Suffolk Travel Guide

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Introduction and Overview

The Suffolk Travel Guide highlights local attractions and places of interest for visitors and contains tourist information for travellers. The area guide features travel information on local transport and travel, facts & figures, entertainment, events, maps and accommodation.

The county of Suffolk is located in the East of England region in East Anglia, the region is sometimes missed out by tourists when visiting the UK and this presents an opportunity for those that do visit to go to a place devoid of the large crowds and overly commercial tourism on display in other areas.

The county's landscape is essentially flat, with rolling meadows and valleys. The region is also a favourite among boating enthusiasts.

Suffolk has a number of parish churches dating from the late Middle Ages, the economy boomed due to the success of sheep raising.

Lavenham Cottages does attract tourists, they come to see the preserved architecture. The town boats over 300 listed buildings with the majority being authentic medieval houses showing a wide range of styles.

The Suffolk Coast is a mix of better known resorts such as Lowestoft, and many miles of peaceful wave-washed shore.

The Suffolk Heritage Coast runs from near Lowestoft to Felixstowe following the coast for the majority of the way.

In the county of Suffolk, you can visit the remains of the abbey can be see at the historic and attractive market town of Bury St. Edmunds. Those who enjoy racing are well catered for at the National Horse Racing Museum in Newmarket, seen as birthplace racing.

Thetford Forest has good walking routes, cycling and other activities. The coast is a delight the best exploring is to be found on Suffolk Coast Walk. Aldeburgh is a quiet and scenic seaside town that makes for a relaxing, enjoyable visit.

Bury St. Edmunds is located just under 30 miles from Ipswich in Suffolk, in the heart of East Anglia region. It is a picturesque town, it has been around since medieval times.

Historic parts of the original Bury St. Edmunds Abbey remain, these include St. James’ Tower that dates back to the 12th century and the gatehouse dates back to the 14th century and links the Abbey Gardens to Angel Hill.

The Abbey Gardens surround the ruins, are very much a now a beauty spot with wonderful floral displays, they are popular with visitors.

The Art Gallery gives visitors the opportunity to see new artists with new work and new ideas. There are works from both home grown UK and overseas artists and designers.

There are regular street markets held on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the town has good facilities and amenities including a choice of shopping, dining and entertainment, making it a popular place for visitors to base themselves when touring Suffolk and the East Anglia region.

Lowestoft is famous as Britain’s most easterly town, the seaside town is also the southern gateway to the Norfolk Broads. It is located 45 miles north east of Ipswich on the Suffolk coast, the town’s location meant it was damaged in the World War II but there are still some parts of the old town intact.

The town boasts plenty of cobbled lanes to walk around; this is popular among visitors as they wonder around the town. Lowestoft currently has some of the finest beaches in the UK including beaches with blue flag awards.

The seaside resort has plenty to offer visitors from its sandy beaches, Victorian seaside gardens, a range of family attractions and entertainment including traditional British seaside fun and amusement.

Local attractions include the Pleasurewood Hills Family Theme Park, Africa Alive! Family adventure with entertainment at the Marina Theatre and Somerleyton Hall and Gardens located a few miles away.

Ipswich is the county town of Suffolk located next to the River Orwell, it is England's oldest continuously settled Anglo-Saxon town and one of the oldest towns in England. The town includes a number of historic buildings and includes a number of medieval churches and buildings of architectural importance.

The waterfront is a popular place to locals and visitors to gather and includes a number of bars, cafes, restaurants and entertainment making the waterfront a lively area to explore.

Shopping facilities can be found at the Buttermarket Centre and Tower Ramparts shopping centres, Ipswich includes a number of independent shops in addition to well known high street brands.

Local attractions Christchurch Mansion, home to one of the finest collection of Constable and Gainsborough works outside of London, Ipswich Transport Museum, Ipswich Museum and for entertainment the New Wolsey Theatre.

Newmarket is a market town located 40 miles from Ipswich, known internationally as the home of horse racing. The town has been synonymous with horse racing since the 17th century and is home to 1,000s of thoroughbred horses, there are two racecourses in the town.

The National Horseracing Museum is centrally located in the town showcases the history of horseracing with exhibits, memorabilia and information on jockeys, horses, trainers and more.

The National Stud is a horse thoroughbred farm set in over 500 acres on the outskirts of Newmarket; visitors can take guided tours and learn more about the workings of the farm.

Lavenham is located 20 miles west of Ipswich, the village has been described as one of the finest mediaeval villages in England.

Located in the scenic Suffolk countryside, the charming village includes a number of independent shops including bakers, grocers, clothing , gifts and collectables, there are also art galleries for art aficionados to explore.

The village offers visitors an enjoyable day out in the countryside with a number of sites of historic interest including the Guildhall of Corpus Christi, the Little Hall and the 16th century Church of St Peter and St Paul, there are a number of guided tours and audio tours available for visitors.

The village includes a number of places to enjoy a bite to eat and drink with a choice of tea rooms, cafes, village pubs and restaurants. Lavenham has a number of countryside footpaths and circular walks with are located close by offering a great way to enjoy the scenic beauty of the area.

Suffolk offers tourists something a bit different, the area still has large rural areas and no major cities relative to much of the UK.

It presents a great chance to go to a place to enjoy the peace and quiet, for boating aficionados to indulge in their passion and for visitors to benefit getting away from the large crowds and congestion associated with the larger cities and well known tourist regions.

If you like to relax and tour at your own pace away from the crowds, then Suffolk is likely to be a place to interest you.

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