Suffolk is a county that has inspired everyone, from George Orwell who adopted the name of one of the rivers, to animal and nature lovers who come to see the rolling landscapes. Here are 5 things you must do when visiting…
1. Visit one of our many historical churches
Suffolk is full of historic churches with a greater scope of medieval churches than any other English county. Around 500 historic medieval churches, span the towns and villages. In addition, there are non-conformist churches, meeting houses, and catholic churches which are also a crucial part of the history.
Many tourists coming to Suffolk each year come to enjoy the rural landscape and to find links with their family history. And you don’t even need to be religious to appreciate the beauty of the buildings.
2. A day out on the beach
Whether it’s warm or cold, a day out on the beach can remind you that you don’t need to head to the other side of the world to enjoy a beautiful coastline. The Suffolk coast is a breath of fresh air, with beautiful beaches of fine golden sand stretching over 40 miles.
Through the seasons, Suffolk’s beaches have a diverse beauty to rediscover over and over again. Summer brings long days of big blue skies and scorching sun, in coastal towns such as Southwold with its award-winning pier, or on the golden sands at Lowestoft.
Then in Spring, a changing landscape bursts with life, where you can take invigorating walks along deserted beaches, the perfect escape to unwind.
3. A diverse range of restaurants
Suffolk is a predominantly agricultural county, so what better place to sample some local or not so local foods. There are different restaurants in every village and town, from traditional Suffolk produce to fine fish restaurants, to Moroccan, to Greek or Italian bistros – this is definitely one place in England that you will want to come and eat in. And why not have a look online before to get hold of a restaurant voucher and save yourself some pennies to spend on drinks.
4. Walking or cycling to enjoy the countryside
The Suffolk Coast and heaths are an area of outstanding natural beauty, so why not enjoy this by taking a long walk. You can look online for many of the pre-planned walking routes that are available to download.
Or if you are feeling slightly more active, then why not rent a bike and cycle with friends, enjoying the scenery and breathing in that fresh country air.
5. More shops than you could ever wish for
Suffolk is full of small towns and villages offering a large range of unique shops, that you can pick up some bespoke gifts in. Long Melford, Southwold, Ipswich, and Snape Maltings all offer a range of retail delights to suit any shopper.
Or if you’re looking for well-known retailers, then head to Suffolk’s larger towns for the very best in choice and convenience. Visit the likes of Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Long Melford, and Woodbridge – perhaps take a look on Groupon to take advantage of a shopping voucher while you are there.