Things to do

Aside from the stunning Suffolk heritage coast, which offers plenty of opportunity for walks and exploring, there’s so much to do in Suffolk…

Framlingham Castle

This is one of the most important and beautiful medieval castles in the British Isles, built by Hugh Bigod c.1190, and more recently made famous by Ed Sheeran’s hit song “Castle On The Hill”. Opening times vary, so please check the website.

Framlingham Castle

Orford Castle

A unique polygonal towerkeep which stands beside the pretty town and former port which Henry II developed here in the 1160s. His aim was to counterbalance the power of turbulent East Anglian barons like Hugh Bigod of Framlingham, and to guard the coast against foreign mercenaries called to their aid.


Thorpeness is a wonderfully weird little village on The Suffolk Coast, characterised by beautiful mock Tudor buildings, a Peter-Pan inspired boating lake and the dreamy House in the Clouds.

Saxtead Green Post Mill

This mill whose whole body revolves on its base, was one of many built in Suffolk from the late 13th century. Though milling ceased in 1947, it is still in working order. Climb the stairs to various floors, which are full of fascinating mill machinery. Opening times vary, please check the website.

Woodbridge Tide Mill

This may be one of the earliest tide mills in the UK. First recorded in 1170, operated by the Augustinian Canons. In 1536 it passed to King Henry VIII. In 1564, Queen Elizabeth I granted the mill to Thomas Seckford. It was certainly the last working tide mill in the UK. The wheel last turned in 1957, when the 22 inch square oak main shaft broke.

Helmingham Hall Gardens

These gardens make a perfect day out for everyone. There is a relaxed atmosphere for visitors to enjoy the serenity and tranquility of the gardens, to loose themselves in the plethora of colour, scents and history.

Helmingham Hall Gardens

It is recommended to allow 2 hours to visit the gardens however most people stay much longer taking the opportunity to enjoy a delicious lunch or a cream tea in the Coach House and to visit the gift shop, produce and plant stall.

Otley Hall

This stunningly beautiful 16th century moated Hall is still a family home, set in 10 acres of gardens in the tranquil Suffolk countryside.

Otley Hall

The gardens were placed 6th in a poll recently undertaken by The Independent in the ʺTop 50 Best British Gardens to Visitʺ and came second in the ʹgardens with significant architectureʹ category. The gardens and cafe are open every Wednesday from 11:00 to 17:00 from May to September. Please note visits are by appointment only – check the website for more information.

Shawsgate Vineyard

You can visit the vineyard at any time free of charge and you are welcome to wander, picnic and relax amongst the vines. A great place to watch the seasons change.

Snape Maltings

The maltings offer shops, exhibitions, food and drink, historic buildings, river walks, farmers markets and much much more. For details of forthcoming events check the Snape Maltings website.

Sutton Hoo

Sutton HooThis is one of Britainʹs most important and atmospheric archaeological sites. It is the burial ground of the Anglo-Saxon kings of East Anglia where priceless royal treasures were discovered in a huge ship grave. The exhibition hall tells the compelling story of early English history. Open most days from 11:00 to 16:00, but please check the website.

Dunwich Museum
Moot Hall and Museum in Aldeburgh
The Long Shop Museum in Leiston

All worth visiting in order to gain a good insight into Suffolk history.

Orford Ness National Nature Reserve and Dunwich Heath & Beach

Two National Trust areas well worth a visit, and next door to Dunwich you will find Minsmere, a RSPB reserve.

Suffolk Owl Sanctuary

Based at the Stonham Barns complex in Stonham Aspel, it offers visitors the chance to see owls and other birds of prey both tethered and in flying displays. Open daily from 10:00 to dusk/ late afternoon.