Destination guide

Suffolk is effortlessly charming

Suffolk lies along 50 miles of spectacular coastline in the east of England. English counties don't get much more charming than Suffolk, with its chocolate-box villages, historical sites and fabulous attractions, not to mention the landscape of rolling hills, scenic estuaries and wildflower-strewn woodland. It doesn't matter whether you're coming to stay in a Suffolk holiday let for a night or a week, this is a place to unplug your mobile phone, leave your responsibilities and daily worries back home and spend time truly unwinding.


Discover Suffolk's history on the doorstep of your holiday rental

Part of Suffolk's charm is found in the remnants of its past, which are embodied in the pretty medieval villages, ancient castles and towering stone churches that pepper the county. A good introduction is one of the outstanding museums that recount the history of aviation, agriculture and Anglo-Saxon heritage. Then there are the elegant stately homes, like Ickworth House, which is surrounded by magnificent Italianate gardens, or Kentwell Hall, which tells the stories of the Tudors through actor-led re-enactments. If you've nabbed a holiday rental in Newmarket, you could explore the county's horseracing heritage at the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and British Sporting Art and, if you're there at the right time, have a flutter on the races, too.

Things to do

There are attractions aplenty near your Suffolk holiday let

Wherever your Suffolk holiday let is, you won't have any trouble finding attractions and things to do. During the hot British summers, you could while away days on the sandy beaches, go walking along the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, or take a cruise along the River Orwell – be sure to take your camera, though, because you're not going to want to miss snapping photos of the exquisite birdlife. Alternatively, you could immerse yourself in Suffolk's rich culture of music, theatre and festivals. If all that sounds like too much effort, slip into one of the spas for a luxurious day of pampering, perhaps followed by a spot of shopping.


Activities and attractions in Suffolk

Are you searching for things to do in the area? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that makes Suffolk a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. These are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Colchester Zoo (26.4 mi / 42.5 km)
  • Suffolk Owl Sanctuary (3.8 mi / 6.2 km)
  • Blakenham Woodland Garden (8 mi / 12.9 km)
  • Bramford Golf Centre (9 mi / 14.4 km)
  • Fynn Valley Golf Club (9.8 mi / 15.8 km)
  • Wyken Vineyards (9.9 mi / 15.9 km)

Seasonal weather in Suffolk

If you're hoping to enjoy some warm-weather activities on your holiday, July, August, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 21°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Suffolk

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to take in the scenery, Suffolk is a great place to get out in nature. These are some of the area's most enchanting natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Helmingham Hall (6.7 mi / 10.8 km)
  • Brooke House (7.4 mi / 12 km)
  • Blakenham Woodland Garden (8 mi / 12.9 km)
  • Chantry Park (11.6 mi / 18.7 km)
  • Wolves Wood RSPB Reserve (11.8 mi / 19.1 km)
  • Alexandra Park (12.2 mi / 19.6 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Suffolk

Fly into Norwich (NWI-Norwich Intl.), the closest airport, located 32.4 mi (52.2 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Cambridge (CBG), which is 37.5 mi (60.4 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, Stowmarket Station, Needham Market Station and Elmswell Station are the main stations in the area.

How to get around

Getting around Suffolk is always a pleasure

Suffolk is easy to reach by train, particularly if you're coming from the capital. There's no better way to connect with the Suffolk landscape than by taking it in from the panoramic train windows and, with discount fares for families and groups, it's also one of the most budget-friendly options. If you plan to explore the county and visit both its towns and museums, then bringing your car might be the best option. There's a network of scenic A roads that haven't spoilt the landscape in the way that large motorways would. If that's not for you, try using the far-reaching network of inexpensive buses, which link most of the larger towns.

Food & drink 

Quality produce is the name of the game

Whether you're after fine dining or craving a scrumptious pub lunch, you'll always have somewhere good to eat near your Suffolk holiday rental. The county is home to craft brewers, fish smokehouses and award-winning bakeries – all testament to Suffolk's abundance of quality produce. If you'd like to immerse yourself in Suffolk's food culture, you can enrol on one of the wild foraging tours, join one of the cooking classes, or cast your line into the sea or a lake to catch supper. Alternatively, you could amble around one of the farmers' markets and treat yourself to some fine artisanal food.

How many holiday rentals are available around Suffolk?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,479 holiday lettings around Suffolk. From 823 cottages to 1,032 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a rural property in Suffolk?

If you're seeking some time away from the urban jungle, you're in luck! Leave all the noisy commotion behind and fall asleep to the gentle sounds of the countryside. HomeAway has 273 rural holiday properties in this destination. Searching for a different setting? See if any of our other properties stand out. Our selection here includes:

  • 203 village holiday accommodation options.
  • 164 seaside holiday accommodation options.
  • 160 beach holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Suffolk?

If you're after a home away from home this holiday, renting an entire house is a great idea. You'll have plenty of space for all sorts of holiday activities. There are 1,351 options currently listed on HomeAway. Prices start at £49 a night. Or perhaps you'd rather choose one of the area's other popular self-catering accommodation options, such as:

  • Cottage: 435 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £57 per night.
  • Apartment: 225 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £40 per night.
  • Mobile home: 174 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £67 per night.

Can I stay in Suffolk in a large group?

Holidays with family can be a lot of fun, particularly when you're under the one roof somewhere new! If you'll be travelling with a large group, HomeAway can help you out. House holiday rentals are the top choice here for big groups of travellers. Our global database currently has 256 available. The holiday properties that can cater to large groups in this area include:

  • Looking for places that can sleep 6 holiday makers? We have 890 that will be ideal. The prices start from £55 per night.
  • If you've got 8 in your party, you'll be happy to discover that there are 470 rental properties that are ideal. Prices start at £95 per night.
  • Going away with 5 guests? We've got 382 properties for rent that will be ideal. Prices begin at just £40 per night.

So don't fret! When you book with us you can take your dad, your grandma and all your buddies to Suffolk.

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Suffolk?

HomeAway is here to help you reunite with the people you hold dear. With a broad selection of thrifty holiday rentals, it won't be tricky to find a fabulous pad to suit everyone's tastes. When it comes to getting your hands on a fantastic deal, the first place you look should be Bury Saint Edmunds. Here, HomeAway has 366 holiday rentals at an average price of £91 per night. Another 158 HomeAway holiday rentals are available in or around Felixstowe. With an average price of £95 per night, you're sure to grab a deal worth bragging about.