• Leiston Town Centre Suffolk Coast
  • The David Silver Collection - Leiston
  • Leiston High Street Suffolk Coast
  • Leiston Long Shop Museum Suffolk Coast

Leiston guide

A piece of Yorkshire in Suffolk

Check out our handy ‘know before you go’ guide to make your visit a huge success! 

Leiston is close to RSPB Minsmere, a perfect place for walkers and cyclists to explore the Suffolk coastline as it is situated near Aldeburgh, Thorpeness and Saxmundham.

Things to Do in Leiston

1. Visit the 14th century Abbey

Take a trip back in time and visit the 14th century remains of Leiston Abbey lying in peaceful open fields just northwest of the town. These striking ruins represent parts of the abbey church and the fairly extensive remains of the buildings around the cloister.

TTDA - Leiston

2. Take a dip! Combine your country walks and cycle explorations with a dip in the Olympic-size swimming pool at Leiston’s Leisure Centre. If you still have some energy left why not enrol on one the fitness classes on offer.

3. Discover Suffolk's engineering history During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Leiston was a manufacturing town dominated by Richard Garrett & Sons, owners of the ‘Leiston Works’. Today you can visit The Long Shop Museum which displays many of the engines manufactured by Garretts.

TTDA - Long Shop Museum - Steam engine

4. Take a tour of  Sizewell B Power Station Book a trip to the new visitor centre at Sizewell B and join one of the guided tours to see for yourself how a nuclear power station works. The visitor centre is open to everyone and fully accessible to all.

5.  Catch up on classic motorbikes! The David Silver Honda Collection houses 200 Honda Motorcycles, artefacts, books and magazines charting the history of Honda from 1946-1992. An absolute must for the vintage motorbike enthusiast!

6.  Enjoy the Suffolk's oldest purpose built cinema - Leiston Film Theatre has been lovingly restored and hosts both cinema and stage performances. Why not start or finish a visit with a trip to The White Horse Hotel and sample their delicious seasonal menus and dishes, family friendly garden, contemporary Ingalls Restaurant and spacious Smugglers Bar.

Useful Information

Public Conveniences and Baby Changing Facilities Sizewell Beach Public Toilets, Sizewell Gap, IP16 4UH - Baby changing and disabled facilities available.

How to get to Leiston - Public Transport

By Bus: Local services running to Saxmundham, Halesworth and Aldeburgh with onward connections. Timetables and further information can be found at www.suffolkonboard.com

By Rail: Direct services from Saxmundham Rail Station to Lowestoft, Ipswich with connections to London Liverpool Street and Norwich. All train tickets can be purchased via the Greater Anglia Website.

How to Get to Leiston - By Car

From Norwich, take the A146 then follow the A143/A12 From Ipswich, follow the A12 then onto the A1094 From Lowestoft, take the A12 towards Ipswich From London, follow the A12 then onto the A1094

Travel Information & News

For the latest travel information listen to or visit BBC Radio Suffolk 

For local news, visit the East Anglian Daily Times of Eastern Daily Press websites.