The Suffolk Coast has a wealth of history. There are museums throughout the area that will give you a real sense of our past…
The Long Shop Museum in Leiston provides a lasting memento of this region’s history of manufacturing.
It tells an inspiring story of enterprise and endeavour through the stunning collections, hands-on displays and the remarkable family behind the factory.
It’s called ‘The Long Shop’ as it was the world’s first purpose built workshop for assembly line production and as its output grew, it was staffed by engineers who designed and made ploughs, steam engines, peat harvesters, trolley buses, washing machines and more, which were exported across the world.
Experience riding on working trams, trolley buses and a narrow gauge railway at the East Anglia Transport Museum in Lowestoft. With exhibition halls, period street scenes, 'Tar, Sweat and Steam building', a café serving hot and cold snacks and a souvenir shop. The museum accommodates examples of trams, trolleybuses and motor buses from various parts of the country, with a number of examples of motor buses built at the Eastern Coach Works in Lowestoft.
Woodbridge Tide Mill is one of the Suffolk Coast’s most iconic buildings and one of just two working Tide Mills in the country. Why not visit this beautiful mill and live a miller’s life for the day and kids will love meeting the Millie the Tide Mill Mouse!
Southwold Railway Steamworks set in a one-acre site is dedicated to the 3-foot gauge Southwold Railway that connected Southwold to Halesworth from 1879 to 1929.The Southwold Railway Trust are dedicated to preserving the memory of this special little railway and re-opening as much of the old route as they can.
The Trust is collecting and building 3-foot gauge locos and rolling stock, a station and engine shed, with cafe and shop. You can also enjoy a 7¼ inch miniature steam railway which rides around the landscaped site! Perfect for enthusiasts young and old!
The music of Benjamin Britten is the soundtrack of The Suffolk Coast. At The Red House in Aldeburgh you can explore the life and work of this world-famous composer in the place where he lived and worked.
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