Feb
13

Travel Adventures On Your Doorstep

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Whenever we think of travel, it usually conjours images of airports, exotic destinations, unfamiliar languages and the like. One thing we all tend to overlook are the travel adventures on our own doorsteps. I’m more than happy to admit I’m guilty of this and I’m sure a lot of you are too.

I live in the county of Suffolk in England and these are just some of the places people from far and wide come to see;

 

Sutton Hoo

Sutton Hoo Visitors Centre (Photo: Sharon Hall Shipp)

 

In 1939, a 7th century burial mound was discovered not far from the town of Woodbridge. A ship had been taken from the nearby River Deben and a burial mound, believed to be for an Anglo-Saxon king was constructed here. Many of the treasures that were discovered are currently on display at the British Museum in London. The visitors centre at Sutton Hoo is run by the National Trust and all the up to date visitors information can be found there.

Constable Country (Dedham)

Will Lott's Cottage, Dedham

This is on the Suffolk / Essex border but I’m claiming it anyway. The artist John Constable painted a number of wonderful works of art, the most well known being “The Hay Wain” (1821). Will Lott’s cottage which is featured in the painting can still be visited and its lost none of its charm over the years and the area has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

 

Southwold

Southwold Beach Huts

Southwold is a little town on the North Suffolk coast and is a wonderful place to visit. It has everything that one would look for in a quintessential English seaside town. The sandy beach is lined with colourful beach huts or you can take a stroll on the award winning pier. From the cliffs overlooking the North Sea are a number of cliff top canon and a working lighthouse. The town is popular with day trippers and those wanting to stay a bit longer.

 

Framlingham Castle

Framlingham Castle (Photo: topcastles.com)

The magnificent castle in the market town of Framlingham has over 800 years of history waiting to be explored. From its origins when it was built in post Norman England, Framlingham Castle has served various roles including a Poorhouse as well as forming part of the defences against any possible German invasion during World War II. The castle is looked after by English Heritage.

 

Newmarket

Newmarket Races (Photo: Jonathan_W)

350 years ago, the “Sport of Kings” was born in this Suffolk town. Today, Newmarket is still the home of British Horse Racing. It is home to a large number of training stables and the racecourse has two courses; The Rowley Mile Course and the July Course. Between them, they host meetings in Spring, Summer and Autumn. Entrance to meetings can be very reasonable leaving you a bit more money as you try to pick a winner or two. In addition to the races, music concerts are also held here and often feature leading artists.

 

Bury St Edmunds

Abbey Gardens (Photo: Running in Suffolk)

This historic market town is packed with history. At it’s heart are the cathedral and wonderful Abbey Gardens. There are a number of museums in the town including Moyse Hall Museum which dates back to 1180, Greene King Brewery Museum and the Suffolk Regiment Museum. If you are looking a great place to eat or stay, the Angel Hotel in the heart of the town offers superb food in a wonderful ambience. Whilst you are in town, you can also visit Britain’s smallest pub, the Nutshell. The bar measures just 15′ x 7′ and was first opened in 1867.

 

Clare

St Peter and Paul Church, Clare (Photo: Cuthbertian)

Hidden away in the Suffolk countryside is the old wool town of Clare. Some buildings date back to the time of William the Conquerer (it appears in the Doomsday Book as ‘Clara’) and there are many unique and charming structures including the 13th century Priory and more than 125 listed buildings. The timeless beauty of the village is all part of its appeal to visitors who can come here on a day trip or stay a bit longer in one of the local B&Bs.

 

Orford Ness

Orford Ness

The shingle spit of Orford Ness was for many years a top secret area under the control of the Ministry of Defence. One of the many projects believed to be run from Orford Ness was Cobra Mist, a beyond the horizon radar system. Today it is owned by the National Trust and is popular with bird watchers. Some of the old military buildings remain as is the lighthouse which some believe was the source of the strange lights witnessed in Rendlesham Forest in 1980. The well documented UFO incident is sometimes referred to as the British Roswell. If you do plan to visit Orford Ness, make sure you wrap up warm as the wind can be biting.

These are just some of the places within an hour of where I live. You don’t have to look too hard close to home to find interesting places to visit. If you fancy a day trip close to home, do a bit of research, you’ll be surprised what is going on right on your doorstep.

Comments

  1. We were at Bury St Edmunds at the weekend – lovely town and the neighbouring villages are really quaint with some hidden gems and lovely traditional English pubs – great place for walking

    • Rob says:

      Yes, its a lovely part of the world. There was so much more I could have included but there was a limited to what I could include in a single post.

  2. AdorableLand says:

    The same is with me, Rob. I visited some nice places in other countries but there are so many wonderful places in Ukraine that I haven’t seen yet.

  3. Andrea says:

    We’re about to become expats again and I can’t wait to start taking short trips nearby my own city again…such a great way to get to know more about your own region!

    • Rob says:

      A couple of years ago, I took a walking tour around the centre of my home town. It was really interesting. I was quite surprised.

  4. Natalie says:

    I liked the post but why are your pictures so small? I can not appreciate them fully at that size

    • Rob says:

      Hi Natalie,
      The reason I made the pictures smaller than normal was because I only wrote a few sentences for each place and the post didn’t look right with large photos and not much writing.

      Its a good point about the size of the photos so I’ll resize them at the weekend and will let you know when its done.

      Thanks for your thoughts 😉

  5. I’ve been to a few of these and agree Suffolk is a most delightful county. I think Flatford and Dedham – Constable country – will always be a favourite for me. Great post.

    • Rob says:

      Hi Natasha
      Yes, its lovely down at Dedham. I don’t think many people realise how easy it is to get to from London by train. Its only about an hour from Liverpool Street Station and the Olympic Park at Stratford. A lovely day out for anyone coming over to the Olympics later this year.

  6. It is always a great idea to explore your hometown and the surrounding areas. I look forward to doing that when I get back from South America.

    • Rob says:

      Hi stephanie,
      I think one of the reasons we don’t really explore where we live is that we always have some ‘normal life’ stuff to do when we are at home so going off for local excursions is a low priority. When we travel, we make an effort to go and experience new things.

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