List of places of interest in Suffolk

This is a list of places of interest in the British county of Suffolk. See List of places in Suffolk for a list of settlements in Suffolk.


Name Image Location Description
Bridge Cottage East Bergholt 16th-century thatched cottage in the heart of Dedham Vale, notable as the location for works by John Constable. It contains an exhibition of said works. Grade II* listed building.
Chapel of St Stephen Bures St. Mary 13th-century chapel built on the site traditionally believed to be the location of the coronation of St. Edmund as King of the East Angles on Christmas Day 855. Grade I listed building.
Dedham Vale Bures St. Mary Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty comprising the area around the River Stour best known since the artist's lifetime as Constable Country, as it was made famous by the paintings of John Constable.
Flatford Mill Flatford Watermill built in 1733. The mill was owned by John Constable's father and it is notable for its appearances in his works, particularly The Hay Wain (1821). Grade I listed building.
Gainsborough's House Sudbury Birthplace of the leading painter Thomas Gainsborough. It is now a museum and gallery.
Historic Centre of Lavenham Lavenham Historic, picturesque village notable for its half-timbered medieval cottages and circular walk.
Kentwell Hall Long Melford 16th-century country house that has been the background location for numerous film and television productions. Its grounds include gardens and a rare breeds farm. Grade I listed building.
Lavenham Guildhall Lavenham 16th-century timber-framed building built as the headquarters of the wool guild, which became Lavenham's principal meeting place and centre of business, situated on the town's thriving market place as a result of the town's central position in the East Anglian wool trade. Grade I listed building.
Melford Hall Long Melford 16th-century country house that is the ancestral seat of the Parker baronets. Grade I listed building.
St Peter and St Paul's Church, Lavenham Lavenham Anglican church built in 1525 that is a notable wool church and regarded as the finest example of late Perpendicular Gothic architecture in England. Grade I listed building.

Forest Heath

Name Image Location Description
Gazeley Windmill Gazeley Tower mill built in 1844 which has been converted to residential accommodation.
Lower Mill, Dalham Dalham Preserved smock mill built in the 1790s. Grade II* listed building.
Newmarket Racecourse Newmarket Horse racing venue, often referred to as the headquarters of British horse racing, which hosts two of the country's five Classic Races – the 1,000 Guineas and 2,000 Guineas.
RAF Lakenheath Lakenheath Royal Air Force station which hosts United States Air Force units and personnel.
RAF Mildenhall Mildenhall Royal Air Force station that primarily supports United States Air Force operations and is currently the home of the 100th Air Refueling Wing.
Thetford Forest Santon Downham Largest lowland pine forest in Britain. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and has a high level of biodiversity, being home to muntjac, roe deer, woodlarks and hares amongst others.


Name Image Location Description
Ancient House, Ipswich Ipswich 15th-century building notable as a particularly fine example of pargeting. Grade I listed building.
Christchurch Mansion and Park Ipswich Tudor mansion built in 1548–50 and situated in parkland. It houses a collection of pottery and glass, a contemporary art gallery and a collection of paintings by artists including John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough. Grade I listed building.
Endeavour House Ipswich Headquarters of Suffolk County Council and one of the most energy efficient office buildings in Europe.
Historic Centre of Ipswich Ipswich One of England's oldest towns, having been founded under the Roman Empire, and it contains various historic buildings from different stages of its long history. It is also the cultural and political centre of Suffolk, and by far its largest urban area.
Ipswich Dock Ipswich Historic dock which has been used for trade since at least the 8th Century. A wet dock was constructed in 1842 which was the largest enclosed dock in the United Kingdom at the time.
Ipswich Museum Ipswich Museum of culture, history and natural heritage.
Ipswich Town Hall Ipswich Victorian town hall built in 1878, now used as an art gallery.
Ipswich Transport Museum Ipswich Museum devoted principally to the history of transport and engineering objects made or used in its local area. Its collection of over 100 large objects includes Trams, Buses, cranes and Wheelchairs.
Portman Road Ipswich Association football stadium that has been the home ground of Ipswich Town F.C. since 1884.
Sir Bobby Robson Bridge Ipswich Pedestrian footbridge over the River Gipping, named after Bobby Robson, ex-manager of Ipswich Town F.C. It is the second highest structure in Ipswich.
Willis Building Ipswich One of the earliest buildings designed by Norman Foster after establishing Foster Associates. Grade I listed building.

