What to SEE

Suffolk is a rural county with plenty to SEE, including beaches, castles and gardens.

Find out what to SEE in Suffolk

Fishing Boat on the Beach
Orford Castle
Lowestoft Lighthouse
Scallop Sculpture
Suffolk is a county on Britain's east coast. It is mostly flat, with very few hills, making it the perfect place for growing crops. But despite this sleepy atmosphere, with its quiet farmland and calm shoreline, Suffolk has a long and fascinating history. This has left many things to SEE in Suffolk, including iconic seaside buildings, heavily fortified castles and pretty villages, full of historic buildings.
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 SEE

BEACHES Suffolk's beaches are a mixture of pebbles, such as at Aldeburgh and sand, such as at Southwold. Either way, they make a great place to see the sea and are usually empty (with the exception of Southwold on a hot summers day). The beaches are backed by small cliffs.
Dunwich Beach
Dunwich Beach and Cliffs (mainly pebbles)
Fishing Boat on the Beach
Aldeburgh's Beach of Pebbles
Southwold Beach
Southwold's Sandy Beach and Pier
Scallop Sculpture
A Scallop sculpture on the beach (between Aldeburgh and Thorpeness)
Beach Huts
Beach Huts at Southwold

CASTLES Suffolk is a county that needed defending and as a result it has a number of castles to see. The main ones are at Framlingham and Orford, with ruins at Eye.
Framlingham Castle
Framlingham Castle as viewed over the Mere
Orford Castle
Orford Castle
Castle Paths
Eye Castle

HOUSE AND GARDENS Suffolk has plenty of historic houses and halls, some of which are surrounded by beautiful gardens. Try Ickworth House, Melford Hall or Somerleyton Hall.
Ickworth House and Gardens
Ickworth House and Gardens

LIGHTHOUSE and PIERS When visiting the seaside, there is nothing more iconic than a lighthouse or a pier and Suffolk offers both. In Southwold and in Lowestoft, you will find both a lighthouse and a pier. Adjacent to Orford, you will find a lighthouse on Orford Ness.
Southwold Pier
Looking out over Southwold Pier
Southwold Lighthouse
Southwold Lighthouse
Lowestoft Lighthouse
Lowestoft Lighthouse
Orford Ness Lighthouse
Orford Ness Lighthouse
Lowestoft Pier
Lowestoft Pier and Beach

PRETTY VILLAGES AND TOWNS Suffolk is full of picturesque market towns and villages. Many of the buildings have traditional colour washed walls. Many of these settlements have more than their fair share of historic buildings.
Framlingham Town
Framlingham Town Centre
Dunwich Cottages
Cottages in the centre of the Dunwich village
Seafront Terrace
Colourful seafront terrace in Aldeburgh

CATHEDRAL AND CHURCHES During the middle ages, Suffolk was a very rich county, due to revenues mainly from the wool trade. This wealth was displayed in the building of many fine churches, with most Suffolk villages and towns having a medieval church. Most of these buildings have survived and have a wealth of history, all waiting to be explored!
St Edmunds
Southwold St Edmunds Church
St Edmundsbury Cathedral
St Edmunsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds
Orford Church
Orford St Bartholomew Church




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