Suffolk is situated on the South East coast of England in East Anglia.
Being one of the driest parts of the UK, Suffolk experiences the best weather.
Suffolk has a beautiful coastline with famous seaside towns such as Aldeburgh, Dunwich, Thorpness and Southwold.
The main towns in Suffolk are Ipswich, Bury St.Edmunds and Sudbury and it shares it’s borders with Essex, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.
Despite being tucked away and very rural, Suffolk is a mere 90 minute drive from London and has easy train access from London Liverpool Station to Ipswich, Colchester and Sudbury.
In Charles Dickens’s days, boys living in Scotland and here in East Anglia would be allowed to leave boarding school a day early because it took so long to get back home to those places.
Even though we are just 60 miles from London, this area was always very inaccessible and remained so until very recent times.
Now the local mainline train journey to London is a mere 45 minutes and a car journey takes about an hour and a half.
But still Suffolk has retained an unusually strong independent rural atmosphere and one of the great joys of the area are the beautiful little villages that even locals get lost getting to through the meandering ‘spiders web’ of tiny lanes and byroads. Many of these villages are wonderfully preserved in their medieval origins, the pretty village of Lavenham being a fantastic example.
The area is very rich in History from the Saxons of Sutton Hoo and the rebel Queen Bodicea who defeated the Romans, right up to the many expeditions of Settlers leaving for America.
The landscape and the Architectural beauty of the area has long inspired Artists to work and move here. The greatest English landscape painter John Constable painted most of his masterpieces along the River Stour His work undoubtedly created this landscape as the quintessential English Landscape, which is one reason visitors to the area feel so at home.
Flatford Mill, where many of Constables most well known works of art such as The Haywain were painted is now a National Trust area devoted to this artist and preserving his memory and the area he made so famous.
The Great Portrait painter Thomas Gainsborough lived in Sudbury and it is a real pleasure to visit his home which is now a very interesting museum and exciting showplace for local artists and events, it also has a wonderful print making workshop where courses on all kinds of printmaking are constantly held and very much sought after.
The great artist and founder of the Royal Academy George Munnings was famous for his portraits of Rural Suffolk Life and there is a museum and exhibition devoted to him nearby in the village of Dedham.
When exploring Suffolk it is easy to become lost in the maze of tiny lanes and by chance discover some completely new area you never knew existed but which has a rich rural and architectural history and a vibrant identity. And when you look closer you are told by locals ‘ yes that village has one of the most famous English Open Garden days where the whole village joins in’ or ‘Yes the village pub has just been taken over by Marco Pierre White’ or ‘Osprey are hunting in the valley now’: There is always some surprise around the corner.
So perhaps now is the time to put that all together in a What To Do in Suffolk guide and let people know about the special places and the many things to do in Suffolk .
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