most English counties, was full of windmills - at least 1 in every village, with several in the busiest arable rural areas...In my reviews, I often refer to Suffolk as a county which has not altered mcuh with time in many places, but an obvious loss from the landscape for anybody returning from the past, is the...

  • Green Man...

    Suffolk is said to have more examples of the green man, than anywhere else in England...The majority of the verdant character are inside or outside churches, but he crops up in all sorts of buildings, from townhouses to country barns...If you have not been introduced to the green man, than he is a carved head composed of foliage, usually with 2...

  • Dedham Vale Suffolk

    If the weather is really warm, why not rent a row boat from either Debden or Flatford Mills and moor up for a picnic lunch on the banks of the river - very restful !The mill itself, together with the 17th century Millers cottage, is to the east of the boat rental, is a Grade I listed 18th century watermill built in 1733 in Flatford, East Bergholt,...

  • "Windmill"

    Thorpeness windmill is a 'Post Mill',one of two common types of mill found in England.It takes its name from the central post upon which the whole body of the Mill rests and rotates.In the roundhouse of the mill you can clearly see the post,and trestle of wooden booms that support it,held off the ground by four thick pillars.In 1923 the mill was...

  • Aldeburgh Beach

    Aldeburgh Beach, If your up early in the morning go and see the fishing huts on the sea front near to The White Horse Hotel and buy some fresh fish,if its in season you can also get Lobsters .Crab and Shrimps,if they have sold out ask them it you can order some for tomorrow.fantastic eating.But be warned they do tend to sell out by mid...

  • River Trip River Orwell

    The Harwich Harbour CruiseLasting around three and a half hours, journey down the River Orwell past Pin Mill to the Stour Estuary. The cruise includes the opportunity to see from the water (weather permitting) the UK's largest container Port at Felixstowe, Harwich Harbour, and historic Harwich. We then turn in Harwich Harbour and return back up the...

  • "Watching Ships" (Languard Point...

    Because of the sandbanks off the East coast, the only navigable approach to Harwich Harbour runs for about five miles almost parallel to the shoreline and only a few miles from it, from a point near the mouth of the river Deben (to the north of Felixstowe), past Felixstowe, to just past Landguard Point. then (with almost an about-turn) into the...

  • Activity River trips

    Educational and fun activity on board Regardless, in the safe haven of Orford River with skipper Peter. The trip involves demonstrations of lifting and baiting up of lobster pots and looking at the many species of sea life e.g. Starfish, Lobsters, Spider Crabs, Edible Crabs, Whelks and Fish.Regardless leaves Orford Quay on Monday, Wednesday and...

  • Oliver Cromwell's House. Ely

    While visiting Ely do go and visit the Oliver Cromwell House. It is the only remaining home of Cromwell (except Hampton Court Palace). This house though really has the "feel" of a home.Oliver Cromwell was leader of the land in the period that is was a republic. He rose to fame as a military and political leader during the English Civl War 1642 -...

  • Framlingham Castle

    This is one of Britain's best-preserved castles. It also has historic significance. In the 16th century, Mary Tudor waited here for the decision as to who would become England's next queen--either her or Lady Jane Grey. Mary got the nod, and moved to London.

  • St Michael

    The parish church of St Michael is one of the finest in East Anglia. A church has stood on this site for at least 800 years. Most of the present structure dates back to the 15th and 16th centuries.

  • Action adventures

    CLIMBING: Want to try climbing a 60 foot vertical wall? Head for the outdoor climbing area, where you will be fully briefed, get a belaying partner, and then you take turns to climb to the top. Three levels of difficulty are offered. Level 3 is not as easy as it looks!HIGH ROPES: are truly fun & exciting. You form groups & then climb the vertical...

  • Outdoor water sports

    The lakes are big, allowing one boating, sailing, cable water-skiing, and even lazing on the beach, admiring the ducks ;)The cable water-skiing offers a 500m run, with various gates to reach in case you fall off before reaching the other end. Great fun :)

  • Head for the Indoor pool complex!

    There's a large indoor water sports complex, created in a tropical theme, with jungle beats every 15 minutes when the wave machine kicks into gear in the main pool.Several feeder pools are around, as well as two big water slides, one enclosed (tubular) and the other one open (wild water rapids).You can use the children's pool, toddlers' pool, etc....

