Suffolk, a county on the east coast of England, is perfect for a holiday or break away from it all. It is full of interesting to visit and really does offer something for everyone from coastal walks, wonderful restaurants, festivals, historic buildings and family fun. Here are some suggestions of places to visit.
Aldeburgh, a charming coastal town with lots of independent shops and galleries has much to interest visitors. It provides an excellent base for exploring the surrounding East Suffolk coastline. Aldeburgh has several award-winning restaurants - although the famous Aldeburgh fish and chip shop is very popular with visitors. The composer Benjamin Britten used to live in Aldeburgh and set up the Aldeburgh festival of Music and Arts in 1948. The festival is held in June.
- The Moot hall, situated on the seafront, is a striking building with ancient timbers and outside staircase. It houses the town's museum.
- The composer Benjamin Britten established the Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts in 1948. Although the festival once centred on opera it now encompasses a range of music.
- Aldeburgh beach has an interesting Scallop Shell sculpture created by local artist Maggie Hambling using 10mm stainless steel. It is designed to honour Benjamin Britten.Visitors can sit on it and watch the sea.
Southwold is a small seaside town on the Suffolk Heritage Coast. There is an elegance in its pink washed cottages, Georgian houses and 100 foot lighthouse. Visiting it is like going back in time to a more relaxed age. Its attractions include a cliff top promenade, an award-winning pier with a collection of interesting and amusing hand-built machines, a busy harbour and a cliff top cannon.
- The Southwold Sailors Reading Room is open to everyone. It has pictures, ship models and other items of seafaring interest.
- Gun Hill is situated on one of Southwold's greens. It has a set of 16-18 pounder guns captured in 1746, at the Battle of Culloden.
- Southwold's lighthouse came into operation in 1890 and is situated in the centre of the town. The lighthouse has a visitor centre and is, at times, open to the public.
Bridge Cottage at Flatford Mill
The hamlet of Flatford on the river Stour is full of beautiful scenery. It is famous for being the inspiration for some of John Constable's most famous pastoral paintings - Flatford Mill, Willy Lott's Cottage and Bridge Cottage. The area of Flatford Mill can be visited at any time during a walk along the Stour Valley. Bridge Cottage is open to the public and has an exhibition about John Constable. There is also a riverside tea room and gift shop.
The village of Long Melford has much to interest visitors. It has some lovely shops to browse in and has a reputation for antiques. The High Street has several art galleries with exhibitions from a range of artists.
- Holy Trinity Church - situated at the top of the village the Church is a wonderful sight and is similar to a cathedral in its stature.
- Kentwell Hall is a grand Tudor mansion surrounded by a moat and beautiful gardens. It also has historic farm buildings with rare breads of animals. Every year there are re-creations of everyday life in Tudor times.
Framlingham Castle is a grand 12th Century Fortress and is a wonderful place to visit. The Castle was once the refuge of Mary Tudor before she became Queen in 1553. The Castle's introductory exhibition offers visitors the chance to explore over 800 years of history at Framlingham Castle.