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5 Villages to Visit in Suffolk This Summer

Whilst Christmas markets and cosy countryside pubs make Suffolk a delightful place to be in winter, there can be no denying that its villages make for fantastic summertime destinations. Of course, we’d suggest that our guests visit all of the villages that are located along the length and breadth of Suffolk, but if we had to choose five to visit this summer, we’re sure that the following destinations won’t disappoint: 


Declared the ‘prettiest village in England’ by a poll that can be faithfully depended on to judge such things, Lavenham has earned an impressive reputation amongst knowledgeable travellers  thanks in no small part to its appearance in Harry Potter. Complete with windy cobblestone streets, Tudor houses and old timey buildings that you simply won’t find anywhere else in England, much less Suffolk, Lavenham is a quintessentially picturesque village. If such flowery language hasn’t convinced you to visit, perhaps the various woodland walks and refreshments along the way will have the desired effect?


We’ve put Cavendish on this list for two reasons:

  • It’s beautiful and well worth a visit
  • It gives us an opportunity to describe Suffolk Pink

The name given to the distinctive shade of pink which adorns the brickwork of certain villages in the county, Suffolk Pink straddles fact and fiction fantastically. Some will tell you that the shade emerged through the use of ox blood, elderberries, sloe berries and Blackthorn in the limewash that was applied to protect houses back in the 14th century. Others will tell you that it was damsons and bedstraw mauves which created the now iconic shade. Whoever you choose to believe, there’s no doubt that a summertime walk around Cavendish promises to be one set against an eye-catching backdrop.


Located a short distance from the similarly spectacular town of Bury St Edmunds, Horringer is home to Ickworth House, a neoclassical country house that is maintained and made available to the public via the National Trust. With cycles for hire, refreshments and exhibitions, a visit to Ickworth House is undoubtedly one of the best ways to spend an afternoon in Suffolk.


Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Kersey is another jewel in the crown of Suffolk. Replete with historic properties, winding streets and even an art gallery, the village has become a firm favourite amongst summertime visitors who enjoy their countryside walks with additional things to see and do along the way.

Long Melford

The ideal spot for anyone visiting Suffolk with the intention of escaping the hustle and bustle of town life for something a little more quaint, Long Melford provides the perfect tonic. Boasting not one, but two impressive historic attractions – Kentwell Hall and Long Melford Hall – visitors are welcome to explore fine stately homes or simply enjoy long winding walks in the countryside.

Altogether, the selection of villages in Suffolk make it a veritable haven for those who enjoy the picturesque side of England. To enjoy any or all of these with a comfortable base to return to, be sure to view the availability of our Barns and Barges for rent in Suffolk.

Last Updated on June 26, 2023 by Ollie Pearson