Sometimes even the most outdoorsy type can enjoy stepping inside and delving into local history, there are plenty of museums that do not charge an entrance fee and are a perfect way to spend time when the inclement weather puts a stop to your outdoor plans.
The Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum in Southwold is named after the lifeboat that served the area between 1893 and 1918, saving many lives in that time. The museum is packed with objects and information that bring to life stories belonging to the crew members and local residents whose lives were impacted by the lifeboat. The local volunteers who run the museum are very knowledgeable and are keen to answer any questions.
Whilst in Southwold, be sure to visit Southwold Railway Steamworks; a one-acre site dedicated to the 3-foot gauge Southwold Railway that connected Southwold to Halesworth from 1879 to 1929. This historic narrow gauge railway between Halesworth & Southwold is being preserved it for future generations to enjoy, collecting and building 3-foot gauge locos and rolling stock and a station and engine shed. You can also enjoy a 7¼ inch miniature steam railway which rides around the landscaped site! Perfect for enthusiasts young and old!
Maritime history can be uncovered in Lowestoft Museum which, as well as housing a great many artefacts pertaining to Lowestoft’s extensive fishing industry also contains fossils from Pakefield dating back to 700,000 years. The museum also displays the largest collection of 18th century Lowestoft porcelain and an array of antique toys.
Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich is located within Christchurch Park, and is open all year long, with no entrance fee. Inside you can discover the history of the families who lived there throughout the years and can visit the Tudor kitchen, the Georgian saloon and the Victorian wing as well as many other rooms, all containing period furniture and pieces of art.
Next door to the mansion is the Wolsey Art Gallery which houses a collection of work by Suffolk artists as well as the biggest collection of Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable paintings outside of London.
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