Rugged coastline mixed with ancient landscape
For so long the country’s most eastern county has remained relatively undiscovered, but that’s changing and now Suffolk attracts increased visitor’s year on year. Despite growing demands on the county, Suffolk remains pretty much unchanged to this day.
Whatever the season, Suffolk is indeed a wonderful place with a wealth of fascinating elements: culture, history, shopping, wildlife, walking and of course the coast to name a few.
It’s easy to see why visitors focus on the coast; it’s a fifty mile stretch of heritage coastline with many areas of outstanding natural beauty. Aldeburgh and Southwold are old quintessential English seaside towns; the lost city of Dunwich was once a great port and local fishermen still make a living out of Orford quay.
Suffolk offers a wealth of historic sites. Framlingham and Orford offer two interesting but very different castles; Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge is where two 6th and early 7th Century cemeteries were found, providing the biggest insight into Anglo-Saxon life.
From Tudor mansions to Georgian palaces, East Anglia boasts some of the country’s finest stately homes. Ickworth House a Georgian Italianate palace stands in an ideal English landscape, whilst both Helmingham and Somerleyton Halls open up their splendid gardens.
Experience history in motion at the East Anglia Transport Museum or visit the Museum of East Anglian Life, open all year and set in seventy five acres of stunning Suffolk countryside.
South of the County and few places in Britain have more natural beauty than Constable Country. This rural landscape is where artist John Constable was born and where he painted his most celebrated work. Thomas Gainsborough was another great artist of his time, his life and art is explored at Gainsborough’s House near Sudbury.
Ipswich is the county town of Suffolk and is located on the river Orwell. The modern Waterfront is the towns jewel in the crown where the working port spectacularly blends with moored yachts and iconic buildings.