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A short tour in Suffolk

August 15, 2011

With the assistance of blogs and tripadvisor, we spent a few days touring Suffolk in June.  I hope others will find some of my tips worthwhile.

We flew directly from Cork to Gatwick and picked up a Hertz rental car.  Our first stop was for lunch at theAngel Hotel in the town square of Bury St Edmunds directly opposite the Abbey.  Aside from the perfect location for wandering around the city, lunch was delicious (a tasty chicken dish followed by sticky toffee pudding).  To walk off the meal, we wandered around the fabulous abbey gardens

Angel Hotel in Bury St Edmunds

Angel Hotel in Bury St Edmunds

 
The Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds

The Abbey Gardens at Bury St Edmunds

and the Abbey itself

The Abbey at Bury St Edmunds

The Abbey at Bury St Edmunds

and explored Bury.  The Abbey Gardens are truly spectacular so don’t miss them.  I particularly enjoyed the rose garden.

We took the A1120 from Stowmarket to Southwold with a few stops along the way.  The Saxtead Green mill

Saxtead Green Post Mill

Saxtead Green Post Mill

 is a three storey roundhouse used for milling corn up to 1947.  It is now a protected structure.

Our next stop was Framlingham, a quaint old market town

Market day at Framlingham

Market day at Framlingham

mentioned as far back as in the domesday book.  Framlingham castle

Framlingham Castle

Framlingham Castle

is a 12th century fortress once the refuge of Mary Tudor.  On the day of our visit the country market was in full swing.

On to Southwold,

Southwold

Southwold

the home of Adnams breweryand a town famous for its pier and seaside.  This is a bustling seaside town with lots of shops, cafes, galleries etc.  We enjoyed lunch at Cellar and Kitchen, part of Adnams.

Cellar and Kitchen in Southwold

Cellar and Kitchen in Southwold

From Southwold we toured down the coast stopping at Holy Trinity, Blythburgh,

Holy Trinity at Blythburgh in Suffolk

Holy Trinity at Blythburgh in Suffolk

an impressive church in what is now a tiny village bisected by the very busy A12.  Blythburgh was a thriving medieval town at one stage, hence the size of the church.

A little further on we reached Dunwich, at one stage the capital of East Anglia (1500 years ago) but now a village due to severe coastal erosion which saw the town disappear under water.  At its height, it was one of the most important ports in England with a population of 3000.  The remains of the franciscan friary

dunwich abbey

dunwich abbey

are still visible though as many as eight churches have long since disappeared into the sea.  The Dunwich museum

Dunwich Museum

Dunwich Museum

is a very interesting stop-off point though take the stairs to the upper floor as two of our party got stuck in the lift!  It’s really hard to believe that such a thriving place in medieval times could be now just a very small village.

Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings in Suffolk

Snape Maltings in Suffolk

is a popular tourist destination a little further south. I had difficulty trying to figure out from the web before my visit what exactly was at the maltings and whether it was worth a stop.  There are a variety of quaint shops, a cafe and galleries so plenty to browse around.  In addition there is a sizeable concert hall with musical events.  In former times the maltings was used for the malting of barley and brewing of beer.  Its transformation seems to be a success and we enjoyed our visit.

Lavenham

Lavenham Museum

Lavenham Museum

is a picturesque medieval village which thrived during the hay days of the wool trade in the 15th and 16th centuries.  Be sure to visit the museum as it’s fascinating.  Also take time to wander around the church.  We loved this medieval village as it is so quintessentially English.

lavenham in Suffolk

lavenham in Suffolk

East Bergholt

East Bergholt

East Bergholt

is a small pretty village in the south of Suffolk and the birthplace of the painter, John Constable.  The village is famous for its church bells which sit in a bell cage on the ground rather than in a spire.  The bells are not run by ropes pulled from below but instead by ringers standing alongside the bells.

Close to East Bergholt is the small hamlet of Flatford,

Flatford

Flatford

famous for the mill, Willy Lott’s Cottage and Bridge Cottage all immortalised in the paintings of John Constable.  Parking is available about 200 metres from the area itself and there is a good cafe looking out over the water.

As always with any holiday, we had too little time and there was too much to see.  We spent the three nights of our trip in a wonderful self catering chalet at Badwell Ash.

Badwell Ash Holiday Lodges

Badwell Ash Holiday Lodges

We would highly recommend this haven of wildlife.

This blog has been posted by Catherine FitzMaurice of Kilbrogan House Bed and Breakfast and Self Catering Accommodation.

Failte Ireland – New Self Catering Approval Process

April 25, 2008

Failte Ireland have designed a new approval process for individual self catering properties. The scheme features a star rating classification system and new online application process.

TAMS (Tourism Accommodation Management Services) will be the organisation responsible for inspecting and approving new and existing properties of behalf of Failte Ireland, the tourist board.

Properties in the scheme will be eligible to use the term ‘Approved to Failte Ireland Standards’ and will continue to have access to www.discoverireland.ie

Kilbrogan House welcomes guests from Malta

March 23, 2008

Last year a group of six Canadian doctors spent three days with us. During the previous year they had spent their holidays at a self catering property on Gozo, an island off the coast of Malta. They highly recommended their holiday in Gozo so we made a careful note of this tip.

Yesterday we were fortunate to have Jacques and Melanie to stay. They both live in Luxemburg. Jacques is from Gozo so we were thrilled to hear first hand from a local about where and when to visit. His recommendation is to go in April when it is not too hot and when there aren’t too many tourists around.

We asked Jacques about Mintoff and he was most surprised that anybody here would even remember this former prime minister of Malta. Mintoff is still alive and is 91.

Jacques and Melanie went to Cork for the evening and ended up eating at Wagamama which they said was very good. (I didn’t even know that there was a ‘Wag’ in Cork)

Jacques has been using a tom tom gps to navigate his way around the Irish countryside.  He had downloaded irish software for the trip so that the mapping would be up-to-date.  However,  the tom tom let him down around Glencar in Kerry and they had a very tough time finding the way to their accommodation.  Luckily Bandon did feature on the tom tom!!