Tourist attractions near Belstead Brook Hotel
Ipswich is the gateway to the East of England. It is an exciting time for the city with prime areas of development and rejuvenation.
The neighbouring Port of Felixstowe is one of our premier ports, and serves as the commercial gateway to Europe and beyond.
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Snape Maltings on the Suffolk coast is popular with locals and as a tourist destination, with a selection of shops restaurants and art galleries, plus various events taking place over the year.
Home to nine independent shops, a café, tea room and pub, an assortment of wildlife walks and river trips, as well as housing Aldeburgh Music.
Address: Aldeburgh Music, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape, Suffolk IP17 1SP
Telephone: 01728 687110
Kentwell - a very different experience: a romantic, completely moated, mellow redbrick Tudor mansion in a tranquil parkland setting. Hosting re-enactment events, hall and gardens open to the public. Events run throughout the year.
Address: Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 9BA
Telephone: 01787 310 207
An awe-inspiring Anglo-Saxon royal burial site. This hauntingly beautiful 255 acre estate, with far-reaching views over the river Deben, is home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. Walk around the ancient burial mounds and discover the incredible story of the ship burial of an Anglo-Saxon king and his treasured possessions.
Come face to face with your ancestors and explore the award-winning exhibition, the full-size reconstruction of the burial chamber, stunning replica treasures and original finds from one of the mounds - including a prince's sword!
Look inside the Edwardian house or enjoy the beautiful seasonal colours on their estate walks.
Address: Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge IP12 3DJ
Telephone: 01394 389 700
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Explore Flatford and discover the landscape that inspired John Constable.
In the heart of the beautiful Dedham Vale lies the charming hamlet of Flatford, the location for some of John Constable's most famous paintings. Visit on foot by following the River Stour from Dedham or Manningtree and join one of our daily Constable guided tours to learn all about the painter’s association with the area.
Visit the location of Constable's famous painting 'The Hay Wain', escape on foot and visit the peaceful Dedham Vale, view work by local artists in the Boat House Gallery or wander around the wildlife garden and boat rides.
Telephone: 01206 298260
Gainsborough House is the birthplace museum of Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), one of the greatest artists in British history. Gainsborough house is home to the largest collection of his work.
The house itself dates from around 1500 and retains many interesting architectural features. Its Georgian facade (built by Thomas Gainsborough's father) and other elegant additions date back to the eighteenth century.
The visitor entrance with its gift and coffee shop are located on Weavers Lane and lead out on to a terrace and walled garden with an ancient Mulberry tree. The house and gardens are fully accessible.
Address: 46 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2EU
Telephone: 01787 372958
Lavenham village today is famed for its wealth of surviving timber-framed buildings, which make it one of the best-preserved medieval villages in England. One of the finest of these buildings is the Guildhall of Corpus Christi.
Inside, you can follow the changing fortunes of Lavenham’s cloth industry, local families and farming heritage and agricultural roots.
Before exploring the streets of this unique village, which have changed little in five centuries, make sure you have a browse in the gift shop and enjoy a homemade cake in the newly tea room.
Address: Market Place, Lavenham, Suffolk CO10 9QZ
Telephone: 01787 247646
SUFFOLK PUNCH TRUST
The Suffolk Punch Trust, dedicated to the preservation of Suffolk’s unique history, operates The Hollesley Bay Colony Stud, the world’s oldest stud farm breeding the endangered Suffolk Horse. The Trust safeguards the future of this unique animal, which shaped the landscape of Suffolk and played a crucial role in the development of farming throughout the British colonies.
The Colony Stud is a great day out for all ages. Come and see our horses and yearlings, rare Large Black Pigs, Red Poll Cattle and Suffolk Sheep. There is also a large vehicle and implement display, a heritage exhibition and cinema as well as our brand new play area, gift shop and coffee shop which provides light lunches and a fantastic afternoon tea.
Address: The Suffolk Punch Trust, Woodbridge Walk, Hollesley, Suffolk IP12 3JR
Telephone: 01394 411327
There's so much to see and hear at Minsmere: splendid woodland, wetland and coastal scenery, rare birds breeding and calling in on their migrations, shy wildlife like otters, the booming call of bitterns in spring, beautiful bugs and colourful wild flowers in summer.
Whenever you visit, you'll find plenty to enjoy. Choose an idyllic walk or head to the coastal lagoons to see and impressive variety of birds – or spot an otter in one of the reed beds!
Stop in at the visitor centre, pick up a souvenir in the RSPB shop or enjoy a meal cooked using local Suffolk produce in the café. There's an exciting Discovery Centre and Wild Zone for families, and guided walks throughout the year.
Address: Sheepwash Lane, Saxmundhan, Suffolk IP17 3BY
Telephone: 01728 648281
Jimmy’s Farm offers a variety of different events throughout the year. If you are interested in food, farming, gardening or the natural world, as well as music festivals, there is something for everyone.
Jimmy’s Farm makes a great day out for the whole family. Kids will love being able to interact with the animals and enjoy the adventure of the nature trail, den building and butterfly house
Take a walk through the chicken safari or take in the naughty, greedy goats, view the guinea pigs in their own little village or the family of ferrets who roam around their own little enclosure. Alternatively, feed the alpacas which are sure to put a smile on any little ones’ face.
Kids can even try out fishing with the farm’s onsite fishing guru who will help them with the chance to catch their very first fish! Children will just love the woodland trail where they can build their own dens or quietly wander through boggy bottom and absorb the bird life…!
Address: Pannington Hall Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk IP9 2AR
Telephone: 0844 493 8088
Those visiting the Ipswich Waterfront can enjoy fantastic events - 60,000 enjoyed celebrating Ipswich by visiting the Maritime Ipswich Waterfront Festival, vintage markets and fayres.
Enjoy boat cruises and barges on Ipswich Docks or visit the great range of Ipswich waterfront bars, cafes and shops.
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