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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Mendham, Waveney Valley

KLN

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£366 - £596
per week
From £284 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • A cottage made for two! For cosy, welcoming and single floor accommodation consider The Kiln. One dog also permitted.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 1.2 miles

Stoke by Nayland, Constable Country

LOD1

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  • 5 Star
  • Experience a real touch of luxury with this 1 bedroom lodge. With beautiful views over the golf courses and surrounding countryside, it is a real gem.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Private parking
  • Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool
  • Beach 23 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

Debenham, Heart of Suffolk

27GBL

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£396 - £651
per week
From £306 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Flint Cottage has been lovingly restored by the owner and offers boutique style interiors with plenty of quirky features throughout. Located in the heart of Debenham, a popular Suffolk countryside village, it is the perfect retreat for any couple.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • On-street parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Pub 0.1 miles
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Debenham, Heart of Suffolk

COO

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£421 - £711
per week
From £325 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Special offerLast Minute Summer Break. 25% off booking between 30th of Aug and 30th of Sept
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 2 Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.02 miles

Palgrave, Waveney Valley

EVFG

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  • 3 Star Gold
  • On the Norfolk/Suffolk border and within a secluded countryside location, The Granary is a charming converted barn full of warmth and homeliness for two and a pet.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 30 miles
  • Pub 0.3 miles

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

Whepstead, Bury and the Wool Towns

MAL

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£526 - £886
per week
From £404 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Mallards is a hidden gem nestled in the heart of the West Suffolk countryside. This pet friendly cottage is the ideal bolt hole for any couple looking for a romantic break away to enjoy all the county has to offer.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Beach 48 miles
  • Pub 0.9 miles

Wickhambrook, Bury and the Wool Towns

TOSH

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£526 - £886
per week
From £404 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • The Old School House, nestled in the heart of the the Suffolk countryside and surrounded by the most stunning countryside views offers guests a real touch a luxury during your self catering getaway.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Beach 50 miles
  • Pub 2.5 miles

Shottisham, Woodbridge and Orford

SFSBS

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£496 - £756
per week
From £381 for a 3-night stay
  • Surrounded by acres of ancient heathland, woods and meadows, Sewell Barn is in the ideal spot for a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle. This comfortable, charming barn conversion offers guest an excellent stay.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.8 miles

Red Sails

SFRSB

Thrandeston, Waveney Valley

POPP

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£466 - £706
per week
From £359 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Poppy's Cottage is a single storey barn conversion which is ideal for a self-catering couples break away from everyday life, located on the Norfolk/Suffolk border.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 2 Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 2 miles

Woodbridge, Woodbridge and Orford

4KM

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£381 - £671
per week
From £295 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • The perfect couples bolt hole located right in the heart of Woodbridge.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.1 miles
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