Move to Suffolk

A county of gentle undulations and far reaching views. Remarkable value for money can be found here and its charming villages and small towns attract those willing to make a slightly longer journey, or those not needing a daily London connection. There are some exceptions such as the Shotley peninsular which is lovely and has a good commute from Manningtree or Ipswich or villages on the Essex and Cambridgeshire boarders that are within striking distance of convenient stations. The county is rich in historic places, Bury St Edmonds, Long Melford, Woodbridge with its river port and medieval Lavenham are just a few of the better known. Near Aldeburgh, the Snape Maltings hosts the world renowned music festival each summer.  Music, poetry, art and crafts do not stop there as the county has been attracting those with artistic leanings for many years. This is evident as much by the general feel of the place as by the numerous festivals and events in its calendar. There is a wonderful coast which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty ‘Suffolk Coast and Heaths’ reaching all the way from Manningtree to just short of Lowestoft where ‘The Broads’ begins. There is no better place to photograph a perfect sunrise. Away from the coast, plenty of timeless and untouched rural landscape awaits right across the county, excellent for walkers and cyclists.

Some popular state schools particularly in Woodbridge, Stowmarket, Bury St. Edmunds, Colchester and Ipswich, and good independents add to the attraction for families.

Rail lines run into Liverpool Street Station and Stratford (great for the DLR). Areas close to the Essex boarders, within reach of the stations at Ipswich or Manningtree with commutes around the hour are a great solution for those looking for a perfect home and idyllic lifestyle. Deeper into this wonderful county the rail journey does nudge up towards a two hour ride each way – so not for everybody.

Best Places to live in Suffolk

some of the wonderful Suffolk villages and towns

East Bergholt, Dedham, Flatford, Stoke-by-Nayland, Long Melford, Lavenham, Fornham All Saints, Horringer, Cockfield, Great Green, Little and Great Bealings, Grundisburgh, Ufford, Wickham Market, Saxmundham, Aldeburgh, Snape, Thorpeness. Westleton, Middleton, Peasenhall, Yoxford, Framlingham, Stowmarket, Haughley and Wetherden.

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Commute from Suffolk

Stations and journey times to Liverpool Street

Bures 1hr 15
Bury St Edmunds 2hr 01
Derby Road 1 hr 34
Elmswell 1 hr 48
Felixstowe 1 hr 47
Ipswich 1 hr 10
Manningtree 59 mins
Needham Market 1 hr 36
Newmarket 1 hr 41
Saxmundham 1 hr 55
Stowmarket 1 hr 24
Sudbury 1 hr 22
Thurston 1 hr 54
Trimley 1 hr 34
Westerfield 1 hr 29
Woodbridge 1 hr 39

Journey times to Kings Cross

Bury St Edmunds 1 hr 43
Ely 1hr 15
Newmarket 1 hr 22

Journey times shown are for fastest services available at useful times. Additional services may have longer journey times so please check. 

Framlingham Castle

Suffolk Life

Something for the weekend!

  • Explore Framlingham Castle.
  • Get a taste of 16th century life at Kentwell Hall where Tudor re-creation is on a huge scale with 250 people living the life each Summer.
  • Cruise an old sailing barge along the coast.  
  • Stroll the Italianate Gardens at Ickworth House.
  • Why not have a flutter on the horses at Newmarket races.
  • Perhaps take tea in Woodbridge after a trip to the picturesque and fascinating tidal mill.
  • Attend a world class concert at the Snape Maltings and visit Aldeburgh, home of Benjamin Britten.
  • If your music tastes are more current, how about the Latitude music festival held at Southwold in July. 

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Towns in Suffolk

Ipswich is the county town, other large towns are Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Felixstow on the coast. However, there are many lovely small market towns that are pleasant to live in or to be close to. Home hunters might like to consider the following list for further investigation or to centre a re-location search.

Clare, Debenham, East Bergholt, Eye, Hadleigh, Hoxne, Lavenham, Laxfield, Long Melford, Needham Market, Orford, Polstead, Stowmarket, Sudbury, Wingfield.

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