The County of Suffolkis a combination of gently rolling woodland, river valleys and estuaries, hometo busy market towns and pretty timber-framed villages.
Theforty miles of coastline is largely unspoilt, with steep shingle terraces andlow crumbling cliffs, a sign of constant battle with the sea.
Suffolkis famous for its vast skies, stunning coastline and delightful countryside.
Whateveryour interests there is much to enjoy in Suffolk all year round
Thereare many attractive townsaround the coastline, now designated a world heritage site of 'outstandingbeauty'.
Adistinctive feature of the Suffolk coast is its many shingle beaches, which area haven for a fascinating mix of wildlife and plants.
Fishingboats can be seen resting on the raked banks of pebbles or out at sea trawlingthe waves and fresh fish can be purchased from the fishermen's huts on the beaches.
TheEdwardian resort of Felixstowe has retained much of its original charm, withbeautiful south facing gardens, pier, theatre, four miles of beach, historicfort and nature reserve.
Thehistoric town of Aldeburgh situated on the site of a medieval fishing andshipbuilding centre is host to the International Aldeburgh Festival of musicand the arts at Snape Maltings Concert Hall. The High Street has manyattractive Georgian buildings. Historic buildings include the Moot Hall (c.1520) and the 15th century church.
Southwoldlies in the centre of the Heritage Coast, the River Blyth to the south and theBuss Creek to the north form the town boundaries, virtually making Southwold anisland, limitingdevelopment and helping to retain Southwolds old world charm. The SuffolkTourist Information Centre is in the High Street.
Lowestoftis Britain's most easterly town, famous for its maritime connections and awardwinning beaches. An important piece of Lowestoft's history has been recentlyrevived in the shape of Lowestoft Porcelain. In production from 1757-1801,original examples are highly prized by collectors around the world. The newfactory and gallery are open to the public.
Ipswichis the County town and England's oldest continuously settled town since AngloSaxon times, with medieval streets and architectural gems. The touristinformation centre is in St. Stephens Church.
TheHeart of Suffolk is an ideal base for exploring the peaceful countryside andhistoric towns like Stowmarket in the Gipping valley, home to the Museum ofEast Anglian Life.
BurySt.Edmunds grew up around the powerful Abbey of St Edmund in medieval times. Forfive centuries it was visited by pilgrims who worshiped at the shrine of StEdmund, the martyred King of East Anglia.
Lavenhamis one of several wool towns in Suffolk and is one of the best preservedmedieval towns in the country; its appearance remains relatively untouched bytime.
Inthe west of the County an area of rural hideaways include Thetford forest andcountryside treats in peaceful surroundings. Newmarket, famous as theheadquarters of British racing, is a thriving town with the excellent shoppingfacilities.
Sudbury,in the south of Suffolk, is the birthplace of the painter Thomas Gainsborough,and a fine collection of his works can be seen at Gainsborough's House.
Constable Country offers the chance to explore Dedham Vale and the StourValley where John Constable, one of England's most celebrated painters, foundhis inspiration. Walking in his footsteps offers visitors a chance toexperience rural England at its most peaceful.