The Suffolk Coast
  • National Trust - Sutton Hoo

Historical Suffolk

The Suffolk Coast is steeped in history. From the Anglo-Saxons to modern history of the 20th Century, there are places to visit and things to do that will immerse you in the fascinating past of the Suffolk Coast.

This burial site of Kings at National Trust - Sutton Hoo ranks pretty high on the scale of significant archaeological finds and is one of the top finds in the UK. An excavation in 1939 uncovered an Anglo-Saxon burial ship for a king complete with his treasures and it completely changed how the Dark Ages were viewed.

Dotted right across the Suffolk Coast you’ll find a treasure trove of museums dedicated to everything from our agricultural heritage through to the buses and trams of yesteryear.

The Long Shop Museum in Leiston showcases the enterprise and endeavours of the local Garrett family. This was the first purpose built assembly line in the world – hence its name. Engineers designed and built ploughs, steam engines, trolley buses, washing machines and more – with much of their work being exported!

On the outskirts of Lowestoft you’ll find the East Anglia Transport Museum. Their collection of working trams, trolleybuses and coaches continues to grow – and you get the chance to ride on them too. Add in their expanding exhibits of a bygone era plus a narrow gauge working railway and there’s something for all the kids – big and small.

Our coast line has experienced the threat of invasion for centuries and Landguard Fort in Felixstowe gives you an insight into more than 400 years of protecting our shores.

And the Maritime Museum in Lowestoft is packed full of exhibits from the wartime exploits of the Royal Naval Patrol Service to the once thriving fishing industry.

For a bit of cultural history pay a visit to The Red House in Aldeburgh. Once the home of renowned composer, Benjamin Britten, you can explore the home where he lived and worked.

Just down the road you’ll find the delightful Snape Maltings – a local food hub and home to some fine shops. But it is its concert hall and close links to Benjamin Britten that give it its true claim to fame.

Every town and village on the Suffolk Coast has its own history waiting to be discovered by you. 

Whether you take a walk on the Framlingham Heritage Trail, explore Waveney Valley’s Bigod Way or just wander round the market squares and lanes, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the wealth of history here on the Suffolk Coast.

Things to see and do


The Amber Museum

The Amber Museum

Southwold

A small museum in the seaside town of Southwold purpose built to explain the origin of amber, its history and its uses throughout the years.

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The Red House

The Red House

Aldeburgh

The music of Benjamin Britten is the soundtrack of the Suffolk coast. At The Red House in Aldeburgh you can explore the life and work of this world-famous composer in the place where he lived and worked.

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Lowestoft Ferry

Lowestoft Ferry

The harbour launch "Terrier" provides regular daily trips between the attractions of Lowestoft and Oulton Broad.

Running hourly along the inland waterway known as Lake Lothing the journey provides a new and interesting way to see the town from the water. Accommodating up to 12 passengers, the vessel can be booked for groups. Why not give the traffic a miss, sit back and enjoy the view!


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Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Snape

Snape Maltings is a place of energy and inspiration – a visitor destination of outstanding natural beauty and one of the world’s leading centres of music, founded by Suffolk-born composer Benjamin Britten. 

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Suffolk Coast Greeters

Suffolk Coast Greeters

Suffolk Coast Greeters offer a friendly face in a new place. Whether you are moving into Suffolk, visiting for the first time, or want to experience the outstanding landscapes of the Suffolk Coast in a new way our growing network of volunteer Greeters could help. 

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National Trust Sutton Hoo

National Trust Sutton Hoo

Woodbridge

Discover the story of the Anglo-Saxons at the burial ground of kings

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Landguard Fort

Landguard Fort

Felixstowe

Discover the rich military and maritime heritage of Landguard Fort, one of England's best preserved coastal defences, with a history spanning almost 450 years. 

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Long Shop Museum

Long Shop Museum

Leiston

Located at the heart of the original Richard Garrett and Sons Town Works, The Long Shop museum tells an inspiring story of enterprise and endeavor through its stunning collections, hands-on displays and the remarkable family behind the factory.

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Wheelchair Accessible


East Anglia Transport Museum

East Anglia Transport Museum

Lowestoft

The only museum in East Anglia where you can ride on working trams, trolley buses and narrow gauge railway!

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Dog friendly

where to stay


Kenton Hall Estate

Kenton Hall Estate

Framlingham

Kenton Hall Estate offers unique glamping accommodation set in heart of the Suffolk countryside.

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