72 attractions you should visit in Suffolk - With photos & details

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Top 72 attractions to explore in Suffolk

Suffolk is an East Anglian county of ancient origin in England. It has borders with Norfolk to the north, Cambridgeshire to the west, and Essex to the south. One of the iconic county which was flourished with natural beauty and also there are so many things to see and enjoy.

Abbey Gardens22 Mustow St, Bury St Edmunds, Bury Saint Edmunds IP33 1XL, UK
Botanical Gardens

Located in the heart of Bury St Edmunds, the abbey was once one of the richest and most powerful Benedictine monasteries in England. Its remains are extensive and include the complete 14th century Great Gate and Norman Tower, as well as the impressive ruins and altered west front of the immense church. The gardens now feature a formal area of island beds laid out in the mid-20th century. There is also a water garden and rose garden dating back to the mid-20th century, and later 20th-century addi

Africa Alive!Whites Ln, Kessingland, Lowestoft NR33 7TF, UK
Zoos

A majestic and beautiful zoo set in 100 acres of stunning Suffolk countryside, and features a range of walks and displays that will take you past some of Africa's most endangered species, whilst also offering keen eyed visitors the chance to spot a wide range of British wildlife. It is situated off the A12 at Kessingland 2 miles south of Lowestoft.

Aldeburgh MuseumMoot Hall, Market Cross Pl, Aldeburgh IP15 5DS, UK
Museums

The Aldeburgh Museum is housed in one of the most important timber-framed public buildings in England. Dating from the first half of the 16th Century it originally contained six small shops on the ground floor and a spacious meeting chamber on the first floor. The Town Council still meets here today and it provides an attractive display area for the Museum.

Alton WaterAlton Water, Ipswich IP9, UK
Lake/ River/ Ponds

Alton Water Park ranges across 400 acres of nature trails, cycling routes, fishing spots, and watersports.  Activities include an eight-mile rambling route and an eight-mile cross-country cycle track. Bikes are available to hire from the Visitor Centre.

Bentwaters Cold War MuseumBuilding 134, Bentwaters Parks, Rendlesham, Woodbridge IP12 2TW, UK
Museums

Bentwaters Cold War Museum is based in the United States Air Force (USAF) hardened command post on the former Bentwaters airbase. Its display include an English Electric Lightning, Hawker Hunter, BAC Jaguar, McDonnell Douglas Phantom & Harrier.  Visitors can also see the fully restored War Operations Room and Battle Cabin, alongside the BT Telephone Exchange room.

Bigod Castle, BungayBungay NR35 1AE, UK
Iconic Buildings

Bungay Castle is a late 12th-century castle erected by Hugh Bigod, the powerful Earl of Suffolk. Bigod was one of the strongest opponents of King Stephen, who tried to buy his loyalty by granting him the earldom. Bungay Castle started out as a Norman motte-and-bailey castle built out of wood and earthworks, built by the Norman knight Roger Bigod of Norfolk, around 1103. It was strategically situated in a bend of the River Waveney. Only from 1140 on the castle was started to being rebuilt in ston

Bradfield Woods National Nature ReserveBradfield Woods/Felsham Rd, Bury Saint Edmunds IP30 0AQ, UK
Outdoors- Other

Bradfield Woods is a working wood that is unique as it has been under continuous traditional coppice management since 1252, fulfilling local needs for firewood and hazel products. These woods have a history of coppicing dating to before 1252, producing a very high diversity of flora, with over 370 plant species recorded. Uncommon woodland flowers include oxlip, herb paris and ramson. There is also a rich variety of fungi, with two species not recorded elsewhere in Britain.

Brandon Country ParkBury Rd, Brandon IP27 0SU, UK
Outdoors- Other

Brandon Country Park is a country park in Brandon, Suffolk, England. It comprises of  wild landscape of dark forests, open heathlands, sandy soils and iconic belts of pine trees that straddles the Suffolk and Norfolk border. The park is open daily for visitors from dawn to dusk. The toilets and play areas are open, and the café is open for takeaway 10am-4.30pm daily.

Carlton Marshes Suffolk Wildlife TrustBurnt Hill Ln, Carlton Colville, Lowestoft NR33 8HU, UK
Outdoors- Other

Carlton Marshes nature reserve is a huge expanse of water, woodland and marshes, home to a wide variety of fantastic wildlife.  There is an adventurous playscape for children, a visitor centre with café and shop, accessible and all-weather trails, which makes it the perfect family day out. One of the iconic location where you can spend some good time in the middle of nature.