  • Tourist Information Office

    You can get information on all events happening in the area,including acommodation in and around the area.Bearing in mind there is no train station at Aldeburgh,but there are buses.They are very helpful.

  • Walking,Boating

    Visit Aldeburgh Town,nothing much has changed over the years.The Moot hall has a Museum and must be one of the oldest buildings still standing,but most of all take a walk along the sea front and take in the laidback atmosphere,then drive 10mins north to: Thorpeness with its shallow boating lake, Also in Thorpeness is the House in the clouds a very...

  • Aldeburgh

    Take a walk along the unspoilt sea front, little changed since Victorian times, its uneven row of individual houses each seeming to have a character of their own. The wide atmospheric East Anglian sky, the shelved shingle beach, the rugged North sea, the wildness of the marshes and the stillness of the wide, winding river Alde, separated from the...

  • The Castle

    The castle was built between 1166 and 1172 by Henry II as part of his coastal defence. Orford was at that time a busy port. It was the first castle in England to have a series of mural towers projecting from the curtain walls. This was an innovation of great military importance in the later part of the 12th century as it allowed the garrison...

  • Ickworth House and Gardens

    Ickworth House was built by the 4th Earl of Bristol (don't fall asleep yet) who wanted to create an Italian style palace in England with formal Italianate gardens, a woodland and a vineyard.Today there are miles of walks, cycle route and adventure playpark. Interestingly... (if you aren't asleep yet!) there is also an underground bat hibernaculum -...

  • Clare

    Clare is a lovely small town that we stopped at during a trip to Suffolk. Here you can visit the Clare Ancient House, which was built in 1473. In 1976 it became the town museum, and you can visit it to learn about the history of the town. Even if you don't want to go to the museum, it is still worth having a look at the Ancient House to see the...

  • Aldeburgh Museum Moot Hall

    This fine wooden-frame building was built between 1520 and 1540 as the town hall.(it is still the Town Hall)In the council chamber,scene of trial in Benjamin Britten's opera "peter Grimes",are maps and paintings of the neighborhood.the Museum room contains displays of local interest including objects from Snape Ship Burial,which antedates Sutton...

  • River Cruises

    Lady Florence cruises from Orford Quay and cruises within the River Alde and Ore for four hours,during which lunch or dinner is served.The cruise operates all year round,regardless of weather and tides,taking just 12 passengers.There is an informative commentary throughout the trip.

  • Ely

    OK - so Ely is not in Suffolk but in Cambridgeshire but that is only a short drive away and Ely is a lovely little city with a lovely cathedral and much more. The city is built on a chalk hill and can be seen from a distance. It means that all the parking areas are at the bottom of the hill and it is a walk up into the centre. Also remember that it...

  • Bury St. Edmunds

    I really enjoyed the day we spent in Bury - a lovely market town. St Edmund was the last Saxon kig of East Anglia and he was behaeded by the Danish raiders in 870. The legend is that his followers were led by a wolf to where the body was and they picked up the severed head. Edmund was canonised in 900 and buried in Bury. King Canute built an abbey...

  • Needham Market

    We went to this lovely little town with its tudor architecture because there is a lovely walk through and around the town. We arrived just as it started to pour with rain! Luckily through there are several coffee shops along the main street, we had coffee in one which was richily decorated with hundreds of teapots! By the time the coffee was...

  • Snape Maltings

    We visited Snape Maltings on the day we went to Aldeburgh and the Red House and it is closely linked with B. Britten, as it is where the Aldeburgh Festival is held. Snape Maltings is a collection of granaries and malthouses beside the river Alde. There are shops, galleries and restaurants alongside the concert hall. The old buildings have been...

  • Gainsborough House

    This museum is the birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough, he lived 1727-88.Thomas Gainsborough is one of England's greatest painters and a lot of his paintings and drawings are on display in this house . The collection encompasses the whole range of the painters work.The house dates from the 16th century and has a lovely walled garden. The Georgian...

  • Constable Country

    East Bergholt is a little village with a very important part in British history as the womderful English painter Constable lived nearby and painted the area in some of the my favourite paintings. The cottage (which dates from the 16th century) near Flatford Mill has a Constable exhibition. Mind your head though as you walk through the tiny cottage...

  • Lavenham

    In Suffolk there are lots of houses and villages which date from the Middle Ages, but Lavenham is probably the most complete village of houses from that period. There is a parking area almost opposite the church which is well signposted but remember it is a popular place with visiters so try to go out of season or parking will be a problem. While...

