Heritage Holidays

Heritage holidays An abundance of historic landmarks and strategically-significant sites make Suffolk the perfect setting for a step back in time. The county’s alive with history, its castles, churches, ancient settlements and heritage buildings revealing the stories behind many significant events, industries and inhabitants.

Churches remain among the county’s most appealing attractions… around 500 medieval churches are here in addition non-conformist churches, meeting houses and Catholic churches. Built 500 years ago and nicknamed the Cathedral of the Marshes, the church of Holy Trinity at Blythburgh is a truly outstanding historic building. But Suffolk’s true cathedral is found in Bury St Edmunds, where St Edmundsbury Cathedral began as a medieval parish church and was elevated in status during the 20th century. Close by, Ickworth house is a flamboyant Italianate palace in the heart of Suffolk, amid an estate that can be traced back to Domesday.

Suffolk’s medieval heart beats strongest in its Wool Towns – ancient places lined with timber-framed buildings, they tell the story of the region’s importance as a centre for the wool trade. Ironically, it was the collapse of this trade in the 16th century that led to the preservation of so many ancient buildings – their owners simply didn’t have the money to renovate or demolish and rebuild them. Clare, Sudbury, Long Melford, Lavenham, Hadleigh all have a tale to tell and are close enough to one another to visit in a day… but do linger longer if time permits!

Just outside Woodbridge, the hauntingly beautiful Sutton Hoo estate, home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time, is simply not to be missed. This is where, in 1939 an excavation revealed the remains of a 90-foot long wooden ship – probably the grave of an Anglo-Saxon king who was buried with a wealth of artefacts of the greatest significance. On the opposite side of the River Deben, you’ll find the Tide Mill, which dates from 1170 and is thought to be one of the oldest in the UK.

Tranquil and a true historical gem, Orford is another riverside settlement that has changed little over the years. Chocolate-box pretty and complete with a castle, quaint cottages, welcoming pubs and a picturesque quay, it’s an ideal place in which to unwind. Nearby, the shingle spit known as the Ness – an internationally-important coastal nature reserve and sight of an iconic lighthouse – provides a fascinating insight into activities carried out during the Cold War, including nuclear detonator testing. 

A short drive from here you’ll find the once-fearsome fortress that is Framlingham Castle. Walk the ramparts and imagine life behind the walls where, in 1553, Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England.

And finally, you can travel back in time even further in Brandon, in neolithic times a flint-mining town. Today its ancient flint mine, just over the county border, is the only one of its kind open to the public – visitors can descend deep into an excavated shaft to see the jet-black flint that was so sought-after 5,000-plus years ago.



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Nayland, Constable Country

TOCA

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£421 - £661
per week
From £325 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star Gold
  • An incredible piece of Suffolk history cleverly converted into self-catering accommodation - The Old Chapel Annexe is a former congregational Chapel and truly unique.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.4 miles

Wickham Market, Heart of Suffolk

SAMP

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£391 - £676
per week
From £302 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star Gold
  • This beautiful converted windmill located in pretty village of Wickham Market provides the ultimate couples retreat ideal for those looking for something a little bit different in Suffolk.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 1 mile

Stoke by Nayland , Constable Country

LOD7

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£716 - £1026
per week
From £546 for a 3-night stay
  • 5 Star
  • This idyllic Penthouse Lodge nestled within the beautiful Suffolk countryside is the ideal base for any couple looking to kick back and relax during their self catering break.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Private parking
  • Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool
  • Beach 23 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

Framlingham, Heart of Suffolk

BFCL

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£346 - £521
per week
From £269 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • A lovely ground floor countryside retreat which is part of Boundary Farm, Cart Lodge provides easy open plan living for couples of all ages...SHORT BREAKS AVAILABLE
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.5 miles

Framlingham, Heart of Suffolk

SFMHF

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£396 - £611
per week
From £306 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • A completely refurbished former village forge, this stunning ground floor holiday cottage sits on the edge of a field, with breathtaking views. Suitable for 2.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 18.3 miles
  • Pub 1 mile

Woodbridge, Woodbridge and Orford

10SL

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£406 - £681
per week
From £314 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • The perfect retreat for any couple looking to relax and enjoy the beautiful town of Woodbridge and beyond.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • On-street parking
  • Beach 10.4 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Sewell Barn, Sutton

SFSBS

No 1 Beccles

BECC

Flint Cottage

27GBL

The Coach House

ACH

Woodland Lodge

WLO

Tostock, Bury and the Wool Towns

SBC

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£356 - £661
per week
From £276 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • A lovely appointed barn conversion in a quiet location ideal for a romantic getaway to the countryside.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.3 miles
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