6 Reasons Why Suffolk is Perfect for a Romantic Couples Holiday

A couple holding hands in Suffolk

Forget Paris, forget Venice, and start considering Suffolk for your next romantic couples holiday. Think we’re being overly ambitious in dismissing some of the world’s most iconic couples destinations? Far from it; we’re confident that the county has something for every couple to enjoy.     

In this article, we’ll put forward 6 very good reasons for why Suffolk is the best place to escape to for a romantic couples holiday.

A couple cycling in Suffolk

1. You can do something adventurous together 

Suffolk abounds with things for couples to see and do together. Whilst plenty of the activities on offer are characterised by a certain rural tranquility, there’s also a range of options for the more adventurously minded couple.        

There’s treetop adventure courses to climb at Thetford Forest, there’s off-roading courses to whizz around at Red Lodge, and if you want to recreate the experience of the Alps without boarding a plane and getting cold, there’s even a dry ski slope at Bourne Hill.

If you’re keen to extend the adventure beyond your days out in Suffolk, why not rent one of our barges for your holiday accommodation? In many respects a “floating holiday cottage”, our moored barges offer a unique though no less luxurious experience for couples.

2: You can retreat to somewhere special

There can be no denying that the most important thing about a romantic couples holiday is the destination. Ideally, it has to have a few beaches within reach, have some sites of historic interest, and it doesn’t hurt if the place is also shrouded in natural beauty.

Let’s see how close Suffolk comes to fulfilling this list of criteria.

With 50 miles of coastline, there’s more than enough beaches for couples to enjoy a sunset stroll along. A selection of the prettiest would no doubt include the Denes beach in Southwold, and Aldeburgh Beach.

History is something Suffolk has plenty of, too. From the market town and Abbey ruins of Bury St Edmunds to the Anglo Saxon village at West Stow, it isn’t difficult to immerse yourself in the past around this part of the world.

Natural beauty isn’t something Suffolk struggles with, either. Indeed, there’s 150 square miles of protected “Suffolk Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” full of ancient heaths, wetlands and  inhabited by a fantastic array of wildlife.

Clearly, Suffolk ticks all of the boxes when it comes to the ideal spot for a romantic getaway. 

3: You can take romantic strolls

Another prerequisite of any couples holiday is the ability to get out and take a romantic stroll, preferably along a beach or amongst some picturesque countryside.

Luckily, in Suffolk you can take walks in both of these surroundings.

If you’re in the mind of a walk along the coast, the wild beach of Covehithe certainly provides a dramatic backdrop that few beaches in Britain would struggle to compete with.

Alternatively, if lush green countryside is more to your liking, you won’t go wrong with the eight kilometre trail around Dunwich. This signposted walk will take you through the quintessentially English village, through some heather fields and along a pebble beach.      

4: You can wine and dine

Couples really are spoilt for choice when it comes to wining and dining in Suffolk. If you’re after somewhere appropriately intimate, you won’t be disappointed by the old timey setting and delectable food on offer at the Galley in Woodbridge.
Similarly, the likes of Maison Bleue in Bury St Edmunds and the Mariners in Ipswich bring world cuisine to Suffolk and promise to impress couples with their culinary delights.

Whatever you’re in the mood for, Suffolk delivers when it comes to wining and dining out.

Beach huts Suffolk

5: You can take a trip to the beach

You might have noticed that we’ve been making quite a song and dance of the beaches that belong to Suffolk. We’ve got a very good and simple reason for doing this: the beaches in Suffolk are fantastic and there’s such a range for couples to choose from when planning their trip to the beach in Suffolk.

From the sand dunes at Walberswick Beach to a simple stroll at Dunwich, couples can feasibly enjoy a different kind of beach every day of their holiday at Suffolk.

6: You can enjoy a night at the theatre

When it comes to doing date night right, it doesn’t get much fancier than a night at the theatre. As luck would have it, Suffolk has a few to choose from.

No doubt one of the most romantic, however, is the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds. A Restored regency theatre, it is one of only eight Grade I listed theatres in the UK and presents a wide range of performances that range from comedy right through to classic period dramas and Shakespearan tragedies.

Coupled with a glass of something special, there’s nothing quite like a night at the theatre to enjoy during a romantic getaway. 

Suitably Convinced?


If this article has sufficiently piqued your interest in taking a holiday in Suffolk, why not get in touch with us today? We’ll be able to answer any questions you might have and help you book one of our cottages or barges for rent.