• TTDA - Bury St Edmunds - Statue
  • TTDA - Boat on broads - (c) Visit the Broads
  • TTDA - Newmarket - Jockey on horse - (c) Discover Newmarket
  • Towns & Villages - Ipswich - Old Customs House

Days Out within a 1 hour drive of The Suffolk Coast

The Suffolk coast is a fabulous destination in itself, offering long stretches of sandy beaches, pebbly walks and stunning cliff top scenery. However, just a stone’s throw from the shore and within only an hour drive there are many other interesting destinations and attractions to enjoy!

From fun family days out to bustling places to shop and breath-taking vistas, take a trip to one of the many exciting places just 60 minutes drive from the Suffolk Coast.

Norwich

TTDA - Norwich - Castle & Cathedral (c) Visit Norwich

The medieval city of Norwich is a vibrant and picturesque city in the heart of the Norfolk countryside. The city is a glorious place to wander whilst taking in the beautiful historic architecture including the Maid’s Head Hotel - said to be the oldest hotel in Britain, two cathedrals and even a castle.

Norwich is also full of opportunities for shopping and has been ranked in the top ten shopping cities in the UK. There are two large malls with all the most popular high street brands and for shoppers looking for something more unusual there is a market, Norwich Lanes and the historic Royal Arcade.

Stop off at one of the many independent restaurants and cafes in the city such as the stylish Stranger’s Coffee Shop or the Farmyard Restaurant to satisfy your appetite. You can also enjoy a spot of culture at Norwich’s popular Theatre Royal or visit the Forum which hosts a range of artistic and cultural events for the whole family. 

From Southwold - 56 minutes drive

From Lowestoft - 51 minutes drive

From Beccles - 34 minutes

Visit https://www.visitnorwich.co.uk/ to plan your visit.

Bury St Edmunds

TTDA - Bury St Edmunds - Gardens

Bury St Edmunds is a unique town echoing with a rich and varied history. At its centre is the impressive Abbey ruins, surrounded by the well-kept Abbey Gardens, a wonderful place for wandering and contemplation. T

he town centre is characterful, with a range of great independent shops as well as The Arc shopping centre for all your favourite high street brands. You can while away the time in one of Bury’s many independent coffee shops such as Cafe Kottani or the atmospherically located ‘Really Rather Good’ on the corner of Angel Hill.

When it comes to dining, Bury St Edmunds is a fantastic place for foodies, with a range of renowned independent eateries for your delectation. Sample the award winning menu at ‘The Northgate’ which offers diners a popular ‘Taste of East Anglia’ menu created with the best ingredients the region has to offer or book a table at Pea Porridge - Suffolk's first recipient of the Michelin star.

From Woodbridge - 51 minutes drive

From Framlingham - 52 minutes drive

From Felixstowe - 51 minutes drive

Go to https://www.visit-burystedmunds.co.uk/ to plan your visit.

Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure

TTDA - Roarr Dinosaur Adventure - T Rex

For all the dino-fans in your family, look no further than Roarr Dinosaur Adventure Park, a Pre-historic experience like no other. This ‘Jurarassic’ park offers a range of attractions for children of all ages, with plenty to do for big and little ones.

Attractions include the Raptor Races, an expansive indoor play area, an exciting high ropes experience, and even a chance to get your hands dirty in a fossil dig. On warm days you can cool down in Dippy’s splash zone or enjoy the shade of the brand new theatre while you watch a show. Be sure to take a picnic as there are many attractive areas to sit down and replenish your energy while the kids run around and expend theirs! 

From Beccles - 49 minutes drive

From Lowestoft - 1 hour 2 minutes drive

From Halesworth - 1 hour 3 minutes drive

Go to https://www.roarrdinosauradventure.co.uk/ to plan your visit.

Pettitts Animal Adventure Park

TTDA - Pettitts Animal Adventur Park - Mouse (c) Pettitts Animal Adventure Park

A great day out for families with young children, Pettitts Animal Adventure Park boasts a range of thrilling rides; take a ride on the crazy caterpillar, the safari adventure and the rocky rollercoaster and hop aboard the much-loved Pettitts railway for a leisurely trip around the park.

There are lots of different animals to see at Pettitts including snakes, lizards, parrots and even bigger creatures like ponies, pigs and wallabies. Don’t miss everyone’s favorite- the cheeky meerkats! Spend some time in Pettitts unique play areas, including the rustic Robin Hood playground with its slides and rope bridges, the idyllic Pettitts play beach and for aspiring builders- the construction playground! In addition, Pettitts hosts a range of special event days where kids can meet and greet their favourite characters such as Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol and Hey Duggie. 

From Lowestoft - 36 minutes drive

From Beccles - 46 minutes drive

From Southwold - 1 hour 6 minutes drive

Go to https://www.pettittsadventurepark.co.uk/ to plan your visit.

