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With its sublime countryside, charming medieval villages, and fantastic coastline, Suffolk is the perfect destination for a relaxing short break. You can find stylish three-star hotels all over the county, from elegant historic hotels in Ipswich to romantic rural retreats.
Visit the charming resort of Lowestoft, which overlooks a fantastic sandy beach and is the most easterly point in Britain. Lowestoft is also home to an Edwardian pleasure pier, and is very close to the family friendly Africa Alive! animal safari and the Pleasurewood Hills adventure park.
Spend the day at the equally charming seaside resort of Southwold a little further south, or escape to Kessingland Beach, a fantastic rural beach where you can enjoy terrific views.
Dating back to the 11th Century, this cathedral was built in the Gothic Revival style on a former Norman church. See the iconic Millennium Tower that was completed here in 2005, observe the intricate vaulted ceiling, and enjoy hot drinks and light refreshments at the Pilgrims' Kitchen.
Close to the outskirts of Bury St. Edmunds, and within easy reach of numerous three-star Suffolk hotels, Ickworth House is a splendid neo-classical country house dating back to the late Georgian area. Adjacent to medieval Ickworth Church, it was designed in the Italianate style and is noted for its unusual Italian-inspired portico. Spend some time in its immaculate interior, where you can see a magnificent art collection showcasing the work of esteemed painters such as Gainsborough and Lorrain.
All three-star hotels in the county offer well-presented rooms with good quality bedding and homely comforts to ensure you have a relaxing stay. Often, this will include tea and coffee-making facilities, private bathrooms with complimentary toiletries and hairdryers. Families with young children may also be able to request adjoining rooms or extra bedding.
Home to a great selection of three-star hotels, this lively market centre is renowned for its Ancient House. This unique 15th-century Grade I-Listed building has been carefully preserved in its original Tudor theme, and offers a fascinating glimpse into local history. See the large art collection of Christchurch Mansion, another fine Tudor landmark, then learn more about local history by visiting the Ipswich Transport Museum.
Book a show at the acclaimed New Wolsey Theatre, or head a little further afield to Sutton Hoo, a fascinating Anglo-Saxon burial site. Ipswich is also overlooked by beautiful St Mary le Tower, which was established more than 800 years ago and was redesigned in the 19th Century.
After you've checked in at your hotel, you could take the family to the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway Museum. Learn about Suffolk's important railway heritage and how this mode of transport transformed this rural county's links with the rest of the country. You could also explore the West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and learn about the history of human civilisation, from Mesolithic to Roman times, through dozens of carefully reconstructed buildings.