Suffolk is a naturally beautiful county that is also rich in history which can be seen in the architecture everywhere. Here we offer a guide to Attractions in Suffolk
from RSPB Birdwatching Nature reserves
to Historic Houses and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. For 'activities for all' please see our Guide to Suffolk Activities
; for lively Days Out with the Children please see Days Out in Suffolk
, and for less vigourous things to do please see our Things to Do in Suffolk
The National Trust
has many outstanding properties in Suffolk such as Ickworth House near Bury St Edmunds, pictured below -
There are so many we've had to list them separately, so for a full listing of all the National Trust properties please see our guide to The National Trust in Suffolk
Suffolk played an important role in England’s prosperous wool trade
from Medieval times, so you'll see many old buildings around the county that were once associated with this trade, such as Bosmore Mill in the village of Needham Market, which also boasts a peaceful millpond.
The beautiful Medieval village of Lavenham
was one of the 20 wealthiest towns in England in Medieval times due to its role in the wool industry. The Village has retained an almost perfect medieval market square and an Anglo Saxon Mead Hall - The Guildhall
. In many of Suffolk's towns and villages there's a parish church not to be missed, and Lavenham’s (above) contains some prime examples of 15th century stained glass.
Close by is Long Melford
, (Village green and Holy Trinity Church pictured above) whose wealth was also derived from the wool trade. The beautiful Holy Trinity Church
, sitting atop the hill overlooking Long Melford, has some stained glass windows which survived the Cromwellian destructions (the ‘Clopton Windows’), and together with the historic almshouses nearby forming Trinity Hospital, is well worth a visit. Concerts
are frequently held in the Church during the summer.
Many of Long Melford's 15th century timber framed properties survive today so there is plenty to see. Additionally Long Melford boasts the longest High Street in the UK, which has many antique shops, art galleries, boutiques and café’s, and the water meadows behind the High Street are worth a visit too.
has a large castle on its hill, dominating the town-scape, and run by English Heritage
. Fram Castle
is a fascinating place to spend a few hours, and Framlingham is a lovely town so this is well worth a day trip. Click on the link for Framlingham above to find out more about the area. Woodbridge
(Tide Mill pictured above) is another old and fascinating town not to miss. Suffolk’s astonishing array of well-preserved market towns lie in countryside that is breathtaking, rich in waterways and rivers, such as the famously beautiful River Stour and the lovely market town of Sudbury
. Find more information on our pretty Suffolk Towns & Villages
Suffolk also has a long and attractive coastline where you can find lively coastal resorts such as Felixstowe
which was once a thriving port and is now home to RSPB Minsmere
with its unique Pier
where there are lots of cultural events taking place, and Orford
which is dominated by its 90 foot Castle. For each of these areas please click on the links to find out more.
Suffolk’s idyllic landscape inspired Constable and Gainsborough
to capture the fleeting light of English countryside and sky in paint. Constables name will be linked forever with Flatford Mill and Dedham Vale
- the area is known as 'Constable Country'.
Gainsborough was born and bred in Suffolk and his house in Sudbury is now a museum where you can see see some of his work and inspiration - Gainsborough’s House
. Local artists continue to draw inspiration from the county - find current Art Exhibitions in Suffolk
so come to Suffolk and be inspired!
All we have listed is a fraction of Attractions in Suffolk just to get you started. For a detailed listing please see Suffolk Attractions
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