As summer visitors depart, Suffolk’s beauty in autumn and winter is a welcome escape from the bustle of daily life.  It feels like everything around you is waking up from a long sleep—the leaves on the trees are beginning to turn golden and red, and the sea is glittering in the sunlight.

This is when Suffolk really comes into its own: it’s quiet, it’s beautiful, and it’s perfect for getting away from it all.

Enjoy the magnificent view from the top of Bawdsey Tower, go on a guided walk through Snape Marshes nature reserve and discover the history of Orford Castle, or simply enjoy a delicious meal at The Bell Hotel, Saxmundham.

Whatever you choose, we hope you have an amazing time!

National Trust Dunwich Heath and Forest

The National Trust’s heathland site offers a wonderful walking experience for walkers of all skill levels, making it a perfect place for an autumn walk. Walkers will also be able to spot a variety of wildlife and plants while enjoying scenic routes. The area was recently named as the best hidden gem in the country by readers of The Telegraph.

Framlingham Castle

The castle and its picturesque lake, which were made internationally famous by Suffolk superstar Ed Sheeran, are the main attractions in this small market town.

The Castle and Market Square in the Suffolk town of Framlingham are a beautiful place to walk around and take in views of the castle and beautiful scenery.

Tunstall Forest

You can explore acres of wooded land at this forest—perfect for autumnal fun and frolics. Dogs are welcome and families can embark on several circular walks through the trees, listening out for the rare Nightjar and Woodlark birds that call this place home.

Sutton Hoo

National Trust Sutton Hoo is an awe-inspiring Anglo Saxon Royal burial site set in a stunning 255-acre estate. Visitors can stroll around the ancient burial site whilst learning all about this hugely significant archaeological discovery.

During the Autumn months the estate really comes alive with the gold and amber hues as the landscape magically morphs from one season to the next. In particular, the trail through Top Hat woods is perfect for a crisp autumn walk, providing countless photo opportunities as the crunchy leaves mount up underfoot.

RSPB Minsmere

RSPB Minsmere is famous for its rare bird species and other wildlife. The 2,500-acre site offers visitors a chance to experience a unique location with varied terrain—marshland, beaches, grassland and heath.

The reserve is especially vibrant in autumn when migration is in full swing; a continuous stream of birds pass through, giving avid bird watchers a chance to catalogue a variety of species such as Sandpiper, Little Stints and Ruffs.

Minsmere is a good place to see marsh harriers in winter, as they hunt over nearby fields and return to the reedbed to roost after mid-afternoon.

Dogs can explore!

Suffolk is home to beaches where you can let your dog run free. It’s also home to some of the best pubs in the country, where you can enjoy a pint with your pup as you watch the sun set over the beautiful English countryside.

Stay with us…

The Bell Hotel is Suffolk’s newest boutique hotel.  We are ideally situated for exploring Suffolk’s beautiful maritime heartland, with resorts like Aldeburgh and Southwold nearby. You’ll also find Framlingham Castle, many historic market towns and countless beauty spots within easy reach when you make The Bell Hotel Saxmundham your luxury base for an unforgettable Suffolk coastal visit.

And we’re offering some incredible deals on our rooms this Autumn/Winter, including our new Autumn Adventures package, which can be purchased as bed & breakfast or a dinner, bed & breakfast package. 

We’ve got something for everyone. From the best-selling romantic getaway for two, to a family room that has everything you need for a fun-filled weekend away, you won’t be disappointed.  Take a look at our Exclusive Offers page to find out more >>