Suffolk makes the most of its natural beauty and fascinating history and these are some of the best attractions to visit. One of Suffolk’s most captivating attractions is Sutton Hoo, a 7th-century royal burial site near Woodbridge. At Sutton Hoo, you’ll learn all about one of the most important discoveries in British archaeology, that of an Anglo Saxon ship in which a king or great warrior of East Anglia was buried 1,400 years ago.
Suffolk’s rich past is also evidenced in its castles at Framlingham and Orford. Once a fearsome fortress, it was at Framlingham Castle that Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England. The Ipswich Transport Museum houses 90 vehicles, all of which were made or used in and around the county town. Exhibits include a Starbuck horse tram dating back to 1880, and a 1930s Leyland Cub fire engine.
For a fun day out in the fresh air, Jimmy’s Farm in Wherstead, near Ipswich, will certainly fit the bill. Owned by television personality and friend of Jamie Oliver, Jimmy Doherty, young and old alike will enjoy a day out here due to the varied mix of things to see and do. There is any number of animals to meet, from ponies and goats to ducks and pigs, with a charming butterfly house to explore.
If you are something of a hippophile, or lover of horses, you’ll love the Suffolk Punch Trust in Woodbridge. This is a working stud farm which breeds horses and breaks them in for work. Head to the stables to watch horse braiding demonstrations, or make your way to the indoor school to find out how to put on a harness and how to handle a horse.
Foremans Office, Rowley Mile Racecourse, Newmarket CB8 0TG
Newmarket is truly special. It is a town with a rich, royal history where the thoroughbred racehorse is king. It is the town where horse racing, the “sport of kings”, was born some three and a half centuries ago and from where it was exported around the world. Visit website
Southwold Boating Lake, North Parade Car Park, Southwold IP18 6BN
Southwold Boating has seating both inside the cafe and outside on the veranda showcasing views over the beautiful lake and islands which are teaming with wildlife. Keep the little ones entertained with crazy golf and bring back your own childhood memories watching them on the paddleboats. Visit website
Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm
Baylham, Ipswich IP6 8LG
If you want to spend a relaxing day in the Suffolk countryside, walking along the banks of the River Gipping and the shore of Sharmford Mere, Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm is the place to visit. It is a small family-run livestock farm breeding farm animals that were once common but are now rare. The farm is popular with children and adults alike, with a wide range of activities for all the family such as feeding the animals, goat grooming, bunny barn, pony, donkey and pig grooming, den building and other seasonal activities. Visit website
Holbrook Rd, Stutton, Ipswich IP9 2RY
Based within 400 acres of beautiful Suffolk countryside, Alton Water offers sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking and rowing for members and day access for visitors. It has a highly-acclaimed and long-established RYA-approved training centre which is the largest and most active RYA training centre in East Anglia. Visit website
Easton Farm Park
Easton Farm Park, Easton, Woodbridge IP13 0EQ
The magic of Easton Farm Park can be found by meeting the animals, they are the life and soul of the farm, and are real characters. Summer on the farm is a lovely time with the baby animals all starting to grow and offers a fantastic place to run around and let off steam during the school holidays. Visit website
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