Guide to Suffolk

The best of both worlds, Suffolk is a pleasant mix of stunning coastline and serene countryside and rivers. Explore our Guide to Suffolk to plan your perfect getaway in the county.


Suffolk has so much to see and do you won’t be left wondering what to do – your only problem is what to do first. We’ve picked out the best of the best to make your planning easier.

Aye aye Captain

A boater’s paradise is how Suffolk is described, with so many waterways available to take a boat trip the routes to explore are endless. Suffolk has five major rivers as well as the waterways of the Broads and coastline to explore by boat. If you want to experience the wildlife on offer in the area then take to the water in one of Britain’s National Parks, the Suffolk Broads and see the nature that thrives in this conservation area. Taking a guided boat tour will allow you to relax and take in the scenery during your tour, but for the boating enthusiast, why not hire your own boat for the day and explore the rivers to your own pace.

Grab your bucket and spade

A day spent on the beach is always a relaxing day for every member of the family. Head to Southwold Pier Beach for the day to take in the fresh coastal air and enjoy the buzz at the beach. The Pier itself is perfect for a family visit with amusements, putting and shopping available there is something for every age! Grab a bite to eat on the pier – choose from hearty meals at the Boardwalk with views across the ocean or opt for the traditional fish and chips from The Beach Café – either way you’ll want to overindulge for dessert at The Treat Parlour, where you’ll find a selection of treats from ice cream to fudge.

One for the shoppers

Head over to the Arc Shopping Centre at Bury St Edmunds for a session in retail therapy. This modern development including some 36 shops, cafes and restaurants you are sure to find plenty to keep you busy during your day out. The centre plays host to a number of larger chain stores for the branded items you crave, but also in the town centre of Bury St Edmonds the opposite is true, with chic independent shops to satisfy the unique. Stop off for a spot of tea to keep up your energy levels – you’ll need it to carry your shopping back to your holiday cottage!

Top 5 beaches

  • Southwold Pier Beach
  • Aldeburgh Beach
  • South of Claremont Pier Beach (Victoria Beach)
  • Felixstowe South Beach
  • The Denes Beach, Southwold

Adrenaline junkies

A day at Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park in Lowestoft, is sure to be a full day of fun for all the family. Not just for the kids, the attraction has plenty to do to keep the adults busy too, with sea lion and parrot shows, there’s something for every age. The park has a selection of rides, from their thrill rollercoasters for the older children and adults, such as their famous Wipeout and Enigma rollercoasters, to smaller kiddie rides suitable for the youngest of the family. Plus on top of these, they have a selection of family themed rides perfect for those enjoyed as a group.

A slice of history in Bury St Edmunds

Enjoy a visit to Ickworth House Park and Gardens for a day out exploring the Italianate estate in the heart of the English countryside. Kept by the Hervey family for over 200 years, the property is a scene to behold for those interested in architecture, landscaping or history. Stroll the numerous walks through the parkland or bring your bike and enjoy more of the scenery at a faster pace. Once you’ve seen all you need to see, finish your day and book tickets to see a performance at the Theatre Royal, the only surviving playhouse in England.

One for the adults

Take a guided tour of the Greene King Brewery in Bury St Edmunds. Included in the tour is the best view of their home town from the Brewhouse roof and a tutored tasting of their beers. Explore the 200-year-old history and Westgate Brewery building where they’ve been making ale since 1799. Then why not head to their Beer Café for a beer or coffee to finish off your day and stop by the shop offering a wide selection of souvenirs and samples to take home!

An Orford day out

Towering over the village of Orford is Orford Castle. This unique structure is one of the most fascinating visitor attractions in the county. With a history dating back to the 12th century, the castle was commissioned by King Henry II. Take a tour of the castle with English Heritage and hear the full history, of not only the castle but the village too. When the tour’s complete, head into Orford and experience village life for yourself. With a bakery and two restaurants you’ll have plenty of spots to choose to eat; and then explore the local area by taking a stroll along the river.

Top 5 family attractions

  • Southwold Lighthouse
  • Abbey Gardens
  • Landguard Fort
  • Framlingham Castle
  • St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Take up walking in Suffolk

With so much to explore in the county, why not don your walking shoes and see the sights on foot.

Suffolk holidays

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