Discover Must-See Attractions in Suffolk
There are many superb attractions in Suffolk, from formidable castles to entire villages preserved in time. If you’re new to Suffolk and looking for things to see and do, these attractions are a great place to start.
Some of the most visited attractions in Suffolk are its stately homes and gardens, which range from moated Tudor mansions to luxurious Victorian halls. Equally popular are the castles in Suffolk, such as Framlingham Castle, whose imposing battlements were once walked by Bloody Mary. Smaller but just as interesting is Orford Castle, whose unique shape and strange folklore raise curious questions.
Visitors interested in history will enjoy exploring Landguard Fort in Felixstowe, visiting Gainsborough House, the former home of the painter Thomas Gainsborough, and sailing the historic River Orwell aboard the 120-year-old Sailing Barge Victor. For lovers of medieval architecture, the most inspiring attractions in Suffolk will be its many churches, especially the opulent churches of the Suffolk Wool Towns.
The oldest attractions in Suffolk date back to Anglo-Saxon times, such as the ship burial at Sutton Hoo, and West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, a working replica village on the site of a real Anglo-Saxon settlement. Then there are Suffolk’s abbeys, including the atmospheric ruins at Leiston, and Bury St Edmunds Abbey, which played a part in the Magna Carta story.
Some attractions in Suffolk are whole towns or villages. Lavenham in Suffolk is known as ‘England’s Best Preserved Medieval Village,’ and possesses hundreds of listed historic buildings, while in Newmarket you can immerse yourself in the often-secretive world of horseracing, with the National Heritage Centre for British Horseracing and Sporting Art set to open there in 2016.
Suffolk has a long history of brewing, and both the Greene King and Adnams breweries offer popular tours. Similarly, the Woodbridge Tide Mill attracts thousands of visitor a year to watch the 800-year-old process of flour milling in action.
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