Suffolk coast summer holidays

Trawl this exquisite corner of South East England

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Helen Twigg

Helen Twigg
HomeAway travel expert

DebenSuffolk’s pristine coastline, a haven for city dwellers and families during the warmer seasons, enjoys a strong stream of international tourism. Vibrant beach huts, soft pebble seashores, and unspoiled bays characterise this majestic corner of England. Discover the county’s exquisite towns scattered on the stretch of coastline, such as Aldeburgh, and the smaller villages of Dunwich. Plan a diverse itinerary and enjoy the marked contrast between the coastline’s stunning coastal paths and striking heritage. Aldeburgh’s remarkable connection with the composer Benjamin Britten, for example, secures its prominence as a cultural hub. Visit the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival or the town’s music festivals, having explored the town’s gorgeous shoreline. Other Suffolk festivals include the celebrated Latitude Festival, with its whimsical setting and colourful sheep, and Glemham Hall’s FolkEast. Combine a day at one of Suffolk’s dynamic festivals with a visit to a Suffolk fortress, such as Orford Castle or Framlingham Castle. Travel inland and explore the ornate Ickworth estate or Melford Hall, before discovering St Olaves’s Priory. Alternatively, see the seventh century Anglo-Saxon settlements at the site of the Sutton Hoo ship burial. In HomeAway accommodation, recreate a home from home experience in one of East Anglia’s charming coastal destinations.


Top five destinations for Suffolk coast summer holidays


Aldeburgh Summer breaks in Aldeburgh

The seaside and fishing resort of Aldeburgh continues to enthral throngs of holidaymakers. Visit the town’s Moot Hall or Maggi Hambling’s striking postmodern sculpture, ‘Scallop’ on its stunning beach. As Benjamin Britten’s centenary nears, the town hosts a number of art festivals. Nearby Snape Maltings is home to the Aldeburgh Festival in June, as well as Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival held at the end of September. Snake around Martello Tower, before purchasing fresh fish sold on the beach or sampling some of Suffolk’s finest fish and chips in one of its many charming eateries.

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Woodbridge Summer breaks in Woodbridge

Woodbridge, a picturesque town on the banks of the river Deben, is renowned for its Tidal Mill, Moot Hall and the eminent Sutton Hoo. The seventh century ship burial is considered the cornerstone of Anglo-Saxon civilisation, and you can gain a fascinating insight into the ensuing development of the Angles. Trawl the stunning Deben and bird watch, or purchase fresh produce and create your own spectacular seafood dish in your cottage. Alternately, wine and dine in one of the town’s delicious restaurants before an evening walk along the river.

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Southwold Summer breaks in Southwold

Southwold, a seaside resort famous for its staggering lighthouse and fifteenth century church, is an idyllic location for a coastal excursion. Perfect your handicap in the town’s impressive golf club or try a new, high-adrenaline water sport under the guidance of one of the area’s experienced sport centres. Take the short, but challenging, boat ride across the river Blyth to Walberswick, or sail round the harbour before sampling some of the area’s finest crab-dishes. Similarly to many Suffolk beaches, Southwold has a fringe of iconic, coloured beach huts, and the town’s picturesque portion of the coast is an ideal spot to watch the sunset. The acclaimed music festival, Latitude, is held in Henham Park during July, and continues to draw in avid music fans from across the country, as well as the globe.

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Lowestoft Summer breaks in Lowestoft

Visit Lowestoft’s stunning slice of Suffolk coastline and enjoy a traditional Victorian seaside experience. If you’re travelling with thrill seekers, a visit to the Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park will transform any family itinerary. Lowestoft is an ideal location for a number of high adrenaline pursuits. Water sports include kayaking and diving, and avid surfers should check the surf forecast in preparation for a day riding the crashing waves. There is also the opportunity to paraglide in the area - something more adventurous holidaymakers will absolutely not want to miss! Unwind at one of the area’s spas before enjoying a spectacular meal in one of Lowestoft’s eateries.

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Felixstowe Summer breaks in Felixstowe

There is ample opportunity to explore some of the most exquisite beaches in Suffolk by joining the Suffolk Coastal Path at Felixstowe. The town itself is home to four of East Anglia’s iconic Martello Towers, transforming the coastline’s sweeping horizon. During the summer, take advantage of the area’s superb golfing resorts, or discover the numerous festivals and art events of Felixstowe’s arts scene. The Felixstowe Book Festival will be held in June and the eminent Felixstowe Regatta will be held in July. If you’re travelling with keen hikers, there are numerous walking tours in the area, and you can embark on a day excursion with an experienced walking group and soak up the brilliant Suffolk sunshine.

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Suffolk Holiday Rentals

VIRGINIA COTTAGE, pet friendly in Kessingland, Ref 904440

Virginia Cottage is a semi-detached cottage in the coastal village of Kessingland. The cottage has a double bedroom with an additional folding bed for a child, along with a separate single room. There is also a bathroom on the first floor, while d...

40 KESSINGLAND COTTAGES, family friendly in Kessingland, Ref 24904

40 Kessingland Cottages is a lovely terraced cottage. With three bedrooms, a double, single and family room, it sleeps six people comfortably. The cottage also has a ground floor shower room, and an open plan living area with a kitchen, dining are...

Luxury Self Catering Holidays Woodbridge Suffolk

We welcome you to Partridge Lodge for luxury self catering holiday accommodation in the heart of Suffolk. Just a 5 minute drive from the popular market town of Woodbridge, this is an ideal location for holidays or weekend breaks within easy reach...

OCEAN VIEW, pet friendly, with pool in Corton, Ref 30580

Ocean View is a end-terrace cottage on a purpose-built holiday park in the coastal village of Corton. The ground floor cottage sleeps four people and has one double bedroom and one twin bedroom with a pull-out bed, and a shower room. The open plan...

DRIFTWOOD, pet friendly, with a garden in Kessingland, Ref 6919

Driftwood makes a great family holiday base, perched on a cliff-top in Kessingland in Suffolk. There is a double with en-suite shower room, a further double and a room with bunk beds, and a family bathroom. The living area is open plan, with a fit...
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