Mid Suffolk

Name Image Location Description
Buxhall Tower Mill Buxhall Tower mill built in 1860 which has been converted to residential accommodation.
Church of St Mary, Horham Horham Medieval Anglican church containing the oldest ring of eight bells in the world. Grade II* listed building.
Church of St Peter and St Paul, Fressingfield Fressingfield 15th-century Anglican church with a sanctus tower believed to be the finest in Suffolk. Grade I listed building.
Church of St Mary, Thornham Parva Thornham Parva Anglo-Saxon thatched church featuring early 14th-century wall paintings, a circular Saxon window and a famous retable. Grade I listed building.
Crowfield Windmill Crowfield, Suffolk Preserved smock mill built c. 1840.
Drinkstone Post Mill Drinkstone Post mill built in 1689. It is the oldest surviving windmill in Suffolk. Grade I listed building.
Drinkstone Smock Mill Drinkstone Smock mill built in 1780. It is the oldest surviving smock mill in Suffolk. Grade II listed building.
Eastbridge Windpump Stowmarket Smock mill built in 1979 at the Museum of East Anglian Life which has been restored to working order.
Eye Castle Eye Medieval motte-and-bailey castle built in 1071 by William Malet with a prominent Victorian addition built by Edward Kerrison in 1844. Grade I listed building.
Mid-Suffolk Light Railway Brockford Heritage railway, currently the only steam preservation railway in Suffolk.
Museum of East Anglian Life Stowmarket Museum focusing on the agricultural history of East Anglia, presenting it through a mixture of exhibits and living history demonstrations.
St Mary's Church, Badley Badley Redundant Anglican church built in 1200 with an unaltered Georgian interior. Grade I listed building.
Webster's Mill, Framsden Framsden Preserved post mill built in 1760. Grade II* listed building.
Wingfield Castle Wingfield Medieval castle built c. 1385, of which the south curtain wall, gatehouse and east drawbridge survive alongside a 16th-century house. It is the ancestral home of the Wingfield family. Grade I listed building.

St Edmundsbury

Name Image Location Description
Ancient House, Clare Clare 14th-century timber-framed house with exhibits of local history and archaeology. Grade I listed building.
Bardwell Windmill Bardwell Tower mill built in 1823 which is under restoration. Grade II* listed building.
Bury St Edmunds Abbey Bury St Edmunds Ruins of an 11th-century Benedictine abbey that was once one of the richest Benedictine abbeys in England and a centre of pilgrimage as the burial place of St. Edmund. Grade I listed building.
Collis Mill, Great Thurlow Great Thurlow Restored smock mill built in 1807. It is the oldest surviving smock mill with its sails in Suffolk. Grade II* listed building.
Clare Castle Clare Ruins of a Norman motte-and-bailey castle with a stone keep, which in the 14th century was the home of Elizabeth de Clare, one of the richest women in England. Grade II* listed building.
Euston Hall Euston Country house built in 1666 by Henry Bennet, Earl of Arlington that is now the family home of the Dukes of Grafton. It is set in parkland by William Kent and Capability Brown. Grade II* listed building.
Historic Centre of Bury St Edmunds Bury St Edmunds Historic market town, one of the royal towns of the Saxons, which contains a large number of historic buildings reflecting its long history and is the cultural centre of west Suffolk.
Ickworth House Bury St Edmunds Neoclassical country house built from 1795 to 1829 by Frederick Hervey and set in parkland. Grade I listed building.
Pakenham Windmill Pakenham Restored tower mill built in 1831 which is maintained in working order. Grade II* listed building.
Stansfield Windmill Stansfield Derelict tower mill built in 1840.
St. Edmundsbury Cathedral Bury St Edmunds Anglican cathedral built in 1503 that is the seat of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. Grade I listed building.
Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds Bury St Edmunds Restored Regency theatre built by William Wilkins in 1819. Grade I listed building, one of only eight grade I listed theatres in the UK.
Thelnetham Windmill Thelnetham Restored tower mill built in 1819. Grade II* listed building.
Tutelina Mill, Great Welnetham Great Whelnetham Conserved tower mill built in 1865. Grade II listed building.
Upthorpe Mill, Stanton Stanton, Suffolk Post mill built in 1751 which has been restored to working order. Grade II* listed building.
West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village West Stow Archaeological site and open-air museum with evidence for intermittent human habitation stretching from the Mesolithic to Anglo-Saxon periods. The 7th-century Anglo-Saxon site has been reconstructed as an experimental archaeological project.

