With such easy travel access from various counties such as Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex, it’s no wonder so many people choose to take a day trip to Suffolk.
When travelling from London, visitors may choose between driving, taking the train or travelling by coach. The train takes just over an hour (the same amount of time it would take to travel from one side of London to the other by Tube!), and there are a number of on-going deals available to cut down on costs when travelling by train or coach – especially during school holidays.
For more information on travelling to Suffolk on a budget, as well as wallet-friendly activities and attractions, please see Great Value Days Out in Suffolk
Once you have arrived in Suffolk, you’re sure to be spoilt for choice when trying to decide exactly how to spend your day. There are great many activities for all the family, whatever their age or interests.
To escape from the hustle and bustle of city living, take the family along to Jimmy's Farm
in Ipswich, where the little ones can meet and learn about the farm animals and then run around the Adventure Playground (suitable for both toddlers and older children). Adults will enjoy the Farmer’s Market and the Garden Shop.
Similarly, there is Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm
, also in Ipswich, which was voted as Suffolk's Best Visitor Experience 2006 and 2007 (and as a runner-up in 2008). Give the children a day to remember spent meeting and feeding all of the rare breeds. There is also a lovely riverside and park where families can picnic, and a Visitors’ Centre so they can take a souvenir back home with them.
For more information on farms in Suffolk, please see Farm shops and Farmers Markets
Animals and nature are always of particular interest to children and adults alike, so a day spent in such surroundings is sure to be a unique and unforgettable experience. The Museum of East Anglian Life
in Stowmarket has almost 3km of woodland and riverside nature trails for families to walk around, with very friendly animals and rare breeds of cattle.
The Suffolk Wildlife Trust
in Ipswich has over 50 nature reserves that are free to visit, plus a huge number of wildlife events and family activity days.
If bird-watching is more the order of the day, RSPB Lakenheath Fen
in Brandon offers you the opportunity to spot marsh harriers, hobbies, bearded tits and warblers. It is one of the few places in the UK where golden orioles breed. There is a flexible nature trail network, four viewpoints and a visitor centre. Similarly, the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary
at Stonham Aspal provides a delightful place to watch, study or simply enjoy the company of owls and other birds of prey.
For more on the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, please see RSPB Suffolk
For other relaxing activities in Suffolk, please see Things to Do in Suffolk
Horticulture is of interest to a great many day-trippers, and Suffolk is home to a number of breath-taking and awe-inspiring gardens. Please see Suffolk Gardens
If you travelled to Suffolk by train, you can continue the theme by visiting Colne Valley Railway
at Castle Hedingham. Here you can meet Thomas the Tank Engine, view old fashioned steam trains and working signal boxes, and admire the outdoor Garden Railway.
If your day trip is to be planned around your children, please see Kids' Days Out in Suffolk
For adults and older children, why not spend a day tripping around Suffolk's wonderful, historical and informative museums? You're sure to find something to suit your particular interests, and maybe even learn something you didn't already know! Please see Suffolk Museums
Day trips don’t get any better than a traditional day at the seaside. Just moments from the beach in Felixstowe you will find Mannings Amusement Park
, full of thrilling rides (all age groups catered for), a casino, cafe & bar, plus that old seaside classic, crazy golf!
For more information on seaside day trip ideas, please see Beaches in Suffolk
Clay pigeon shooting is another thrilling activity that children will love, and there are a number of places in the county that provide children’s tuition alongside adults’.
Young shooters are welcome at Fulton’s Shooting
which is situated at Lakenheath Clay Target Shooting.
For more lively, action-packed days out with the children in Suffolk please see Days Out in Suffolk
There are far too many cafes and restaurants in Suffolk to mention here, but to tantalise your tastebuds please see Eating Out in Suffolk
, or if you just fancy some quick refreshments see Pubs in Suffolk
To take home a memento of your day trip, or perhaps to bring home a gift for someone, please see Shops in Suffolk
and Shoppers' Guide to Suffolk
As you can see, come rain or shine, there are a great many things to do when spending the day in Suffolk - whatever your age, budget or interests. Those featured here are just a taster, so book those train tickets right away!
For a full listing of Suffolk Attractions and Activities please see Activities in Suffolk
and also our guide to Tourist Attractions in Suffolk
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