Find Your Perfect Holiday Home - Discover Suffolk
Find Your Perfect Holiday Home - Discover Suffolk
Situated on the east coast of England, Suffolk is a county filled with natural beauty, bordered by 50 miles of glorious coastline and topped with breathtaking skies. It's the perfect holiday destination, full of charming villages and medieval towns which draw in artists and writers, and its bounty of great produce and restaurants make it a special spot for foodies. Holiday in Suffolk and visit the Home of Horseracing, explore Constable Country, experience maritime life in Ipswich, immerse yourself in history in Bury St Edmunds, or simply spend long, lazy days by the sea. The fabulous attractions and great days out in Suffolk mean you can do as much as you want, or as little. Sometimes, in a place this rich and beautiful, just being is pleasure enough.
Things to do in Suffolk
There are many superb attractions in Suffolk, from formidable castles to entire villages preserved in time.Some of the most visited attractions in Suffolk are its stately homes and gardens, which range from moated Tudor mansions to luxurious Victorian halls. Equally popular are the castles in Suffolk, such as Framlingham Castle, whose imposing battlements were once walked by Bloody Mary. Smaller but just as interesting is Orford Castle, whose unique shape and strange folklore raise curious questions.
Visitors interested in history will enjoy exploring Landguard Fort in Felixstowe, visiting Gainsborough House, the former home of the painter Thomas Gainsborough, and sailing the historic River Orwell aboard the 120-year-old Sailing Barge Victor. For lovers of medieval architecture, the most inspiring attractions in Suffolk will be its many churches, especially the opulent churches of the Suffolk Wool Towns.
The oldest attractions in Suffolk date back to Anglo-Saxon times, such as the ship burial at Sutton Hoo, and West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, a working replica village on the site of a real Anglo-Saxon settlement. Then there are Suffolk’s abbeys, including the atmospheric ruins at Leiston, and Bury St Edmunds Abbey, which played a part in the Magna Carta story.
Some attractions in Suffolk are whole towns or villages. Lavenham in Suffolk is known as ‘England’s Best Preserved Medieval Village,’ and possesses hundreds of listed historic buildings, while in Newmarket you can immerse yourself in the often-secretive world of horseracing, with the National Heritage Centre for British Horseracing and Sporting Art.
Suffolk has a long history of brewing, and both the Greene King and Adnams breweries offer popular tours. Similarly, the Woodbridge Tide Mill attracts thousands of visitor a year to watch the 800-year-old process of flour milling in action.
`Top 15 Sights in Suffolk
This moated manor house is one of many stunning historic estates in Suffolk. Its first bricks were laid in 1490 by John Tollemache, and the Tollemache family have owned it ever since. What make Helmingham Hall so remarkable and earn it a place as one of the top sights in Suffolk are its perfectly manicured gardens, designed and cared for by Lady Xa Tollemache, an award-winning garden designer who’s won more than a few medals at the Chelsea Flower Show.
THE RED DEER RUT
Every October at RSPB Minsmere on the Suffolk Coast, Britain’s largest herd of red deer enter a month-long battle… with each other. The red deer rut is a stunning natural spectacle in which the herd’s majestic stags lock horns in a bid to overpower their opponent, with the strongest stag winning the right to mate. Watch the deer from public footpaths or the viewing point on Westleton heath. Or head to the visitor centre at RSPB Minsmere for the best places to see and hear the clash of antlers and the stags’ bellows as this awe-inspiring natural event unfolds.
Take a stroll along Aldeburgh beach in Suffolk and you’ll come across not one but two famous sculptures. Maggi Hambling’s controversial scallop stands 4m high on the shingle, creating a mirror for the sound of the waves. A tribute to Suffolk-born composer Benjamin Britten, it bears an inscription from his opera Peter Grimes: “I hear those voices that will not be drowned.”
One look at Framlingham Castle’s tall battlements and it’s easy to see why Mary Tudor chose to gather her troops here before marching on London to claim the throne. Not only is Framlingham’s 12th century fortress one of the top sights in Suffolk: a walk along its precipitous outer walls gives you some of the best views of the county.
