Valentine’s Day is on the horizon and romantic places in Suffolk are not hard to come by; you need only to discover a secluded spot in one of the Areas of Oustanding Natural Beauty or witness one of Suffolk’s glorious pink skies to feel a tinge of love in the air. But there are some romantic places in Suffolk that simply can’t be missed, especially if you’re thinking about popping the question while you’re here. So to help all you helpless romantics out there, we’ve put together a list of the six most romantic places in Suffolk to visit, whether it’s on Valentine’s Day or any other day of the year.
SNOWDROP WALKS AT KENTWELL HALL
A moated redbrick Tudor mansion is the backdrop for this romantic setting in the Heart of
Suffolk. What could be more dreamy than a stroll around Kentwell Hall‘s Spring Gardens,
carpeted with an abundance of Snowdrops?
THE RIVER ORWELL AT SUNSET
Sunsets and rivers go together like flowers and chocolates. Why not cruise out onto the
River Orwell aboard the Orwell Lady for a lunch or afternoon tea sail. You can then enjoy a luxurious night’s stay at the Salthouse Harbour Hotel and watch the sun go down.
River Orwell, nr Ipswich at sunset © David Park vividmind.uk
COVEHITHE AT DUSK
Seeing Covehithe’s abandoned church-within-a-church, and wild beach punctuated by
salt-washed dead trees at dusk will give you shivers (in a good way). Remember to bring
a couple of torches to light your way after it gets dark.
Covehithe Church at dusk (c) Rod Jones Photography
LAVENHAM AFTER DARK
‘Britain’s best-preserved medieval village’ looks particularly magical beneath a clear night
sky, when the streets are quiet, and the crooked, timber-framed buildings emit a warm
glow. Catch Lavenham on a winter evening when there’s snow on the ground and you’ll
want to propose right there and then.
The Crooked House in Lavenham at night (c) Paul Coghlin
MINSMERE AT DAWN
RSPB Minsmere might not be top of your list of romantic places. However, seeing the sunrise
over the reserve while the dawn chorus rings out around you is an experience like no
RSPB Minsmere at dawn (c) Mike Read/RSPB Minsmere
DUNWICH AND WESTLETON AT SUNRISE
From July to September, Dunwich Heath and Westleton Heath are a kaleidoscopic
landscape of purples, pinks, and coconut-scented gorse bushes. Take a romantic walk
through the heather blooms at sunrise, we challenge you, not to feel loved-up (you won’t succeed).
Westleton Heath at sunrise (c) Justin Minns
ABBEY GARDENS IN THE SUNSHINE
Find a secluded spot in Bury St Edmunds’ flower-filled Abbey Gardens, kick off your
shoes, and lie back in the sunshine. Remain until love blossoms.
Wait in The Abbey Gardens for your romance to blossom (c) VisitEngland