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Unique Museums on The Suffolk Coast

Suffolk is home to countless intriguing museums and sites of interest for avid history seekers. The curious visitor can while away many a pleasant hour perusing interesting artifacts and ephemera of yesteryear.

From a tiny Aladdin’s cave of forgotten treasures to grand stately homes displaying beloved heirlooms, The Suffolk coast is home to numerous places where you can delve into the past and uncover new knowledge. 

East Anglia Transport Museum

TTDA - East Anglia Transport Museum - Trolley Bus

The unique East Anglia Transport Museum museum is a treasure-trove for fans of vintage automobiles; a living, working site where visitors can see a wide range of historical vehicles displayed in a way that brings history to life.

Take a stroll along the museum street where, along with trams and trolleybuses, you can take in the old post boxes, phone boxes and streetlights. Here you can learn all about the development of transport, including steam and electric powered vehicles, commercial vehicles and of course Lowestoft’s trams. Visitors can even take a ride on some of the vehicles- a literal trip down memory lane. 

Plan your visit at https://www.eatransportmuseum.co.uk/

Aldeburgh Museum

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Aldeburgh Museum is housed in the iconic Moot Hall, a superb 16th Century, Grade 1 listed timber -framed building that is also home to the Town Council.

The museum tells of Aldeburgh's rich and varied history through hands-on and digital displays. You can learn all about the beautiful Tudor building, local democracy, the fishing and shipbuilding industry, archaeological discoveries and the Anglo Saxons, the Victorian era, the Witches of Aldeburgh and much more!

Plan your visit at https://www.aldeburghmuseum.org.uk/

Suffolk Punch Trust

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Visit The Suffolk Punch Trust and you can explore the Heritage Museum where you’ll find the exhibition hall and museum of rural life, take one of the three pretty walks around the farm (dogs on leads are welcome), meet other rare Suffolk breeds such as Suffolk sheep, Red Poll cattle, Silver Appleyard ducks and Ixworth chickens, and see the collection of over sixty horse-drawn vehicles, vintage implements and machinery.

The Trust also hosts a range of activities including all sorts of horse care tips, such as how to harness a horse and braid its mane and tractor-trailer rides around the site.

Plan your visit at https://www.thesuffolkpunchtrust.co.uk/

Felixstowe Museum

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At Felixstowe Museum you can uncover Felixstowe’s rich past, taking a whirlwind tour through the history of this fascinating seaside town. Collections include ancient archaeological finds such as prehistoric mammoth tusks, Roman coins, jewellery and pots.

There is also an extensive range of Victorian and Edwardian artefacts, as well as military paraphernalia. The most unique exhibition has to be the ‘history of psychiatric care through the ages’ which gives an insight into the lives of the thousands of staff and patients who lived and worked at St Audry’s hospital. 

Plan your visit at http://felixstowemuseum.org/

Christchurch Mansion

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The beautiful Christchurch Mansion is a Tudor building boasting over 500 years of history and is at the center of Ipswich’s historic past. Built on the site of the 12th Century Holy Trinity Priory, the building has seen many changes over time and now exists as an homage to period décor throughout the years; from the Tudors to the Georgians and Victorians.

Each room is set up in period fashion, evoking the atmosphere of times gone by. During your visit you can also go to to the Wolsey art Gallery, which displays changing exhibitions of local art and sculpture, alongside work by the famous Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable. 

Plan your visit at https://ipswich.cimuseums.org.uk/visit/christchurch-mansion/

The Long Shop Museum

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Those with a keen interest in engineering and industry must pay a visit to the Long Shop Museum in Leiston, where they will uncover inspiring stories and feats of engineering, gorgeous designs and examples of steam powered factory machinery. The original grade two listed buildings house a selection of Garrett’s machinery, tools and artifacts from the industrial revolution.

The museum boasts the deepest well in Suffolk as well as the chance to explore the atmospheric galleries with their collection of guns and ammunition. There are plenty of chances to get hands on with history, including dressing up, having a go at making sand moulds in the pattern boxes and taking engine rubbings. 

