7 pretty villages in Suffolk

Thorpeness Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Thorpeness in East Suffolk is among the seven prettiest villages in Suffolk. - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

There are so many pretty and beautiful villages to choose from in Suffolk but we had to start somewhere. 

From outstanding natural beauty to picture-perfect high streets and amazing sea views, these villages each have a slice of heaven. 

Explore the beautiful medieval town of Lavenham Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Lavenham is one of the prettiest villages in the Babergh area - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Lavenham, Babergh

Pretty Lavenham, sitting between Hadleigh and Sudbury, gives visitors the opportunity to travel back in time.

The medieval village and wool market town has timber-framed homes lining its quaint small streets. The National Trust museum - the Lavenham Guildhall - and the Brooked House are well worth a visit along with its independent shops, nice tearooms and pubs. 

Kersey is one of Suffolk's prettiest villages. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Kersey is one of Suffolk's prettiest villages - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

Kersey, Babergh

The village of Kersey near Hadleigh makes the perfect jumping-off point to explore the local outstanding natural beauty and rolling hills. 

Kersey is one of Suffolk's prettiest villages. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

A Kersey church stands in the background - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

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As a market wool town, the Suffolk village also features a medieval timbered house going down to a ford known locally as the Splash. 

Kersey is one of Suffolk's prettiest villages. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Kersey is one of Suffolk's prettiest villages. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

The village is so picture-perfect it was used in the filming of BBC's Lovejoy about a roguish East Anglia antique dealer played by Ian McShane. 

Majestic Melford Hall, at Long Melford Picture: Barry Pullen/citizenside.com

Majestic Melford Hall, at Long Melford Picture: Barry Pullen/citizenside.com - Credit: citizenside.com

Long Melford, Babergh

Formerly a market and wool town​​​​​​, Long Melford near Sudbury and Acton carries on the proud tradition of Suffolk crafts. 

Tudor mansions Kentwell Hall and Melford Hall sit nearby the Suffolk village's independent shops, which lie on the River Stour in the area of outstanding natural beauty known as the Dedham Vale. 

Thorpeness Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Thorpeness pair enoying boating around the walake. - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Thorpeness, East Suffolk

A visit Thorpeness is a treat for anyone first touring Suffolk as it has lots of tiny little islands that take their name from Peter Pan including Wendy's and Smugglers Cove. 

Thorpeness Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

A white windmill at Thorpeness - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

The picturesque seaside village sits on the Hundred River and lies in the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

Thorpeness Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Renting a boat to sail is easy in Thorpeness - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Rolling hills, beaches, and pretty holiday cottages all make this village more than a day trip. 

Thorpeness Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Thorpeness village sign - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Somerleyton, East Suffolk

This beautiful village in east Suffolk, makes the perfect day trip from Lowestoft. 

Marshland near Somerleyton
Picture; PAUL GEATER

Marshland near Somerleyton Picture; PAUL GEATER - Credit: Archant

Sitting close by is Victorian stately home Somerleyton Hall, Broads National Park and the River Waveney, which are near this 19th Century village. 

Somerleyton sign.
Photo: Bill Darnell
Copy: Chris Hill
For: EDP
Archant © 2007 (01603) 772434

Somerleyton sign. Photo: Bill Darnell Copy: Chris Hill For: EDP Archant © 2007 (01603) 772434 - Credit: Archant © 2007

Cavendish, Babergh

Another entry along the River Stour, is the village of Cavendish that makes another great base to tour the area.

Cavendish.

Cavendish. - Credit: citizenside.com

Its quaint thatched cottages, picturesque green, tea room and pubs like The George bring this beautiful village come to life. 

Coddenham is being saved by its residents, with the village shop to be run by volunteers and afforda

Coddenham has nice country walks nearby - Credit: Archant

Coddenham, Mid Suffolk

Picture perfect village of Coddenham, located between Needham Market and Ipswich, is mostly known for beautiful countryside walks. 

Coddenham Wood and Baylham House Farm are also not far from this village which features natural beauty and rolling hills well worth a day trip.

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