Whilst London, the south and west coast and the North of England are often popular getaway destinations for Brits and international visitors alike, the East of England is often forgotten from the UK bucket list. This might come as a surprise especially now; the untainted landscapes and quiet towns are perfect for COVID-friendly holidays, rivalling the safety of even the London Montcalm precautionary measures. The reality, however, is that the East has often been overlooked by holiday brochures and travel agents, at least for those who are outside of the know.
The east of the United Kingdom has comparatively fewer large cities than that of the north, south and west of England, whilst train lines connecting the area to London were developed marginally later than other parts of the country. Since then, Norfolk and Suffolk have gone largely untainted by big developments and have held their beautiful nature reserves and areas of outstanding natural beauty close to the chest. For guests at The Montcalm Marble Arch London, Norfolk and Suffolk are easy to reach via trains from Liverpool Street Station, so even a day trip is not out of the question.
This blog will explore just some of the amazing locales that you can visit on a trip to Suffolk, and how they elevate our understanding of a truly British getaway.
Landscape Of Suffolk
The low-lying, peaty land of Suffolk means that the 3800 square kilometre area has developed into marshy, canal-marked areas. With bogs, woodlands and waterways dating back thousands of years, the natural landscapes invite migrating birds, coastlines teeming with seals and some of the msot unique areas of wilderness in the UK. pair the natural beauty of Suffolk with its rich history and hidden away medieval towns, and you have the perfect holiday retreat for family and friends.
The history of Ipswich dates back to the Roman era, making this county town and East Anglian staple one of the top destinations for tourists in Suffolk. Ipswich is also located on the Greater Anglia line, making it easy to reach for guests at London city break UK hotels. The Ipswich Museum, The Waterfront leisure area and the New Wolsey Theatre are just some of the many tourist hotspots in the town. Visitors can also enjoy public farms and nature reserves along the banks of the nearby Orwell River.
Bury St Edmunds
Another history-laden town, Bury St Edmunds dates back over 1000 years and is the heart of Suffolk horticulture. The Abbey Gardens are teeming with plant life, 12,000 different springtime species to be precise, whilst Ickworth House and Nowton Park are just two of many other history-laden nature reserves to enjoy.
For guests of 2 night London hotel deals, Dedham Vale is an easy day out to round off your London trip with a slice of East Anglian nature. Nestled on the border of Essex and Suffolk, Dedham Vale, also known as “Constable Country” in reference to the romantic era artist who frequented it, is teeming with water meadows along the River Stour and willow-bordered walking trails. Dedham Vale then, is the perfect antidote to city life, a real breath of fresh air that is often overlooked in favour of better-known nature reserves.
Sutton Hoo has risen in prominence thanks to the new film The Dig starring Carey Mulligan and Raph Fiennes. The archaeological hotspot is not just a hotbed for Saxon discoveries, but a perfectly tranquil retreat with its Deben River-side villages and countryside.