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About Suffolk

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When people around the world imagine England, Suffolk is probably pretty close to what they see. Stuffed with some of the best places to stay, Suffolk's lovely villages are full of warmth and character with huge churches, mellow halls and large greens, bordered by half-timbered houses and thatched cottages.

It is intensely cosy and bucolic with a pleasant climate, lots of good places to stay and is not overcrowded like many of the Home Counties closer to London.

However there is still plenty to do and see from the annual Aldeburgh Festival, to the historic abbey at Bury St Edmunds. Ipswich has a wealth of architecture to admire and Newmarket is a must for horse racing fans.

What not to miss:

  • Ickworth House is a divine Georgian Italianate Palace set in an idyllic rural landscape. Learn all about the house's rich history, intertwined with that of the Hervey family, and enjoy the wondrous art collection that it houses (including works by Velàzquez, Titian and Gainsborough!). A must-see for history and architecture buffs!
  • Kids will love visiting Oasis Camel Park! The only place in the UK where you can pet, feed and ride on camels, there are also cuddle-a-pet sessions with smaller animals as well as llama walks. A fun-filled family day out.
  • If you're into your horses then you'll adore The National Stud Tours, run by Discover Newmarket. This is the only commercial stud farm in the UK where you're allowed a behind the scenes peek at what goes on, and tours (lasting 90 minutes) cover every aspect of the Thoroughbred breeding operation.

The county is an increasingly popular destination year round. So if you're planning a visit (especially during the weekends or school holiday periods) and want to guarantee a room in one of the best places to stay in Suffolk, do your homework and book well ahead.

For a coastal stay

  • Boasting smart, traditional accommodation with antique furnishings, The Wentworth is a classic seaside hotel. Enjoy the wonderful sea views and spend your days wandering along the coast.
  • The Swan Hotel, Southwold is a lovely 4* spot boasting smart and cosy accommodation. Enjoy splendid meals at their award winning restaurant which specialises in French cuisine. A fantastic coastal retreat.
  • The bathroom of the Earl of Sandwich Room in Sutherland House, Southwold has a slipper bath in front of an open fire. Many people would visit for that alone. This boutique B & B is family run and serves excellent seafood.

Romantic Retreats

  • Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa exudes Georgian charm - featuring lush interiors, first-rate service and chic accommodation. Enjoy splendid meals at their Squires Restaurant and unwind in the extensive spa!
  • The Angel, Bury St Edmunds is a historic spot, featuring a beautiful creepered façade and elegant accommodation complete with four poster beds. Classically British meals served up at the restaurant and a superb cocktail menu to boot. A superbly romantic getaway in a lovely spot.
  • The Bildeston Crown is a country inn enjoying a quiet village setting. It boasts cosy, traditional accommodation and a range of wonderful dining options. A wonderful and intimate getaway.

Top Spots for Foodies

  • The Great House is a wonderfully romantic spot, expertly combining French chic with quintessential English charm. Located in the peaceful Lavenham, their 3 AA Rosettes restaurant is a delight! Characterful accommodation with exposed wooden beams and antique furnishings.
  • The Crown, Stoke by Nayland is a popular restaurant with rooms featuring boutique accommodation. Enjoy delicious grub made from local produce and accompanied by a tremendous wine list. A charming stay.
  • Sutherland House is a family-run restaurant offering four spacious and comfortable rooms full of charm and period detail. You'll adore the divine meals served up at their AA Rosette restaurant and specialising in seafood dishes.
  • The Westleton Crown is a classic country gastropub with smart rooms.Their 2 AA Rosette restaurant serves up delicious cuisine which you can either enjoy in front of a log fire, in the sunny Garden Room Restaurant or outdoors if the weather's nice.

Family Getaways

  • The Ickworth, set in a picturesque stately home, is a fabulous family retreat. Complimentary creches are available and babysitting services offered, whilst there's a play room as well as a myriad of activities for the kids to enjoy in their 1800 acre estate! A truly wonderful stay.
  • Surrounded by wide lawns and woodland, the family-friendly Kesgrave Hall near Woodbridge in Suffolk is confidently decorated with bold fabrics, tempered with warm wooden floors and muted wall colours. A hugely welcoming hotel, the public areas are generous and sociable with great food and a lovely sunny terrace on the right day. Plus, it's just a short distance from the beach!

