Find out more about the different places to visit and explore in Suffolk. Whether you enjoy big towns, beaches or the countryside, Suffolk has something for everyone.
Ipswich is the county town of Suffolk and has an urban atmosphere packed with shops, restaurants, bistros, pubs and clubs, all within walking distance of the main campus in Ipswich. Neighbouring Bury St Edmunds is also close by, mixing its unique history with modern developments, and in both towns you will find beautiful parks and open spaces.
If you’re looking for something a little quieter and traditional, Suffolk has some of the oldest towns and villages in Britain where you can enjoy an eclectic mix of independent shops, village pubs, eateries and produce by local artisans, all while enjoying the scenery of the area.
Suffolk has some of the UK’s finest coastline, nature reserves, rivers and forests. The cycle tracks, paths, boat hire and river tours make it easy to explore the landscape that inspired famous artists Constable and Gainsborough in many different ways.
Suffolk Coast and Heaths is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which is made up ancient woodland, farmland, salt marsh, heathland, mudflats, reed beds, shingle beaches and low eroding cliffs along the coastline. The area is also home to the estuaries of the Alde, Blyth, Deben, Orwell and Stour Rivers.
Whatever your interest, one of the beaches on the Suffolk coastline will have it. Suffolk has over 60 miles of stunning coastline with a coast path the whole way. Sandy beaches come with traditional piers, harbours, and plenty of activities including surfing, sailing, and fishing. All the seaside towns have interesting folk stories, ranging from ghostly happenings, to smuggler tales.
Rendlesham Forest, RSPB Minsmere and Dunwich Heath are just a few of the many places you can visit to see the unique wildlife in Suffolk. There are also many nature reserves which have seasonal notes throughout the walks, informing you of what you may see around you.