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    Welcome to Suffolk

    Explore the historic East Anglian county of Suffolk.

    Suffolk is a county in which you can really unwind. Full of natural beauty, Suffolk is situated on the east coast of England and has 50 miles of gorgeous coastlines along with charming villages and medieval towns.

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    Things to do in Suffolk

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    Constable Country

    John Constable was born in East Bergholt, a small village on the River Stour in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Suffolk. Come and visit the landscapes and hamlets which inspired much of his work, including the Hay Wain, perhaps his most famous piece. Much of what the great man painted remains relatively unaltered to this day.

    Newmarket

    Known as the home of British horseracing, any trip to Suffolk for a sports enthusiast isn’t complete without a trip to Newmarket. Whilst, of course, you’ll have to pay to gain entry to either of the two British Classics held at the racecourse, it’s well worth visiting the town just soak up the history of the place and catch a glimpse of some of the equine superstars that train at gallops across the town.

    Enjoy the Suffolk Coast

    The Suffolk coast is home to superb wildlife and is a top spot for photographers. Supplement your Instagram feed with beautiful images of stunning sunrises, varied villages and vast sandy beaches.

    The Brecks

    One of the driest areas in the UK, The Brecks is an area which is perfect for walkers and cyclists to explore all year round, with numerous trails and paths to be found amongst the purple heathland and tall pines which characterise the area.

    St Edmundsbury Cathedral

    The County’s cathedral, St Edmunsbury Cathedral is Bury St Edmunds’ most prominent building, with the Milennium Tower dominating the town’s skyline. The cathedral is situated alongside the award winning Abbey Gardens, which are delightfully colourful and attractive in the summer.

    Explore the natural beauty of Suffolk

    Suffolk is an East Anglian gem: a quiet county packed with natural beauty, plentiful coastline and an array of quintessentially English towns and villages, including the famous Suffolk Wool Towns which are characterised by quaint Tudor buildings and crooked streets. Being on the east coast, it’s also a pretty spectacular place from which to watch the sun rise early in the morning.

    Art lovers will appreciate Constable Country, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the south of the county where you can enjoy the sights which inspired English Romantic painter John Constable, one of the most revered artists the country has produced.

    Suffolk’s main towns are Ipswich, Bury St Edmonds and Newmarket. The latter is best known for its status as the global home of thoroughbred horse racing, with racing in the town dating back to the 12th Century.

    Framlingham Castle

    Framlingham Castle

    A magnificent 12th century fortress with a long and colourful past which makes a fascinating family day out in Suffolk. See the English Heritage website for more details

    Minsmere Reserve

    Minsmere reserve

    Nature trails take you through a variety of habitats to excellent birdwatching hides. Visit the RSPB website

    Orford Castle

    Orford Castle

    Discover the secrets of one of England's most unusual keeps within the chambers of this fascinating polygonal tower. Visit the English Heritage website for Orford Castle.

    Orford Ness

    Orford Ness

    Take a short boat trip to this wild and remote shingle spit and discover a landscape and history that will both delight and intrigue.  Wander along Orford Beach and look at the old Atomic Weapons

    Rendlesham Forest

    Rendlesham Forest

    A UFO trail to awake your imagination and take you to some of the areas connected to the UFO sighting in December 1980. Visit the Forestry Commision or the Visit East Anglia websites

    Snape Maltings

    Snape Maltings

    Snape Maltings is home to a concert hall, fabulous shops and a thriving art scene with a number of galleries.

    Sutton Hoo, ancient Anglo-Saxon helmet and mask

    Sutton Hoo

    Well worth a trip to walk round the ancient burial mounds, visit the exhibition centre, and discover the incredible story of the ship burial of an Anglo Saxon King and his treasured possessions. Vi