Reasons to visit Suffolk
Here at Trebuchet Creative, we have a long old love affair with our dear Suffolk. It’s our home. From our many beaches, to our fairytale villages, and then back to the contemporary success that is the Ipswich waterfront, Suffolk has it all.
It’s less than a two-hour drive from London, which makes it the perfect weekend escape – it’s the largely undiscovered county of your dreams.
Suffolk is more than meets the eye; a vast amount of history is rooted in our county. Ipswich is home to Thomas Wolsey, the Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church in the 1500s, during Henry VIII’s reign. The seaside town of Dunwich was a thriving medieval port in the thirteenth century. Visit Framlingham and see the infamous ‘Castle on the Hill’ made famous by Ed Sheeran, or Orford Castle and learn why Suffolk was such a powerful county in history. Picturesque villages like Hadleigh, Sudbury, Lavenham and Bury St. Edmunds were all wool-towns and have beautiful thatched roofs and Tudor brickwork.
Nowadays, the villages are still as beautiful and picturesque, and yet the towns are constantly becoming more contemporary and modern. This means that Suffolk is an extremely contrasting county to visit – it has beaches, points of historical interest, National Trust sites, museums, festivals, lots of local eateries, and more.
Read ahead to find out why we at Trebuchet Creative think Suffolk should be on your list of places to visit in the UK.
For Beach Breaks
Suffolk is an excellent choice. Trebuchet Creative absolutely recommends the Suffolk Heritage Coast as somewhere to visit during your stay. From the sandy beaches at Dunwich and Southwold, which is home to the excellent Adnams Southwold Brewery, to the stony beaches of Aldeburgh, Suffolk has the best of both worlds.
Dunwich Heath and beach is part of the National Trust – it has beautiful sandy dunes and pathways for those who want a long beach walk. Rumour has it that you can still hear the bells from the churches of the medieval port, before they were claimed by the sea during a terrible storm. The Ship at Dunwich is an excellent place to stay if you want easy access to Dunwich, Aldeburgh and Southwold beaches. It’s both family and dog friendly, and so is perfect for families who want a weekend break.
Aldeburgh is home to (arguably) the best fish and chips in the whole of the country. Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop is situated just off the beach, up on the bustling high street. Aldeburgh is home to many festivals, from September’s Food & Drink festival to the Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts, which happens throughout the month of June, both taking place at Snape Maltings. Take the walk from Aldeburgh through to Thorpeness, and see the infamous House in the Clouds, before boating on Thorpeness Lake. The Brudenell in Aldeburgh is a fabulous hotel just off the beach, complete with an award-winning restaurant.
Southwold and Walberswick are two neighbouring seaside villages that are great for both crabbing and drinking alike. Crabbing is excellent in Walberswick; local shops provide all the necessary equipment. Visit in August for the annual crabbing competition! If drinking is more your thing, then Adnams Southwold is just your cup of tea (or beer.) If you like real ale, have a pint of Ghost Ship, or if you fancy a lager, try the delicious Dry Hopped or their beautiful Earl Grey lager. For gin lovers, have the Copper House. Adnams has it all. Southwold is also home to Latitude Festival in Henham Park. Previous headliners include The 1975, Mumford and Sons, Florence & the Machine and Lily Allen. The Swan Hotel is open from October 2017 and has two incredible restaurants called The Tap Room and The Still Room located within. A MUST visit when going to Southwold.
If contemporary is more your thing
Visit the Ipswich marina! Affectionately known during summer as ‘Costa del Ipswich’, the recently renovated Neptune Marina and docks is home to many restaurants, bars and hotels. Trebuchet Creative is located in this bustling area, as is the University of Suffolk.
Or for the best of both worlds, visit Bury St. Edmunds. It has a striking contrast from an old market town, to the very modern Arc shopping centre. Every Wednesday and Saturday, the town is transformed into markets where local suppliers sell their goods.
For a spot of culture, why not visit the Jerwood Dance House in Ipswich? Home to DanceEast, this venue offers spectacular shows and dance lessons, ranging from ballet and contemporary, to modern and hip-hop.
The Theatre Royal is another cultural hotspot, located in Bury St. Edmunds – go on a historical tour and learn about the only Regency theatre still operating in the country, and then later watch a show.
Salthouse Harbour Hotel is located on the Ipswich marina and is both a hotel and restaurant. It offers stunning views of the whole marina whilst also being within very close walking distance from the town centre.
Fancy something local?
Suffolk has independent coffee shops, shops and restaurants coming out of its ears. Everything listed so far is unique and local to Suffolk. If local food and produce is what interests you, then Suffolk has plenty to offer.
Applaud Coffee is an independently run coffee shop in Ipswich – it has a beautiful garden and freshly baked goods, as well as beautiful coffee. Maybe try their hot chocolate with marshmallows and a flake if you’re indulging. @Twenty5 is located just a few doors away and is home to some incredible food that has gained it the reputation of being the best restaurant in Ipswich (if Trip Advisor is to be believed.) Slightly further afield is the Orford-based Pump Street Bakery, which is family owned and loved by many. Suffolk Food Hall is also located just off the River Orwell; it has a small café, restaurant, a garden centre and sells the finest local produce.