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Where to Stay in Suffolk

For suggestions of where to stay in Suffolk (hotels, B&B's and self-catering), see our new Accommodation Guide.

Other useful Suffolk sites;
Bungay Town Guide
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Bird and Nature Reserves

 Dunwich Heath and Minsmere Beach - National Trust

Heathland Conservation Area.
Location: 2m S of Dunwich Village, 7m N Aldeburgh
Admission: Free
Road: A12, signed
Telephone: 01263 733471
Features: Important conservation area with good walks and spectacular views. Converted coastguards cottages offer information on the heath and the history of the lost town of Dunwich.

 Havergate Island - RSPB

Bird reserve.
Location: Island by Orford Ness, access from Orford Quay, 9m E Woodbridge
Road: B1084, B1078 to Orford
Facilities: 8 hides.
Admission: Charge (reduced for RSPB members) - includes boat transport.
Telephone: 01394 450732
Features: Britain's largest colony of Avocets, also many wading birds in Spring and Autumn.
 Minsmere - RSPB

Photo © Mike Page Norfolk Skyview

Famous RSPB reserve on coast.
Location: Minsmere, 6m N Aldeburgh
Road: B1125, Signed from A12
Bus: Theberton - 3 miles away, twice daily.
Facilities: Parking, extensive marked trails and hides. Large visitor centre, shop and tea room.
Admission: Charge (Free to RSPB members)
Telephone: 01603 661662
Features: A variety of habitats including woodlands, marshes, heath and beach makes this a superb reserve to view a range of different birds with over 300 species in the checklist! Breeding Bittern, Bearded Tit, Avocet and Marsh harrier.

 North Warren - RSPB
Bird reserve.
Location: Between Thorpeness and Aldeburgh, 1 1/2 m N Aldeburgh
Road: Coast Road, Aldeburgh - Thorpe.
Bus: Aldeburgh
Train: Saxmundham station - 6 miles.
Facilities: Parking
Admission: Free
Telephone: 01728 688481
Features: Four miles of public footpaths takes you through heathland, reedbeds and wet meadows. In the summer waders breed here, the winter sees large numbers of white-fronted geese.
 Orford Ness

Shingle spit reserve.
Location: Orford, access from Orford Quay Only, 9m E Woodbridge
Road: B1078, B1084
Facilities: Parking
Admission: Charge
Telephone: 01263 733471
Features: The largest vegetated shingle spit in Europe, containing a variety of habitats which support a significant number of nationally rare plant communities. A 4 1/2 mile walk takes you around these sites along with important breeding sites for migrant birds and historic military buildings from its history as a secret testing site from 1915.

 Wolves Wood - RSPB

Ancient woodland reserve.
Location: 2 miles E of Hadleigh, 7m W Ipswich
Road: A1071
Bus: Hadleigh - 2 miles
Facilities: Parking
Admission: Charge
Train: Harling Road station , 0345 484950
Telephone: 01255 886043
Features: One of the last remaining pieces of the ancient woodland that once covered East Anglia. Still managed by coppicing in the traditional way. The wood still supports a wide variety of animal, bird and plant life.

 Landguard - Suffolk WT

Coastal reserve with bird observatory.
Location: Road south of Felixstowe.
Facilities: Guided visits arranged by Ranger
Admission: Free
Telephone: 01394 673782
Features: Best known as excellent area for migrant birds. Also breeding Little tern, Black redstart and Wheatear.

 Trimley Marshes - Suffolk WT

Wetland reserve.
Location: Trimley St. Mary, near Felixstowe
Road: Off A45
Facilities: 2 mile walk from car parking. Hides and visitor centre (limited opening).
Admission: Free
Telephone: 01473 710032
Features: Wetland with lagoons and reedbeds. Wide variety of breeding, pasage and wintering birds.