Suffolk Sights

Thorpeness Water Tower

Thorpeness House in the Clouds
The local water tower ingeniously disguised as a house by the village's creator Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie.

Sutton Hoo Anglo Saxon Burial Mask

Sutton Hoo
Archaeological treasure unearthed from Sutton Hoo, ancient Anglo Saxon burial grounds.

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Things to do and see and places to visit

Suffolk is very unspoilt and is steeped in history; there are beautiful market towns and lovely villages with many secrets to discover.  Suffolk has 40 miles of Heritage Coast almost all of which is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

 

Places to visit in Suffolk:

Framlingham Castle
  • Framlingham, a charming historic rural town with its famous Framlingham Castle, a magnificent 12th century castle that was once the refuge of Mary Tudor. At the castle themed trails and a variety of themed games for the youngsters are on offer as well as a varied events programme.
  • Lavenham, a fine medieval village noted for its 15th century church, half-timbered medieval cottages and circular walk. The village has been used for filming on several occasions - it was the main location of the 1968 film Witchfinder General. Other calls to fame include scenes from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and the last ever episode of Lovejoy in 1994.
  • Aldeburgh
  • Aldeburgh  - an enchanting seaside resort  and highly fashionable. Aldeburgh remains largely the same as it has for decades. The fishermen still sell their catch from the beach. Boasts many award winning restaurants and the famous Aldeburgh Fish and Chip Shop.  Don't miss the Aldeburgh Fesival of Music and Art in June. Notable landmarks include the ancient Moot Hall, meeting place of Aldeburgh Town Council for the past 400 years, and the church of St Peter and St Paul with its memorial window designed by John Piper and dedicated to the memory of Benjamin Britten.
  • Thorpeness is a quaint seaside village with the famous  "House in the Clouds" - the village's water tower in disguise! Another popular attraction is the Meare boating lake, a shallow 60 acre lake with coves and islands that inspired Peter Pan.
  • Sutton Hoo  one of Britain’s most important and atmospheric archaeological sites and one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time, the site of ancient burial mounds, now managed by the National Trust. There is an award-winning exhibition, displaying a full-size reconstruction of the burial chamber, stunning replica treasures and original finds, including a prince's sword. You can also learn about the incredible story of the ship burial of an Anglo-Saxon king and his treasured possessions.
  • Otley Hall
  • On your doorstep is the fabulous 15th century Moated Otley Hall, a 16th century moated Hall set in 10 acres of gardens. Otley Hall has 3 Open Days a year on the Sunday of the spring/summer bank
    holiday weekends, and the gardens and tea room are open every Wednesday afternoon from May-September. At other times, the Hall is open for visits strictly by appointment only. Visit the website for more details.
  • Helmingham Hall is also on your doorstep, with its famous gardens open to the public. Helmingham Hall hosts many events such as Classic Car Shows, Horse Shows and the Helmingham Food and Drink Festival.
  • Eastern Farm Park is a great day out for all the family especially the kids and every 3rd Saturday holding the Farmers’ Market.
  • Jimmy’s Farm is also a great visitor attraction for all the family, as seen on TV. This working farm, home of the rare breed Essex Pig, has a nature trail, woodland walk, gardens and adventure play area. There is also a farm shop where you can buy home reared free range meat and home grown veggies.
  • The nearest coast is Felixtowe just 7 miles away. Felixstowe has a long, level promenade lined with gardens, and boasts over 4 miles of sand and shingle beaches dotted with colourful beach huts and lots of seafront attractions and activities for all the family.

 

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