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The Top Ten Places for a Family Break in Suffolk

by Lisa Burn

Suffolk lies at the heart of East Anglia, yet is within easy reach of London by road and rail. As a destination for short breaks to suit all the family it ticks all of the boxes – from country hotels to old-fashioned guest houses, traditional seaside towns to high-tech theme parks, museums to nature reserves, you will find them all here. A county of contrasts, Suffolk is home to modern towns, traditional chocolate box-style villages, lush green countryside, sandy beaches and historic buildings. There’s something for all ages and interests, and I’ve selected 10 of my favourite places to give you a flavour of this richly diverse county.


Showing below are all 5 records in "The Top Ten Places for a Family Break in Suffolk"

National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art, Palace Street, Newmarket, Suffolk

Follow in the footsteps of royalty as you visit Newmarket and experience the excitement of the ‘Sport of Kings’. As well as an unrivalled collection of racing and equine memorabilia and art, this museum is hands on – ride the mechanical racehorse for a taste of jockey life or dress in racing silks. For kids, there’s a Diamond Jubilee quiz and a chance to tack up a model. Combine your visit with a trip to the gallops to see horses in training or a tour of a working yard.

Melford Hall (Historic House)

Long Melford, Sudbury

Melford Hall, Long Melford, Sudbury, Suffolk

Built in the 16th century, Melford Hall has played host to distinguished guests, including Queen Elizabeth I and children’s story writer Beatrix Potter. A cousin of the Hyde Parker family – still owners of the hall today – the author drew inspiration from the house and grounds for her stories and paintings; her original Jemima Puddleduck toy still exists and is on display to visitors. Enjoy a picnic in the grounds, walk around the gardens or take part in a variety of activities and events for all ages.

Sutton Hoo (Attraction / Activity)

Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge

Sutton Hoo, Tranmer House, Woodbridge, Suffolk

Travel back in time and discover Anglo-Saxon life at one of the most important archaeological sites in the country. Beneath the grassy mounds that surround you as you walk, archaeologists uncovered the burial chambers of noblemen, complete in one case with what was left of a 90ft boat – its imprint cast forever in the soil. Swords, spears, shields and precious jewellery were also found, some or which can be seen on site. A great place for hands-on history fun.

The Gables (Self Catering)

Lee Road, Aldeburgh

The Gables, Lee Road, Aldeburgh, Suffolk

For a traditional trip to the seaside Aldeburgh is hard to beat – and the Gables luxury self-catering holiday cottage provides an ideal base from which to explore. With accommodation for up to 14 people, the cottage is fully kitted out with kitchen appliances, flat screen TV, garden furniture and barbecue. It is just a short way from the beach and local shops – including a traditional fish and chip shop – and is conveniently located for attending the annual Aldeburgh Festival or Snape Proms.

Royal Worlington & Newmarket Golf Club (Golf Course)

Golf Links Road, Worlington, Bury St Edmunds

Royal Worlington & Newmarket Golf Club, Golf Links Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Founded in 1893, this course is definitely one to visit for golf fans – it is listed among the top 100 in the country and is said to be one of the greatest nine-hole courses in the world. The terrain is softly undulating, the soil well drained and golf can be played here year round. Visitors need to book in advance and lessons are available with the club professional. The clubhouse offers a range of snacks and lunches.


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