Around and About

There's lots to do and see around Suffolk Cabins. Here's a selection all of which are within reach as a day out or less.

Mid-Suffolk Light Railway (4 miles)

Small but perfectly formed, the Mid-Suffolk light railway, the only operational preserved steam railway in the county.

Bressingham Steam & Gardens (10 miles)

A steam museum, gardens and garden centre located in the village of Bressingham, west of Diss in Norfolk, England. The site has several narrow gauge rail lines and a number of types of steam engines and vehicles in its collection and is also the home of the national Dad’s Army exhibition.

Museum Of East Anglian Life (11 miles)

Located in Stowmarket, this excellent open air museum set in 80 acres of countryside, with over 20 historic buildings and collections of over 45,000 objects exploring the rural and social history of East Anglia.  There are some fascinating displays including steam traction engines, reconstructed historic buildings and lots of animals, including a newly acquired Suffolk Punch horse, rare breeds sheep, cattle and pigs.  It’s also a lovely place to take a picnic and go for a walk with three kilometres of riverside and woodland walks.

Baylham Rare Breeds Farm 15 miles)

Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm is in the middle of the beautiful county of Suffolk in Eastern England and is a small livestock farm breeding farm animals that were once common but are now very rare.

Banham Zoo (16 miles)

Banham Zoo is part of the Zoological Society of East Anglia, a registered charity, 50-acre zoo in Banham, Norfolk, England, UK, home to over 2,000 animals.

Snetterton Motorsport Circuit (16 miles)

Snetterton Motorsport Circuit – Drawing inspiration from iconic motorsport corners such as Monza’s Parabolica and the Montreal Hairpin, the Snetterton 300 circuit hosts the British Touring Car Championship, British Superbike Championship and British F3 and GT Championships.

Framlingham Castle (18 miles)

An English Heritage property and a fantastic example of a 12th century Norman castle, built in 1148 on the site of an earlier motte and bailey. For historians this is well worth a visit.

Ipswich Museum (19 miles)

a registered museum of culture, history and natural heritage located on High Street (off Crown Street) in Ipswich, the County Town of the English county of Suffolk. It was historically the leading regional museum in Suffolk, housing collections drawn from both the former counties of East Suffolk and West Suffolk, which were amalgamated in 1974.  The original foundation of 1846, devoted primarily to Natural History, was moved to new premises in High Street in 1881. In about 1895 Christchurch Mansion, a large 16th-century house near the town centre in Christchurch Park, was given to the town. It was developed as a second venue under the same management and curatorship, devoted particularly to fine and decorative arts. Both are parts of one institution and draw on the same central core of collections.

St. Edmundsbury Cathedral (20 miles)

Suffolk’s Cathedral for nearly 1,000 years.

Lackford Lakes, Bury St Edmunds (23 miles)

A goldmine for wildlife.  It has been 30 years since the creation of Suffolk Wildlife Trusts's flagship reserve at Lackford Lakes. A hole in the ground has become one of East Anglia's premier bird-watching locations. It was designated an area of Special Scientific Interest in 1997, reflecting the national importance of the population of over-wintering birds and the diversity of dragonfly species associated with the lakes and watercourses.  (News from Suffolk Wildlife Trust autumn 2017).

To find Lackford Lakes simply go to postcode IP28 6HX map ref. TL804706.


West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village (23 miles)

One of England’s great archaeological sites, West Stow has extensive indoor galleries and a stunning recreation of an Anglo-Saxon village surrounded by 125 acres of unspoilt countryside. West Stow Country Park features 125 acres of woods, heathlands, a river and a lake, plus nature trails, walks and an adventure playground. Visitors to West Stow can explore history and nature, watch a film, dress up as an Anglo-Saxon or say hello to the rare breed pigs and chickens. As part of the annual Ring Quest event, you could even meet a Hobbit, among other Lord of the Rings characters!

Jimmy’s Farm (23 miles)

Nature trail, restaurant, farm shop, children’s events.

 Sutton Hoo (24 miles)

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.  This is a must for students interested in Britain’s ancient history. To quote the National Trust ‘a magical and enchanting experience awaits your educational group at Sutton Hoo. Anglo-Saxon history comes alive with guided mound tours, guided activities and an interactive exhibition hall. Our friendly fully trained volunteer guides are eager to share their passion and love of Sutton Hoo with you. We hope you have a wonderful and inspiring visit with us exploring our ancient royal Anglo-Saxon site.’  Latest update October 2017 - Sutton Hoo has been awarded a £1.8 million national lottery grant. The site has great plans which will make a visit even more worthwhile in the future.

 Grimes Graves (27 miles)

A prehistoric flint mine

 Ipswich Transport Museum (26 miles)

The Ipswich Transport Museum has the largest collection of transport items in Britain devoted to just one town. Everything was either made or used in and around Ipswich, the county town of Suffolk. The museum sees education as one of its main aims and are keen to build relationships with schools and further education establishments.  Many school parties visit the museum coming from all over East Anglia. They have programmes for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children and can also tailor our Key Stage 1 programme for Pre-School children although it is not suitable for children under around 3½ years. Their aim is that all children have an enjoyable, memorable and informative visit. They can arrange visits for other school or college groups and will be pleased to explain what is on offer and how visits can be tailored it to meet your needs or ideas.

