Relocating to Suffolk
Suffolk is a beautiful and interesting county to live in. With a variety of locations in both towns and rural villages, there are a multitude of beautiful places to visit – it has something to suit everyone.
From the extensive and often wild east coast, vast skies, networks of footpaths, attractions and nature reserves to historical buildings, theatres and great quality places to eat out, it really offers a great work-life balance for you and your family.
As well as good routes such as the A12 and A14, railway lines run in to London Liverpool Street making travel into the capital and the rest of the UK easy.
Our Schools located in Beccles, Felixstowe, Ixworth and Saxmundham, are well placed for easy access to a variety of attractions. Here is a summary of the highlights of each area and for more information you can visit the following websites to hone in on detail:
https://www.thesuffolkcoast.co.uk/ gives both tourism and practical information.
https://www.visitsuffolk.com/ for general touristy information.
https://www.london2country.com/where-to-live/suffolk is helpful for those looking to relocate.
Beccles is a market town, nestled by the River Waveney. With a range of boat hire available, it is ideal for getting out onto the Broads, either on your own day boat, canoe or kayak or on a skippered boat for a guided tour.
The town is close to the Suffolk/Norfolk border, with Norwich twenty minutes away for larger shops and attractions. The local offering of independent shops and restaurants in town is also highly rated.
There are shows at Beccles Public Hall, alternatively the Beccles Lido, a heated outdoor pool, is beautifully situated alongside the river and has paved and grassy places to sunbathe – a must for the spring and summer months.
Lowestoft and Southwold are easily accessed from Beccles, being the closest main ‘seaside’ towns if you wish to get away to the coast, although very different from each other.
Roads in the area are good along with regular buses to Norwich. Alternatively, you can let the train take the strain from the town’s railway station with a direct line to Lowestoft and Ipswich.
Felixstowe is a great seaside town with many traditional charms and attractions for all ages to enjoy. It lies nestled between the Deben and Orwell estuaries so not too far from nature. A stroll along the ‘seafront’ from top to bottom can take in the quaint Felixstowe Ferry, Prom and Languard Fort with its views of the Docks, covers over nine miles should you walk it from end to end!
At Felixstowe Ferry you will find a pub, a café, a fresh fish stall and the Sailing Club. You can hop on the little ferry boat and get across the River Deben to Bawdsey, for walks and the newly updated Radar Museum – and a fantastic view back to the town!
There are a variety of shops in town, the pier and its amusements, a leisure centre with pool (if the sea is too rough!), independent cinema and a currently under construction ingenious market made from shipping containers!
The aforementioned 18th Century Landguard Fort is one of the UK’s best preserved coastal defences and sits alongside the Felixstowe Museum. There is also a café, a Foot Ferry across to Harwich, as well as a Nature Reserve and spectacular views of the container ships coming into the Docks, many of which are the largest in the world!
The County Town of Ipswich is only a short drive or train journey from here.
Ixworth is a small and thriving village located in the west of the county, and a stone’s throw (6 miles) from the nearest town – the history-rich Bury St Edmunds which also has great eateries, the Theatre Royal and fantastic shopping.
For a real wow-factor head to the stunning Cathedral and Abbey Gardens, or enjoy a tour of the Greene King Brewery.
Newmarket Racecourse is also a short journey from here, with its racing, museum and concerts, or head north out of the village up to Thetford, with its Forest and a stunning route into Norfolk.
Closer to the village are attractions such as Pakenham Watermill & Windmill, Wyken Vineyard and Langham Hall Walled Garden.
Located not too far from the coast, Saxmundham is a Market Town steeped in history and an ideal spot for exploring. Many of the buildings here are Georgian or Victorian if not older, and the town was an important staging post on the old coach and horse route between Gt Yarmouth and London and onwards to the Continent.
There is a selection of small independent shops, and it has to be mentioned, the area’s only Waitrose!
Saxmundham Museum is located on the High Street, there is a Wednesday Market on the beautiful cobbled market place, behind which sits the Railway Station with its route up to Lowestoft and down to Ipswich.
Places to visit nearby include Thorpeness with its Meare and ‘House in the Clouds’, Aldeburgh, famed for galleries and quality fish & chips, Snape Maltings and RSPB Minsmere. Stunning forests in Tunstall, Rendlesam and Sizewell are also easily accessed.