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Natural Attractions in Suffolk

May 26, 2022
Southwold Beach
With glorious stretches of coastline, white sandy beaches and beautiful swathes of open countryside, Suffolk is a haven for outdoor lovers. Whether you’re planning a trip to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or want to visit one of the National Trust properties by the beach, here are our top picks for natural attractions within the county.

Beach excursions


Southwold

 Found on the Suffolk Heritage Coast in East Suffolk, Southwold is a charming holiday resort, home to colourful beach huts, a picturesque 18th-century pier and a lighthouse. Its beauty has attracted several notable figures over the centuries, including British author George Orwell who used to reside at Montague House – a National Trust-owned mansion.


Covehithe Beach

One of Suffolk’s best hidden treasures, Covehithe beach lies along the Suffolk coast and can only be reached by foot. This spot is the perfect getaway if you’re looking to escape the crowds and enjoy the tranquility of the sea. Its long, golden stretches of sand are surrounded by imposing rugged cliffs, making it even more secluded.


Aldeburgh Beach

Found in the Suffolk Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Aldeburgh beach is home to two impressive sculptures by British artist Maggi Hambling – ‘the Scallop’. This 4-metre-high steel landmark is a tribute to Suffolk-born composer Benjamin Britten and represents the conversations with the sea, made audible through the wind and the waves. Aldeburgh village is studded with quirky boutiques and charming cafes to enjoy the glorious views.

Lowestoft

Lying in the eastern part of Suffolk, Lowestoft is a pleasant seaside town with plenty going for it. This area boasts many Blue Flag-awarded beaches, such as Cromer, Sea Palling and Mundesley. If you’re travelling with children, be sure to visit Africa Alive! – a conservation-oriented zoo. If your kids prefer a bit of adrenaline, Pleasurewood Hills amusement park won’t disappoint.

Countryside excursions


Constable Country

If you’re visiting Suffolk, a walk in Constable Country is simply a must. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this natural wonder is John Constable’s birthplace and the protagonist of all his most renowned paintings. Here you can go on a boat excursion on the River Stour, venture into the spectacular unspoilt countryside and enjoy a fresh drink at one of the local pubs.

 

This 7-mile-long walk is dog-friendly. Be sure to download the map before heading off.

The Broads

Spanning both Suffolk and Norfolk, The Broads is a sprawling network of rivers originating from the flooding of peat workings. The best way to explore the picturesque local scenery is to set sailing along the River Waveney from Oulton Broad to Lowestoft. You’ll be able to discover rare wildlife and take in the unique atmosphere of this natural delight.

Westleton Heath

Sitting at the heart of the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Westleton Heath is one of the county’s best-preserved portions of sandy heathland. It is also home to rare species of fauna and flora, including harebell, tormentil, the white admiral butterfly, and the Dartford Warbler. If you’d like to rest your feet after a whole day of exploring, Westleton village is just a stone’s throw.

Sitting at the heart of the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Westleton Heath is one of the county’s best-preserved portions of sandy heathland. It is also home to rare species of fauna and flora, including harebell, tormentil, the white admiral butterfly, and the Dartford Warbler. If you’d like to rest your feet after a whole day of exploring, Westleton village is just a stone’s throw.

Framlingham

With its timeless charm, Framlingham is home to the magnificent Framlingham Castle – a 12th-century fortress and residence of some of England’s most powerful families. Mary Tudor chose the castle as a meeting point to gather troops before marching on London to claim the throne. Today, it is perfectly preserved and welcomes visitors who can walk around the garden and along the battlements.

 

Visit https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/framlingham-castle/ for more information about ticket prices and opening hours