Every county in the UK has its best things to see and do, but we think the best things to see and do in the country can be found right here in Suffolk. Whilst this might sound like a bit of a stretch, we’re hoping that you’ll stick with us (and be suitably convinced) by our list of 21 of the best places to visit in Suffolk in 2021:
- The beaches
Suffolk is home to a range of amazing beaches up and down its coastline on the North Sea. With stunning seaside towns, such as Lowestoft, in the north, Felixstowe in the south, or Aldeburgh and Southwold in the centre, there’s plenty of places for visitors to meander up and down the coastline. In summer, we’d wager that there’s few better ways of spending the day than strolling along the magnificent piers and watching your money disappear in the arcades.
- West Stow – Nr. Bury
Nestled away north of Bury is the village of West Stow, which boasts an impressive recreation of an Anglo-Saxon village. As well as the recreations, it is a country park offering a nice range of walking routes to enjoy.
- Clare Country Park
Situated between Haverhill and Sudbury lies the tranquil town of Clare – a real jewel in the crown of South Suffolk. Clare Castle Country Park hosts a heritage walk and also features the remains of a Priory and Castle.
- Ickworth House – Nr. Bury
Found just a few miles south of Bury St Edmunds in the picturesque village of Horringer, is Ickworth House. Owned by the National Trust since 1998, this destination makes for a great day out and its estate, as all of its parkland, is well worth exploring.
- High Lodge – Thetford Forest
Nestled away in the Thetford Forest park, on the border of Norfolk and Suffolk, is High Lodge. Here, you can enjoy a jam-packed day out where you can go climbing in the trees at Go-Ape, walk, run or cycle around the tranquil routes.
- Phoenix Cycleworks – Kentford, Newmarket
Fancy an adrenaline packed day shredding amazing jump lines? If that’s your thing, you’ll get everything you want by heading over to Phoenix Cycleworks to enjoy a fantastic pump track.
- Wildtracks Outdoor Activity Park – Red Lodge, nr Mildenhall
Another adrenaline packed day is on offer at Wildtracks – with activities like archery, go-karting, motocross riding, quad biking and more, you are sure to have a phenomenal day out!
This beautiful village near Sudbury is an unmissable destination for Harry Potter fans. The Lavenham Guildhall was used as filming locations in the films for scenes in Godric’s Hollow and it’s a town with vast history, full of Tudor houses and over 300 listed buildings.
- Framlingham Castle
In the hometown of one of Suffolk’s most notable singers, Ed Sheeran, lies Framlingham Castle. Built in the 12th century as a traditional motte and bailey, it looks over the picture-perfect village and is an ideal spot for a sunset stroll.
- Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park – nr Lowestoft
In a village, just north of Lowestoft, lies Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park. For an adrenaline-filled day, with a beach a short stroll just a short distance away, there’s few destinations as good as this.
- Sutton Hoo – Woodbridge
Sutton Hoo, a national trust site outside of Woodbridge, is two medieval cemeteries dating back to the 6th and 7th centuries. Discovered in the summer of 1939, there’s a range of archaeological items to study and the location was recently the setting for Netflix’s The Dig.
- Africa Alive! – Kessingland, nr Lowestoft
Located just south of Lowestoft is Africa Alive, a preservation home to more than 80 species of animals from around Africa who roam around 100 acres of land.
- Newmarket Racecourse
Newmarket, a town situated on the Suffolk/Cambridgeshire border is famous for its horse heritage and is frequented by the Queen when the race season arrives each year. So, why not head over to Rowley Mile racecourse on race day to enjoy a special day out? Even better, you can catch a live performance from a band if you stop by for a Newmarket Night.
- Kentwell Hall – nr Long Melford
Just north of the tranquil village of Long Melford lies the stately home of Kentwell Hall. with most of its buildings dating back to the 16th century, this house has appeared in many films such as Narnia and has a strong reputation amongst historical home affectionados.
- Alton Water – nr Ipswich
Alton Water is the largest manmade reservoir and offers visitors a range of activities to enjoy. With fishing, cycling, walking routes, different types of watersports, camping and more on offer, it’s got something for everyone to enjoy on a day out.
- Suffolk Owl Sanctuary – Nr Needham Market
Suffolk Owl Sanctuary is a registered charity, caring and overseeing rehabilitation for owls and promoting their conservation. Open to the public, they hold regular flying displays of the owls and it’s here that visitors can see the most beautiful owls and birds of prey which populate Suffolk
- Greene King Brewery – Bury St Edmunds
If you are a beer lover – you will love the Greene King Brewery in Bury St Edmunds. With the option of walking around the brewery to see how this iconic British brewery makes its beer, and with plenty of ales to sample, this destination really does sell itself.
- Ipswich Waterfront
Located on the Neptune Marina near the centre of Ipswich, Ipswich Waterfront is a hive of activity. With stunning scenery looking over the marina, and plenty of restaurants, pubs and bars to choose from, the Waterfront is a fantastic place to chill out for the day.
- Christchurch Park – Ipswich
Where else would you want to be on a stunning summer’s day than a picturesque park complete with tennis courts and all of the dining spots necessary for soaking up the sun?
- Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm – Nr Needham Market
A working livestock farm, outside of Ipswich, Baylham House Rare Breed Farm promises a relaxing day out for its visitors. With conservation of farm animals, as well as fishing lakes on the site for those who are into fly and trout fishing, the farm offers a truly traditional Suffolk experience.
- Banham Zoo – Nr Diss
A popular destination for all the family (and yes, just a short trip over the Suffolk border into Norfolk), Banham Zoo spans over 50 acres and is home to a variety of majestic, magnificent animals.
All Set for Suffolk?
No matter if you’re staying on board Onderneming in Snape Maltings, or Twee Gebroeders in Woodbridge, or at one of our Barns and Cottages, you’ll have no difficulty in accessing a selection of these fantastic destinations in Suffolk to enjoy in 2021.