Plan your visit at https://www.longshopmuseum.co.uk/

Bawdsey Radar Museum

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Visit the birthplace of operational radar and discover the stories of the men and women who worked in top-secret conditions to develop this groundbreaking piece of technology that secured victory in the battle of Britain. 

At Bawdsey Radar you can hear the oral histories as spoken by the individuals at the heart of the landmark development in communications and look through the exhibitions to discover the science behind this amazing invention.

Plan your visit at https://www.bawdseyradar.org.uk/

Woodbridge Tide Mill

TTDA - Woodbridge Tide Mill

This fascinating restored working tide mill is Woodbridge’s most iconic attraction. Visitors can marvel at the production of flour using this age old method, exploring the inner workings of a water powered mill, including the 5 meter wide English oak water wheel as it churns away.

Audio stations bring to life stories from the past from the people for whom the mill was a central part of their life. Make your way up to the crown floor for stunning views out over the River Deben and learn how we used to make our daily bread. 

Plan your visit at https://woodbridgetidemill.org.uk/

National Trust Sutton Hoo

TTDA - National Trust Sutton Hoo - Treasure

This vast and stunning 255-acre estate at National Trust Sutton Hoo is home to one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of all time; the Anglo Saxon ship burial and the hoard of treasure found alongside it in 1939. Today visitors can stroll among the many burial mounds or go inside the main house and garden to learn more about the iconic Saxon King and the legacy he left behind, including replicas of the many precious items, and the King’s full regalia, suspended from the ceiling- an awe inspiring sight. 

Plan your visit at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sutton-hoo

The Red House, Aldeburgh

TTDA - The Red House - Boat

Many people will be familiar with the name ‘Benjamin Britten’; one of the greatest composers of the 20th century, but fewer people will know that he lived for a large portion of his life in the Red House in Aldeburgh. Britten moved into the house in 1957 with his life partner, the tenor Peter Pears and the house contains a display of some of Britten’s most important possessions including music, photos and books. 

Visitors to the house today can see the beloved house and gardens where the couple spent 20 happy years as well as taking stock of the vast archive of important manuscripts and source materials which make the house an important center for music research. 

Plan your visit at https://brittenpears.org/visit/

Landguard Fort

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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. It is also the site of the last opposed seaborne invasion of England in 1667, and the first land battle of the Royal Marines.

Experience the dramatic story of this important fortification through both audio guides and guided tours. With a maze of rooms and passageways, bastion view points, artefacts, displays, exhibitions and special events, Landguard Fort offers something for all ages and interests.

Plan your visit at http://www.landguard.com/ 

Woodbridge Riverside Trust

TTDA - Woodbridge Riverside Trust - Boat

At their home The Longshed, Woodbridge Riverside Trust invites you to watch as the construction of the replica of the Anglo-Saxon Burial ship that was excavated at Sutton Hoo takes place, along with the construction of a St Ayles four man racing skiff. 

You can also find out about all aspects of maritime heritage and culture including the heritage and science of ship design and construction, how rivers and the sea influenced people’s lives, what factors are important in building boats for different purposes and how boat construction has changed over time, how boats have been used as transport for produce and for people, where people travelled to and from Suffolk in boats and songs, music and stories of the River Deben and the sea.

Plan your visit at https://www.woodbridgeriversidetrust.org/

Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum

Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum - Plane

The Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum, located at Flixton near the Bungay, is recognised as East Anglia's Aviation Heritage Centre.

The museum is home to a wide range of exhibits featuring 60+ aircraft and cockpits, 1000's of artefacts including equipment, uniforms, engines, models, records and a myriad of other items, providing a fascinating day out for the whole family.

Plan your visit at https://www.aviationmuseum.net/index.html

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Things to see and do

East Anglia Transport Museum

East Anglia Transport Museum

Lowestoft

The only museum in East Anglia where you can ride on working trams, trolley buses and narrow gauge railway!