Suffolk Coastal

Name Image Location Description
Aldeburgh Martello Tower Aldeburgh Quatrefoil martello tower, the largest and northernmost of 103 English defensive towers built between 1808 and 1812 to resist a Napoleonic invasion and the only surviving building of the fishing village of Slaughden, which had been washed away by the North Sea by 1936. Grade II* listed building.
Bawdsey Manor Bawdsey Victorian manor house built in 1886 most notable for the role it had to play in the development of radar during the Second World War, during its time as an Air Ministry research station. Grade II* listed building.
Burgh Windmill Burgh Tower mill built in 1842 which has been converted to residential accommodation. Grade II listed building.
Buttrum's Mill, Woodbridge Woodbridge Tower mill built in 1836 which has been restored to working order. Grade II listed building.
Fort Green Mill, Aldeburgh Aldeburgh Tower mill built in 1824 which has been converted to residential accommodation.
Framlingham Castle Framlingham Medieval castle established in 1148 with a curtain wall, an unusual feature at the time. Grade I listed building.
Friston Windmill Friston Conserved post mill built in 1812. Grade II* listed building.
Greyfriars, Dunwich Dunwich Ruins of a Franciscan friary founded before 1277, but abandoned in 1289 due to coastal erosion. Grade II* listed building.
Havergate Island Orford The only island in Suffolk and a marshy RSPB nature reserve notable for its populations of avocets and terns.
Historic Centre of Dunwich and its Seafront Dunwich Former capital of the Kingdom of the East Angles, but most of the town has been lost to the sea due to coastal erosion beginning in 1286, events for which it has become famous. The town features the remains of many churches, friaries and a leper hospital.
Historic Centre of Felixstowe and its Seafront Felixstowe Edwardian seaside town and port, the largest container port in the United Kingdom.
Historic Centre of Woodbridge and its Seafront Woodbridge, Suffolk Historic town with over 1,100 years of recorded history with many historic buildings reflecting its long history and a picturesque harbour.
House in the Clouds Thorpeness Water tower built in 1923 with the appearance of a weatherboarded building more in keeping with Thorpeness's mock-Tudor and Jacobean style, except seeming to float above the trees. Grade II listed building.
Landguard Fort Felixstowe Fort built by James I to guard the entrance to Harwich. Grade I listed building.
Leiston Abbey Theberton Ruins of an Augustinian abbey built in 1182 by Ranulf de Glanvill. Grade I listed building.
Long Shop Museum Leiston Industrial museum dedicated to the history of Richard Garrett & Sons who manufactured agricultural machinery, Steam engines and Trolleybuses in Leiston. Grade II* listed building.
Orford Castle Orford Medieval castle with a well-preserved keep, described as the 'one of the most remarkable keeps in England', built by Henry II from 1165 to 1173 to consolidate royal power in the region. It is of a unique design and probably based on Byzantine architecture. Grade I listed building.
Orford Ness Orford Cuspate foreland shingle spit that is an internationally important site for nature conservation, as it contains a significant portion of the European reserve of vegetated shingle habitat, which is internationally scarce, highly fragile and very easily damaged.
Orfordness Beacon Orford Early radio navigation system introduced in July 1929. It allowed the angle to the station to be measured from any aircraft or ship with a conventional radio receiver, and was accurate to about a degree.
Orfordness Lighthouse Orford Lighthouse built in 1792 and decommissioned in 2013.
RAF Bentwaters Tunstall Former Royal Air Force station used by the RAF during the Second World War and United States Air Force during the Cold War. It now forms part of Bentwaters Cold War Museum.
RAF Woodbridge Woodbridge Former Royal Air Force military airfield constructed in 1943 to assist damaged aircraft to land on their return from raids over Germany during the Second World War. It was then used by the United States Air Force during the Cold War and split into Woodbridge Airfield and Rock Barracks in 2006.
RSPB Minsmere Minsmere RSPB nature reserve covering areas of reed bed, lowland heath, lowland wet grassland, and shingle vegetation. It is notable for its populations of Eurasian bitterns, Western marsh harriers and Pied avocets and is known as one of the UK's premier birdwatching sites.
Saxtead Green Windmill Saxtead Restored 18th-century post mill. Grade II* listed building.
Skoulding's Mill, Kelsale Kelsale Tower mill built in 1856 which has been converted to residential accommodation. Grade II listed building.
Snape Maltings Snape Arts complex that is one of the main sites of the annual Aldeburgh Festival originally used for the malting of barley for the brewing of beer.
St. Andrew's Church, Bramfield Bramfield, Suffolk 13th-century Anglican church with the only flint-built detached round tower in Suffolk, which was possibly built as a defensive stronghold for the nearby manor house. Grade I listed building.
Suffolk Coast and Heaths Aldeburgh Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covering much of the Suffolk coastline, including ancient woodland, shingle beaches, mudflats, reed beds, salt marsh and heathland.
Sutton Hoo Woodbridge Site of two 6th- and early 7th-century cemeteries. One contained an undisturbed ship burial, including a wealth of Anglo-Saxon artefacts of outstanding art-historical and archaeological significance, most of which are now in the British Museum in London.
Thorpeness Windmill Thorpeness Post mill built in 1803 in Aldringham and moved to Thorpeness in 1923. Grade II listed building.
Tricker's Mill, Woodbridge Woodbridge Tower mill built in 1818 which has been incorporated to a sheltered housing scheme. It is the oldest intact tower mill in Suffolk. Grade II listed building.
Westwood Marshes Mill, Walberswick Walberswick Derelict 18th-century tower mill. It is the oldest surviving tower mill in Suffolk.
Woodbridge Tide Mill Woodbridge Tide mill built c. 1536. It is a rare example of a fully functioning tide mill, whose water wheel is capable of grinding wholemeal flour. Grade I listed building.


