Attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Suffolk

Sutton Hoo

Somehow missed by plundering grave robbers and left undisturbed for 1300 years, the hull of an enormous Anglo-Saxon ship was discovered here in 1939, buried under a mound of earth. The vessel was the final resting p…
Ruins in Bury St Edmunds

Abbey Gardens

Now a picturesque ruin in parkland behind the cathedral, Bury's once-mighty abbey still impresses despite the townspeople having made off with much of the stone after the dissolution of the monasteries. The walls ar…
Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds

St Edmundsbury Cathedral

The 45m-high tower of this cathedral was only completed in 2005 and is a vision in Lincolnshire limestone – its traditional Gothic-style construction conveys how many English cathedrals must have looked fresh from t…
Historic Building in Long Melford

Kentwell Hall

Gorgeous, turreted, Kentwell Hall may date from the 1500s and be full of Tudor grandeur, but it's still used as a private home, resulting in a wonderfully lived-in feel. Kentwell is framed by a rectangular moat, glo…
Brewery in Bury St Edmunds

Greene King Brewery

They’ve been crafting some of England's favourite booze in this working brewery since 1799. Explore the town’s 900-year-old brewing heritage in the visitor centre, then take a tour (2pm weekdays, plus 11am Wednesday…
Museum in Sudbury

Gainsborough's House

Most visitors to Sudbury come to see Thomas Gainsborough's atmospheric birthplace, now home to the world's largest collection of his work. The 16th-century house and gardens feature a Georgian facade built by the ar…
Historic Building in Lavenham

Lavenham Guildhall

Lavenham's most enchanting buildings are clustered along High St, Water St and around the unusually triangular Market Pl. They're dominated by this early-16th-century whitewashed guildhall – a superb example of a cl…
Nature Reserve in Aldeburgh

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Minsmere

The coast near Dunwich draws ranks of birdwatchers, thanks to RSPB Minsmere. The reserve is home to one of England's rarest birds, the bittern, with hundreds of migrant birds dropping by in the autumn. Year-round, b…
Nature Reserve in Orford

Orford Ness

Wind-whipped, remote Orford Ness is the largest vegetated shingle spit in Europe and was once used as a secret military testing ground; now it's a nature reserve and is home to rare wading birds, animals and plants.…
Church in Lavenham

St Peter & St Paul

This late-Perpendicular structure seems to lift into the sky, with its beautifully proportioned windows, soaring flint tower and gargoyle waterspouts. Built between 1485 and 1530, it was one of Suffolk's last great …