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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Snape, Woodbridge and Orford

SFAHS

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£546 - £786
per week
From £419 for a 3-night stay
  • Special offer15% Off remaining dates in November & December at this lovely cottage near Snape Maltings
  • 2 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Pet
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • WiFi
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Snape, Woodbridge and Orford

SFGCS

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£441 - £656
per week
From £340 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • This private and charming detached holiday cottage was completely refurbished in 2016. It's open plan design features large, south facing windows which open onto a verandah overlooking the garden and the fields beyond.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.1 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

Kersey, Constable Country

PRI2

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£496 - £816
per week
From £381 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Primrose Cottage is a cosy cottage, full of character and perfect for a romantic getaway. The village of Kersey is very pretty and Lavenham is easily accessible from this location.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Pub 0.5 miles

Glemsford, Bury and the Wool Towns

74AA

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£316 - £476
per week
From £246 for a 3-night stay
  • Angel Apartment is a delightful first floor apartment situated in the village of Glemsford and offers quiet and cosy accommodation for a couples looking to enjoy all the Suffolk countryside has to offer.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • On-street parking
  • Beach 39 miles
  • Pub 0.2 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

Hessett, Bury and the Wool Towns

STMB

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£476 - £746
per week
From £366 for a 3-night stay
  • A beautiful retreat set in the heart of the Suffolk countryside
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 37 miles
  • Pub 1.4 miles

Marlborough House Forge

SFMHF

Orford, Woodbridge and Orford

TLHO

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£646 - £846
per week
From £494 for a 3-night stay
  • Are you longing for a luxury, one-of-a-kind retreat in the centre of Orford? A break from the fast-paced life of the city? Then we prescribe a stay at The Little House.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Halesworth, Waveney Valley

SFBAR

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£436 - £641
per week
From £336 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • A beautifully converted single storey cartshed and stables, now providing spacious and comfortable accommodation for two. Perfect for anyone looking to get away from it all, with real peace and comfort at its heart.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 3.2 miles

Horringer, Bury and the Wool Towns

HHA

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£436 - £726
per week
From £336 for a 3-night stay
  • The Annexe is the perfect escape for two guests who are looking for peace and quiet in a tranquil setting
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 45 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles
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