• Escape the Everyday - Discovery

Escape the Everyday - Discovery

Plan your UK break this summer on The Suffolk Coast

We understand that you're craving to experience something new, so for a holiday of discovery, look no further than The Suffolk Coast.

With 50 miles of unexplored coastline, plus great cycling, breathtaking walks, charming market towns and unique attractions, there's so much to see and do on a holiday on The Suffolk Coast. 

Off the Beaten Path Experiences

Canoeing on the River Waveney - (c) R Amer

Explore the Norfolk & Suffolk Broads

Enjoy a day 'messing about on the river' and be a captain for the day with boat hire on the broads. Explore the beautiful byways of the River Waveney starting in Beccles with boat hire from Hippersons Boatyard or Oulton Broad with Oulton Broad Dayboats. If you're feeling energetic at the end of your trip, Hippersons also offers canoe, kayak and peddle boat hire.

The stretch of river between Beccles and Oulton Broad takes you past the Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, here you can spot some of the UK's rarest wildlife and birdlife, looking out for Marsh Harriers, bitterns, Reed Warblers and Bearded Tits. In the summer, there's also stunning displays of Southern Marsh Orchid, Marsh Marigold and Ragged Robin. 

Paddleboarding, Kayaking & Canoeing.

Spend the day travelling along the stunning upper reaches of the River Alde between Snape and Aldeburgh with a canoe from Iken Canoe. Canoes, paddleboards, Katakunas and kayaks are all available to hire, ideal for families, couples or singles wanting to try something new and get away from it all. 

Horse Riding 

What a way to start the day than with an early morning hack along the beach! Discover The Suffolk Coast's dramatic coastline on horseback, riding along the sand with the waves crashing under-hoof. Pakefield Riding School has been taking riders for hacks along the beach for over 50 years and you can join them on a one-hour beach ride. They have 25 experienced horses and cater for all riders from the complete beginner to the seasoned pro. 

Sailing 

With over 50 miles of coastline to discover, exploring The Suffolk Coast by water is a must for anyone in search of adventure. Step on board Sailing Barge Victor and travel out to sea from Ipswich Marina or join the crew on board the Excelsior, East Anglia's most historic ship, and enjoy being involved in sailing a historic ship out of Lowestoft.

Suffolk Myths & Legends

TTDA - National Trust Sutton Hoo - Helmet

Anglo-Saxon Treasure at Sutton Hoo

Sutton Hoo is England's Valley of the Kings, and the Anglo-Saxon ship burial found in the King's Mound is the richest burial ever found in northern Europe. 1,400 years ago, a king or great warrior of East Anglia was laid to rest in a 90ft ship, surrounded by his extraordinary treasures. The discovery revolutionised our understanding of the Anglo-Saxon period and provided a lens through which to examine this fascinating era of history. 

The most likely candidate for the man who belonged to this grave is King Rædwald, a great King of East Anglia who won both renown, for his victory over the Kingdom of Northumbria, and criticism, for establishing an altar for Christ and an altar for the old gods side by side.  

You can pay a visit to this fascinating site, which is also the subject of the Netflix film 'The Dig' and discover The Suffolk Coast's fascinating past at National Trust Sutton Hoo. 

Bungay 'Black Shuck'

Believed by many to be the inspiration for the titular hound in the famous Sherlock Holmes story ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’, the legend of Black Shuck (also known as ‘The Bungay Black Dog) is infamous in the region.

According to folklore the creature has haunted the Bungay and Blythburgh heaths and coastline for centuries. The first mention of the demonic black dog was in 1577, in records that detail how the giant canine burst in through the doors of St Mary’s church in Bungay wrecking havoc and killing a man and a boy. It is said that after this, Black Shuck made its way to Blythburgh Church to maul other unfortunate souls.

If you’re unsure what to believe, pay a visit to Blythburgh Church where you can still see the scorch marks on the door, supposedly evidence of the hellhound’s giant claws. 

The 'Wildman' of Orford

The small coastal village of Orford is the location of the rather bizarre tale of a man who came from the sea. The story goes that twelfth century fishermen felt a great weight in their nets one day and when they eventually dragged them from the sea they were alarmed to find a hairy, naked and bedraggled man. He was mute, making only grunts and cries and had no knowledge of the bible or the land.

The fishermen took the Wildman to Orford castle where he was imprisoned and fed a diet of raw fish. Whilst some thought he could be the ghost of a drowned sailor, many speculated that he was a merman, and indeed, when taken to swim in the water, he escaped under the surface, never to be seen again.

If you go to the Church of St Bartholomew in Orford today, you can still see a small stone Wildman at the base of the font.

Dunwich 'Atlantis'

The coastal village of Dunwich has been exposed to a large degree of coastal erosion throughout the years, which has resulted in what was once a large city with a population of 4000, diminishing as much of it crumbled into the sea- leading to the village being dubbed ‘Britain’s Atlantis’.

