Spring Days Out in Suffolk

Spring is finally here. Here’s our round up of the best spring days out for the whole family…

Ickworth House
Ickworth House

 

Ickworth House

16 Dairy Cottages, Bury St Edmunds IP29 5QE

Discover the classical Rotunda at the heart of the estate and wander around the beautiful landscaped gardens which bloom with every season. In spring you can admire the heritage daffodils popping up throughout the pleasure grounds in front of the Italianate palace. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ickworth

 

Snape Maltings

Snape, IP17 1SP

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Discover the best of Suffolk in one location. Walk along the water’s edge lined with wild reeds, tuck into great local produce at the cafe, browse the independent boutiques, vintage stores and homewares, and wander the galleries. It’s also home to one of the world’s leading music centres. www.snapemaltings.co.uk

Framlingham Castle

Church Street, Framlingham, Suffolk, IP13 9BP

Everyone knows about the castle on the hill, thanks to local lad and superstar Ed Sheeran, and quite right too, this is a Suffolk gem. Once upon a time it was a fearsome fortress, head behind the castle’s towering walls and discover its fascinating history with its exhibition, take in stunning views and finish with Tudor treats at the café. www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/framlingham-castle

The Suffolk Punch Trust

Sink Farm, St Davids Lane, IP12 3JR

The Trust is dedicated to preserving the Suffolk Punch breed and the skills of the people needed to handle these wonderful horses. Visitors can meet the animals, explore the heritage barn and gardens and enjoy a range of activities and demos. Guided tours available. www.suffolkpunchtrust.org

Southwold Pier

Southwold, IP18 6BN

Suffolk’s most iconic coastal landmark hosts several eateries, gift shops plus weird and wonderful attractions and amusements. Tuck into fish n’ chips at the restaurant or pop along to either of the two cafes to warm up with a cup of tea. Meander around the gift shops for a souvenir and take in the beautiful coastal views from Suffolk’s most picturesque coastline. www.southwoldpier.co.uk

Orford 

Orford, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 2ND

Take a long walk along the footpath at Oford Ness and climb the small spiral staircases of the castle to be rewarded with magnificent views. It’s a great place for foodies. Enjoy tea, cake and pastries at Pump Street Bakery or try the legendary oysters at Butley Orford Oysterage. 

Museum of East Anglian Life

Crowe St, Stowmarket IP14 1DL

An open-air museum in 75 acres of beautiful countryside. Learn about fascinating East Anglian crafts and traditional Gypsy culture and discover splendidly restored historic buildings. Plus steam engines, animals, including Suffolk Punch horses and more. www.eastanglianlife.org.uk

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