Often referred to as the 'first chapter in English history'. Sutton Hoo near Woodbridge is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. The 17th century burial mounds, excavated from the later 1930s onwards, have revealed items including the iconic Sutton Hoo helmet. Cared for by the National Trust, visitors today can discover the history of King Raedwald and more about this Anglo-Saxon site.
A family home with a rich naval history, Melford Hall in Long Melford was also the holiday home of children’s writer Beatrix Potter, who was related to the family there. Open to visitors until the end of October, the Hall is this year hosting a unique new exhibition about Beatrix Potter following the discovery of a series of secret sketches found hidden in books – it’s a must see!
An Italian-style masterpiece in the heart of the Suffolk countryside, Ickworth is the result of the flamboyant vision of the 4th Earl of Bristol, who had it built in the 18th century. With its striking rotunda flanked by two wings, Ickworth is home to multiple collections from art to silver and boasts beautiful gardens and a large estate cared for by the National Trust that just ask to be explored.
Nestling amongst the famous ‘wonky’ buildings of Lavenham is The Guildhall, one of the finest timber-framed buildings in England. Dating from around 1530, The Guildhall was built following the boom of the cloth industry in the early 16th century. Its exhibition spaces were completely remodelled by the National Trust in 2015, making it a fascinating part of a trip to Lavenham – and don’t miss the delicious treats in the tea-room!
Somewhere that can truly lay claim to being unique, Orford Ness on the Suffolk coast is one of the most unusual places looked after by the National Trust. A former atomic weapons testing facility and now one of the most highly prized nature reserves in Europe a visit here is quite unlike any other. Open until October with limited tickets each day, do check availability before your visit.