Lisa Burn

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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.
Melford Hall

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

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.

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