Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Market (20 miles)
"The Beth Chatto Gardens began in 1960. From an overgrown wasteland with poor gravel soil and boggy hollows, it has been transformed into an informal garden harmonising with the surrounding countryside. The gardens are an inspiration to anyone who visits them - the art of planting at its best."
Bridge Farm Barns, Monks Eleigh (5 miles)
"Located in Monks Eleigh, one of Suffolk’s prettiest villages, Bridge Farm Barns is a collection of unique, independent retail businesses and a tea room, each offering the visitor an unparalleled selection of distinctive products and good service. Bridge Farm Barns began life as 'Corn Craft' in 1970 and is a family concern that has grown from a small Corn Dolly making business to the collection of businesses that you see today. A visit to Bridge Farm Barns is a unique retail experience – one which we hope you will thoroughly enjoy and will lead you to come back to visit us many times again. Bridge Farm Barns also has free parking, and good disabled facilities."
Colchester Castle Museum, Colchester (12 miles)
"A visit to Colchester Castle Museum takes you through 2000 years of some of the most important events in British history. Once capital of Roman Britain, Colchester has experienced devastation by Boudica (Boadicea), invasion by the Normans and siege during the English Civil War."
Flatford Bridge House & Mill, East Bergholt (11 miles)
"Explore Flatford and discover the landscape that inspired John Constable. In the heart of the beautiful Dedham Vale lies the charming hamlet of Flatford, the location for some of John Constable's most famous paintings. Why not come on foot by following the River Stour from Dedham or Manningtree and join one of our daily Constable guided tours to learn all about the painter’s association with the area."
Gainsborough's House, Sudbury (7 miles)
"Gainsborough's House is the birthplace museum of Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), one of the greatest artists in the history of British art. Gainsborough's House has the largest collection of Gainsborough' work on display at any one time in Britain. The house itself dates from around 1500 and retains many interesting architectural features. Its Georgian facade, built by Thomas Gainsborough's father, and other elegant additions date from the eighteenth century."
Hollowtrees Farm Shop (5 miles)
"Whether you are visiting East Anglia for the first time or have lived here all your life you are welcome to Hollow Trees Farm. Hollow Trees is a 140 acre mixed farm in 'high' Suffolk. As farmers we enjoy producing food for you as well as working with education, wildlife and conservation.
We, Robert and Sally Bendall are the third generation of our family to farm here. The farm has seen many changes over the generations as it was predominantly arable until the major diversification that we have undertaken over the past twenty years.
Our aim is to provide you and all your family with a great day out in Suffolk, a farm experience that will delight all of your senses, from the noise of our busy farmyard to the smell of fresh baked bread and the vibrant plant colours. Something that we hope you will thoroughly enjoy!
Robert and Sally"
Imperial War Museum, Duxford (39 miles)
"IWM Duxford is set within the spacious grounds of the famous former First and Second World War airfield. Lose yourself for a whole day wandering under and around some of the most iconic aircraft in the world and get hands-on with our award-winning interactive exhibitions. IWM Duxford is home to an impressive collection of over two hundred aircraft as well as tanks, military vehicles and boats."
Kentwell Hall, Long Melford (10 miles)
"Take a glimpse into both the past and present of this unique family home. You can do this whenever you come but especially if you visit during one of the award-winning re-creations of Tudor or WWII everyday life."
King's College, Cambridge (42 miles)
"King's College Chapel is a splendid example of late Gothic (Perpendicular) architecture. It was started in 1446 by Henry VI (1421-71) and took over a century to build. It has the largest fan vault in the world and some of the finest medieval stained glass. It is also the venue for the Christmas Eve service, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, which is broadcast to millions around the world."
Lavenham Guildhall, Lavenham (7 miles)
"Lavenham was once one of the wealthiest places in the country. Its famous blue cloth was exported across Europe and beyond. The village today is famed for its wealth of surviving timber-framed buildings, which make it one of the best-preserved medieval villages in England. One of the finest of these buildings is our Guildhall of Corpus Christi. Inside, you can follow the changing fortunes of Lavenham''s cloth industry, local families, as well as its farming heritage and agricultural roots."
Melford Hall, Long Melford (10 miles)
"Follow in Beatrix Potter's footsteps at this beautiful family home. For almost five centuries the picturesque turrets of Melford Hall have dominated Long Melford's village green. Devastated by fire in 1942, the house was nurtured back to life by the Hyde Parker family and it remains their much-loved family home to this day. Their interior decoration and furnishings chart changing tastes and fashions over two centuries."
The National Stud, Newmarket (35 miles)
"The National Stud opened its gates to the public for the first time in the mid 1970’s. To this day The National Stud remains the only commercial stud farm in the UK allowing individuals, small groups and large parties the chance to see behind the scenes of a working Thoroughbred stud farm."
Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge (30 miles)
"Awe-inspiring Anglo-Saxon royal burial site. This hauntingly beautiful 255 acre estate, with far-reaching views over the river Deben, is home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. Walk around the ancient burial mounds and discover the incredible story of the ship burial of an Anglo-Saxon king and his treasured possessions. Come face to face with your ancestors and explore our award-winning exhibition, the full-size reconstruction of the burial chamber, stunning replica treasures and original finds from one of the mounds, including a prince's sword."