Without a city to speak of, the County of Suffolk is scattered with rural towns, and many of these are as divine as any you’ll see in England.
In the south the idyllic countryside of water meadows and mills by the River Stour was immortalised by the 19th-century painter John Constable.
Further west are the Wool Towns, medieval communities that time forgot and whose half-timbered houses have set the scene for movies like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
And last but not least is the coast, with towns that are authentic and low-key like the rest of the county, all the more appealing for it.
Lets explore the best places to visit in Suffolk:
1. Bury St Edmunds
Proud host of the only cathedral in Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds may well be the most beautiful town in the county.
There’s history from all sorts of different periods, and many buildings in the town are even older than they look because the old timber-framing was bricked over in the 1700s, as was the Georgian fashion.
St Edmundsbury Cathedral should be on your agenda, as should the ruined Bury St Edmunds Abbey, standing in serene gardens that you enter via a stunning Norman gateway.
More recent but no less fabulous is the Theatre Royal, the only surviving regency theatre in England, newly restored to its pre-Victorian glory.
The Greene King brewery is also in Bury St Edmunds, brewing ale for more than 200 years and welcoming you for tours.