Things to do in Framlingham
If you are heading to Framlingham for the 'Grand Depart', then pay a visit to Paddy & Scotts for pastries and coffee to start your day. Once you've filled your boots, walk up to Market Hill and find a place to watch the cyclists start this year's tour!
Before heading off to catch them further along the route, a trip to Framlingham wouldn't be complete without a visit to the castle; a magnificent late 12th-century castle surrounded by the mere, considered by many to be the best view of inland Suffolk. The castle's owners for over 400 years were the Earls and Dukes of Norfolk, the supreme magnates in East Anglia – rich, ambitious and influential both at home and abroad. Over the centuries, the castle has accommodated many a famous guest, including Mary Tudor, who, during a stay here, was proclaimed Queen of England.
The town is crammed with independent cafes, restaurants and shops too. The town is easily explored by bicycle or foot with the Framlingham Town Trail before heading to the next stop of the tour or Southwold for the finish.
For more information on Framlingham, check out our Framlingham Guide!
Places to stay in Framlingham
Why not extend your visit to Suffolk and enjoy and a stay! There are many accommodation providers in and around the town; just a couple of miles away in the village of Saxstead, Windmill Lodges are a collection of 4 and 5 star cabins, each with their own hot tub and some with their own sauna! Perfect for soaking your legs after a day of cycling!
8 miles away in the village of Kenton lies the Kenton Hall Estate, here you can choose to stay in the Yurt, Shepherds Hut or Bell Tents, nestled in woodland. Each is set in their own secluded plot and are designed and furnished to an extremely high standard ensuring luxury and comfort, with king size beds, 100% cotton sheets, log burning stoves and private shower rooms.
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Things to do in Southwold
Stage One of the tour is due to finish in the seaside town of Southwold; if you're planning on heading to the town for the day, then there's plenty to see and do! Start your day with a visit to one of the many cafes, hotels and restaurants for breakfast. Just a stone's throw from the beach, Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom serves a cooked breakfast with sausages, bacon, egg, mushrooms, tomatoes and toast or breakfast baps and beans on toast.
After breakfast, take a stroll out to sea along the Pier and then along the beach-hut lined promenade and into the town where you will find independent shops and boutiques as well as high street brands. Explore the town by bike and head towards the common, cross the River Blyth via the foot ferry to the village of Walberswick. Enjoy a pub lunch at The Bell or The Anchor, before traveling back to Southwold and cycling along Ferry Road. Stop for a cup of tea or pint of Adnams at The Sail Loft before making your way back to the town centre.
Ahead of the arrival of the elite riders and in front of the waiting crowds on 13th June, members of the public can also take part in a sprint competition on North Parade in Southwold, battling to see who is the fastest to cycle a 100m uphill sprint section incorporating the official finish line. All you need is a bicycle, a helmet and some steely determination! More details can be found at www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/cycling-in-east-suffolk
Stage One of the race is sponsored by Southwold-based Adnams; who will be giving spectators at the finish line the chance to sample its brand new Ghost Ship alcohol-free beer.
For more information on Southwold, check out our Southwold guide!
Places to stay in Southwold
You're spoilt for choice if you fancy extending your visit with a stay in Southwold! Cottages, apartments, grand houses and hotels are aplenty here. If you're looking for somewhere to call your own for the week, then take a look at the properties available from Durrants Holiday Cottages, Acanthus Holidays, So Southwold, Solely Southwold, Horseshoe Cottage and Suffolk Coastal Cottages.
If you would prefer to put your feet up and indulge with a little luxury, then book a stay at The Swan; located in the heart of the town you can be right in the centre of the action! The hotel has a selection of sumptuous rooms, each with their own Nespresso Coffee Machine and a complimentary 20cl bottle of Adnams Copperhouse Gin. The Still Room restaurant serves an exciting selection of dishes made from local produce, or for something a little more relaxed, find a table in the Tap Room and order a pint of Adnams and some delicious gastropub grub - the perfect way to end a busy day of cycling!
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