Destination: Suffolk Tours

Arundel and Chichester
Description: Ancient region with historic towns and villages throughout
Region: Central East England
Pronounced: suf-'k
More Info: Suffolk
Time to spend here: 1 day min
Historic townHistory loversBy the sea
Suffolk, Central England


Filled with market towns, old fishing towns and villages, ancient abbeys, stunning woodlands and award-winning beaches, Suffolk is a perfect county to enjoy what England has best to offer.

With towns such as Lavenham which is known as England's best preserved medieval village and Bury St Edmunds which is home to an array of fantastic independent shops and Britain's smallest pub which is a fascinating historical archaeological site.

Lavenham, Suffolk
LavenhamLavenham is one of the best preserved medieval villages in England and has changed little in five centuries; it was created some 750 years ago by Henry III and boasts about 320 listed timber framed buildings, many of them protected by English Heritage. Lavenham used to be the epicentre for the wool trade and was one of the wealthiest places of the country in the 16th century. The richest residents built timber-framed houses to show off their wealth, this is why there are so many in Lavenham!
Guildhall of Corpus Christi
Guidhall of Corpus Christi, Lavenham, Suffolk
Cathedral One of the finest buildings is the Guildhall of Corpus Christi. Inside, you can follow the changing fortunes of Lavenham’s cloth industry, local families, as well as its farming heritage and agricultural roots.
Church of St Peter and St Paul
Church of St Peter and St Paul, Lavenham, Suffolk
CathedralLavenham's Church of St Peter and St Paul is probably the last of the great Suffolk 'wool churches' to have been completed by 1530 just before the reformation.
Little Hall
Little Hall, Lavenham, Suffolk
CathedralLittle Hall is well worth a visit, this late 14th century Hall House on the main square mirrors the history of Lavenham over the centuries.
Long Melford
Long Melford, Lavenham, Suffolk

If you are interested in historic buildings, antiques, life-style shopping, good food or the latest fashions, then the former medieval wool town is the place to visit. Long Melford's wide, tree-lined village street is Britain’s longest. It also has numerous fine buildings housing antique shops, art galleries and designer boutiques. The 16th Century Melford Hall and stunning church dominate the large green in the town, whilst the nearby Kentwell Hall is renowned for its Tudor re-creations.

Bury St Edmunds
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Cathedral The market town of Bury St Edmunds is truly a historic gem. At one time the settlement was home to one of the most powerful monasteries in mediaeval Europe. The town remains a beautiful and picturesque place with plenty to explore. There is traditional street market which takes place every Wednesday and Saturday where almost 100 stalls offer everything from ethnic clothing to fresh fruit and vegetables. The Theatre Royal – a Grade 1 listed Georgian building is full of history and is a must see for serious culture lovers.
Greene King Brewery Tour
Greene King Brewery Tour, Suffolk
CathedralFor those into their beer, the Greene King Brewery tour at the brewery in the town offers a 90 minute tour where you can get the best view of the town from the brewhouse, plus the chance to sample some beers. 
St Edmundsbury Cathedral
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
CathedralPilgrims and tourists have been visiting the site of St Edmundsbury Cathedral for over a thousand years, and you should do to!

Ipswich, Suffolk
Cathedral Ipswich is England's oldest continuously settled Anglo-Saxon town. It has a long and proud history dating back more than 1,500 years. The town was awarded its Royal Charter by King John in 1200 and for centuries Ipswich was a major port and built fighting ships for the Crown. The town enjoys a stunning surrounding countryside and many historic buildings representing 800 years of heritage line the streets and include twelve medieval churches, the Unitarian Meeting House, Wolsey's Gate and the Ancient House. Stroll along its historic Waterfront and enjoy a leisurely drink or meal while soaking up the unique atmosphere.
Ipswich Museum
Ipswich Museum, Suffolk
Cathedral The Museum offer exhibits and attractions for all ages. Explore Ipswich's past, wonderful curiosities from the natural world. This museum gives a fascinating insight into the town and surrounding area's intriguing past.
Ipswich Transport Museum
Ipswich Transport Museum, Suffolk
Cathedral Ipswich Transport Museum boasts a fantastic collection of veteran buses, commercial vehicles, prams and bicycles, all located in an old trolleybus depot.

The Suffolk Coast
The Suffolk Coast
Cathedral The Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is one of Britain’s finest landscapes. Located on the coast of East Anglia, it covers 150 square miles and includes wildlife-rich wetlands, ancient heaths, windswept shingle beaches and historic towns and villages.
Southwold Pier
Southwold Pier, Suffolk
Cathedral Spend a day out at Suffolk’s most popular attraction, Southwold Pier. It has been awarded the prestigious title of 'Best Tourism Experience’ and attracts thousands of tourists every year.  The pier’s amusement arcade, is home to a Whack-a-Banker machine (hit their bald heads with a mallet), and the Quantum Tunnelling Telescope enables you to see mermaids, shark attacks and explosions out to sea.
Aldeburgh Seaside Town
Aldeburgh, Suffolk
Cathedral Aldeburgh encapsulates a typical British seaside town with its pastel-coloured 19th century holiday villas lining the impressive promenade Inland, the High Street offers charming shops to browse through each offering an array of antiques and arts, an independent book shops. The town also has much variety when it comes to culinary temptations, from the renowned fish and chip shops, to fine dining  and of course ice cream. You can visit the town’s lifeboat station with museum and shop, and also visit the 16th century Moot Hall, which houses a museum taking you through the town’s history from its Roman beginnings to present day.
Sutton Hoo
Sutton Hoo, Suffolk
Cathedral If it’s archaeology you are into, then a little detour inland from the coast will bring you to one of Britain's most important archaeological sites - Sutton Hoo. The site contains the burial chamber and funeral ship of the early Anglo-Saxon warrior king, Raedwald.
Framlingham Castle
Framlingham Castle, Suffolk
Cathedral Just further north from Framlingham Castle is a magnificent 12th century fortress with a long and colourful past which makes a fascinating family day out in Suffolk. The castle now hosts the ‘From Powerhouse to Poorhouse’, covering over 800 years of life at Framlingham Castle.
Multi-attraction Passes Recommended for this destination:
This is a great base for exploring:
Cambridge, Suffolk region
Transport options in this area:
This famously flat region has a public transport system, buses and trains to connect.
Did you know:

Suffolk is striving to be the greenest county in the UK!
From the region:
George Orwell (author)
Benjamin Britain (Composer)
Bob Hoskins (Actor)
Bath Blackpool
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