• Framlingham Castle - (c) Emily Fae Photography

Ed Sheeran's Suffolk Coast

If you didn't know already, multi-award winning songwriter and singer Ed Sheeran is a fellow Suffolk Coaster! 

The star grew up in the historic town of Framlingham, and it's his hometown that was the source of inspiration for his latest release. 

If you fancy tracing Ed's steps, then why not plan a trip to Orford; the setting for the video, and the 'Castle on the Hill' in Framlingham...

Orford 

One of Suffolk's most picturesque villages, it's not hard to see why Ed Sheeran chose it for the setting of his video.

Take a step back in time and visit the castle, which offers panoramic coastal views, before warming up with a steaming hot chocolate in one of the many cafes in the High Street. 

Orford Ness has a mysterious past, once the haunt of smugglers, the 10 mile shingle spit with marshes, lagoons and waterways later became a Ministry of Defence Atomic Weapons Research Centre. Today, the Nature Reserve is home to some of the UKs rarest birdlife.

After a day of exploring, enjoy a meal and stay at The Crown and Castle where 4-legged friends are welcome too!

For more information on Orford and to plan your trip, check out our Orford Town Guide

Framlingham

No trip to Framlingham would be complete without a trip to the 'Castle on the Hill'. Whilst some artistic licence may have been used when Ed refers to a 'Mountain,' be sure to take a walk around the castle Mere; a haven for birdlife and wildlife in all seasons.

The Castle itself has stood in the Suffolk town since the 12th Century and it was here that Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England. Walk around the castle walls and enjoy views across the town and surrounding Suffolk countryside, or join in with the sword fighting, bow and arrow training, and live music on one of the many themed days.

Packed with independent shops, cafes and restaurants, there are plenty of places to enjoy a delicious lunch, or a la carte meal made with locally sourced produce. And for hardcore Ed fans, stop for a coffee in The Dancing Goat, where you will find the plaque marking one million sales of the album 'X' hanging on the wall, donated to the cafe by Ed himself!

For more information on Framlingham and to plan your trip, check out our Framlingham Town Guide



where to stay

Mollett’s Farm

Mollett’s Farm

Saxmundham

Mollett’s Farm is a family-run haven of peace and tranquillity near Suffolk’s Heritage Coast. With new custom-designed holiday studios and cottages, it’s a home away from home. 

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Milsoms Kesgrave Hall

Milsoms Kesgrave Hall

Ipswich

Kesgrave Hall has 27 bedrooms, all individual in size, décor and style ranging from standard through to super de-luxe (think bathtubs in the rooms and fabulous walk in showers).

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Mill Hill Farm Caravan & Camping Park

Mill Hill Farm Caravan & Camping Park

Saxmundham

The peace and quiet of this campsites' surroundings make this an ideal location for a 'get away from it all' relaxing break. 

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Lodge Farm Cottages

Lodge Farm Cottages

Lowestoft

Two beautifully converted self catering barns - The Granary and The Dairy offer luxurious, spacious and well equipped accommodation on an arable farm between Southwold and Lowestoft on the Suffolk Coast

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Snape Maltings Holiday Cottages

Snape Maltings Holiday Cottages

Snape

Snape Maltings is a unique set of Victorian malthouses set alongside the River Alde. There is an eclectic range of shops, galleries and eateries all on the doorstep as well as the world famous Concert Hall.

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High Lodge Leisure

High Lodge Leisure

Saxmundham

High Lodge's self-catering lodges boast an excellent location close to the renowned coastal hotspots of Southwold, Aldeburgh and RSPB Minsmere.

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Suffolk Coastal Cottages

Suffolk Coastal Cottages

Southwold

Self-catering cottages with a personal touch, owned and managed by Trish Gower, offering delightful self-catering cottages in attractive unspoilt villages at or close to The Suffolk Coast. 

