Attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Suffolk

Sutton Hoo

Somehow missed by plundering 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 grave of Raedwald, an…
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…
Museum in Sudbury

Gainsborough's House

Thomas Gainsborough's atmospheric birthplace is now home to the world's largest collection of his work. The 16th-century house and gardens feature a Georgian facade built by the artist's father. Inside, look out for…
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, lending it a wonderfully lived-in feel. Kentwell is framed by a rectangular moat, lush g…
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 which is home to rare wading birds, animals and plant…
Museum in Bury St Edmunds

Moyse's Hall

Set in an impressive 12th-century undercroft, Moyse's Hall's rarities include a locket containing some of Mary Tudor's hair, finds from the town's ruined abbey and displays on the chilling Bury witch trials. They al…
Historic Building in Bury St Edmunds

Theatre Royal

A rare treat – Britain's only working Regency playhouse features ornate gilding, sweeps of boxes and a trompe l'oeil ceiling, all revealed on self-led (free) and guided (£7.50) front-of-house and backstage tours. Th…
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…
Brewery in Bury St Edmunds

Greene King Brewery & Beer Cafe

They’ve been crafting beer in this brewery since 1799, now you'll find heritage displays and a 'Beer Cafe' stocking the on-site brews. Tours (11am and 2pm Monday to Saturday, 11am Sunday, plus 12.30pm and 3.30pm Sat…