There has been horseracing in Newmarket since at least the 12th century, making it the oldest known racing venue in post-classical times, and the true home of ‘the sport of kings.’ Watching horses thunder round the track at Newmarket Racecourses is an exhilarating experience, but for a real glimpse into the world of horseracing you can do no better than visiting the Newmarket Gallops on a misty morning and watching the jockeys and horses train in the newly-risen sun.
A shingle spit scattered with abandoned military buildings – the relics of years of secret investigations – swathed in rare plant life, and crowned by an iconic red and white lighthouse with just a handful of years left before it crumbles into the sea, Orfordness is definitely one of the strangest landscapes you’ll ever come across. Its combination of beauty and eeriness make it one of the top sights in Suffolk.
Chocolate-box Lavenham offers everything you could want from a place often called the Best Kept Medieval Village in England: half-timbered merchants’ houses, winding streets, a lavish 15th century church, and an embarrassment of listed buildings. If Lavenham’s picturesqueness wasn’t enough to tempt you, it’s also well known for its restaurants, such as The Great House and the 800-year-old Swan Hotel, and for being the home of Harry Potter: Lavenham was used as Godric’s Hollow, the magical village where Harry Potter was born, during filming of The Deathly Hallows Part 1 & Part 2.
WILLY LOTT'S COTTAGE
If this cottage looks familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen it in one of the most famous landscape paintings in British art history: John Constable’s The Hay Wain. Completed in 1821, The Hay Wain captured rural life just a stone’s throw from Constable’s home in East Bergholt, Suffolk: two men crossing the River Stour in a horse-drawn cart, Willy Lott’s cottage perched on the left bank. Willy Lott was a good friend of the Constables, and the artist painted a more complete picture of his neighbour’s house in 1832. The best way to see the cottage and other famous landmarks along the River Stour is by boat or canoe.
Right at the heart of the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, sandwiched between Dunwich Forest and RSPB Minsmere nature reserve is Westleton Heath. As to why it’s one of the top sights in Suffolk, well, this picture by photographer Justin Minns speaks for itself.
Suffolk is home to several famous abbeys, such as the picturesque ruins at Leiston, where you can take part in an ongoing archaeological dig. Then there’s Bury St Edmunds Abbey, where pilgrims once flocked to pray at the shrine of the martyred king, St Edmund, and where in 1214 a group of barons held a secret meeting that led to the signing of the Magna Carta. Lesser known and yet achingly beautiful is Butley Priory. The only remnant of an extensive medieval abbey, Butley Priory is now a private wedding venue, but it’s worth a visit even if you’re not getting hitched.
ST EDMUNDSBURY CATHEDRAL
Standing at the very heart of historic Bury St Edmunds is Suffolk’s only cathedral. Built within the grounds of Bury St Edmunds Abbey, which housed the relics of St Edmund until his shrine was destroyed during the English Reformation, St Edmundsbury Cathedral began life as a small stone church. After centuries of rebuilds and additions, it became a cathedral in 1914, and is best viewed from the spectacular Abbey Gardens adjoining it.
THE RIVER DEBEN
Watching the world float by from the riverside in Woodbridge is for many people one of the top sights in Suffolk, perhaps because of the timelessness of the view. For more than 800 years the River Deben has flowed past Woodbridge, turning the great wheel of the town’s tide mill, which has existed on the same point since at least 1170. Still milling today, Woodbridge Tide Mill is one of just two working tide mills left in the UK.
When you’re driving into Suffolk, it’s impossible to see how impressive the bridge is beneath you – that is to say, the Orwell Bridge is best seen from afar: standing on the river bank at Wherstead, dining with it as your backdrop at the Cookhouse at the Suffolk Food Hall (officially the Best On-Farm Restaurant in Britain in 2014), or while enjoying a sunset dinner cruise aboard the Allen Gardiner or Sailing Barge Victor. At 1.2km long, it stretches across the beautiful River Orwell, a river that, incidentally, George Orwell loved so much he took its name.
