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Suffolk – Home to Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable
Suffolk has seen its fair share of conflicts over the years and since it was under Anglo-Saxon control around the 5th century it has seen many battles involving the Normans, and been the target of many Danish incursions.
Suffolk’s industries have been varied and included fishing, cloth weaving (14th to 17th centuries), agriculture (17th to 18th centuries) and a china factory (early 19th century).
A number of large, well-known companies are based in the county such as the brewers Greene King in Bury st Edmunds and Birds Eye in Lowestoft. The UK’s horse racing centre, Newmarket, is also located in Suffolk.
Many famous people originate from the area such as the English painters Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable, the composer Benjamin Britten, actors Ralph Fiennes and Bob Hoskins, and of course many jockeys, notably Lester Piggott and Frankie Dettori.
Suffolk also receives a mention for being the location of Britain’s most famous UFO sighting, the “Rendlesham Forest incident” and considered the British version of “Roswell” (the most famous UFO incident of all time).
Reasons to visit Suffolk
There is plenty to do and see in Suffolk and the following is just a sample. Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park (Lowestoft), Sutton Hoo (Woodbridge), Bentwaters Cold War Museum (Rendlesham), The National Stud (Newmarket), Suffolk Leisure Park (Ipswich), Bury St. Edmunds Abbey, Ickworth House, Colne Valley Railway (Castle Hedingham), Gainsborough’s House (Sudbury), Greene King Visitor Centre (Bury St. Edmunds), Framlingham Castle, Southwold Pier, Kentwell Hall (Long Melford) and Orford Castle.
Entertainment and Dining in Suffolk
No shortage of places to go like theatres, nightclubs, cinemas and pubs. Restaurants include the Thornham Coach House Restaurant in Thornham Magna and The Lindsay House Restaurant in Eye.
Accommodation in Suffolk
A huge selection of Guest Houses and B&Bs, and some of the best camping areas in the country. Hotels include the Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club in Aldeburgh, Milsoms Hotel in Dedham and the Hintlesham Hall Hotel in Ipswich.