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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Stable Cottage

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The Old School House

TOSH

Beccles, Waveney Valley

BECC

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£400 - £555
per week
From £300 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Nestled in the heart of the popular market town of Beccles lies No 1. A cosy cottage ideal for any couple looking to enjoy all Suffolk has to offer.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Beach 8 miles
  • Pub 0.5 miles

Hadleigh, Constable Country

SFOBH

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£520 - £740
per week
From £390 for a 3-night stay
  • This lovely hideaway is just the place for a couple who wish to explore the many delights of Constable Country. The property itself, a superbly furnished converted barn, is both comfortable and stylish.
  • 2 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Yoxford, Heart of Suffolk

3SS

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£345 - £520
per week
From £259 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • On the edge of the Yoxford High Street, Sunnyside is a cosy apartment so perfect for two looking for a base to explore the county of Suffolk.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Beach 5.7 miles
  • Pub 0.25 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

Ufford, Woodbridge and Orford

HAWK

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£440 - £735
per week
From £330 for a 3-night stay
  • 5 Star
  • A fantastic barn conversion nestled in the countryside, Hawkeswade Barn provides a truly wonderful self-catering holiday base in Lower Ufford.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Pub 0.4 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

Framlingham, Heart of Suffolk

BFT

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£390 - £450
per week
From £293 for a 3-night stay
  • Try your next Suffolk holiday in this cute and cosy Shepherd Hut located in the countryside - Thyme is in perfect position for exploring rural Suffolk. SHORT BREAKS AVAILABLE
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Pub 0.4 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

Toft Monks, Waveney Valley

FPOD

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£350 - £400
per week
From £263 for a 3-night stay
  • Freddie is a sleeps two glamping pod situated in the heart of the Suffolk countryside offering guests a real unique take on a self catering holiday.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Beach 14 miles
  • Pub 0.5 miles

Toft Monks, Waveney Valley

JHUT

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£330 - £380
per week
From £248 for a 3-night stay
  • Jemima is a sleeps two Shepherds Hut positioned in the heart of the Suffolk countryside. Offering guests a real unique take on a self catering holiday.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Beach 14 miles
  • Pub 0.5 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

Shottisham, Woodbridge and Orford

SFSBS

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£460 - £720
per week
From £345 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
  • Pub 0.8 miles

Blythburgh, Waveney Valley

SFRSB

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£440 - £585
per week
From £330 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • A fantastic hideaway for 2, with year-round usage of the indoor pool, gym and table tennis. Guests will enjoy the many delights of the area, including brilliant views, walks and the sandy shores of Southwold.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Swimming pool
  • Pub 1.6 miles

Snape, Woodbridge and Orford

SFMCS

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£525 - £750
per week
From £394 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Formerly occupied by the miller when the windmill was still in use, Miller's Cottage has been lovingly restored with all the charm of the original. Surrounded by countryside, the Maltings is just a short walk away.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Pub 0.1 miles
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