All Seasons Cottage Breaks - Self Catering Holiday Cottages in Saxmundham, Suffolk
Date:June 07, 2015

History & Heritage

The entire area is steeped in history, and there is much to see. From quaint period cottages lining the narrow streets of historic towns, to the ancient castles at Framlingham and Orford. There is the Tide Mill on the Quay at Woodbridge, the Norman Church at Blythburgh, the Abbey ruins at Leiston, the Anglo-Saxon exhibition at Sutton Hoo, and Dunwich – the ‘town which fell into the sea’ during the middle ages.

There are also windmills, historic houses and gardens… a whole host of National Trust and English Heritage sites, and numerous interesting museums to visit.

The Tide Mill, Woodbridge

The Moot Hall, Aldeburgh

Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo

Abby ruins, Leiston

Orford Castle – Orford B1084, signposted off A12 (approx 30 mins drive from your holiday cottage in Saxmundham)

Managed by English Heritage, the castle has an intriging warren of passageways and chambers, plus spectacular views over Orford Ness from the top.


Framlingham Castle – Framlingham, signposted off A12 (approx 20 mins drive)

Also managed by English Heritage, Framlingham Castle is 12th century fortress, once a refuge for Mary Tudor, with stunning views across miles of beautiful countryside from the top.

Use these weblink for information/events at Framlingham Castle or Orford Castle, from English Heritage.


Kentwell Hall – Long Melford, on the Suffolk/Essex borders

Regular award-winning re-creations of 16th Century everyday life – including special events with 75-300 Tudors (in full costume) creating a living history for visitors.


Museum of East Anglian Life – Stowmarket

An 80 acre site with 14 historic buildings – including a working mill and smithy; Suffolk Punch horses, and a riverside Nature Reserve.


West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village – 7 miles north-west of Bury St. Edmunds

Circa 420-650 AD – a careful reconstruction of an Anglo-Saxon village, visitors can go into the houses and imagine living in Anglo-Saxon times.


Sutton Hoo – Woodbridge, off A12 (approx 20 mins drive)
One of the greatest archaeological treasures ever found in Britain – the ship burial of an Anglo-Saxon king and his most treasured possessions which had lain undisturbed for 1,300 years. You can walk around the burial mounds and visit the award-winning exhibition with its full-size reconstruction of the burial chamber and displays of original Anglo-Saxon treasure on loan from the British Museum.

Use this weblink for information/events at Sutton Hoo (and other NT sites), from the National Trust.