What to DO

Suffolk is a rural county with plenty to DO, including walking, cycling and boating, plus shopping and tourist attractions.

Find out what to DO in Suffolk

Alde Estuary Walk
Kings Head Inn
Suffolk Horseriding
Leo's Deli Framlingham
River Ore Sailing
Suffolk is a rural county on Britain's east coast. It is mostly flat, with very few hills, making it a perfect place to enjoy walking, cycling and horse riding. The long coastline, with picturesque estuaries, make Suffolk an ideal choice for boating, with plenty of opportunity for sailors. The landscape is scattered with towns and villages that are great to explore, with many having historic buildings, a few independent shops and some fine pubs & inns.
Pet Friendly Much of Suffolk is rural, making it an ideal place to enjoy with your dog. Not only are there beaches, but also forest, heathland and countryside to explore. Many of the local inns and pubs are dog friendly.
Child Friendly Suffolk has plenty for children to SEE, including a sandy beach (Southwold) and a long coastline to enjoy. Inland, you will find nature reserves and plenty of historic buildings and castles to explore.

Suffolk County Map

Suffolk Map

A Guided Picture Tour of Suffolk, Showing What to DO

WALKING AND CYCLING Suffolk's gentle rolling landscape makes it ideal for walking, cycling and horse riding. You can choose from a beautiful beach, heathland, forest, estuary or rural countryside. There are plenty of routes and they are well marked, just make sure you have a good map!
Dunwich Beach
A windswept walk on Dunwich beach
Alde Estuary Walk
Walking in the Alde Estuary
Orford Walking
Walking near Orford
Tunstall Forest
Walking in Tunstall Forest
Suffolk Horseriding
Going for a horse ride at Iken

SAILING AND BOATING With so much coastline, Suffolk is a great place to get afloat. The shelter of the river estuaries makes a particularly good location for safe and picturesque boating, with plenty of launching places. Suffolk also contains the southern end of The Broads, with the top boating centres in Suffolk being Oulton Broad and Beccles.
River Ore Sailing
A yacht sailing down the River Ore
Mirror Dinghy
Launching a Mirror dinghy at Orford
Sailing Barge
A sailing barge moored on the River Alde at Iken
Oulton Broad Sailing
Sailing on Oulton Broad
Beccles Boating
Boats on the River Waveney at Beccles

SHOPPING While Suffolk lacks chain stores, it easily makes up for it in small independent retail outlets. Outside the major town of Ipswich, the popular tourist shopping towns are Southwold, Aldeburgh, Woodbridge and Bury St Edmunds. There are also some interesting shops in some of the tourist villages and attractions, including craft shops and art galleries.
Aldeburgh Contemporary Arts
Art Gallery in Aldeburgh High Street
High Street
Southwold High Street
Orford Craft Shop
Orford Craft Shop
Snape Maltings Shop
Craft shops at Snape Maltings
Leo's Deli Framlingham
Leo's Deli in Framlingham

PUBS AND INNS Suffolk is the home of some major breweries, including Greene King (Bury St Edmunds) and Adnams (Southwold). This means Suffolk has some great beer on offer and also a good range of pubs and inns, to enjoy drinking and eating.
The Mill Inn
The Mill Inn, Aldeburgh
The Crown Hotel
The Crown Hotel and Pub in Framlingham
Dunwich Pub
The Ship pub in Dunwich
Jolly Sailor Pub
The Jolly Sailor in Orford
Kings Head Inn
The Kings Head in Woodbridge




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