Map featuring Suffolk beaches. Click on pins to view beach details. Aldeburgh Beccles Bury St Edmunds Eye Felixstowe Framlingham Hadleigh Haverhill Ipswich Leiston Lowestoft Newmarket Saxmundham Southwold Stowmarket Sudbury Wickham Market Woodbridge
On England's east coast and jutting out into the North Sea, Suffolk is a good destination for an active, outdoorsy holiday. It has prime locations for birdwatching, walking, cycling, boating and fishing. And if you simply want to lounge on the beach, you can do that, too.
With its large quantity of museums, stately homes, castles and churches dating back to the Middle Ages, Suffolk will also appeal to those who are interested in history.
The massive Kentwell Hall is a mansion from the Tudor era which hosts popular historical recreations of everyday life in centuries past. During its Tudor Days, the house and its extensive grounds are transformed into a living re-enactment of 16th century life.
Even if its luxury prices are beyond your means, the House in The Clouds holiday cottage in Thorpeness is well worth a drive past. Chances are you will never see anything quite like this tower with a house on top.
Suffolk has a number of options for walkers and cyclists eager to get out and explore. The Suffolk Coast Path covers the 50-mile stretch from Felixstowe to Lowestoft, and passes through two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Thetford Forest, has a vast network of walking and cycling trails criss-crossing its 19,000 hectares. You can hire a bike and go riding, watch a show or try out a high wire adventure course, and children will love the play areas.
Dunwich Heath and Minsmere are good locations to enjoy unspoiled nature. The National Trust-run Dunwich Heath is a habitat for some rare wildlife, and nearby Minsmere is considered one of the UK's best birdwatching areas.
The beach guide has 14 beaches listed in Suffolk.