Visit Suffolk, a Top Tourist Destination
Visit Suffolk, a Top Tourist Destination
If you have ever been to the county of Suffolk before, you will know that the reasons why everyone should visit Suffolk are many and varied. In fact, if you have visited Suffolk before, you are bound to return time and time again.
Suffolk is a top tourist attraction to those holidaying within the UK and also visiting from abroad, and is famous for its historical towns & villages; areas of outstanding natural beauty and RSPB Reserves
; its culture including events such as festivals, concerts & art exhibitions; plus its wonderful array of shops, traditional pubs & inns, first-class hotels, and much more besides! So, if you haven’t visited Suffolk already, here are the reasons why you should!
Travelling to Suffolk
Suffolk is in East Anglia, and borders Norfolk to the north, Cambridgeshire to the west and Essex to the south. To the east is the sea so Suffolk offers the best of all worlds - a rural escape as well as lots of coastal resorts with huge amounts to offer. Yet we're only an hour away from London
on the train and offer easy access from Essex, Cambridge, Norfolk and Bedfordshire - so you can be in another world very quickly.
From more information please see Day Trips from London to Suffolk
When travelling from London, visitors may choose between driving, taking the train or travelling by coach. There are a number of on-going deals available to cut down on costs when travelling by train or coach – especially during school holidays. Please see Great Value Days Out in Suffolk
Suffolk enjoys sunny days and dry skies throughout the summer, and enjoys two more hours of sunshine each week than the national average.
Please see our article, Sunny Suffolk
to learn why you can expect to get a tan when holidaying in Suffolk this year - and how you could've had one from us last year if you'd been here even though the rest of the UK was wet, wet, wet!
Even if you do experience wet weather in Suffolk, there are still a great many Rainy Day Activities
to keep the whole family entertained!
Of course, where there is sunshine, sunrises & sunsets naturally follow. Suffolk is full of awe-inspiring views, and these are at their most potent during the hours of sunrise and sunset. So whether you are 'up with the birds' or a 'night owl' type, a glance towards the skyline is a treat not to be missed!
Suffolk Towns & Villages
Suffolk encompasses of a huge variety of towns and villages, ranging from the metropolitan to the rustic. Ipswich
is Suffolk's county town and has all the facilities one would expect from a modern town, yet a glance up over the shop fronts towards the architecture above reveals that Ipswich still maintains its sense of history, character and charm.
Suffolk towns & villages do not forget their past, as you will discover when you visit the preserved medieval villages of Lavenham
and Bury St Edmunds
; Britain's 7th most desirable village, Long Melford
; beautiful areas of the Suffolk coast such as Lowestoft
; home of horse racing, Newmarket
; the delightfully quaint Stoke-by-Nayland
; and relaxed & peaceful Orford
Please click on the links above and look through our complete list of articles
to read more about Suffolk's fantastic villages & towns.
Suffolk Hotels and Accommodation
Within the marvellous towns and villages visitors will find an exhaustive selection of accommodation options to choose from, including hotels, bed & breakfasts, cottages and other self-catering accommodation, and campsites.
For a full list of all accommodation options available, please see Accommodation in Suffolk
make your stay as easy and relaxing as possible, and come in all shapes, designs and sizes! Hotels in Suffolk range from the stunningly grand Hintlesham Hall Hotel, Ipswich
to the the coastal Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh
to the historical Crown & Castle, Orford
- and, of course, there is every type of hotel imaginable in between!
Eating Out in Suffolk
You will certainly never go hungry in Suffolk! With the huge variety of inns, pubs, cafes, and restaurants, you will be spolit for choice when deciding where to dine. There is somehwere to eat out in Suffolk to suit all occasions, tastes & budgets.Suffolk Inns & Pubs
For light snacks, lunches, and traditional, home-cooked fare that is locally sourced, Suffolk Inns are ideal - and, of course, there is always Real Ales and a good selection of wines to wash it all down with! Relaxing with a drink in the garden area is bliss, and there is always a friendly and relaxed atmosphere inside.
You could try The Westleton Crown, Westleton
, with its roaring log fires.
Many of Suffolk's Inns also offer accommodation - see Pubs & Inns in Suffolk
. Suffolk Restaurants
Whether you are seeking to please all the family at dinner-time, a quiet supper, or a romantic meal for two, Suffolk Restaurants will cater for your every need.
