All about Suffolk

Miles of unspoilt coastline and beautiful countryside combined with bustling towns and pretty villages such as Lavenham make Suffolk an ideal location for your short break or annual holiday. Head for the coast are you are spoilt for choice between historic Southwold, Aldeburgh, Dunwich or even Lowestoft the most easterly point in the UK.  Or, go inland a little and enjoy the tranquility of the Rivers Waveney, Stour, Orwell or Deben.  www.suffolktouristguide.com

Beaches, just a few of those Suffolk has to offer: -

Aldeburgh - On the Suffolk Heritage coast, Aldeburgh has a particular charm that has attracted visitors from all over the world.  Fishing and boat building are the foundations of the town and both trades still thrive. The sailing boats dotted along the river at one end of the town, the fishing huts, sheds and working boats are scattered about the beach at the other.  Take a walk along the unspoilt sea front, little changed since Victorian times, its uneven row of individual houses each seeming to have a character of their own.

Felixstowe - Felixstowe is an attractive resort on the Suffolk Coast. It is know as the "Garden Resort of the East Coast", due to its extensive and beautiful gardens, along its long, level promenade and the town centre.  At Felixstowe Ferry, which is part of Old Felixstowe, there is a ferry across the estuary to Bawdsey, which is an interesting trip in its own right. At the other end of Felixstowe there is the Languard Penisular, with the nature reserve, fort, and Felixstowe Museum. The Viewpoint area on the Languard Penisular is very popular with residents and visitors, as you can watch ships going in and out of the Port of Harwich and Felixstowe, and there is always something interesting to watch.

Lowestoft - Often referred to as the 'Sunrise Coast' due to it's geographical position as the most easterly point in Britain and where the sun rises first each day.  Lowestofts beautifully clean, safe, sandy beaches are awarded with the blue flag making it an ideal location for families.  Lowestoft was once a very active fishing port and harbour, and this is still one of the best places in the country for the freshest fish and chips - best eaten out of paper !

Southwold Think of Southwold and you will probably think of beach huts.   The town has 300 brighly coloured beach huts, which stretch along the shore line and are one of the towns most prominent features.  Following extensive renovation Southwold Pier is now one of the finest examples of a Pier to be found in the British isles and has just been awarded the prestigious title of 'Best Tourism Experience 2008' in the 6 counties that comprise the East of England.  Don't forget when visiting to make time to call at one of the local pubs or inns to sample the delights of Adnams Ales which are brewed in the town and still delivered to this day by horse drawn carts.

Canoeing

Canoeing is an activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and physical ability. The meandering rivers of Suffolk are ideal for novices or those that enjoy a relaxing paddle in a beautiful environment.  In north Suffolk it is possible to paddle down the River Waveney between Sylham Bridge and Ellingham with excellent opportunities to view the local wildlife on the way.

Oulton Broad Power Boat Racing

Oulton Broad hosts a number of evening and weekend meetings with hi-octane fuelled powerboat racing. With different classes including Juniors, Monohulls, Catamarans and Hydroplanes. Watch from nearby St Nicholas's park, a great evening out for the family.

Southern Broads

Often overshadowed by their nearby sister the Norfolk Broads, the Southern Broads are much quieter and have lots to offer and should be explored.  The River Waveney is navigable from Geldeston Lock, and flows into the River Yare at Breydon Water, a distance of 22 miles.  Geldeston Lock public house should not be missed, an real 'olde worlde' experience!  At Somerleyton, you will see an old fashioned railway 'swing bridge' which 'swings' to allow high river traffic to pass below.  There are plenty of mooring stops, many of which are riverside banks and are free of charge.

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