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Bawdsey Radar

Bawdsey Radar

Closed for the winter, reopens April 2024. 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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Woodbridge Riverside Trust

Woodbridge Riverside Trust

Woodbridge Riverside Trust is a charitable organisation which facilitates community activities. 

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Waveney & Blyth Arts

Waveney & Blyth Arts

Waveney & Blyth Arts (WBA) connects people and places along the Norfolk/Suffolk border through creativity, promoting the special qualities of this beautiful area through arts events and activities.

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The Red House, Aldeburgh

The Red House, Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh

Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears' home in Aldeburgh offers a charming snapshot into the couple's life. The farmhouse, nestled in a beautiful five-acre garden, is home to their collections and archive, alongside a gallery space, museum shop and outdoor café.

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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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Christchurch Mansion

Christchurch Mansion

Christchurch Mansion is a magnificent Tudor building packed with fascinating history, located in the heart of Ipswich within the stunning Christchurch Park. 

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Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

The restored Felixstowe Seafront Gardens sit on cliffs between the town centre and beach.

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Suffolk Museums

Suffolk Museums



There are more than 60 museums in Suffolk. Each one is unique, and they are all packed with fascinating stories and objects. If you want to know more about the past and how it has affected the present, just come and take a closer look.

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Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall

Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall

Nestling in the heart of the seaside town of Aldeburgh in Suffolk sits the historic and much- loved Jubilee Hall.

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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 critically endangered Suffolk Punch horse. 

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Woodbridge Tide Mill 

Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge

The Tide Mill has stood here, on the bank of the River Deben, for over 850 years.

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Suffolk River Trips

Suffolk River Trips

Suffolk River Trips operate river trips, with commentary, from three locations in Suffolk; Snape Maltings Quay, Orford Town Quay and Woodbridge Town Steps.

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Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum 

Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum

The Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum, located at Flixton near the market town of Bungay, is recognised as East Anglia's Aviation Heritage Centre.

The aim of the aviation museum is to preserve and promote the region’s aviation history and is home to a wide range of exhibits featuring 60+ aircraft and cockpits, 1000's of artefacts including equipment, uniforms, engines, models, records and a myriad of other items, providing a fascinating day out for the whole family.

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Felixstowe Museum

Felixstowe Museum

Explore the fascinating artefacts and collections of Felixstowe Museum, which brings alive the military and social history of this seaside town.

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Suffolk & Essex Coast & Heaths National Landscape

Suffolk & Essex Coast & Heaths National Landscape

The Suffolk & Essex Coast & Heaths National Landscape is a stunning landscape packed full with wildlife and exciting places to explore and discover. 

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Excelsior

Excelsior

Come and sail on board one of Suffolk's historic sailing vessels! Excelsior LT472 is one of the few remaining Lowestoft sailing trawlers, built in 1921 and restored to her original specification on deck. And you can take a hand at sailing her!

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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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Walpole Old Chapel

Walpole Old Chapel

Walpole Old Chapel is one of the earliest non-conformist chapels in the region. It was created in c1690, by the fiercely independent local congregation, who converted an existing C16th farmhouse. It has changed very little since. Visitors are captivated by the simplicity and authenticity of the interior.

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Orwell Lady river trips

Orwell Lady river trips

Ipswich

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

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St Peter's Brewery

St Peter's Brewery

St Peter's Brewery is a craft brewery in the heart of Suffolk, brewing award winning beers since 1996.

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The Cut - Halesworth

The Cut - Halesworth

Halesworth

The Cut Arts Centre offers Halesworth and the surrounding countryside an extensive range of arts, music, theatre, dance, comedy, cinema, workshops and art exhibitions. 

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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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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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Rowe and Williams Gallery

Rowe and Williams Gallery

Founded in 2017, Rowe & Williams is a commercial art gallery in Yoxford, specialising in the art of Suffolk and East Anglia, which presents changing displays of museum quality art from the early 20th century to the present day at a range of prices.

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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.

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