Covering 190km2 and crossing the Suffolk-Norfolk border is the majestic Thetford Forest. Explore the depths of this pine forest and you’ll find Grimes Graves, an ancient Neolithic flint mine; High Lodge activity centre; trails for walking and mountain biking; a river to go wild swimming in; and of course countless deer, rabbits, hares, and rare birds. It’s a sight best seen from above, which is why so many visitors spend the day navigating the treetops with Go Ape.
There are few places in Suffolk more peaceful than Snape Marshes. At this coastal nature reserve you can walk among reedbeeds so flat they open up the enormous Suffolk sky above, watch wading birds feed on the mudflats, and smell the salty air blowing in from the sea. If your legs begin to tire you can turn back to Snape Maltings for some lunch or a cup of tea, or if you’re keen to keep walking you can follow the River Alde all the way from Snape to Iken and Orfordness.
The Suffolk Coast
The Suffolk Coast is a 50-mile stretch of heritage coastline and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty situated just two hours from central London. As well as being a wildlife lover’s paradise and a photographer’s dream, The Suffolk Coast is one of the best places to visit in Suffolk if you love food, seaside life, and world-class culture.
The towns and villages on The Suffolk Coast are wonderfully varied. The largest is Lowestoft, which boasts a wide sandy beach and access to the beautiful Suffolk Broads. At the other end of the scale is Orford, a tiny fishing village that possesses an unexpected bounty of foodie delights, and a depth of folklore surrounding its unique castle.
Dunwich is one of The Suffolk Coast’s smallest villages, yet it opens out onto an expanse of kaleidoscopic heathland rich with wildlife. Snape, too, is surrounded by natural beauty: the perfect backdrop for the musical events taking place there every year.
Like Snape, Aldeburgh is a magnet for cultural tourists to The Suffolk Coast, who
come to experience its acclaimed arts festivals and fabulous food. Families gravitate towards Kessingland, home to one of Suffolk’s most popular family attractions, and the fairytale village of Thorpeness, famed for its Peter-Pan-inspired boating lake. With its promenade, seafront gardens, and 16th century fort, Felixstowe remains a favourite for families who love a traditional seaside holiday.
Another quintessential seaside town on The Suffolk Coast is Southwold, perennially adored for its beach huts, fantastic pier, and charming coastal pubs; meanwhile neighbouring Walberswick has long been a haunt for artists and writers, who find inspiration in its nostalgic character and beauty.
Heading up a comprehensive list ofaward winning beaches along The Suffolk Coast, Lowestoft’s golden sandy beach has long been a favourite for holiday makers. During the summer months, a host of activities and events are held along the beach and nearby Royal Green, including water sports, volleyball and the traditional summer fair.
Lowestoft South of Claremont Pier - Seaside Award 2018
Just a mile down the coast sits the pretty coastal village of Kessingland; where you will find sandy shores and windswept dunes, perfect for birdwatching and fishing, the beach is one of many that make up an area of outstanding natural beauty along our coast.
Kessingland Beach - Seaside Award 2018
With brightly coloured beach huts and a Victorian Pier, Southwold beach is a popular destination for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy some traditional seaside delights. Be sure to take a stroll along the pier and look out for Punch and Judy during school holidays.
Southwold Pier beach - Blue Flag and Seaside Award 2018
Just across the River Blyth from Southwold, you find Walberswick, where crabbing is the order of the day at the village’s harbour. Reach this beautiful beach by travelling across the river on the unqiue foot ferry! Arrive in style! The beach is wide, wild and wonderful; popular with aspiring surfers and kite surfers and the perfect spot for children to run and swim in the summer months. And after a hard day’s crabbing, head to one of the pubs along the harbour with views across Southwold and out to sea.
Once a prosperous seaport, the village of Dunwich has slowly slipped into the sea. It’s as famous for its haunting tales of ghostly bells ringing from under the sea, as it is for its glorious heath land. If you have a passion for wildlife, the hides situated between Dunwich and Minsmere provide fantastic places to catch sightings of the local wildlife and take stunning photographs. The quiet beaches are an idyllic spot for a picnic, come rain or shine.
