The photogenic, rural East Anglian county of Suffolk is home to the national silk capital, Sudbury, a delightful market town that has produced huge quantities of silk since medieval times. Now, you can find a superb range of luxury four-star hotels in Suffolk that are ideal for romantic getaways or exclusive business events.
Visit Picturesque Bury St. Edmunds
See this historic city's impressive cathedral, which has stood for almost a millennium and is the Mother Church of Suffolk. No visit to Bury St. Edmunds would be complete without witnessing its imposing abbey, which is where Edmund the Martyr, the King of the Angles (East Anglia) for a time in the 9th Century, is buried.
Visit Lowestoft, One of the Most Popular Seaside Resorts in East Anglia
An inhabited area for hundreds of thousands of years, Lowestoft is the most easterly point in the country and is home to one of Suffolk's best sandy beaches. Once you've checked in at your four-star Lowestoft hotel, have a walk on the lively pleasure pier, see a West End production at the Marina Theatre, or learn about the town's historic development and porcelain industry at the Lowestoft Museum.
Lowestoft is very close to the Africa Alive! zoo, which houses numerous African animal species, from reptiles to mammals. Near the edge of the town is Pleasurewood Hills, another family-themed attraction with water rides, roller coasters, and other thrill rides.
Visit One of Suffolk's Stunning Stately Homes
Visit Anglo-Italian-themed Somerleyton Hall, a regal Victorian house with exquisite staterooms, just minutes from the centre of Lowestoft. If you're staying in a hotel near Stowmarket, you could visit the equally grand Helmingham Hall Gardens, known for its elaborate landscape gardens and ancient oak trees. Another splendid historic mansion is Glemham Hall & Gardens, which features an enormous red-brick Elizabethan house and delightful landscaped garden, and is in the Saxon town of Woodbridge, a very short journey from a great selection of four-star Ipswich hotels.
Explore Orford Castle
More than 800 years old, Orford Castle is one of the most complete medieval landmarks in East Anglia, well within reach of various four-star Suffolk hotels. The remarkable Grade-I-Listed landmark also has one of England's largest castle keeps, and a striking upper hall with an interesting exhibition of local archaeological findings.
Spend the Day at the Quieter Seaside Resort of Southwold
Belonging to the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, picturesque Southwold overlooks a pleasant partially shingle, partially sandy beach, and is noted for its 31-metre-high 19th-century lighthouse. It was here in the 1920s that Eric Blair, better known by his pen name George Orwell, spent many years of his life, finding the inspiration for his novel 'A Clerygyman's Daughter' from his teaching job in the town.
The town organises the annual Southwold Arts Festival and numerous repertory theatre performances in the summer, and is also home to the magnificent 15th-century St. Edmunds' Church. It's a short drive from a good selection of four-star Suffolk hotels, and is only 14 miles from Lowestoft.