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Suffolk's Serene Coast & Spectacular Gardens

Suffolk's Serene Coast & Spectacular Gardens

Enjoy sweeping vistas of the Sussex coast, visit award winning gardens, relax on a river cruise & marvel at Sutton Hoo's Anglo Saxon burial site

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Enjoy sweeping vistas of the Sussex coast, visit award winning gardens, relax on a river cruise & marvel at Sutton Hoo's Anglo Saxon burial site

Southwold

Southwold is a charming seaside town on the Suffolk Heritage Coast. Almost an island, being bounded by the North Sea to the East, by the River Blyth and Southwold harbour to the South–West and by Buss Creek to the North, there is just the one road in to and out of Southwold, approached through neighbouring Reydon.

Southwold's claim to fame is its colourful beach huts which line the promenade, there's also a working lighthouse and the award winning pier. Southwold was mentioned in Domesday Book (1086) as a fishing port, it received its town charter from Henry VII in 1489.

Thorpeness

In the late 19th century Thorpeness was a tiny fishing hamlet on the East Coast, buffeted by the merciless North Sea and home to only a few houses that had not been taken into the waves by erosion. Just a couple of decades later, it would be transformed into a fantastical holiday village, with a beautiful boating lake, complete with Peter Pan islands, a 70ft fairytale cottage on stilts, mock-tudor homes and a luxury country club. To hide the eyesore of having a water tower in the village, the tank built in 1923 was clad in wood to make it look like a small house on top of a five-storey tower. It is known as the "House in the Clouds"

Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh was the home of the composer Benjamin Britten and has been the centre of the international Aldeburgh Festival of arts at nearby Snape Maltings, founded by Britten in 1948. It remains an artistic and literary centre, with an annual Poetry Festival, along with several food festivals and other cultural events.

 

Sutton Hoo

Near the River Deben in Suffolk, at Sutton Hoo, are eleven mounds or 'barrows' dating back to the 6th or early 7th century. One cemetery contained an undisturbed ship-burial, including a wealth of Anglo-Saxon artefacts of outstanding art-historical and archaeological significance, most of which are now in the British Museum in London.

The famous Sutton Hoo helmet, a decorated Anglo-Saxon helmet was discovered during the 1939 excavation of the Sutton Hoo ship-burial. It was buried around 625 and is widely believed to have been the helmet of King Rædwald of East Anglia, and its elaborate decoration may have given it a secondary function akin to a crown. The helmet is

'the most iconic object' from 'one of the most spectacular archaeological discoveries ever made' and one of the most important Anglo-Saxon artefacts ever found. It was excavated as hundreds of rusted fragments and was first displayed following an initial reconstruction in 1945–46, then in its present form after a second reconstruction in 1970–71.

River Deben Cruise

The Deben River Cruise departs from Waldringfield aboard the Jahan for a 2 hour boat journey along the river, one of the most beautiful and scenic spots on the East Coast. The tidal Deben Estuary is a Special Protection Area and within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. On board commentary will tell of its rich wildlife and history.

 

Lavenham

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 the 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.

Helmingham Hall Gardens

Helmingham Hall is a moated manor house built around a courtyard in typical late medieval/Tudor style and has been in the care of the Tollemache family since 1487. Helmingham is famous for its Grade I listed gardens, with a 400 acre deer park surrounding the moated Tudor Hall. The walled kitchen garden, the rose & knot, herb and wild gardens are fascinating and the Coach House tearooms and Stable Shops are ideal places to end the visit.

 

Colchester

An historic Essex town, Britain's first city and former capital of Roman Britain. Colchester's rich history dates back over 2000 years and is ripe for exploring. But it's not all about the past. 21st Century Colchester is a thriving, modern town with first class visitor attractions including Colchester Zoo, impressive Roman ruins and the magnificent Colchester Castle. 

Beth Chatto Gardens

Construction of the Beth Chatto Gardens began in 1960 as a garden attached to the Chatto family home on land that had previously belonged to the Chatto family fruit farm. It had not been farmed as the soil was considered too dry in places, too wet in others and the whole area had been allowed to grow wild with blackthorn, willow and brambles. The only plants that survive from the earliest days are the ancient boundary oaks surrounding the garden. The Beth Chatto Gardens comprise a varied range of planting sites totalling five acres, including dry, sun baked gravel, water and marginal planting, woodland, shady, heavy clay and alpine planting, and now include the Gravel Garden, Woodland Garden, Water Garden, Long Shady Walk, Reservoir Garden and Scree Garden.

 

 

Day 1

A morning departure from Cumbria as we travel to Scotch Corner and then south to Cambridge and on into Suffolk and the Salthouse Harbour Hotel Ipswich. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 2

Today we enjoy a tour along the picturesque Suffolk coast, starting with a visit to Southwold, complete with its famous painted beach huts and lovely pier, before continuing to the pretty village of Thorpeness, with its pretty mock Tudor houses and the fairy-tale 'House in the Clouds'. We enjoy free time here for lunch before continuing to Aldeburgh, a pretty coastal town famous for its connection with the composer Benjamin Britten. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 3

After breakfast, we will travel to the world famous Anglo Saxon burial site of Sutton Hoo. 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. We can discover the incredible story of the ship burial of an Anglo Saxon king and his treasured possessions, explore the award winning exhibition and the full-size reconstruction of the burial chamber and see stunning replica treasures and original finds from one of the mounds. In the afternoon, we will make our way to Waldringfield where we will be welcomed aboard our all-weather cruise boat for a 2 hour journey along the river Deben, one of the most beautiful and scenic spots on the east coast. Our on board commentary will tell of its rich wildlife and history whilst we enjoy tea/coffee and scones. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 4

Our first visit today is to the historic town of Lavenham with its pretty coloured houses and unique Guildhall. We have time to explore and enjoy lunch before our afternoon visit to the delightful Helmingham Hall Gardens. In the care of the Tollemache family since 1487, Helmingham is famous for its Grade I listed gardens, with a 400 acre deer park surrounding the moated Tudor Hall. The walled kitchen garden, the rose & knot, herb and wild gardens are fascinating and the Coach House tearooms and Stable Shops are ideal places to end the visit. Dinner at the hotel.

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Day 5

This morning we visit Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town, its Roman remains are some of the most impressive in the country, before heading to Beth Chatto’s Garden, a remarkable garden transformed from wasteland into an interesting mix of four different styles. Dinner at the hotel.

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Day 6

After breakfast today we begin our return journey home, lunch and coffee stops en-route and we are due to arrive home early evening.

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Salthouse Harbour Hotel Ipswich

This contemporary, boutique hotel is set on the beautiful Ipswich waterfront. Each of the modern bedrooms has been individually designed with a personal touch, with plenty of warm and welcoming tones and contemporary furnishings. Rooms are also equipped with a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities, while some also enjoy fantastic views over the marina. The sleek and stylish public areas, include the Salthouse Eaterie, bar and lounge. Lift.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Bus Stop Tangier Street Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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