Name Image Location Description
Blackshore Mill, Reydon Reydon Conserved tower mill built c. 1890. Grade II listed building.
Blundeston Windmill Blundeston Tower mill built c. 1820 which has been converted to residential accommodation.
Bungay Castle Bungay Ruins of a Norman keep and bailey castle built in 1100 by Roger Bigod of Norfolk. Grade I listed building.
Church of Holton St. Peter Holton St. Peter 11th-century Norman church with the tallest round church tower in the county. Grade II* listed building.
Corton Windmill Corton Tower mill built in 1837 which has been converted to residential accommodation. Grade II listed building.
East Anglia Transport Museum Lowestoft Open-air transport museum, with numerous historic public transport vehicles, including many in full working order.
Flixton Road Mill, Bungay Bungay Tower mill built in 1830 which has been truncated and converted to residential accommodation. Grade II listed building.
Herringfleet Windmill Herringfleet Restored smock mill built c. 1820 which has been restored to working order. It is the oldest working smock mill in Suffolk. Grade II* listed building.
Historic Centre of Lowestoft and its Seafront Lowestoft Historic port town, which developed due to the fishing industry, and a traditional seaside resort. It has a long history, some of the earliest evidence of settlement in Britain being found here. It has wide, sandy beaches, two piers and a number of other tourist attractions and historic buildings.
Holton Windmill Holton Preserved post mill built in 1749. It is the oldest surviving windmill with its sails in Suffolk. Grade II listed building.
Lound Windmill Lound, Suffolk Tower mill built in 1837 which has been converted to residential accommodation.
Lowestoft Lighthouse Lowestoft Lighthouse built in 1874 to give warning of the dangerous sandbanks around the coast. It is one of only two working lighthouses in Suffolk. Grade II listed building.
Lowestoft War Memorial Museum Lowestoft Headquarters of the Royal Naval Patrol Service during the Second World War which now houses a museum dedicated to the effect of the First and Second World Wars.
Mettingham Castle Mettingham Fortified manor house built by Sir John de Norwich in 1342. Grade II listed building.
Mincarlo Lowestoft Last surviving fishing trawler of the Lowestoft fishing fleet and last built in the town. It is now maintained as a museum.
Ness Point Lowestoft The most easterly point in the United Kingdom, marked by a direction marker, known as Euroscope. It is also the location of Britain's tallest wind turbine.
Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum Flixton Museum collection of aircraft and aviation-related artefacts
Somerleyton Hall Somerleyton Country house built in 1604 in Tudor-Jacobean style before being transformed into an Anglo-Italian masterpiece in 1843. Its garden contains a yew hedge maze considered one of the finest in the country. Grade II* listed building.
Southwold Lighthouse Southwold Lighthouse built in 1889. It is one of only two working lighthouses in Suffolk and a prominent local landmark. Grade II listed building.
Southwold Pier Southwold Historic pier built in 1900 that includes a collection of modern coin-operated novelty machines designed by Tim Hunkin.
St Andrew's Church, Covehithe Covehithe Redundant Anglican church built in the 17th century within the walls of a larger 14th-century church. Grade I listed building.
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