Luxurious Stays

  • Tudenham Mill is a converted mill enjoying a serene pond-side setting and providing spacious and contemporary whitewashed accommodation with large rooms and walk in showers. You'll love the food served up at the restaurant and you can also book yourself a private wood fired cedar hot tub for the night!
  • The Black Lion Hotel belies its rather characterless exterior to provide exuberantly opulent accommodation featuring plenty of bright hues and antique furnishings. Enjoy superb meals in their elegant dining room and curl up with a good book by the roaring fireplaces. Quintessentially English!
  • The Swan At Lavenham is wonderfully historic, dating all the way back to the 1400s! Their gorgeously atmospheric rooms feature exposed wooden beams and stylish, comfortable furnishings (including four poster beds in some of them). Enjoy an afternoon tipple in their quaint garden.
  • The hip Salthouse Harbour Hotel oozes modern luxury, with a wonderful setting on the waterfront of Ipswich harbour and chic contemporary interiors. Their trendy and individually decorated rooms are filled with modern art, whilst the restaurant serves up local sustainable produce.

For a holiday cottage or an apartment

  • If you think a self-catering option in Suffolk would best suit your needs then check out the wide variety available at our online partner, booking.com.

Travel Information

  • It's best to visit Suffolk over the summer months, with the average daily temperature reaching around 16°C. So it's hardly balmy, but on the warmer days you'll love exploring the countryside or heading down to the beach!I
  • International visitors can fly into Stansted Airport. Alternatively, most towns are served by their own train station which is probably the best way to visit the county (unless you're travelling by car).
  • For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Holiday Autos.

Still not sure which to book?

  • Browse through our list of the best places to stay in Suffolk and start to plan your stay.
  • Widen your search to include the best places to stay in neighbouring Norfolk or Kent.
  • Please feel free to call or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.

Best Hotels in Suffolk

  • Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa 77 rooms

    Newmarket (Newmarket,)

    Indulgent spa hotel within easy reach of London with first-rate service and atmospheric restaurant. Georgian charm, neutral tones and lush textures contrast with the work-out drive of the gym and wonderfully cool aura of the spa. Be it racing, romance or business, you'll want for nothing.

    Riding  -  Barrow Hall Stables. Lessons for anyone from the age of 5 upwards.
    Great walks  -  City of Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds with it's 10th century Abbey.
    Sights nearby  -  Newmarket races. Saturday races. A great day out for the family.
    Spa  -  Solarium, hot tub, Hammam and sauna available.
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  • Bays Farm 3 rooms from $98

    Suffolk

    This charming property in the heart of Suffolk is set amidst four acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. There are three delightfully decorated rooms and a detached cottage. A hearty English breakfast is served every morning as well as a farmhouse supper in the evening. A home away from home!

    Local markets  -  Visit the "Suffolk Famer's Market' for fresh produce from around the county
    Sailing  -  There are many daily boat trips along the rugged Suffolk coast
    Great walks  -  Whether its across the rolling fields or to the local pub
    Restrictions on children  -  Children above the age of 12 accepted
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • Holbecks House 3 rooms from $104

    Ipswich, Suffolk

    Fabulous views and spacious, well-equipped bedrooms in this popular B & B set amidst romantic gardens and beautiful countryside.

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  • The Bildeston Crown 12 rooms from $104

    Suffolk

    A country inn set in the quaint and quiet village of Bildeston. 12 refurbished rooms offer a contemporary look with a traditional feel. The chef offers modern british food in either a formal or relaxed dining area. Suffolk offers a host of outdoor pursuits ideal for a weekend get away.

    Great walks  -  Suffolk has numerous quaint villages and open countryside to explore and it's relatively flat landscape makes for easy walking
    Traditional
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • The Great House 5 rooms from $124

    Lavenham

    In the heart of one of Suffolk’s most perfect and peaceful medieval villages is Lavenham, and the delightful Great House restaurant and small luxury hotel. French chic meets quintessential English charm; the combination is pretty special.

    Exclusive offer  -  Autumn Midweek Escape for Two
    Foodies  -  The restaurant has been awarded 3 AA Rosettes
    Sights nearby  -  Situated in the heart of medieval Lavenham
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide
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  • The Ickworth 27 rooms from $124

    Bury St Edmunds

    Family retreat set in 1800 acres of National Trust with amenities to suit all ages. Spa, cinema room, swimming pool and games room to ensure maximum entertainment and relaxation. Complimentary creche and a focus on entertaining children makes this an ideal choice for family getaway. Dogs welcome.

