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Things to see and do in Suffolk

5 Unmissable things to see and do in Suffolk

Things to see and do in Suffolk

Suffolk is a beautiful place to visit, offering many fantastic places to discover and explore. From countryside to the coast, Suffolk has it all! Why not visit Bury St Edmunds Cathedral and go shopping for the day, or go on a relaxing walk on Dunwich beach - There is so much to do and see.


1. St Edmundsbury Cathedral and Abbey Gardens

Bury St Edmunds is a beautiful historic Suffolk town known for its sights and shopping. Why not try popular cafes such as Really Rather Good, which situates opposite the cathedral or Harriet’s Cafe well known for their cakes and afternoon tea!

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Bury St Edmunds offers a unique shopping experience, offering high street shops and boutique brands. There is also an award winning market, which takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays offering a large selection of fresh local produce, flowers and even handmade pizza stalls! Did you know that Britain’s smallest pub is situated in the heart of Bury St Edmunds? The Nutshell pub is a well-known tourist attraction for local and worldwide visitors.

St Edmunsbury Cathedral is a wonderful building next to the Abbey Gardens. It lights up beautiful at night, opposite The Angel Hotel. The Abbey Gardens attracts thousands of local visitors and tourists each year, with its stunning floral displays as well as ancient monument ruins. It is owned by St Edmunsbury borough council and the grounds often hold many events such as the annual Bury Festival and the Christmas Fayre. Whenever you plan to visit in Bury St Edmunds, you won’t be disappointed.




2. Framlingham Castle

Framlingham Castle makes a great day out for families. There is lots to discover at the castle such as the Wall Walk, where you can enjoy the spectacular views of Framlingham and surrounding countryside. If you have young children, they might like to take a different approach down the 6.6 metre slide! There is an onsite food kiosk and shop where you can pick up garden gifts, local jams and many more products. 

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There are also some fantastic events that take place at Framlingham Castle such as an outdoor cinema, castle tours and other fun activities. It’s perfect for Easter and summer holidays as well as educational school trips.


Adult: £8.90
Child (5 – 15 years): £5.30
Family (2 adults and 3 children): £23.10
Opening times
Please see the seasonal opening times on the website
Church Street
IP13 9BP
Contact number
01728 724189



3. Aldeburgh Beach

Aldeburgh is a lovely town and beach to visit in the summer, with a high street full of shops and restaurants to take a look at. There is also the famous Fish and Chip shop – You can’t visit Aldeburgh without trying their famous fish and chips!

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Aldeburgh is also great for dogs as there is a scenic walk from Aldeburgh into Thorpeness, where you will come across the House in the Clouds.








4. Ickworth House

Ickworth House is a beautiful Georgian palace, set in the English landscape. It is a National Trust property, which displays a large silver and art collection situated near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.

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There are many seasonal exhibitions and activity days for children, with plenty of eateries and souvenir shops.


Opening times – Please visit website for more information
House: 11am – 5pm*
Café: 10.30 – 5pm
Gardens: 9-5.30pm*
Parkland, woods and Children’s playground: 9am – 5.30pm*
*Tours only between 11am to 12noon and 4pm to 5pm.
Please visit website for more information
Adult: £12.60
Child: £6.35
Family: £31.55
Parklands and gardens only
Adult: £6.35
Child: £3.15
Family: £15.55



5. Dunwich Heath and Beach

Dunwich Heath and Beach is a peaceful nature reserve along the Suffolk Coast. Dunwich is well known for its tea rooms, shopping and dog walks.

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There are many places to go birdwatching where you will see some of nature’s most precious and rare birds.

Close to Dunwich beach is a hotel, pub and restaurant called The Ship. It’s a great place for lunch or dinner after a walk down the beach or heath. It also accommodates dogs, which welcomes a lot of dog walkers that visit too.

It’s the place to visit for a peaceful stroll along the beach, with an ice cream in hand!


Opening times
Please visit website for more information
Heath: Dawn to dusk
Shop: 10am – 5pm
Tea room: 10am – 5pm
You can get to Dunwich, either by car, train, cycle path, bus or by foot
Coastguard Cottages
Minsmere Road
IP17 3DJ
The Ship hotel, pub and restaurant – Trip advisor reviews
Opening times
Monday – Friday: 8am – 9pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8am – 9pm
Contact details
01728 648219



Top 5 activities with the kids

There is plenty to keep the kids entertained in Suffolk. From theme parks to forest trails. Who wouldn't want to explore Rendlesham Forest's UFO Trail?