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Holidaycottages.co.uk

Holidaycottages.co.uk

A leading holiday cottage lettings company with over a selection of handpicked cottages in Suffolk.

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Belle Grove 

Belle Grove

Halesworth

Located in Halesworth, Belle Grove is an extra special place for a well-deserved break, birthday celebration, anniversary, romantic week-end or family get–together. 

"This place really is magical!"

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The White Lion

The White Lion

Aldeburgh

The White Lion Hotel is a contemporary coastal town hotel, boasting great views and character, situated just a few steps away from Suffolk's stunning Aldeburgh beach. It's also home to the fantastic Brasserie restaurant and Indian restaurant, Sea Spice.

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The Crown and Castle

The Crown and Castle

Orford

The Crown and Castle is situated in the beautiful village of Orford, right next door to Henry II's Orford Castle. Renowned for a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere, The Crown and Castle invites guests to enjoy these stunning surroundings and make memories that will last a lifetime. 
Winner *Good Hotel Guide Editor’s Choice 2018 award for Restaurant with Rooms *

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Windmill Lodges

Windmill Lodges

Woodbridge

Available throughout the year for a short break or longer. Windmill Lodges offers 4* and 5* authentic log cabins with private hot tubs; a perfect base for exploring The Suffolk Coast.

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Wheatacre Hall Barns

Wheatacre Hall Barns

Beccles

Wheatacre Hall Barns are a collection of eight barns, sympathetically converted into modern luxury accommodation.

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The Westleton Crown

The Westleton Crown

Westleton

The Crown takes pride of place on the edge of a quintessential Suffolk village green.
Perfectly placed for a pint, a weekend break, or supper with family and friends; our landscaped terraces provide abundant al fresco eating and drinking spots. 


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The Ship At Dunwich

The Ship At Dunwich

Dunwich

Imagine the perfect coastal pub. A stroll from the beach, open log fires in winter, light and airy in summer with sheltered sun traps outside in Autumn and Spring to enjoy off season sunshine. 

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Suffolk Secrets

Suffolk Secrets

Southwold

Suffolk Secrets is proud to offer the best choice of self-catering holiday cottages on The Suffolk Coast.

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School Farm Cottages

School Farm Cottages

Halesworth

School Farm is the ideal location for getting out and about in the countryside. Perfect for visiting the many pretty villages, market towns and lovely beaches in this beautiful part of Suffolk

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Run Cottage Touring Park 

Run Cottage Touring Park

Woodbridge

Run Cottage offers peace and tranquility, a place to escape the hustle and bustle of today’s busy lifestyle and is the perfect base to see the sights of Suffolk.

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Oak Tree Farm Bed and Breakfast

Oak Tree Farm Bed and Breakfast

Yoxford

Oak Tree farm is set in six acres just outside Yoxford, surrounded by beautiful countryside and within a few miles of many of the attractions and lovely places in the area including Southwold, Aldeburgh and Framlingham.

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The Anchor

The Anchor

Walberswick

Plenty of alfresco seating on the 3 beautiful terraces in the summer and a roaring log fire for the winter!

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The Brudenell

The Brudenell

Aldeburgh

The Brudenell Hotel in Aldeburgh is the Suffolk coasts hidden gem. Enjoy breath-taking sea views and exquisite dining experiences right by the beach, the perfect destination for your Suffolk getaway.

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The Crown Hotel Southwold

The Crown Hotel Southwold

Southwold

An exciting and intimate combination of small hotel, bar, pub and restaurant, The Crown is always buzzing with a lively informality.

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The Swan Hotel

The Swan Hotel

Southwold

This stylish and contemporary hotel sits proudly on Southwold marketplace and has been welcoming guests for over 350 years. 

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Best of Suffolk

Best of Suffolk

Aldeburgh

Best of Suffolk like to do things differently. Their hand-picked selection of over 300 stylish, self-catering places to stay in Suffolk offer guests well-appointed properties in prime locations. 

