If you’re planning a visit in your caravan to Suffolk, then you might find some of the following tips covering places to visit useful.
Some of the top attractions include:
- Sutton Hoo. An absolutely incredible find back in the mid-20th century, this burial mound enclosed the remains of at least one of the early Anglo-Saxon kings and his treasure. There is an exhibition site and you’ll get an insight into how the first English lived 1500 years ago;
- the Mid-Suffolk light railway. Known with love and affection as “the Middy”, this is a great Victorian steam line with working engines and carriages. Almost everybody loves steam trains – and you will too if it’s your first experience of them;
- Lavenham Guildhall. Once upon a time, during the mediaeval centuries, Suffolk was a vastly wealthy centre of the wool trade. You can discover some of this through the wonderful 16th century Lavenham Guildhall;
- the WoodBridge Suffolk Punch centre. This is a great day out for everyone but particularly if you have younger kids with you. The Suffolk Punch isn’t just a lawnmower, it’s actually a breed of shire horse known for its strength. Here you’ll see them and other farming animals, in beautiful surroundings;
- the Suffolk owl sanctuary, Stoneham Barns. Here you get the chance to learn about and hold, these wonderful creatures. There is a range of other activities too;
- Kentwell Hall, Long Melford. A wonderful Tudor mansion surrounded by a moat, this site also has special days where they re-create Tudor life. The link above also contains a number of other examples of unique Suffolk architecture and ancient buildings, all of which are worth a visit;
- Flatford Mill, East Bergholt. This is a picturesque watermill made universally famous by Constable’s now legendary painting of it. It’s a lovely day out and there’s a real sense of atmosphere here;
- Lowestoft – the East Anglia Transport Museum. This is a charming exhibition of old trams, trolleybuses and other historic transport vehicles. Some are in working condition and you can ride on them too. It’s not a vast exhibition but they have some lovely items here that might just bring back memories of days gone by!
Top tips when visiting Suffolk
Having whetted your appetite, a few quick practical reminders:
- make sure that your caravan has been fully checked, as normal, as well as that your touring caravan insurance is fully up to date;
- as always and with anywhere in southern or Midlands England, try to avoid travelling on bank holiday Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays;
- Suffolk is a beautiful county but it’s also known to be low-lying and in some parts, relatively flat. That means in spring, autumn and winter, some parts of it may be prone to flooding – notably around certain rivers, their flood plains and parts of the coast. You can research those online through local council and environment agency websites. So, if you’re travelling in times of unpredictable weather, choose your campsite carefully;
- sites in and around the prime coastal locations can be booked up well in advance during July and August. Make sure you book early.
Enjoy your trip!