Discover the Best of Suffolk

The Suffolk Heritage Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is one of Britain’s finest landscapes and a stunning holiday destination. It covers 150 square miles and includes wildlife-rich wetlands, ancient heaths, windswept shingle beaches and historic towns and villages. There are some lovely walks and cycle routes along the coastal paths and many other footpaths and bridleways. Sailing on the river Alde is less than 7 miles away.


Aldeburgh

5.5 miles away, a delightful seaside town with bijou shopping, art galleries and restaurants, notable for its Blue Flag shingle beach and fisherman huts where freshly caught fish are sold daily.


Orford

Just South of Aldeburgh, Orford is a small town popular with visitors for its castle, church, smokehouse and quayside. Orford was an important port and fishing village in the Middle Ages. The main geographical feature of the area is Orford Ness, a long, wide shingle spit at the mouth of the Ore, now a nature reserve run by the National Trust.


Snape

Less than 6 miles away, Snape is a small village close to Aldeburgh, known for the Maltings, a set of 19th Century buildings built on the banks of the River Alde for the malting of barley and since partially restored and converted into shops, galleries, and a concert hall.


Southwold

Approx. 15 miles away, or a half hour drive, is Southwold, another charming seaside town with sand and shingle beach overlooked by brightly painted beach huts, working lighthouse, award-winning pier, busy harbour and cliff top cannon.


Walberswick

Close to Southwold, with many beautiful walks, tearooms, restaurants, and gift shops. Fresh fish can be bought from the harbour huts on the Southwold side of the River Blyth. A popular destination for crabbing


Dunwich

South of Walberswick, the small town of Dunwich was the capital of East Anglia 1500 years ago. The harbour and most of the town have since disappeared due to coastal erosion, although there is a project underway to reveal the ‘lost city’ with high-tech underwater cameras.


Thorpeness

Just over 4 miles away, is a small coastal village, popular for it’s beach, amenities and sights, such as the “House in the Clouds”, boating mere and challenging golf course.


RSPB Minsmere

Less than 4 miles away, for both the serious bird watcher, and those who simply enjoy the countryside. You may catch a glimpse of the Bittern or Marsh Harrier.


Sutton Hoo

Approx. half an hours drive away, Sutton Hoo is the site of two 6th and early 7th century cemeteries, one of which contained an undisturbed ship burial, complete with a wealth of Anglo-Saxon artefacts of outstanding historical and archaeological significance, now held in the British Museum in London.


Woodbridge

A sailing and market town on the river Deben. Woodbridge has many unique shops and fine restaurants and is just a short drive from Sutton Hoo. With 1400 years of recorded history, the town has retained an interesting variety of historical architecture, making it an interesting town to walk around.


Framlingham

Approx. 11 miles away, a beautiful market town with castle ruins and a vineyard where you can sample some of the best British wine.


Saxmundham

A popular market town with a market every Wednesday, a large Waitrose and a good selection of specialist retailers, including a hardware shop, a bakery, newsagents, stationers, gift & card shops, as well as the usual ‘high street’ banks and building societies.


Bawdsey

Located near Felixstowe, the village of Bawdsey is known for the beautiful Bawdsey Manor, and for the radar research that took place early in World War II.


Rendlesham Forest

A 1500-hectare mixed woodland in owned by the Forestry Commission with recreation facilities for walkers, cyclists and campers. Catering to enthusiasts of the 1980 Rendlesham Forest incident, there is a special UFO trail.


Tunstall Forest

Located on the Suffolk Coastal belt known as The Sandlings, Tunstall Forest consists of coniferous plantations, broadleaved belts and heathland areas, ideal for ground nesting birds such as the Nightjar and Woodlark. Tunstall is popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders alike.


Links to more Suffolk tourist information.

Visit Suffolk
Suffolk County Council
Suffolk Tourist Guide
i Suffolk
Visit East Of England