Constable Country

TTDA - Flatford Mill - Willy Lotts House (c) Visit East of England

Suffolk is famed as the location of ‘Constable Country’ boasting the picturesque landscapes immortalised in paintings by none other than John Constable. The most famous of his works is perhaps ‘The Hay Wain’ which depicts a horse and cart crossing the River Stour. The place in the painting is Flatford and if you visit today you’ll find it amazingly unchanged by time. You can still see Flatford Mill, the White Cottage and even Bridge Cottage, which hosts a Constable exhibition for you to peruse. 

Budding artists can take their paints and find a shady spot to sit and paint their own interpretation of this famous scene.

From Woodbridge - 35 minute drive

From Ipswich - 25 minute drive

From Wickham Market - 42 minute drive

Go to https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/flatford to plan your visit.

The Norfolk Broads

TTDA - Broads National Park - Day cruiser (c) Visit the Broads

If you are already visiting the seaside town of Lowestoft, you're only a short drive, walk or cycle from Oulton Broad, a jaunty suburb of Lowestoft forming the gateway to the Broads National Park. Oulton Broad is a great summer destination; with water sports to enjoy and a family friendly park and playground. But to really make the most of the waterways it makes sense to take to the water and explore by boat.

Whether you take a day trip out on a skippered boat or hire a vessel for a longer boating holiday you’ll find it a relaxing way to explore the area and a great opportunity to stop off at destinations along the way. You can also start your adventure further along the river at delightful Beccles or drive along to Potter Heigham or Wroxham in Norfolk and experience the broads from a different starting point. 

(To Potter Heigham) From Lowestoft - 45 minute drive

(To Wroxham) From Lowestoft - 47 minute drive

(To Wroxham) From Beccles - 40 minute drive

(To Wroxham) From Southwold - 1 hour 3 minutes drive

Go to https://www.visitthebroads.co.uk/ to plan your visit.

Ipswich

Suffolk's county town, Ipswich is perfect for a day out with the family, a couples date day or somewhere to enjoy some culture, good food and shopping by yourself.

Start your day in the historic cobbled lanes and peruse the independent shops and galleries, before heading to the Waterfront to discover the town's maritime history. Stop for lunch at the Salthouse Eaterie before making your way to Christchurch Park where children can let off steam in the leafy gardens. Here you can also pay a visit to Christchurch Mansion; Explore the period rooms from the Tudor kitchen to the sumptuous Georgian saloon and admire the large collection of fine art, which includes renowned Suffolk artists John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough. 

For those with children and younger family members, you could instead opt for Ipswich Museum which is home to the much-loved mammoth, 'Wool-I-Am'. Travel the globe or step back in time and see how Ipswich has changed since the Stone Age, discover the Ancient Egyptians, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Victorians and more. 

From Southwold - 1 hour 2 minutes drive

From Woodbridge - 22 minutes drive

From Felixstowe - 25 minutes drive

Go to https://allaboutipswich.com/ to plan your visit.

Newmarket

Enjoy a day at the races and much more at the home of horse racing, Newmarket.

Book one of the many tours on offer and you can go behind the scenes at horse racing’s headquarters, see the equine stars at work and learn about the fascinating history, heritage and culture of this unique Suffolk town.

If you enjoy the finer things in life, why not buy tickets for a race day or book the Champagne Afternoon Tea and Tour; Learn about the illustrious history of The Jockey Club and the sport of horse racing through a guided tour of The Jockey Club Rooms.

You will also enjoy a private viewing of their collection of sporting art and memorabilia before indulging in a champagne afternoon tea, which includes both sweet and savoury treats and a range of specially blended Jockey Club teas.

From Ipswich - 52 minutes drive

From Woodbridge - 1 hour 5 minutes drive

Go to https://discovernewmarket.co.uk/ to plan your visit 



Things to see and do

The Suffolk Punch Trust

The Suffolk Punch Trust

Woodbridge

The Suffolk Punch Trust is an educational and environmental charity dedicated to breeding and preserving the Suffolk Punch horse. 

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Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Snape

Snape Maltings sits on the bank of the River Alde, surrounded by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and just five miles from Aldeburgh.

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Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge

Check the website for times of Milling Demonstrations and Wheel-Turnings. The Tide Mill has stood on the banks of the River Deben for over 800 years.

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Easton Farm Park 

Easton Farm Park

Woodbridge

Fun family day out on the farm. Home to plenty of farm animals, including a new contingent of ducklings, lambs, foals, chicks, piglets and calves every spring, Easton Farm Park never ceases to be a popular day out for families and school trips.

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Oulton Broad Dayboats

Oulton Broad Dayboats

Self drive boat hire by the hour or day, spend time afloat in the newly created Broads National park here in Suffolk. 

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Sailing Barge Victor 

Sailing Barge Victor

Sailing Barge Victor is a perfect marriage of a majestic and traditionally rigged 19th century sailing vessel with comfortable, modern facilities for guests.

