Neighbouring towns and villages

Neighbouring towns and villages

Ed's latest song, 'Castle on the Hill', is an ode to the spectacular late 12th-century castle that sits proudly in the heart of the Mere and surrounding parkland. Why not discover its rich heritage for yourself? The castle wall walk is the perfect activity for a family day out, while the audio trails will have you exploring the beautiful grounds and vast wildlife. Watch the sunset over the castle for yourself and fall in love with Framlingham. To buy your tickets today and for more information on upcoming events and opening times, click here

Take a look at our top six Suffolk hotspots that we think are song-worthy...

Framlingham

Home to the sensationally talented global superstar, Ed Sheeran, the beautiful town of Framlingham houses a range of independent shops for you to browse and enjoy at your leisure, as well as a whole host of cafes, tea shops and restaurants. You’ll find plenty of unique gifts and local produce at the market every Tuesday and Saturday.

Aldeburgh

The quaint seaside town of Aldeburgh is perfect for both families and couples. With a superb selection of independent shops, you'll find everything from clothes and books to antiques and art plus a great variety of eateries. Wander along the pebbled seafront to Maggi Hambling's four-metre high 'Scallop' sculpture and see if you can spot 'The Small House', before stopping off at The Brudenell Hotel for a cosy afternoon tea with a view. Don't forget to sample the famous Aldeburgh fish and chips, fried the same way since 1967 and regarded as some of the best fish and chips in Britain.

 THORPENESS 

                

Situated just 10 minutes from Aldeburgh by car is the small but beautiful village of Thorpeness, a popular destination known for its famous House in the Clouds that sits nestled a mere 70ft high in the sky. Constructed in 1923, the cottage is a must-see on your trip and is open to guests and visitors who wish to experience its quirky delights. If that's not enticing enough, you can also enjoy a round of golf at Thorpeness Golf Club, take a boat trip on the Peter Pan themed boating lake or visit the Emporium for a lovely selection of crafts and collectibles. There really is something for everyone!

Felixstowe 

Nestled between the rivers Orwell and Deben on the east coast of England, and just twenty minutes from Ipswich, Felixstowe is a charming Edwardian seaside town with a vibrant town centre and a wonderful mix of attractions and activities to suit all ages and interests. 
At the northern end of the town is the charming fishing and sailing hamlet of Felixstowe Ferry. Take a walk along the banks beside the river Deben, hop on the little foot ferry for a trip to Bawdsey, pick up some fresh fish for tea and see how many of the iconic Napoleonic Martello Towers you can spot. 

Head south to visit the unique Landguard Peninsula with its 18th C. Fort, one of England’s best-preserved coastal defences, alongside the fascinating collections of the Felixstowe Museum. Stroll along the boardwalk at the Nature Reserve, home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna. Whilst the Viewing Area here offers spectacular views of the giant ships arriving and departing at Britain’s busiest port. 

Hadleigh


A charming market town, Hadleigh has an interesting history. It is one of the first towns in East Anglia that prospered from the cloth/wool industry and is known as one of Suffolk’s ‘Wool Towns’. It has some wonderful architecture, including the fabulous 15th century guildhall, as well as the really beautiful church/guildhall/deanery tower complex, and has a total of 246 listed buildings.

Hadleigh is only 20 minutes drive from Ipswich and at its heart is an engaging high street; a traditional mix of independent shops and boutiques as well as home to Partridges, the famous hardware store which is a proverbial maze of anything you could need – we promise!  
Set to the beautiful backdrop of wonderful architecture, with the fabulous 15th century Guildhall and the neighbouring St Mary's Church and Deanery Tower all a minute off the High Street, it’s one of the prettiest retail experiences you could hope for. 


LONG MELFORD



Set along a broad, tree-lined street over a mile in length, Long Melford contains a delightful spread of 18th and 19th century fronted shops and houses, interspersed with the occasional original Tudor building. The village has become a major centre for the antiques trade and also has many lovely small shops, galleries, pubs and fabulous restaurants.
Long Melford also has two stately historic houses open to the public. The magnificent Kentwell Hall is a moated mansion approached via a long, tree-flanked drive. Melford Hall, owned by the National Trust is also in the village and is open to the public during the summer season. This too, hosts many major events throughout the year.

SOUTHWOLD 

Once hometown to the prolific novelist George Orwell, the picturesque town of Southwold boasts a stunning seafront, pier and boating lake as well as an array of fantastic shops and eateries. Take a tour of the Adnams Brewery or visit the recently refurbished pier to see the famous Water Clock that chimes every 30 minutes. Finish the day off with a visit to the boating lake, complete with a tasty cream tea. Don't forget to take a trip to the famous Two Magpies Bakery and sample a range of baked artisan breads, freshly made cakes and hand-crafted pizzas - it's even dog friendly! 

LAVENHAM

     

Nestled between Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds lies the quaint and stunning village of Lavenham. With rows of crooked 15th century town houses lining the street, this medieval town is full of hidden surprises. Cast your eyes upon the fascinating architecture, including the Crooked House, whilst popping in and out of the many independent boutiques, galleries and tea rooms. Be sure to visit the Lavenham Guildhall, known for being the inspiration for Harry Potter's derelict parents' house in the films. If you're looking for somewhere to stay, the Swan at Lavenham offers 4-star accommodation complete with a spa and luxury dining options. 


SNAPE MALTINGS

    

With a history that dates back over 2,000 years, the village of Snape Maltings is famous for being the favourite home place of Suffolk-born composer Benjamin Britten. Founded by Britten in 1948, the Snape Maltings Concert Hall plays host to an impressive range of concerts, festivals and workshops throughout the year. The Snape Maltings complex is a popular attraction for visitors who love searching for unique arts and crafts, whilst a Waveney River Tour along the River Alde is perfect for nature lovers and photographers. Other highlights include the Granary Tea shop and the superbly popular Cafe 1885 offering a delicious choice of locally sourced produce. To read more about what's on offer, click here.

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