Discover Suffolk

The Great British Outdoors

Posted by Ruth on 2nd October 2020

Suffolk is a tranquil county bursting with natural beauty, from the serene green fields of Constable County basking in the midsummer sunshine, to the cool blues and greys of the Suffolk Coast, beautiful whatever the weather. In the next instalment of our Great British Outdoors series, we’re shining a spotlight on Suffolk where you can have endless adventures in landscapes with huge horizons.

With 50 miles of coastline to explore, Suffolk is a fantastic destination for those who love to be beside the seaside; crunching along the shingle shore as the waves roll and crash before tucking into some freshly caught seafood. Or spending dozy days nature-spotting in the Waveney Valley, an area of Suffolk where wildlife thrives in an environment unspoilt by the modern world. For a little more culture, explore the historic wool towns and wander old streets flanked by charming buildings. Whatever you choose to do, we have a wide range of holiday cottages in Suffolk to relax and unwind in when the day is done.

Places to stay


Suffolk's coast

There's nothing like a day beside the water and Suffolk's coastline is lined with golden beaches, quirky towns and beauty spots waiting to be explored. Big family-friendly expanses, dog-friendly shores and hidden beaches can be uncovered as you get to know this length of coast. Strike out on a walk through the Suffolk Heath and Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and step foot on Orford or Walberswick Beach. Or head further north for a fun-filled day out at Lowestoft beach, the ideal place for fish and chips after fun swimming in the sea. Find a wonderful beach and make a beeline for the seaside on your next Suffolk break. 

Unmissable beaches

Suffolk's coast

Activities in Suffolk

Find adventure in inspiring landscapes

There are so many opportunities to get out and explore Suffolk’s captivating landscape, you’ll want to seize them with both hands.

Immerse yourself in nature by setting out on one of the many trails, whether on two feet or two wheels. Marvel at the giant trees towering above you at Rendlesham Forest, feel the sea breeze through your hair on the Suffolk Coast Cycle Route or be inspired to create a beautiful piece of art by following the Painter’s Trail through Constable County.

If you’re looking to relax and enjoy the tranquil surroundings, there are plenty of places to fish, play golf or birdwatch in Suffolk. We’d recommend RSPB Minsmere for watching birdlife darting in and out of the reeds, while many rare species also call the wider Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty home.

Suffolk was also the home of Roger Deakin, author of Waterlog, one of the finest books on wild swimming. Pay homage to him by taking a dip in one of the chilly rivers or brave the waves instead by diving in at the coast. If you don’t fancy getting wet, you could also take a stand-up paddleboard or kayak along the placid, sun-dappled waterways.

Things to do in Suffolk

Suffolk activities

Food and drink in Suffolk

Feast on produce nourished by coast and country

With an abundance of both coastal and countryside landscapes, Suffolk is a treasure trove of talented food and drink producers, so you’ll never be short of something tasty to eat.

Make the most of Suffolk’s 50 miles of coastline by dining on freshly caught fish or seafood. You can keep it traditional with newspaper-wrapped fish and chips on the beach, go more upmarket with oysters in a seafood restaurant, or cook your own after visiting a beachside fishmonger – whichever you choose, you’ll be hard pushed to find fresher produce.

Suffolk is also well-known for being one of the finest pork producers in the UK. If you want the best banger for your buck, look out for Blythburgh pork, where the pigs are free to roam, run and rootle close to the coast.

With wide, open fields, Suffolk farmers also give their cows lots of room to graze which in turn produces creamy milk and delicious cheese. Look out for Suffolk Blue, Suffolk Gold – a bright, semi-soft cheese – and Baron Bigod which is a soft, brie-style cheese made from raw milk and (perhaps controversially) named after a 12th-century Earl of Norfolk.

And you can’t come to Suffolk without enjoying a glass of something local either – choose from Adnams beer from Southwold, St Peters beer from Bungay or Aspalls cyder. Suffolk even produces its own wine at Wyken Vineyards, near Bury St Edmunds, so you have everything you need for a delicious feast!

A Suffolk afternoon tea

Suffolk food and drink

Where to stay in Suffolk

Find your own rural paradise

Whatever you dream of doing on holiday in Suffolk, you can find a cottage that fulfils your every desire – whether you want to be close to the coast, surrounded by countryside or in a charming town.

By choosing one of our coastal cottages in places like Southwold, Aldeburgh or Orford, you can wake up to the sound of the sea gently breaking on the shore, enjoy gentle strolls along the beach and end your days by tucking into freshly landed seafood.

Our countryside cottages in places like Woodbridge, Framlingham and Eye are perfect for getting away from the stresses and strains of modern life – simply sit, soak up the views and listen to the sound of nothing but the birds in the trees in your own area of paradise.

Or soak up the historic atmosphere in one of the characterful Suffolk towns such as Lavenham, Clare and Felixstowe, where you can stroll the streets and imagine those who walked them before you.

We have a wide range of cottages all across the county, so whether you’re planning a getaway with your significant other, the whole family, a large group and even your dog, you can find your perfect base from which you can discover Suffolk.

All Suffolk cottages

Suffolk cottages

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