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Beaches

Beaches

Whether you’re in search of a great family day out, a birdwatching haven, or trip back in time, the beaches along the Suffolk Coast will provide you with a memorable day out whatever the time of year.

In the winter, Suffolk's beaches take on a whole new persona; with windswept dunes, crashing waves, and bracing winds, they are the perfect place to blow away the cobwebs, stroll hand in hand with your loved one, or enjoy a solitary dog walk.


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Orwell Lady River Cruises

Orwell Lady River Cruises

Ipswich

From April to October each year, Orwell Lady cruises up and down the beautiful and historic River Orwell, offering passengers a choice of trips and experiences whilst taking in the beautiful wooded stretches of the river, local wildlife and points of local and historical interest.

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Africa Alive!

Africa Alive!

Kessingland

Make your day out an adventure with a visit to Africa Alive!

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Discover Landguard

Discover Landguard

The Landguard Peninsula is located at the southerly most point of the town of Felixstowe. 

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Iken Canoe 

Iken Canoe

Iken Canoe hires out Canadian canoes, sit-on-top kayaks and stand up paddleboards (SUPs) on the stunning upper reaches of the River Alde between Snape and Aldeburgh, close to the Suffolk coast. 

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National Trust Sutton Hoo

National Trust Sutton Hoo

Woodbridge

This hauntingly beautiful 255 acre estate, with far-reaching views over the River Deben is home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time.

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Mannings Amusements

Mannings Amusements

Mannings Amusements have been providing traditional family fun on Felixstowe Seafront since 1946!

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Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Felixstowe

From tiny meadows to rolling heaths, the nature reserves extend all the way along the Suffolk Coast from Trimley Marshes at Felixstowe to Lound Lakes north of Lowestoft and are some of Suffolk's most inspiring wild places. 

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Southwold Railway Steamworks

Southwold Railway Steamworks

This one-acre site is dedicated to the 3-foot gauge Southwold Railway that connected Southwold to Halesworth from 1879 to 1929.The Southwold Railway Trust are dedicated to preserving the memory of this special little railway and re-opening as much of the old route as they can. 

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Hippersons Boatyard 

Hippersons Boatyard

Some of the best ways to see and experience the river! Day boats, canoes, kayaks, Stand up Paddleboards (SUPs) and a pedal boat unique to the Norfolk Broads, are all available to hire on the southern reach of the Norfolk Broads in Beccles, with day hire from 9.15am till 4.45pm, costing £110 for the day on an electric boat or £55 a day on the canoe or double kayak. We also offer guided canoe and kayak tours with our guides, and SUP lessons with our qualified instructor. 

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Beccles Lido & Big Dog Ferry

Beccles Lido & Big Dog Ferry

Beccles

Beccles Lido is OPEN for swimming by advance booking only!

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Anglia Indoor Karting 

Anglia Indoor Karting

With indoor racing karts and their professionally designed, exhilarating multi-level circuit, Anglia Indoor Karting brings the thrill of motorsport to all adrenaline-seekers!

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National Trust Orford Ness

National Trust Orford Ness

Wild, remote and exposed, Orford Ness contains the ruined remnants of a disturbing past. Ranked among the most important shingle features in the world, rare and fragile wildlife thrives where weapons, including atomic bombs, were once tested and perfected.

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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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The Long Shop Museum

The Long Shop Museum

Leiston

Based in the original Richard Garrett and Sons Town Works, The Long Shop museum tells an inspiring story of enterprise and innovation. Explore the buildings and the collections and reveal remarkable stories of the Garrett family and the local Suffolk folk that made the factory and its products world famous! 

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Bawdsey Radar

Bawdsey Radar

Bawdsey Radar tells the story of the first operational radar station in the world where radar was developed that helped win the Battle of Britain.

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Waveney River Tours

Waveney River Tours

Lowestoft

Conducted river tours and boat hire through the Waveney Valley and the New Broads National Park.

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Deben Cruises

Deben Cruises

Enjoy a two-hour river cruise along the River Deben.

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Southwold Cycle Hire

Southwold Cycle Hire

Southwold

Unlike a larger town, there aren’t any major roads in Southwold, meaning it’s a far safer environment for anyone on two wheels. Plus it only takes a few minutes pedalling in any direction before you are taking in scenic views, whether it’s a breathtaking coastal panorama or Suffolk’s rural landscape.

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Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant 

Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant

Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant provides a unique and exciting dining experience offering breakfast, lunch, supper and dinner cruises from Orford Quay.

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National Trust Dunwich Heath

National Trust Dunwich Heath

Dunwich Heath and Beach is a precious landscape on the Suffolk coast where you can experience a true sense of being at one with nature. 

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RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

Westleton

Discover nature together on the beautiful Suffolk coast. Wander among the wetlands and woods, potter along the beach, and pause to watch some amazing wildlife. 

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