Towards the end of the 1300’s particularly ferocious storms wiped out around 400 homes and two churches, and it is said that on stormy nights the frantic ringing of church bells can be heard emanating from the waves. 

Wildlife Spotting

Pond dipping at Rendlesham - (c) Emily Fae Photography

Birdwatching at RSPB Minsmere

Pop on your walking boots, pack a picnic and head to RSPB Minsmere to spend a day exploring the nature trails which weave through this unique reserve. 

Start your day with a relaxing walk, through the bright purple heathland as the heather flowers. Tuck into your picnic in a secluded spot or on one of the picnic benches, and after lunch, head to the coastal lagoons to see an impressive variety of birds, including avocets, bearded tits and bitterns. If you arrive later in the day, stick around till dusk to hear the nightjar's churr and nocturnal animals begin to wake.

Wildlife Walks with Suffolk Wildlife Trust 

The Suffolk Wildlife Trust has nature reserves all the way along the Suffolk Coast. In the north, at Gunton Meadow near Lowestoft, you will find a variety of grassland species, and in the ponds, the endangered gold-crested newt and at Carlton & Oulton Marshes, there's a plethora of waterlife along the many footpaths taking in the Angles Way along the River Waveney. At southernmost point of Suffolk, sits Trimley Marshes; with views across the Orwell estuary, the circular walk takes you around the 3400 acre estate past Felixstowe Port and Loomlit Lake.

The Trust also hosts a range of events for families, with everything from pond dipping and nest building to conservation and gardening.

Wildlife Photography Workshops

Get back to nature and immerse yourself in Suffolk's wild beauty with a wildlife watching or photography workshop or retreat at Bawdsey Hall.

Set on a private nature reserve, the hall, which dates back to the 16th Century, provides a quiet retreat with charm and character. You can enjoy a stay amongst the meadowland, large ponds and mature woods - all of which offer a variety of different habitats for wildlife, and join one of the photography experience days or evenings, bird identification courses or wildlife tours. You can even hire the private hide and spend a night getting to know some of the nocturnal residents. 


Click here for accommodation on offer across The Suffolk Coast and start planning your UK break: 




Things to see and do

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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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

Deben Cruises

Deben Cruises

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

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Outdoor Play Areas On The Suffolk Coast

Outdoor Play Areas On The Suffolk Coast

Whether it's a traditional Victorian park, a fort in the middle of a forest, or a zip wire along the river, the outdoor play areas on The Suffolk Coast are the perfect place for kids to let off steam and enjoy the great outdoors.

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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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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

Visit Deben Peninsula

Visit Deben Peninsula

The Deben Peninsula is located in Suffolk between the Deben River to the South and the Alde & Ore Estuary the North.

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Waveney & Blyth Arts

Waveney & Blyth Arts

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

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Bawdsey Hall Wildlife and Photography Experiences

Bawdsey Hall Wildlife and Photography Experiences

Join Bawdsey Hall Wildlife Watching, Photography Workshops and Hide Hire at their private nature reserve at Bawdsey Hall on the Suffolk Heritage Coast. 

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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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Visit Waveney Valley

Visit Waveney Valley

Running through the border between Norfolk and Suffolk, it's hard not to fall in love with the Waveney Valley. Discover a timeless rural landscape, where the pace of life is slow and the folk are friendly.

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Flint Vineyard

Flint Vineyard

Flint Vineyard is one of England's most exciting new wineries. Winemaker, Ben Witchell, combines cutting-edge technology with traditional winemaking techniques to produce elegant and refined English wines. 

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Free wifi Dog friendly

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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Cycle Breaks

Cycle Breaks

Ipswich

Supported, gentle cycling & walking holidays along the Suffolk Coast as well as in Constable Country, the Wool Towns and Norfolk plus quality bike hire too!

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Pakefield Riding School 

Pakefield Riding School

One of the oldest and best-known horse riding centres and stables in East Anglia.

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Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

Angels and Pinnacles helps you discover Suffolk’s magnificent medieval churches, among the finest in Europe.

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Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh

"Because Aldeburgh Beach LOOKOUT is isolated, yet at the heart of cultural innovation, it is a magical and stimulating setting for artists to respond each in their own fascinating way" Caroline Wiseman, founder.

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High Lodge Leisure

High Lodge Leisure

If you are looking for a place to try out a diverse range of activities then look no further than High Lodge which is home to an array of first-class sporting activities. Suitable for individuals, groups or businesses for corporate activities.

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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 Suffolk Punch horse. 

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Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Snape

Snape Maltings is a place of energy and inspiration – a visitor destination of outstanding natural beauty and one of the world’s leading centres of music, founded by Suffolk-born composer Benjamin Britten. 

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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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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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Excelsior

Excelsior

Come and sail onboard 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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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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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 '96.

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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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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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Hippersons Boatyard 

Hippersons Boatyard

Some of the best ways to see and experience the river! Day boats, canoes, kayaks and bikes 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 £105 for the day on an electric boat or £50 a day on the canoe.

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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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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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