Tails start your wagging: Suffolk Attractions for your beloved pooch in 2019
Is Suffolk the most dog friendly county? Visit Suffolk certainly believes so. If you are looking for attractions to take your family this year, including your four legged companion, then look no further than Suffolk. You may be surprised at the range of activities that cater to the furry individuals in your life!
Visit Suffolk have put together their top things to do in the county that welcome your dog with open arms! So, grab that lead and water bowl and get outside and explore with your family in tow!
1) National Trust, Sutton Hoo – open Spring 2019
The hauntingly beautiful Anglo-Saxon royal burial site located near Woodbridge is the home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. Get up close to your ancestors and explore the burial ground of kings gone by.
Whilst the museum may be off limits, dogs are allowed to walk around the 255 acre estate with views of the river Deben. There are two different walks on offer with plenty to see and sniff along the way.
Sutton Hoo is currently going through an exciting renovation of the site and the surrounding walks thanks to a £1.8million National Lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and from the support of their visitors and supporters. The project called “Releasing the Sutton Hoo Story” will help create an experience that will allow visitors to discover more about the internationally significant site.
Sutton Hoo will be gradually opening their new developments in stages throughout the spring and summer of 2019 perfectly timed for optimum dog walking weather! Find out more here.
2) The East Anglia Transport Museum – open April to October
Admission: £9 Adults, £8 Seniors, £6 for children between 5 and 15
Since its beginning in 1962, when five local tramway enthusiasts rescued an old tramcar that was being used as a summer house, the museum transformed into a place where the vehicles of yesteryear can be seen in action, where half-forgotten sounds of the past are brought back to life with the widest range of preserved vehicles of any museum.
You and your family can see and hear the vehicles from the past. You can even hop-onto some of their working vehicles with your dog. All aboard the vintage Tramway which takes you through the museum street and into the beautiful surrounding woodlands. The East Suffolk Light Railway which winds its way along the northern perimeter of the museum is used to recreate the typical light railway, and you can experience just what it was like back in the day. Find out more here.
3) Waveney River Tours – open April to October and June to August depending on boat trip
Nestled in Oulton Broad, within the new Broads National Park, Waveney River Tours have been sailing on the Suffolk broads and rivers since 1970 and they show no signs of stopping.
With a range of scenic boat tours which you can climb aboard with your dog close behind, take in the stunning landscape of Suffolk on the peaceful waters as you are guided by their friendly crew into the ancient marshland landscapes.
The Waveney Princess, their main vessel, is equipped with an open top deck to give you panoramic views which your dog is sure to enjoy. Keep your eyes peeled for Marsh Harriers, Reed Warblers and Reed Buntings which can often be heard singing and flying alongside the boat.
The River Waveney is also famous for its floating yellow water lilies which start blooming in May. Of course, if you don’t fancy a tour, you can hire one of their self-drive day boats with your pooch and get out and explore the waters yourself!
River Waveney Marshlands Cruise – 90 minutes
Admission: £10 – Adults, £7 – Child
Cruising along the Norfolk/Suffolk on the Angles Way and taking in the waterside village of Burgh St Peter.
Oulton Broad Circular Tour – 40 minutes
Admission: £7.50 – Adults, £5 – Child
This sightseeing cruise sails around Oulton Broad and the first stretch of Oulton Dyke. See the boatyards and boathouses built along the banks of the largest Broad in the National Park.
Victorian Heritage Cruise – 2 hours
Admission: £12.50 – Adults, £8 – Child
Following Sir Samuel Morton Peto’s historic railway line through the Waveney Valley to the 100 year old railway swingbridge at Somerleyton.
4) The Suffolk Punch Trust – spring, summer and autumn openings times
Admission: £9 – Adults, £5 – Children, £7.50 – Senior Citizens
The trust was founded to help protect the critically endangered Suffolk horse which is the oldest English breed of working horse. Their well-established breeding programme has seen a flurry of new foals, all of which aims to raise awareness to help train the next generation of professionals to work with these iconic heavy horses.
When you visit the trust, you can enjoy a host of family activities which you, your family and your dog will love! Take a stroll to the stables to get up close and personal to these magnificent horses and foals, but don’t forget to say hello to a number of other animals including Rare Large Black Pigs, Red Poll Cattle and Suffolk Sheep.
Immerse yourself in their heritage museum and education room before loosing yourself in the beautiful Suffolk Heritage Garden. Let your dog sniff out the wild flora and fauna before venturing around one of their three circular routes within the 200acre farm as you take in the peacefulness of the Suffolk countryside. Walks range from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours for those with dogs who enjoy a longer walk! Find out more here.
5) Landguard Fort – open February to October
Admission: £5.50 – Adults, £2.50 – Children
Did you know that your dog can visit the site of the last opposed seabourne invasion of England by the Dutch in 1667? Well you can!
Landguard Fort played a mighty role in Suffolk’s history, defending the shores of Felixstowe. Spanning both World Wars and the Cold War, the site has an intriguing 400 year history.
Today the fort is a destination for history enthusiasts and those wishing to travel back in time and experience what it was like to live on a fort. With tours, re-enactments, family trails and more, well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome to discover the fort right alongside you. Walk and ‘pad’ in the footsteps of the brave men who once stood strong within the confinements of the fort. Find out more here.
6) Framingham Castle – open all year
Admission: £9.50 – Adult, £5.70 – Child, £8.60 – Concession
Once a fearsome fortress, today a popular visitor attraction with 1,000 years of history, brave the towering walls with your dog by your side as you explore the grounds of Framingham Castle together.
Head upwards to The Wall Walk, one of the castles best features, with your pooch and walk along the circumference of the castle surveying the cascading Suffolk countryside surrounding the castle. Whilst the steps may be steep, the view is something to behold and once you get there, the view will take your breath away. It’s also the inspiration behind Ed Sheeran’s his single Castle on the Hill. So one for your teenage kids too!
Audio-visual guides for both adults and children will take you through it’s fascinating history, leading you to the poorhouse and the tombs of earls and dukes of Norfolk in a nearby church. Find out more here.
7) Adnams Store, Southwold – open all year
One just for the adults (and their dogs of course) the Adnams Southwold Store and Cafe, situated on the site of their old distribution centre, brings their extensive collection of beer, wine and spirits to passers by in their sustainable and environmentally friendly building where you will find reclaimed wooden groynes and sustainably sourced timber throughout.
The biggest drive to the store, their fully stocked tasting bar, where you can make your way through their extensive range of drink before deciding what to take home with you. Best part? Dogs on leads can come along for the tasting too! Let them sample the water from Southwold in perfectly branded bowls! Find out more here.
From there, head towards the stunning coast and let your dog run free along the shore. Either side of the main beach are some beautiful coastal walks which welcomes dogs all year round, most of the pubs in Southwold are dog friendly too!
Of course, this is just the tip of all the dog friendly attractions and spaces for you and your fury companion in Suffolk. From historical sites, adventures in the countryside, to attractions filled with fun and games, Suffolk is the county that truly caters to your entire family. No matter if you walk on two legs or four!
Find out more about the region and get planning your top doggie locations today: www.visitsuffolk.com