Since Suffolk County is on the south-east side of England, it is the first place in the UK to witness a sunrise. A 50 mile-long coastline is the pride of Suffolk. Along the gorgeous shoreline are tiny villages and towns with their interesting history. In fact, two of England’s most popular coastal retreat, Southwold and Aldeburgh are found in Suffolk.
Suffolk is primarily agricultural with a long farming history that caused the creation of a county of open fields intersected with hedgerows and strewn with copses and trees. In Suffolk, motorways, roads and highways are reduced to a minimum while rail access is limited. This is to ensure the preservation of its rural idyll and keeping it from becoming an extension of the metropolis.
Food and shopping experience
Suffolk takes pride in being called the “Food County”, the title it got because of its people’s deep love for food and the abundance of fresh and delectable local produce in the area. Places to eat in Suffolk range from award-winning restaurants for fine dining to cookery classes in the countryside for wild produce such as mushroom and berries.
To sample local delicacies, the best place to go would be the Suffolk Food Hall where the Cookhouse Restaurant and other farm shop markets can be found. The Suffolk Food Hall won the Best Local Food Venue award for the UK and Ireland because of these fabulous establishments. Other choice picks are award-winning fishermen’s hut, oysterages, smokehouses, delicatessens and bakeries.
As for shopping, there is no shortage of places to shop in Suffolk, whether it is for designer items or local produce. For high street and designer brands, there are shopping centres to go to such as the Arc shopping centre, as well as independent shops like those found along the medieval streets of Bury St. Edmund. Boutiques, independent shops and vintage markets are the pride of Lavenham, Beccles, Southwold and Woodbridge.
Where to stay in Suffolk
There is always a place to stay wherever you go in Suffolk, whether you are on an extended luxurious holiday or just in need of some peace and quiet in a clean and inexpensive retreat. For atmosphere and character, there are restored manors and mansions that have been converted into hotels. For lovers of nature and the sea, there are self-serve cottages, romantic hideaways, bed & breakfasts, country lodges, holiday cottages along the long Suffolk coast and all over the country. There are also camping and glamping areas for those who want to be close to nature.
Things to do and places to go
One of the most must-visit places in Suffolk is the Suffolk Wool Towns. These are some of the prettiest historic towns and villages dating back from the 18th century that is very well-preserved. Be prepared to be charmed by the crooked streets, timber-framed Jacobean buildings, some of which have been converted into hotels, and large imposing churches.
All around Suffolk, there are ancient towns, magnificent castles, stately homes, quaint manors with beautiful gardens, that are waiting to be explored, and exploring is more fun and convenient using a self-drive rental van.
Children and even adults will enjoy the children’s festival, animal parks, living museum, rare breed farms, forest playgrounds and Suffolk’s county sport, crabbing. Suffolk is also an ideal place for bird watching, cycling, walking, photography or just lazing on the beach.