 Norwich City & Norwich Castle & more (27 miles)

One of Norwich’s most famous landmarks, Norwich Castle was built by the Normans as a Royal Palace 900 years ago. Explore the Castle's history as a palace and later as a prison, and enjoy their fabulous collections of fine art, archaeology, and natural history as well as the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum collections.  Norfolk Museums Service’s learning team delivers award-winning programmes for schools and all ages in ten museums across Norfolk. Their museums are in amazing historic buildings with wonderful collections and top class displays and they specialise in bringing history and learning to life.

 Flatford Mill & Willy Lotts House (27 miles)

Flatford Mill is on the River Stour close to the Suffolk-Essex border. The Centre buildings, particularly the Mill and Willy Lott's House, are instantly recognisable since they feature in many paintings by John Constable.

 Gainsborough’s House & Museum (30 miles)

Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) was born in Sudbury and was baptized at the Independent Meeting-House in Friars Street on 14 May 1727, the fifth son and ninth child of John and Mary Gainsborough. He lived in Sudbury until around 1740 when, as a young teenager, he was sent to London to pursue a career as an artist. He returned to Sudbury in the spring of 1749 where he painted his celebrated Mr and Mrs Andrews (c.1750, National Gallery, London). His search for patronage and critical success led him to move to Ipswich around 1752 and subsequently to Bath and London, although he never lost the influence of his native town and county. 'Nature was his teacher, and the woods of Suffolk his academy,'noted an obituary after his death in 1788.   In 1958 Gainsborough's House Society was formed to purchase the house and establish it as a centre for Thomas Gainsborough. The Museum opened to the public in 1961 and has remained open for over 50 years. The beautiful garden is at the heart of Gainsborough's House. It is maintained by a devoted body of volunteers who garden exclusively with plants that were available in Gainsborough's lifetime.

 Orford Ness Nature Reserve (30 miles to Orford Quay)

Internationally important nature reserve, with a fascinating 20th-century military history. Take a short boat trip to this wild and remote shingle spit, the largest in Europe. Follow trails through a stunning landscape and a history that will both delight and intrigue. Discover an internationally important nature reserve littered with debris and unusual, often forbidding, buildings from a sometimes disturbing past.  Please note: charge for ferry over to the nature reserve (including members)

 Orford Castle (30 miles)

Discover one of England’s most complete and unusual keeps, at this fascinating visitor attraction in Suffolk. The unique polygonal tower keep of Orford Castle stands beside the pretty town and former port, which Henry II also developed here.  The castle is remarkably intact allowing visitors to explore from the basement, through the lower and upper halls to the roof where there are magnificent views seaward to Orford Ness. Around the rooms is a maze of passages leading to the chapel, kitchen and other chambers in the turrets.

 Sizewell Nuclear Power Station Visitor Centre (31 miles)

EDF Energy has seven visitor centres across the UK. The interactive exhibitions explore nuclear power generation, helping visitors to understand more about nuclear power generation. Individuals and groups can book a station tour free of charge.  The visitor centres all have an interactive exhibition, a classroom and offer pre-arranged tours of the power station. The exhibition, with the use of interactive models, touch screen computers and information panels explains how electricity is generated in a nuclear power station. It also covers safety on site, radiation, nuclear waste and other forms of electricity generation.

 Suffolk Punch Trust (31 miles)

The Suffolk Punch Trust is an ideal place for school groups to enjoy a stimulating and educational day out. Children learn a great deal from experiencing farming and rural life in days gone by and how it relates to today.

 Snape Maltings (32 miles)

An arts complex on the banks of the River Alde at Snape. It is best known for its concert hall, which is one of the main sites of the annual Aldeburgh Festival.

 Minsmere Bird and nature reserve (32 miles)

stunning views and some of our rarest wildlife.

 Suffolk Wildlife Trust (distances from Thornham vary)

The trust’s nature reserves are some of Suffolk's most inspiring wild places. From tiny meadows to rolling heaths, they are as varied as the animals and plants that live in them. You are welcome to enjoy them all, free of charge.

 National Horse Racing Museum (34 miles)

The National Horseracing Museum located at 99 High Street in Newmarket is open to the public, it contains collections and records of people and horses involved in the sport of horse racing from its Royal origins to modern heroes. Exhibits include the history of horse racing, horse racing in Britain, trophies, paintings of famous horses, trainers and jockeys, jockey uniforms, betting, and horse racing memorabilia. The Vestey Gallery of British Sporting Art is located in the museum, and features changing exhibits of art relating to sports, including hunting, shooting, fishing, boxing, archery, rowing and horse racing. The museum has an archive collection of information and images of early horses, jockeys, trainers, breeders and owners. It is a signatory to the Kids in Museums Manifesto.