There is an excellent - and varied! - choice of restaurants in Suffolk, including Cafe Marsala, Long Melford
, serving the best of Indian and Italian cuisine; Mariners Restaurant, Ipswich
, a French Brasserie on a moored 110-year-old Dutch boat; and Maison Bleue Restaurant, Bury St Edmunds
, a fine dining restaurant serving the best French cuisine.
For our full list, please see Restaurants in Suffolk
Shopping in Suffolk
As well as all the leading names yoou would expect to find on any modern-day High Street, Suffolk has a marvellous selection of interesting independent shops, selling rare and unusual, and often handmade, items that you won't find anywhere else.
For art-lovers there are the two wonderful art galleries in Long Melford: The Lime Tree Gallery
and The Jessica Muir Gallery
. Please continue reading to learn more about Suffolk Art Galleries.
For our full list of Suffolk Shops please see Shopping in Suffolk
There is always something happening in Suffolk to suit all tastes - for a full guide to events happening across Suffolk throughout the year please see What's On Suffolk
.Suffolk FestivalsSuffolk Festivals
are extremely popular, and offer a wide choice of interest including Latitude Music Festival in July, High Tide Arts Festival in May, Aldeburgh Music Prom and too many more to mention! Just click on the links below for more details.
For fans of music and the arts check out the Aldeburgh Festival
, choose from a wonderful selection of theatre productions, debates, talks, and films at the HighTide Festival
, experience the comedic, musical & literary wonders of both the Latitude Festival
and the Ip-Art Festival
, treat yourself to something scrumptious at the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival
Suffolk has a thriving music scene, offering gigs & concerts accross the county. Please see Music Concerts in Suffolk
for a comprehensive line-up of all musical events happening in Suffolk this year.
There is always an impressive classical music concert happening at Snape Maltings
concert hall in association with Aldeburgh Music.Suffolk Art Galleries & Exhibitions
With such beautiful scenery at every glance, it is no wonder that Suffolk has inspired many artists to get creative! Constable
painted his famous Flatford Mill here, and Gainsborough was also a Suffolk born artist.
There are a great many Art Galleries in Suffolk
with many techniques and types of exhibitions happening all the time. Galleries are the perfect place to learn about new artists, buy works, or enjoy the latest exhibitions, talks and classes.
Please see Art Exhibitions in Suffolk
for a list of all exhibitions currently running.
Suffolk Attractions & Activities - Things To Do
Suffolk is packed to the brim with fun Days Out
and Things To Do
- whether this be adult excursions or Family Days Out with the Kids
- activities range from the relaxing to the exciting, and cover everything in between!
A visit to Jimmy's Farm, Ipswich
makes for a wonderful family day out. Kids can go on the Farm and Nature Trail and learn all about farming, pig-keeping and nature, let off some steam in the Adventure Playground, which is suitable for both toddlers and older children alike. For the parents there is the Farmer’s Market and the Garden Shop, which sells an extensive range of farmers’ goodies.
For more information on where to buy farm produce, please see Farm Shops and Farmers Markets in Suffolk
For more things to do with animals & nature please alse see:The Brecks, ThetfordOrford Ness National Nature ReserveThe Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, Stonham AspalSuffolk Wildlife Trust
If you are a an adventurous, thrill-seeking family, then a day trip to any of the following is sure to get your pulse racing:Anglia Indoor Karting, Ipswich
has an indoor karting race complex that has to be experienced to be believed, and for children there is a great Kubz track using battery-powered karts that is suitable for 5-7 year-olds.
What could be more fun than a summer day spent at the seaside? Mannings Amusement Park, Felixstowe
is a traditional seaside amusement park with childrens rides, penny pushers, video games, casino areas, crazy golf, plus a selection of bars and cafes.
There is always something to learn - especially about the history of Suffolk's wonderful towns - on a day trip to one of Suffolk's Museums
One museum that is definitely worth a visit is The Amber Shop & Museum, Southwold
. As the name suggests, here you will fnd everything to do with amber, including an exhibition detailing the history of this precious stone and featuring examples such as sculptures. There is also a fantastic gift shop where visitors can pick up a beautiful piece of amber jewellery.
For a taste of culture please see our list of Performing Arts Venues
.We hope this article has given you reason enough to come and visit Suffolk for yourself, and we look forward to seeing you soon!
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