Home to 50 miles of glorious coast and scattered with quaint towns and villages, Suffolk is the perfect combination of beachy goodness and olde-English romanticism. It’s chock-full of ancient abbeys, stately castles, gorgeous countryside and cosy pubs; all making it a wonderful staycation destination for UK travellers. If you’re undecided about paying this charming county a visit; here are five reasons why everyone should visit Suffolk.
1. Discover the medieval magic at Framlingham Castle
This impressive castle is famously where Mary I gathered her troops before marching to London in order to claim her rightful throne. Framlingham Castle is where history was made, and an excellent insight into the old dynastic power struggles of Britain. Take a stroll around the outer walls and enjoy the gentle Suffolk landscape. Suffolk singer Ed Sheeran referenced the castle in his hit Castle of the Hill – a song he refers to as a ‘love song to Suffolk’.
2. Take a trip to picturesque Lavenham
England’s best-kept medieval village, Lavenham is a checklist of all the reasons we feel nostalgic for the England of the past. Home to the famous half-timbered, slanted houses and winding streets; it’s now a mecca of classic tearooms and adorable souvenir shops. No stranger to a bit of magic, Lavenham was the location used for Harry Potter’s mystical village birthplace, Godric’s Hollow, in The Deathly Hallows films Part 1 & Part 2!
3. Enjoy the high-life at Helmingham Hall
Since the foundations were first set down in 1490, Helmingham Hall has been a much-admired country hall. It has stayed in the Tollemache family – a noble family of Suffolk – since it was built in the 15th-century. The perfectly crafted grade I listed gardens were designed and nutured by Lady Xa Tollemache, an award-winning gardener who won more than her fair share of medals at the Chelsea Flower Show. From afternoon tea in the Coach House Tearooms to dog competitions and classic car festivals – there’s always something coming up at this historic hotspot!
4. Sculpture spotting
Time to get back to the coast. For many, nothing can beat the beautiful stretch at the northern end of Aldeburgh beach. Here you will find Maggi Hambling’s scallop sculpture, a proud and eccentric ode to Lowestoft-born composer Benjamin Britten who founded the Aldeburgh Festival. Now an iconic part of the heritage coast, it’s a superb spot for picture taking, refuelling at this iconic fish and chip shop and a blustery walk with lovely views.
5. Explore the ancient ruins at Sutton Hoo
A beautiful estate; with views over the River Deben and home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. Sutton Hoo is a royal burial site dating back to the 6th and 7th centuries in historic Woodbridge. Explore the excavated ruins of this National Trust site at the exhibition hall and surrounding area, and take this short, beautiful walk through the estate.