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Suffolk, the most easterly county in Britain, is the home of the nation's smallest pub, the Nutshell, which measures just 9.8 square metres! Whether you are planning a quick overnight stopover or a romantic getaway, you can find a fantastic range of hotels in Suffolk ranging from luxury four-star Georgian retreats to budget friendly bed-and-breakfast accommodation - all of which are considerably more spacious than the Nutshell!
Ipswich has existed since Roman times, and became an important trading centre by the late medieval era, when East Anglia's cloth industry thrived. After you've checked in to your hotel, see Christ Church Mansion, an enchanting Tudor landmark where you can observe a fine painting collection of the acclaimed Suffolk-born artist Thomas Gainsborough and other successful local painters.
Book tickets to an excellent live show at the New Wolsey Theatre, see the splendid art collection of the Grade I-Listed Ancient House, and learn more about local Suffolk history at the Ipswich Museum.
Offering a great choice of hotels and bed and breakfasts, Lowestoft is noted for its vast sandy beach and Edwardian Claremont Pier. Take the family to the Pleasurewood Hills theme park, near the outskirts of the town, and brace yourself for adrenaline-infusing roller coaster rides and water-themed adventures.
Go to the open-air East Anglia Transport Museum in the Carlton Colville neighbourhood and see its interesting trams and buses, some of which are more than 100 years old. Also close by is Africa Alive!, a superb safari attraction houses numerous African animal species, from meerkats to lemurs.
Explore this vast, beautifully preserved castle where, in the summer of 1553, Mary Tudor was crowned the Queen of England. See its impressive town walls and ramparts, head inside and learn more about its turbulent past, and visit the souvenir shop to buy a special gift to take back with you. The castle is best viewed from the western side of The Mere lake, from where you can witness an enchanting view of the building reflected against the water, especially in late afternoon light.
Easily accessible from north Suffolk hotels, the Broads on the Suffolk and Norfolk border include an endless network of scenic lakes and navigable rivers. Go on a peaceful boating excursion and take in the stunning views of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Close to the picturesque medieval harbour town of Woodbridge, Sutton Hoo comprises two cemeteries that were established more than 1,300 years ago. See the ghost shop that once arrived at these shores more than 1,400 years ago, visit the Royal Burial Mounds, and learn more about the legends and myths of early-medieval England at the Exhibition Hall.
Should you be arriving at your destination before your hotel's earliest check in time, or leaving well after the final check out time, you may be able to store your luggage at the hotel reception. That means you won't have to worry about carrying all your heavy items while you're still sightseeing.