    Child friendly  -  Prides itself on it's welcome for children. Creche and babysitting available.
    Garden  -  Italianate Gardens.
    Families
    Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.
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  • Sutherland House 4 rooms from $130

    Southwold (Suffolk and Essex)

    Family-run restaurant in a historic building in the centre of Southwold offers four spacious, comfortable rooms with modern bathrooms. The excellent seafood restaurant has been awards two AA rosettes and makes for a great base to stay in the charming seaside village.

    Foodies  -  Fantastic seafood based restaurant where everything down to the black pudding is made in house, and you taste the difference.
    Full of character  -  Many original features including pargetted ceilings and foot wide elm floorboards dating back to the 1450s!
    Fishing  -  Fishing is a popular past time with the locals, head out on the seas and try and catch your dinner.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the local Adnams Brewery, learn about brewing and sample some of the produce.
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  • The Packhorse Inn 8 rooms from $114

    Newmarket, Suffolk

    The Packhorse Inn is located in the village of Moulton, just a short distance from Newmarket. The chic rooms are contemporary in style - featuring plenty of light hues and wooden furnishings. You'll love the delectable modern European dishes served up! An idyllic rural getaway.

    Great walks  -  Make the most out of your location to explore the beautiful Suffolk countryside
    Local markets  -  Nearby Bury St Edmunds is renowned for its Saturday and Wednesday markets
    Sights nearby  -  Head off to Ely Cathedral or Hedingham Castle
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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  • Kesgrave Hall 23 rooms from $163

    Ipswich, Suffolk

    Good food, good service, and a good night's sleep in a handsome Georgian house. Bustling bar and brassiere, lovely sunny terrace & family-friendly relaxed atmosphere.

    Exclusive offer  -  Super Sunday
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
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  • Tuddenham Mill 15 rooms from $163

    Tuddenham, Suffolk

    Converted watermill with top notch contemporary interiors and a serene pond-side location. Large rooms and beds and walk in showers, excellent food, a comfortable escape from the city.

    Private Hot Tub  -  Book one of the new Nook Rooms for your private outdoor wood fired cedar hot tub
    Sights nearby  -  Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds are close by
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Sawdays
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  • The Crown, Stoke by Nayland 11 rooms from $163

    Nr Colchester, Suffolk

    Popular restaurant in the stunning Constable country, with separate boutique accommodation. Light and airy rooms some with french doors opening onto a terrace. Great views across open countryside. Excellent food, wines and walking. The perfect escape from city life.

    Hideaway  -  An early morning walk through the Dedham Vale, followed by a long afternoon by the fire and a hearty evening meal.
    Foodies  -  Exceptional local cuisine straight from the boat or farm accompanied by wonderful wines.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the quintessantially quaint Lavenham with it's 15th-century church and crooked medieval houses.
    Great walks  -  Venture into the Suffolk countryside and explore the local villages, dales and valleys.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
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  • The Crown at Woodbridge 10 rooms from $163

    Woodbridge

    Well known, chic Woodbridge gastropub with rooms, close to Sutton Hoo, in a charming Suffolk village of cafes and boutiques. Good food and local ales.

    Restaurant  -  Gastropub food
    Sights nearby  -  Sutton Hoo treasures are two miles away
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • The Black Lion Hotel 10 rooms from $163

    Long Melford, Suffolk

    A charming hotel, overlooking the village Green. Classic English interiors with antique pieces, bold florals and roaring fireplaces. The award winning restaurant serves up locally sourced seasonal produce in a variety of settings, from formal dining to Al Fresco in the walled garden. A family spot.

    Families  -  An ideal spot for a family getaway (dogs and all) with rocking horses, high chairs, childrens menus and free use of cots.
    Value chic  -  A gourmet's heaven, with picturesque views of the square and magestic fourposter beds - all for a reasonable price tag.
    Great walks  -  The Green is wonderful dog walking spot just across the road, or head out of town for a longer ramble.
    Sights nearby  -  Next door to 15th century Holy Trinity Church, and just across from Melford Hall.
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  • The Wentworth 35 rooms from $163

    Aldeburgh

    Traditional seaside hotel with regular fans and a timeless appeal, with seaviews and gardens and a terrace in front of a shingle beach. Comfortably unhip.