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Croft Farm

Croft Farm

Snape

Croft Farm's two holiday cottages have been converted from traditional farm buildings to provide the perfect place to stay and enjoy the best of the Suffolk Coast.

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All Seasons Cottage Breaks 

All Seasons Cottage Breaks

Saxmundham

3 charming 4* Self Catering Holiday Cottages in the historic market town of Saxmundham, close to the Suffolk Heritage Coast and within easy reach of all popular places of interest.

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The House in the Clouds

The House in the Clouds

Thorpeness

The House in the Clouds is one of the UK's/world's most famous follies! Set in 1 acre of private grounds, this iconic landmark overlooks Thorpeness Golf Course, Thorpeness Meare and the sea on the very beautiful Suffolk Heritage Coast.

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Wardley Hill Campsite 

Wardley Hill Campsite

Bungay

Wardley Hill Campsite is an eco campsite offering unregimented and relaxed car free camping for tents and vans. A Luxurious Bell Tent, Shepherds Hut and  an amazing Tiny House are on offer for those of you who don't want to pack your own tent pegs. 

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Alde Garden

Alde Garden

A tiny site with an eclectic range of quirky and unusual accommodation, set in the garden of an award winning pub.

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Salthouse Harbour Hotel 

Salthouse Harbour Hotel

The Salthouse Harbour Hotel in Ipswich is one of Suffolk's most iconic hotels. It offers a 4-star luxury experience and award-winning cuisine in one of the counties most beautiful settings - the vibrant Ipswich waterfront. 

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Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel

Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel

Situated on the sunny Suffolk Heritage Coast within walking distance to the sea. Thorpeness' modern hotel offers a range of bedrooms, with a fantastic grill house, and picturesque views of the golf course.

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Haw Wood Farm 

Haw Wood Farm

Awarded 5 Gold pennants from the AA, Haw Wood Farm is a peaceful site near Darsham for touring caravans and tents known for their spacious pitches and friendly service. 

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The Crown at Woodbridge 

The Crown at Woodbridge

The Crown at Woodbridge boasts a chic aesthetic bringing a fresh feel to all that is great about escaping to the country, combined with all that is good about staying in a bustling market town. 

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Easton Farm Park Cottages

Easton Farm Park Cottages

Wake up in the tranquillity of rural Suffolk, pull on some clothes and head out to help feed the bunnies and the chickens on the farm. 

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Cliff House Holiday Park 

Cliff House Holiday Park

Cliff House is an award winning 30 acre 5 star EATB rated holiday park in Dunwich, specialising in lodges for sale, static caravans for sale, self-catering; including investment purchase self-catering, camping and touring caravan pitches. 

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The Angel

The Angel

Set in the heart of the historic town of Halesworth, The Angel offers comfortable traditional facilities in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Ensuite bedrooms, Italian Restaurant and full bar menu options mean your enjoyment is assured.

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Boundary Farm Glamping

Boundary Farm Glamping

Luxury glamping safari tents and a unique A-Frame Scandi Cabin set in a two-acre meadow, on a family-run arable farm near Aldeburgh and Southwold. The best way to make the most of outdoor living without having to compromise on comfort. 

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Original Cottages 

Original Cottages

Original Cottages are the UK’s leading independent, family-owned holiday lettings company. They bring together over 30 truly local agencies into the Original Cottages family with over 5,600 properties all around the UK. They have a perfect UK holiday for all of their holidaymakers and are passionate about helping you find that holiday.

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Durrants Holiday Cottages

Durrants Holiday Cottages

Durrants Holiday Cottages represents a collection of 80 holiday cottages along the Suffolk Coast, plus 30 beach huts right on Southwold’s seafront.

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Iken Barns

Iken Barns

Iken Barns is a collection of converted Victorian farm buildings situated on the banks of the Alde Estuary - truly one of the most stunning locations of The Suffolk Coast. 

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