1. Rendlesham  Forest UFO Trail

Rendlesham  Forest UFO Trail

Take your children somewhere a little strange and unique in the holidays or weekend, with the Rendlesham Forest UFO trail! The length of the UFO trail is 3 miles long, but if you would like to explore further, the forest has beautiful walks throughout to offer.

There is a brand new addition to the trail, where you will be able to see the UFO that was believed to be sighted in 1980.

“Lovely forest, great for kids and dog!” – TripAdvisor review


Rendlesham wood
Contact details
01394 450164



2. Pleasurewood Hills

Pleasurewood Hills

There are many rides and attractions set within 52 acres at Pleasurewood Hills, which are suitable for all of the family.

Pleasurewood Hills is a great day out, around 10 minutes from the town centre of Great Yarmouth. There is so much to explore, from rollercoasters and log flumes to family fun in the kids zone where you will find fantastic shows from sea lions and playful parrots. 

“Good day out” – TripAdvisor review


Opening times
Seasonal opening times - Visit website for more information
Ticket prices
Gold (12+ years): £20 online, £22 gate price
Silver (11 years and under): £17 online, £19 gate price
Under 1 metre: Free
OAP/Disabled/Carer: £15 online, £16 gate price
Leisure Way
NR32 4TZ
Contact number
01502 586000



3. Africa Alive

Africa Alive

Make your day out an adventure, with Africa Alive. There are many things to do and see with friends or family such as animal experiences with Meer cats, events, activities and displays at the discovery centre. At the discovery centre you can get hands on with smaller animals like reptiles and small mammals, great for younger children.

Africa Alive is perfect for summer holidays and educational school trips.


Whites Lane
NR33 7TF
Contact number
01502 740291



4. Go Ape Thetford

Go Ape Thetford

Get active with Go Ape in Thetford. There are many fun activities to do with all family and friends. You can head into the forest with high wire tree top adventures, zip trekking adventures and forest Segway experiences.

The Go Ape site in Thetford is set within 50,000 acres of forest and is the largest man made forest. There are many facilities at Thetford such as bike hire, cycle trails, walking routes, kids play areas as well as onsite parking and food and drink.


Opening times
Visit website for more information
Tree Top Adventure
Baboon (10 – 15 years): £52
Gorilla (16+ years): £33
Tree Top Junior
All ages over 1 metre: £18
Forest Segway
Riders (10+ years over 7 stone): £35
High Lodge Forest Visitor Centre
Santon Downham
Ip27 0AF
Contact number
0845 5193072



5. Suffolk Owl Sanctuary

Suffolk Owl Sanctuary

Suffolk Owl Sanctuary is based in Stonham Aspal in Suffolk starting as a charity, promoting owl conservation throughout the UK. It’s a delightful place to visit, watch or to simply learn more about the owls.

The owl sanctuary is open 7 days a week, 10am to late afternoon (except over Christmas holiday periods).


Summer – Open daily 10am-5pm
Come & Go Pass (April 1st – late September)
Adults: £7.50
Seniors: £6.00
Juniors 4 – 14 years: £6.00
Family Group (5): £27.50
Disabled visitors: as above
Carers: Free
Children under 4 years: Free
Visit website for more information
Stonham Barns
Pettaugh Road
Stonham Aspal
IP14 6AT
Contact number
08456 807897



Top 5 restaurants in Suffolk

On your visit to Suffolk, make sure you book a table with one of these delicious restaurants. Why not explore what Aldeburgh has to offer and go out for an evening meal? 


1. The Lighthouse

 The Lighthouse Aldeburgh
77 High Street
IP15 5AU



2. The Regatta

 The Regatta Aldeburgh
171-173 High Street
IP15 5AN



3. Maison Bleue Restaurant

 Maison Bleue Restaurant Bury St Edmunds
30-31 Churchgate Street
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 1RG



4. 1921 Angel Hill

 1921 Angel Hill Bury St Edmunds
19-21 Angel Hill
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 1UZ



5. Mariners Restaurant of Ipswich

 Mariners Restaurant of Ipswich
Neptune Quay

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