    Views  -  Sea views from many rooms, binoculars provided
    Great walks  -  Plenty of country and beach walks.
    Birdwatching  -  Number of bird reserves close by.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • The Westleton Crown 34 rooms from $163

    Suffolk

    With several culinary awards The Westleton Crown provides more than the usual country inn, Gastropub affair. Think jasmine tea-smoked duck breast accompanied by a fine wine. Rooms are bright and clutter free decorated in shades of magnolia and feature immaculate bathrooms, some with roll-top baths.

    Exclusive offer  -  Up to 50% off
    Sights nearby  -  The 12th century fortress, Framlingham Castle, is still an impressive sight today.
    Birdwatching  -  An impressive variety of birdlife can be spotted at Minsmere RSPB Bird Reserve.
    Great walks  -  See website for plenty of scenic walks from the hotel.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
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  • The Oaksmere 10 rooms from $168

    Eye, Suffolk

    A charming hotel set in the scenic rolling countryside of Suffolk. The hotel provides comfortable and characterful rooms, mixing traditional design structures with a modern style. Downstairs the excellent restaurant focuses on seasonal recipes. Perfect for a weekend in the countryside.

    Country Escape  -  The ideal cosy base to return to after a day exploring the stunning Suffolk countryside.
    Great walks  -  Make the most of the excellent walking routes in the surrounding Suffolk countryside.
    Sights nearby  -  Families will enjoy a trip to nearby Banham Zoo Norfolk.
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  • The Angel, Bury St Edmunds 78 rooms from $173

    Bury St Edmunds

    Set in the old market town of Bury St Edmunds this is an impressive historic hotel. The rooms are contemporary yet still have a traditional feel. The restaurant serves up high quality British fare. The pretty town and nature parks offer great walks. The perfect weekend getaway.

    Great walks  -  There are numerous places of beauty for walking including Abbey Gardens and Lackford Lakes
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the impressive St Edmundsbury Cathedral
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • The Swan Hotel, Southwold 42 rooms from $215

    Southwold (Suffolk)

    Four star hotel on the market square in lovely seaside Southwold. Contemporary comfort complements traditional charm in the rooms, some with sea views. The award winning restaurants offers French fare and is popular across town. A great base for a seaside holiday with the family.

    Value chic  -  A wonderful and historic small town hotel with exceptional views and facilities- without a killer price tag.
    Active Holiday  -  Watersports, fishing, golfing, rambling, riding and bowling are all within a few minutes of the hotel.
    Great walks  -  Just two minutes from the famed Southwold Promenade, take a stroll along the coast and breath the fresh sea air.
    Local markets  -  Southwold's market square (right outside the door) has a whole host of shops and stalls.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • Salthouse Harbour Hotel 70 rooms from $233

    Ipswich

    Contemporary funky hotel in a converted salt warehouse on the waterfront of Ipswich Harbour. Trendy rooms are comfy, individual and filled with modern art. The waterfront restaurant serves up local sustainable produce. Ideal for stealing away.

    Local exploring  -  Right on the waterfront this is the ideal location for exploring all Ipswich has to offer.
    Sights nearby  -  Christchurch Mansion and Park are only one mile away.
    Views  -  Views of Ipswich harbour
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • The Northgate 10 rooms from $241

    Bury St Edmunds (Bury Saint Edmunds)

    The Northgate is a lovely 5* property in the market town of Bury St Edmunds. Boasts classy yet understated accommodation in creamy hues. Gorgeous cuisine served up, whilst there's also a splendid cocktail bar to be enjoyed. Upmarket yet unassuming - one for romantics.

    Local markets  -  Bury St Edmunds Market, open on Saturdays and Wednesdays, is one of the town's main attractions
    Great walks  -  Go for a picturesque stroll along the River Lark just 200m from The Northgate
    Sights nearby  -  Head around St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Thetford Castle or Hedingham Castle
    Full of character
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  • The Swan at Lavenham 43 rooms from $254

    Lavenham

    A famous old coaching inn (1400) in a classic medieval town, with 45 ancient rooms done up in 20th century luxury style. Touristy but an experience.

    Sights nearby  -  Explore Lavenham one of the UK's finest mediaeval towns.
    Cooking classes  -  Culinary masterclasses available.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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