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A week in Suffolk - where should we go?

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gohugatree Tue 15-Sep-15 08:55:57

Just the two of us (hums along), so no play parks, theme parks, crazy golf, bucket and spade beaches required!

We like walking, mooching, history, eating, drinking, photography.

runner2 Tue 15-Sep-15 16:33:45

Aldeburgh! Gorgeous little town by the sea, lots of scope for lovely picturesque walks, great places to eat and drink, friendly folk. Highly recommend it - we love it there smile

elfycat Tue 15-Sep-15 16:43:45

Framlingham castle and Landguard fort (Felixstowe) are two of my favourites. If you like walking there's a walk up from Felixstowe to Felixstowe ferry - a little foot bicycle ferry operates over the river Deben to the fishing village. There used to be a great fish and chip shop over there but I haven't been in a while so no guarantees. The ferry is seasonal so check before you go, but it's a nice walk.

Guiltypleasures001 Tue 15-Sep-15 16:48:35

The Suffolk Escape luxury log cabins private hot tubs on a lake humongous baths utter 5* in Hadleigh was there for a week in August

I'm not affiliated btw but it was beautiful only 4 lodges all on a working farm completely private beautiful website

Guiltypleasures001 Tue 15-Sep-15 16:49:56

Oh forgot all arranged around a lake oodles of wildlife baby rabbits saw me in the nod whilst filling the kettle poor sods

Oh2beatsea Tue 15-Sep-15 21:40:44

Sunny Southwold!! Beautiful beach and pretty beach huts. Go to Adanams Wine shop - nice cafe at the back. Have a meal on the pier and have a look in the Under the Pier Show!!

queenofthepirates Tue 15-Sep-15 21:57:34

Southwold is a great beach (better than Aldeburgh)
Ipswich is lovely, very historic. Try the free museum, Christchurch Mansion (not Monday). For local shopping, head to St Nicholas Street/St Peters St-full of boutique shops. Ipswich is the oldest continually settled town in the country so has plenty of heritage. Eat by the river for good bars and restaurants.
Orford Castle is good as well as Framlingham. Head over to nearby Wickham Market and Woodbridge for nice local market towns with good restaurants
Crabbing in Walberswick! Visit Blythburgh on route and see the 1000 year old Holy Trinity Chuch www.holytrinityblythburgh.org.uk
Visit Shingle Street, it's a really isolated beach where you can find amber if you dig a bit-ask a dog walker for advice as the shingle moves. It's also good for local history.
Dunwich beach, again for history, home to a huge monastery complex that's now falling off the cliffs
Lavenham is gorgeous! Full of very old Medieval alms houses and guildhalls.
We like Kentwell Hall-check for seasonal activities-the gardens are beautiful and the hall is lovely.

Lunaballoon Tue 15-Sep-15 21:57:37

Aldeburgh definitely and maybe take a stroll or cycle down to Thorpness where there's a quaint boating lake. Orford Ness is worth a visit if you like wild and remote and Snape Maltings is interesting for strolling, browsing and if you're a Benjamin Britten fan.

Blu Tue 15-Sep-15 22:24:54

Sutton Ho for Anglo-Saxon history. It's a NT site.

gohugatree Wed 16-Sep-15 10:42:27

Thanks all - I don't know why we've not been to Suffolk before, it sounds just our kind of place. Guilty - those cottages sound beautiful. Only problem is, we're camping! Maybe next time...

Seeline Wed 16-Sep-15 10:51:26

We did this last year.
Recommend Lavenham, Sutton Hoo, somewhere on the coast - Aldburgh is lovely. Depends where you're based, but we spent a day in Cambridge which was beautiful.

MushroomMama Wed 16-Sep-15 10:57:00

I used to live in Ipswich so have a quite a dim view of it. They are currently rebuilding the two main town shopping centres so it's a bit of a building site.

Bury St Edmunds is lovely. Lots of little independent shops,restaurants and then there's the abbey gardens and lots of lovely parks also ickworth house is nearby.

Woodbridge is lovely good for a lazy mooch round and coffee.

Aldeburgh and south wold equally lovely.

If you don't mind a little drive colchester is 30 minutes drive from Ipswich and has a ton of history and shopping

Bunbaker Thu 17-Sep-15 08:34:18

OH and I went for a long weekend to Woodbridge - our last holiday before DD was born. We had a great time and visited Otley Hall, Aldeburgh, Flatford Mill, Dedham Vale, and Anglesey Abbey on the way home.

CottonSock Sat 19-Sep-15 18:19:22

Vote bury St edmunds and ixworth (national trust), lavenham, minsmere and dunwhich. Plus area around woodbridge, Snape. Depends where you are based?

BlueChampagne Sat 19-Sep-15 23:20:45

Some great pubs too. In addition to above, Tide Mill at Woodbridge, aliens in Rendlesham, migrants at Minsmer - we enjoy regular visits with friends in the area.

nonsense0name Wed 23-Sep-15 14:24:49

Chiristchurch Park and then the museum in Ipswich is lovely - town is not great atm, loads of building works, shops closing. The Ipswich Waterfront is lovely and the Orwell River Cruise is a must.

Close to Ipswich is the Suffolk Food Hall which is great for coffee/lunch/ fancy picnic food followed by a long walk.

Aldeburgh in the summer is over rated IMO but will be quieter now - head up to the Shell sculpture and then onto Thorpeness

If you like long coastal walks Dunwich is nice, heathland and windy pebble beach

BlueChampagne Fri 25-Sep-15 16:15:21

Orford Ness is something else.

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