The beach at Aldeburgh stretches from the Martello tower, overlooking the town’s yacht harbour, to the south, to Maggie Hambling’s controversial Scallop sculpture to the north of the town. Don’t leave Aldeburgh without eating fish and chips while sitting on the sea wall.
From Aldeburgh it’s a short hop north to Thorpeness, famously known for the House in the Clouds (allegedly home to the fairies) and the Mere. The village was originally a small fishing hamlet in the late 19th century, with folklore stories of it being a route for smugglers into East Anglia, today the beach is a favourite with dog walkers and an afternoon spent flying a kite.
For the complete traditional seaside experience, the beaches in Felixstowe have been consistently rated with 'excellent' bathing water quality from the Environment Agency. Once a favourite with Edwardian society, the sand and shingle beach still encompasses a bucket-and-spade beach and children’s amusements, stunning seafront gardens and a brand new pier head.
Whatever the weather, be it action or relaxation you want, the beaches along The Suffolk Coast are not to be missed.
Food & Drink in Suffolk
Whether in search of fine dining or delicious local grub, there are some superb places to eat in Suffolk, all adding to its reputation as The Foodie County. Foodies are spoilt for fine dining restaurants in Suffolk; some, like Maison Bleue in Bury St Edmunds, are ranked among the best places to eat in Suffolk and the country as a whole. Critics love nearby Pea Porridge, and Tuddenham Mill, winner of Best Set Lunch in the Good Food Guide 2015. A universal favourite is the Great House in Lavenham, whose reputation for French cookery speaks for itself.
For a new kind of fine dining, visit Shillingford’s at the Quay in Sudbury, one of the newest restaurants in Suffolk, whose menu is based on foraged wild food. Bottom of Form Afternoon tea in Suffolk can be taken in lovely locations across the county, such as Milsoms Kesgrave Hall, the glamorous Salthouse Harbour Hotel, the prestigious Jockey Club Rooms, or in the grounds of The Ickworth Hotel.
For local delicacies, one of the best places to eat in Suffolk is the Suffolk Food Hall, winner of Best Local Food Venue in the UK & Ireland thanks to its amazing farm shop market, and Cookhouse Restaurant. Other foodie favourites include award-winning bakeries, smokehouses, oysterages, delicatessens, and fishermen’s huts.
Food festivals showcase the best food and drink in Suffolk. Most famous is the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival; however, foodies in the know will visit the smaller festivals in Sudbury, Lavenham, Bury St Edmunds and the Waveney Valley.
No good meal comes without a delicious drink, so make sure to taste one of Suffolk’s local tipples while on holiday, such as Adnams ale, beer from St Peter’s Brewery, Aspalls cyder, or wine from Wyken Vineyards.
Holiday Parks in Suffolk
Holiday parks in Suffolk are the perfect place to enjoy a fun-filled group or family holiday, offering convenience, facilities, and fantastic activities to keep you entertained.
There are holiday parks in Suffolk to suit all kinds of interests. At a Suffolk coast holiday park, you and your family and friends can spend days on the beach sunbathing, swimming, building sand castles, playing arcade games, eating ice cream, and even trying your hands at Suffolk’s unofficial county sport: crabbing!
Not to mention you’ll be able to explore the wondrous coastline on your doorstep, full of characterful towns and villages, and brilliant tourist attractions. The fun’s not only at the coast, however. Bottom of FormSome of the best holiday parks in Suffolk are found deep in the countryside, surrounded by great walking and cycling routes, bounteous wildlife, and breathtaking views. On site activities might include country sports such as clay pigeon shooting, horse riding, fishing, kayaking and archery – great for active families, and adventurous groups of friends!
All holiday parks in Suffolk offer accommodation, ranging from caravans with coastal views to cosy lodges and cabins in the middle of the forest. You can make yourself completely at home for your stay, with all the necessary facilities such as shops, restaurants, laundry service and bicycle hire nearby. The staff will be on hand to help, too, providing entertainment and kids activities, allowing parents to enjoy a well-earned rest.
