Secrets of Suffolk

A view of the Ickworth Monument

See an eccentric stately home at Ickworth, visit the hauntingly beautiful Anglo-Saxon burial site at Sutton Hoo, and take in a performance at the only surviving Regency playhouse in Britain.

In a day: 

Morning: Ickworth
Ickworth’s huge central Rotunda, offers an eccentric stately home to a diverse library spanning over 400 years of Hervey family reading. Join the house manager on a tour of the library to discover more about the books themselves and the stories behind those who acquired them.
Stop for a homemade light lunch en-route in the medieval village of Lavenham at the tea room of the beautiful, timber-framed Guildhall. 
Afternoon: Melford Hall
Travel on to discover the elegant Elizabethan banqueting house that is Melford Hall, uncovering the stories of a devastating fire, visits from Beatrix Potter and nautical memories that make this house much more than just bricks and mortar. If you have time, a wander into the village will bring you face to face with treasures on sale in its antique shops. 

Turn your visit into a short break by adding:

  • a visit to Sutton Hoo, where you can unearth the secrets of this Anglo-Saxon burial site.
  • the historic market town of Bury St Edmunds and the only surviving Regency playhouse in Britain: Theatre Royal.
  • a visit to the spectacular Flatford: Bridge Cottage, which houses an exhibition of John Constable’s fantastic paintings that perfectly depict the surrounding area.