  • The Moot Hall, Aldeburgh

    The Moot Hall in Aldeburgh is a timber-framed building, it has been used for council meetings for over 400 years. The Moot Hall also houses the local museum. It is in the opera Peter Grimes where it is the scene of the trial. It really is a lovely building situated on the sea front.

  • The Red House

    When we decided to take a short holiday in this part of England one place we definitely wanted to visit was Aldeburgh and the Red House. This is the house were the composer B.Britten lived for many years with his partner the tenor P. Pears. I was looking for more information about the Red House, which we knew was a museum, and discovered it was...

  • Crooked House in Lavenham

    This is a photo of one of the large half-timbered houses that we came across. There were many more of these houses located throughout Lavenham, and it was interesting to see how some of the beams and walls seemed to slant in strange directions! These houses were built of large box frames made of sturdy hewn oak logs, with the spaces between the...

  • Lowestoft

    As Lowestoft is the most easterly town in Great Britain, the town was an strategic points during the 2nd World War.Today, this town with more than 58.000 habitants is an important holiday resort.As the rest of coastal towns in Suffolk and Norfolk, the beach with its colourful beach huts and pier is the main attraction. Over fishing over the last...

  • Southwold

    Southwold is a typical English seaside resort town. Its working white lighthouse can be seen above the cottage roofs.The beach with its colourful beach huts and pier is popular with families during the summer.The harbour on the banks of the River Blyth is worth a visit. Here you could buy fresh fish from the local fish men who sell part of their...

  • Minsmere bird reserve

    Minsmere RSPB Nature Reserve is a popular choice for families, walkers and birdwatchers. The natural reserve has some interesting nature trails which take you thought the different habitats (woodland, marsh, beach and heath ).There are some excellent bird watching hides well worth a visit.Avocet, marsh harrier, bittern and bearded tit are some of...

  • Aldeburgh

    This enchanting coastal village has an alarming receding coastline due to constant sea erosion. The oldest house the Tudor Moot Hall was once located at the centre of the village now it is situated by the pebbled beach. Part of the old village was stolen by the sea years ago.A stroll around the narrow streets of this picturesque village is...

  • Dunwich

    Severe storms, coastal erosion and floods have almost destroyed the village of Dunwich.This ancient town was once a thriving port on the Suffolk coast, now there are only a few cottages standing, the rest of the village including several churches and two monasteries have been buried by the sea waters.Both Dunwich Heath and Minsmere RSPB Nature...

  • The Abbey Gate

    We were not very well organized on this trip, so we stopped in Bury St. Edmunds to see if we could find any tourist information sites open for business! We needed a map of attractions and/or possible accommodation sites. A walk around town to the main tourist area soon revealed that we were out of luck. Oh well, we did get to see the large abbey...

  • The Otter Trust - Suffolk.

    Near Earsham and Bungay, right on the Norfolk border, is the Otter Trust Centre where rare British Otters and Asiatic Otters are bred. The otters are captivating. I visited at lunchtime and was there for nearly two hours watching them play and eat. They really are cute.

  • Explore picturesque Lavenham.

    Lavenham is a bit difficult to get to if you don't have a car, being well off any main roads. However, if you can get there, you will be rewarded by some incredible architectural treasures. The entire main street is lined with mediaeval half-timbered houses. The Guildhall up on the hill behind the main street is well worth a look. You can explore...

  • Visit Southwold.

    My most lasting memory of Southwold will be the aroma of the place. A brewery is located in the town and the morning I stopped in to have a look around town and a much needed coffee break on my drive to Beccles, the smell of hops brewing permeated the place completely. Southwold is obviously very popular with Britons from the southeast as the row...

  • Visit Beccles.

    Beccles is an important riverside town in northern Suffolk, as boats can moor here in the marina before heading into the famous Broads of Norfolk. The town is well worth a wander around as there are many interesting buildings from a range of eras. The information centre is on the Wveney River marina at the north end of town, quite a walk from the...

  • Visit Orford Castle.

    The eastern coastline of Suffolk is extremely elemental. Even on a clear day, the scent of a polar blast is in the air. Orford is a windblown settlement on the rapidly eroding coast. The town is quite picturesque and the scene stealer is the old Norman keep. The 'castle' has great views of the coast and the shifting Orford Ness. It is an 'English...

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