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.