Ipswich and Woodbridge
Ipswich is one of England's oldest towns, with historic buildings, such as the Ancient House. The 16th C Christchurch Mansion stands in a beautiful landscaped park. The waterfront in Ipswich has been developed and provides a wide choice of restaurants and bars overlooking the marina.
Nearby the Suffolk Ski Centre offers a dry ski slope, tobogganing and golf. Just north of Ipswich Woodbridge is an attractive market town set on the River Deben. It was once a port and was noted for its shipbuilding and sail making industries. There are some lovely shops here and also a Theatre and Leisure Center. On the quay side is the famous Tide Mill and over the river is the Anglo-Saxon burial site of Sutton Hoo (National Trust). North of Woodbridge on the River Alde near Iken you can hire a canoe, and further afield explore the lovely seaside resort of Aldeburgh, and visit the famous Snape Maltings, home to the Benjamin Britten Concert Hall.
Framlingham is well known for its 12th C castle, built by the Bigod family (Earls of Norfolk). The church in this ancient market town has magnificent tombs and effigies.
The coastal resort of Felixstowe retains much of its charm as an Edwardian resort. There are beautiful south-facing gardens and a wide paved promenade. With the leisure centre, pier, theatre and amusements there is plenty of fun for all the family.