Parkmove work with the following holiday parks in Suffolk, on these parks you can own your very own luxurious holiday home. Find out more about the parks and the properties available by clicking on the links.
Stonham Barns Leisure Park - https://www.parkmove.co.uk/parks/31
This family orientated Leisure & Shopping Village is set in 136 acres of picturesque countryside situated in the heart of Suffolk, enabling you to purchase a luxurious holiday home within beautiful surroundings. You also have access to numerous on-site facilities, meaning each holiday is filled with activities to excite all the family.
Park facilities include: Beautiful Holiday Lodges and Statics available to buy or Statics for holiday rental. For the fishing enthusiast we have two well stocked lakes. On site facilities include, a vibrant holiday park and village with Boutique shops, Restaurant, Garden Centre and Indoor soft play area. The AMP Theatre has a variety of exciting shows and the Showground stages festivals and fairs throughout the year. The Golf Park has a range of activities including a nine-hole golf course, Footgolf, Golf Studio (the world’s best golf simulator), Smugglers Bay Pirate Adventure Golf and other golf-based attractions. There is also the World-Famous Tea Pot Pottery and Tea Room, Children’s Bouncy Pillow, seasonal fair rides and a growing Motor Museum. The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, as featured on TV, is also on site with a range of displays and experiences for all the family.
We are open from February to December offering one of the longest open seasons available. All our Holiday Homes and Lodges are built by leading manufacturers including Pemberton, Prestige and Atlas, others are also available. New Holiday Homes are available from £34,995. New Lodges start from £69,995. Pre-loved Homes and Lodges may also available
Cliff House Holiday Park - https://www.parkmove.co.uk/parks/36
Cliff House Holiday Park is located right on the clifftop with direct access to our beach, close to the traditional seaside Towns and Hamlets of Southwold, Aldeburgh and Walberswick and is a superb place to spend your hard earned Leisure time! We offer Lodges and Caravan Holiday Homes for Sale here in Dunwich, Suffolk, a range of self-catering lodges, apartments and cottages for rent or you may prefer to stay on one of our 120 clifftop camping and touring pitches with your own tent, touring caravan or campervan.
Cliff House has an East Anglian Tourist Board 5 Star Rating and is a David Bellamy Gold Award Park. We are former winners of Holiday Park of the Year for the whole of the East of England, decided by East Anglia Tourist Board Judges 2006/2007 and we have made numerous Tourism Award Finals, recently Cliff House was runner-up in the 2018 Norfolk & Suffolk Tourism Awards, voted as one of the top three holiday parks of East Anglia.
WHAT MAKES CLIFF HOUSE HOLIDAY PARK IN SUFFOLK SO POPULAR?
The answer is simple; we have the location! Our Holiday Park is situated on the idyllic Suffolk Heritage Coast, with beach access. The whole holiday park is surrounded by the most beautiful heathland, woodland walks and the beach. You can camp, tour, come on a self catering holiday or own a holiday home less than two miles from the RSPB Minsmere nature reserve. All this makes Cliff House the perfect place to relax during your well-earned leisure time. Our team is on-hand to help ensure you use your time here to recharge your batteries!
We specialise in Lodges and Caravans For Sale here at Cliff House Holiday Park, with luxury second home ownership in vogue you may even want to own a house abroad, giving you a UK base to pop over to or perhaps you may prefer a place to escape to on the Suffolk coast, just for you and your family. Alternatively, you may invest in our buy-to-let opportunities.
The Hollies - https://www.parkmove.co.uk/parks/38
The Hollies Kessingland is one of East Anglia's newest premier holiday parks. We provide camping, touring, self-catering and glamping holidays. Spend the evenings walking along the cliff tops and in the mornings take the short walk down our beach steps to the beautiful Suffolk beach. We are after all, England's most easterly point. You can enjoy the stunning Suffolk scenery all year.
Book your perfect holiday or arrange a viewing for our luxury holiday homes for sale. We offer a number of contemporary and traditionally designed lodges available for purchase, please contact us for more information.
Find out more about Suffolk by visiting the Visit Suffolk website - https://www.visitsuffolk.com/