Exploring Suffolk’s History On Your Staycation

Anglo Saxon Burial Mask

As well as our dog-friendly cottages, the area around Gladwins Farm has many activities to keep the whole family entertained on a day out. We’ve gathered information on the more historical sites around us where you and your dogs are welcome.

Lavenham Guildhall

A Grade I listed building, Lavenham Guildhall is one of the best examples of Mediaeval timber-framed buildings in existence. Once a thriving commerce town profiting from the sale of blue cloth, there’s a wealth of information on the lives of Lavenham residents available. Whilst dogs are not permitted inside the building, including the tearoom and museum, you are free to explore the courtyard. There are lots of history walks to choose from that’ll help you explore the town.

Sutton Hoo

Set within a 245 acre estate, and home to one of the most important archaeological sites discovered in the last century, Sutton Hoo is a must-visit landmark. The anglo-saxon burial ground, discovered in 1939, changed the understanding of Saxon England, suggesting a sophisticated and cultured society. You can climb the viewing tower to view the site, and visit the High Hall exhibition to find out more about what was discovered there. Whilst dogs (except service dogs) are not permitted inside these structures, there are designated places to tie up your pet whilst you explore. Furthermore, their cafe has dog-friendly tables so that you can rest after walking around the site. For more information on the accommodations for pets, take a look at their website.

Framlingham Castle

Important in Tudor history, Framlingham castle was where Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England. The wall walk allows you to view the whole site and surrounding countryside- it’s a breathtaking view! Home to history from the 12th to the 17th century, there’s lots to see and do. What’s more, dogs are allowed both in the castle and on the grounds, everywhere except the cafe.

The East Anglian Transport Museum

A museum of street transport over the last century, this museum is located within a recreated authentic street and surrounding wooded areas. You can ride on the tramway, light railway or the trolleybus, and explore the exhibition halls and museum street. Well behaved dogs are welcome in the outside areas and on vehicles.

Whether you are a history fan, or would just like to appreciate some beautiful sites, East Anglia has lots to offer. Book your staycation at Gladwins Farm today and holiday in an area rich with history.