Chantry ParkHadleigh Rd, Ipswich IP2 0BS, UK
Parks

Chantry Park is the largest town park in Ipswich. It extends over 124 acres of parkland and wildlife areas on the western edge of town.  Chantry Park itself is Grade II listed park, and it contains three Grade II listed structures: The Chantry and the gate house and entrance gatepiers. It was one of the iconic place for a meet up and also you can spend some nice time in this calm and quiet surrounding.

Christchurch MansionSoane St, Ipswich IP4 2BE, UK
Man-made Structures- Other

One of Suffolk’s most treasured buildings, this beautiful Tudor mansion is the jewel in the crown of Ipswich’s historic past, boasting over 500 years of history.  It is  home to one of the world’s most important collections of Constable’s work and is now the only place in his own region where paintings by him can be seen. The mansion belonged to various noble families throughout its history but was purchased by the Ipswich Borough Council in 1884. Since 1885, the building has been used as a muse

Christchurch Park33 Bolton Ln, Ipswich IP4 2BX, UK
Parks

Christchurch Park was the first public park in Ipswich, opening in 1895. It extends over 33 hectares of picturesque grounds right in the heart of the town. The park is a designated County Wildlife Site is in a Conservation Area, and is Grade 2 on The English Heritage register of historic parks and gardens of special interest.  The park hosts various facilities such as a children's play area, tennis courts, table tennis, bowling greens and outdoor gym equipment.

Clare CastleClare, Sudbury CO10 8QS, UK
Iconic Buildings

Clare Castle is a high-mounted ruinous medieval castle in the parish and former manor of Clare in Suffolk, England, anciently the caput of a feudal barony. It was built shortly after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 by Richard Fitz Gilbert, having high motte and bailey and later improved in stone.  The remains are a scheduled monument and a Grade II* listed building. They form the centrepiece of a public park.

Clare Castle Country Park TrustMalting Ln, Clare, Sudbury CO10 8NW, UK
Outdoors- Other

Clare Castle Country Park is a beautiful quiet area to relax, play, get close to nature and learn about Clare's fascinating history and heritage. The park contains the remains of the 13th Century stone castle keep set upon its 60ft high motte overlooking the town and its inner and outer baileys, which are ideal areas for recreation and picnics.

Dunwich BeachDunwich Beach, Dunwich, Saxmundham IP17 3EN, UK
Beaches

Dunwich is a Shingle beach located near Southwold in Suffolk. The spectacular Dunwich stretch of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Beauty contains some of the most beautiful heathland and coastal scenes on the heritage coast. A beautiful beACH FOR  aunbath and also its calm water allows you to have a swim and more.

Dunwich MuseumAt James Street, Dunwich, Saxmundham IP17 3DT, UK
Museums

Dunwich Museum tells the town’s story and the dramatic tale of the 13th Century storm that blocked the harbour entrance and the inexorable erosion that reduced Dunwich to the to tiny village of today. On the first floor there are displays about more recent social history, the wildlife of the area, and a feature about smuggling.

East Anglia Transport MuseumChapel Rd, Carlton Colville, Lowestoft NR33 8BL, UK
Museums

The East Anglia Transport Museum is an open-air transport museum, with numerous historic public transport vehicles. It is located in Carlton Colville a suburb of Lowestoft, Suffolk. The museum accommodates examples of trams, trolleybuses and motor buses from various parts of the country, with a  number of examples of motor buses built at the Eastern Coach Works in Lowestoft.  The museum is run entirely by volunteers with all proceeds ploughed back into running costs or preservation projects.

Euston HallEuston, Thetford IP24 2QW, UK
Iconic Buildings

Euston Hall is a red-brick Georgian country house, the home of the Duke of Grafton. The house that we see today is only a wing of a much larger house which was destroyed in a devastating fire in 1902.  Apart from the Hall, visitors can enjoy the landscaped park and formal gardens, as well as the Capability Brown-designed waterways, the charming Church of St Genevieve, the watermill and an interesting collection of agricultural bygones in our small exhibition room.

Felixstowe BeachFelixstowe Beach, Felixstowe IP11 2DD, UK
Beaches

Felixstowe Beach enjoys a fantastic coastal location, just minutes away from a stunning beach along the Sunrise Coast. It was one of the iconic tourist location in this area and also the area around Felixstowe has some good walks, including the Martello Coastal Path, as well as a choice of cycle routes.

Felixstowe PierPier Bight, Felixstowe IP11 2AB, UK
Man-made Structures- Other

Felixstowe Pier is a pleasure pier in the Edwardian seaside town of Felixstowe, Suffolk, England. The pier opened in August 1905 with a total length of 2,640 feet and its own railway station, and was once one of the longest in the country. Steamer services operated from the pier to various destinations.

Map of attractions in Suffolk