Suffolk Attractions

Suffolk offers visitors a range of local attractions in the region offering visitors a choice of places to discover. The county includes a choice of attractions including the Suffolk Broads, museums, galleries, historic buildings, theatre, concerts and events. Suffolk’s location in the East of England means the scenic English countryside, impressive coastline and the great outdoors are all within reach located close by to Ipswich and local towns and villages in Suffolk.

We have outlined a number of interesting attractions and places to visit for visitors to the Suffolk region, these include:

Ickworth House is an amazing Italianate structure, set in scenic parkland. The frontage of Ickworth House stretches to over 600 feet in length, with the huge rotunda attracting the most attention. It was built to an Italian architect's designs hence the strong Italian influence. The house has paintings by Velazquez, Kauffman and Gainsborough among others and there is fine collection of silver, furniture and porcelain on display. The gardens are excellent and are set in parkland designed by the famous Capability Brown. There is a canal, vineyard and summer house. Visitors can enjoy a variety of marked paths through the park and woodlands surrounding Ickworth. It is located close to Bury St Edmunds

Orford Castle was built in the 12th century by Henry II for the purpose of coastal defences. The well-preserved remains have three sturdy towers that go up to 90 feet above the surrounding village. Inside there are thick walls although it is apparent that this was designed to be a fortified family residence, with stairs inside the towers leading to number of rooms and passageways. The basement contains a well at the centre. It is a fascinating castle with a great sense of history.

Framlingham Castle provides a great trip out for the whole family, there are some spectacular views here to enjoy. There is 900 years of history here, children will enjoy the activity books available for children and visitors can take the interactive audio tour to learn more about the castle and its long history. It is a twelfth century castle marked out by a continuous curtain wall linking thirteen large towers. It is an imposing site and would make for a lovely afternoon out in pleasant surroundings.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral has a long history and tradition, a Norman abbey was built to house the remains of the monarch Edmund, King of the East Angles. In the twelfth century, an additional church for pilgrims to the Abbey was built. The nave of the current church is the successor of the original church. Currently little remains of the Benedictine Abbey, this due to the church growing over the centuries.

Visitors can see a reconstruction of a historical village at the West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, it is built on an original settlement site. Visitors thus have the chance to experience Anglo-Saxon houses and imagine what life in one of the villages would have been like all those years ago. The original settlement was occupied around AD 450 - 650, settlers came along the river Lark, West Stow is one of very few Anglo-Saxon villages that have been excavated and studied closely. Visitors can see the original objects that made up day to day living at the village. The finds from the site are displayed and interpreted at the Anglo-Saxon Centre. This Centre with its rare objects is the final piece in the jigsaw to recreating the village and life as it would have been all those years ago.

The Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park is located close to Lowestoft town, there are a number of exhilarating rides and attractions at the theme park including thrill rides such as wipe out, fireball and jolly roger, family rides including tales of the coast and snake in the grass, a kiddie zone for children and attractions such as the parrot show and the sea lion show. There are restaurants on site serving a choice of food and drinks. A visit to Pleasurewood Hills offers visitors an actions packed, fun filled day for the whole family to enjoy.

Long Shop Museum is located in Leiston in Suffolk, 25 miles from Ipswich. The museum showcases the storey of the local area for over 200 years through history. The museum is located inside a Grade II listed building, that was the building used by the Richard Garrett Engineering Works. There are a range of exhibits and artefacts for visitors to explore with puzzles, crash displays, fire engines, a Victorian well and plenty more on show. The site includes and on site gift shop, a picnic garden for enjoy a bite to eat and drink. A visit to the museum offers a fascinating insight into the industrial history of the area.

The National Horseracing Museum is located in the town of Newmarket in Suffolk, over the years the town has become synonymous with horseracing. The museum showcases the history of horseracing with a number of exhibits, memorabilia and information on the jockeys, horses, trainers and more that have made their mark on horse racing. Visitors can learn about the history of horse racing, trophies, famous horses, horse racing in the UK and the history of betting, giving visitors a fascinating and informative insight in to the world of horse racing.

It is recommended that prior to visiting Suffolk; visitors do their research and ensure any sights and attractions they plan on visiting are actually open on the days you intend on coming. The transport is also worth checking as maintenance and engineering works can mean a restricted service on public transport and the road network.

Suffolk in the East of England offers visitors a fine destination for boating enthusiasts, a relaxed atmosphere, scenic environment and a lack of crowds along with a choice of local attractions. The region has its own charm and character and its lack of large cities and more relaxing pace of life ensures the region is a great place to get away from it all and enjoy the best of the great outdoors combining Suffolk with the attractions of Ipswich and the charm of the towns and villages in the region. There are a choice of historic attractions including historic houses, museums and galleries. The attractions in Suffolk ensure visitors can enjoy a short break, weekend away or a longer stay here.

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