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Discovering the history and heritage in Suffolk reveals thousands of years of fascinating stories, from the lives of individuals to the fate of whole populations.

Churches are integral to history and heritage in Suffolk. The grandest of all the churches in Suffolk are found in the Suffolk Wool Towns, however, there are hundreds of others with just as much charm. Also worth a visit is Suffolk’s only cathedral, St Edmundsbury, and the historic abbey and gardens beside it. On foot, by bike or by car, exploring the churches in Suffolk makes for a great day out.

So does visiting the stately homes in Suffolk. Don’t miss the Italianate gardens of Ickworth House, Tudor re-enactments at Kentwell Hall, mementos of Beatrix Potter at Melford Hall, the Victorian splendour of the Somerleyton Estate, or Helmingham Hall’s enchanting moat and gardens.

Framlingham Castle, with its fearsome battlements, is an iconic symbol of history and heritage in Suffolk. Imposing Landguard Fort is also among the most popular historical places to visit, especially for families.

There are outstanding museums in Suffolk, such as 1,000-year-old Moyse’s Hall, and the 14th century Little Hall Museum in Lavenham. The East Anglia Transport Museum, Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum, and Leiston Long Shop Museum exhibit machines and contraptions of the past, while the Museum of East Anglian Life tells of Suffolk’s agricultural history. For a glimpse at Suffolk’s Anglo-Saxon history, visit Sutton Hoo or West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village.

Horseracing plays a large part in the history and heritage in Suffolk, and the new National Horse Racing Museum which opened in Newmarket late 2016, shows this history in vivid colour.

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St Peter’s Church Sibton
Sibton, Suffolk
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Brandon Heritage Centre
Brandon, Suffolk
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NT Flatford
East Bergholt, Colchester
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St Mary’s Church Benhall
Benhall, Saxmundham
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The Guildhall
Guildhall Street, Bury St Edmunds
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St Bartholomew’s Church
Orford, Woodbridge
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St John’s Church
54 St John's St, Bury Saint Edmunds
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Jubilee Hall
Crabbe St, Aldeburgh
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St Peter and St Paul’s Aldeburgh
Victoria Rd, Aldeburgh
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St Edmund King & Martyr Southwold
5 Bartholomew Green, Southwold
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Abbey Hall
Eye, Suffolk
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Tuddenham Mill
Tuddenham, Newmarket
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Suffolk Escape Room
Leiston Road Wardspring, Saxmundham
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St Michael’s Church Beccles
Beccles, Suffolk
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Sotterley Chapel Preservation Trust
Beccles, Suffolk
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Sotterley Estate
Beccles, Suffolk
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Our Lady Star of the Sea Church
Lowestoft, Suffolk
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Wherstead Park
Ipswich, Suffolk
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St James’s Chapel, Lindsey
Lindsey, Suffolk
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Hadleigh Guildhall
Hadleigh, Suffolk
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St Mary’s Church Hadleigh
Hadleigh, Suffolk
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Otley Hall
nr Ipswich, Suffolk
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The Hold, Suffolk Archives
Ipswich, Suffolk
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Bury St Edmunds Abbey
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
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St Mary’s Church Bury St Edmunds
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
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St Edmundsbury Cathedral
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
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Pakenham Water Mill
Pakenham, Suffolk
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Blackthorpe Barn
Rougham, Suffolk
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Ickworth House and Gardens
Horringer, Suffolk
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Warren Lodge
Mildenhall, Suffolk
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All Saints Church Icklingham
Icklingham, Suffolk
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Weeting Castle
Brandon, Norfolk
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Eye Castle
Eye, Suffolk
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The Corn Hall
Diss, Norfolk
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Wingfield Old College & Gardens
Wingfield, Diss
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Walpole Old Chapel
Halesworth, Suffolk
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Southwold Lighthouse
Southwold, Suffolk
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Leiston Abbey
Leiston, Suffolk
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Thorpeness Windmill
Thorpeness, Suffolk
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Our Lady and St Peter’s Church
Aldeburgh, Suffolk
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Crow’s Hall
Nr Stowmarket, Suffolk
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Framsden Windmill
Stowmarket, Suffolk
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Helmingham Hall Gardens
Stowmarket, Suffolk
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Haughley Park Barn
Stowmarket, Suffolk
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Saxtead Green Postmill
Saxtead Green, Suffolk
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Framlingham Castle
Framlingham, Suffolk
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All Saints Church Hacheston
Hacheston, Suffolk
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Glemham Hall
Nr. Woodbridge, Suffolk
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Newbourne Hall
Woodbridge, Suffolk
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Bawdsey Radar Trust
Woodbridge, Suffolk
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Orford Town Hall
Orford, Woodbridge
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Orford Castle
Woodbridge, Suffolk
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Woodbridge Tide Mill Museum
Woodbridge, Suffolk
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Landguard Fort
Felixstowe, Suffolk
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Discover Landguard
Felixstowe, Suffolk
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Suffolk Record Office
Ipswich, Suffolk
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St Peter’s by the Waterfront
Ipswich, Suffolk
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Lavenham Guildhall
Sudbury, Suffolk
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Holy Trinity Church Long Melford
Long Melford, Suffolk
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Kentwell Hall
Long Melford, Suffolk
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Melford Hall
Sudbury, Suffolk
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Clare Priory
Clare, Suffolk
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Belchamp Hall
Sudbury, Suffolk
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St Peter’s Church Sudbury
Sudbury, Suffolk
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Jockey Club Rooms
Newmarket, Suffolk
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Little Hall Lavenham
Sudbury, Suffolk
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NT Sutton Hoo
Woodbridge, Suffolk
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