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Aldeburgh - Twenty miles north east of Ipswich. Quiet, bracing seaside resort with good bathing, yachting and golf. Twenty miles north east of Ipswich. In Tudor times a port of some consequence, as the fine timbered 16th century Moot Hall (museum) and church prove. The birthplace of the poet Crabbe and home of annual music festival started in 1948 by composer Benjamin Britten.

Beccles - Fine market town which was once a flourishing Saxon seaport. Today Beccles is some seven or eight miles from the coast, behind Lowestoft. Today it is one of the holiday boating centres of the Broads. Attractions include the quayside, riverside pubs and a Marsh nature trail. The town has a lido, an open-air heated pool.

Brandon - Beautiful old-world town set on the banks of the Ouse, in heathland planted with trees. Famous as the centre of the fiint-knapping industry, which continued here from Neolithic days to modern times, the early British flint quarries being at Grime's Graves.(English Heritage). Fine old Hall.

Bungay - A quiet attractive town on the Waveney, with an impressive ruined 13th century castle, an octagonal Butter Cross, once used as a prison and Holy Trinity Church with a round tower. Town trail. Nearby is the Otter Trust.

Eye - Twelve miles north east of Bury St. Edmonds. Eye had a Norman castle, destroyed in the Civil War. The town was built on an island. Its growth was stunted when the railway passsed through Diss instead of Eye. A very fine church, and old inn, the White Lion.

Halesworth - Small and attractive market town some eight miles inland from Southwold. Centre is a conservation area with an imposing church and row of Elizabethan almshouses now used for local art gallery. Town's most famous residents were the Hookers, father and son who were botanists and in turn Directors of Kew gardens.

Haverhill - Eighteen miles south west of Bury St. Edmunds. An ancient market-town with five Perpendicular churches, the birthplace of a number of Suffolk worthies, and formerly the centre of a textile industry, making the smocks worn by country workers. Nearby attraction is Clare Castle Country Park.

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Mildenhall - North of Newmarket, Mildenhall is the administrative centre of Forest Heath District. It has a 16th century market cross and pump in the market place. The church dates back to the 12th century at least. A museum tells the story of the treasure hoard which was discovered here in the Second World War, displayed in the British Museum. Mildenhall is also well known as the home of one of the largest American air force bases in Europe. Once a year the base puts on an outstanding air display.

Saxmundham - A small attractive country market town with an interesting town hall. The town was much changed by the arrival of the railway which had a junction for nearby Leiston. Nearby is superb Framlingham Castle in the care of English Heritage. The area (to the north of Leiston) includes the famous RSPB bird reserve Minsmere, and the last remains of Dunwich, a village lost to coastal erosion.

Southwold - Ten miles south of Lowestoft. A quiet attractive seaside resort with fine sands, low cliffs and good common. Lighthouse in the town centre. Formerly a herring fishing port ? with the mouth of the River Blyth to the south making a small harbour. An excellent centre for visiting some of the noblest churches in England. Southwold church itself possesses very fine wood carving and is a remarkable example of the Perpendicular period. Town is home of the Adnams brewery.

Stowmarket - Ten miles north east of Ipswich. Market and industrial town on the Gipping, with a very fine Early English church. In the Abbot's Hall Museum of East Anglian Life ?saved' buildings have been reconstructed including engineering workshops and a water mill. Many exhibitions and frequent demonstrations of craft working. From the town there is a riverside walk down to Ipswich.

Woodbridge - Six miles east of Ipswich. An old market town with narrow streets, formerly an important port at the head of the estuary of the River Deben. The home, for 23 years, of Edward Fitzgerald, the translator of Omar Khayyam." One of the most attractive of Suffolk towns. It is ancient too, the name was originally Woden's burgh – showing it to be a Saxon town. The most special feature of Woodbridge is the tide mill to be found down by the quay. Fully restored it can be seen at work in summer. Very nearby, across the Deben is Sutton Hoo where priceless treasure was found in 1939 in the boat/grave of a King of East Anglia of the 7th century. (The finds are in the British Museum.) Good yachting and fishing.

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