Fun Places to Stay for Families

Treat your family to an unforgettable holiday in Bury St Edmunds and Beyond!

With its wide open spaces, beautiful landscapes and fantastic choice of things to do, Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding area is a great destination for a family holiday. If you’re thinking about packing the kids into the car and heading east this half term here are a few ideas for fun and interesting places to stay in this beautiful and historic area. 

Where to stay

The whole family can enjoy a stay in Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding areas; with everything from glamping pods to historic homes to choose from. Many are dog-friendly too, so every family member can come along!

Listed by The Guardian as one of the best glamping sites in the UK and set within a woodland copse just outside Bury St Edmunds, West Stow Glamping Pods are a popular choice with families. The Mega Pods sleep 4 and come with a double bed, double sofa bed wet-room with shower, kitchenette and  TV with DVD player. You will need to take your own bedding and towels (as if you were camping) but the pods are heated and so you can enjoy a night under the stars whatever the season!

Alternatively, book the Woodland Lodge which features a double bed and bunk beds, en-suite shower room, kitchenette and dining table and chairs or why not try one of the new Pod Hollows, a glamping pod set within the ground, think a Hobbit hole in The Shire! 

Sleeping 4, Box Bush Cottage is the perfect place to call your own during a holiday in Bury St Edmunds. The whole family can enjoy the facilities which include a covered heated pool, gym with sauna and steam room and garden, which is home to pygmy goats and chickens!

The garden also features picnic benches and a hammock, patio and in warmer months, a teepee - a great outdoor space for family BBQs and breakfast on the terrace.

The Angel is the perfect location to being to explore not only the town but also the wider area in Suffolk.  With a variety of bedrooms, the hotel is able to offer larger rooms with sofa beds or extra beds without feeling you’re all squeezed into a small space.  The children’s menu also caters for all tastes from offering sausages or pasta, even an afternoon tea tailored to your little ones!

Families of 4 can enjoy a stay at Kentwell Hall's Lodge Cottage this spring and summer. Once the gatehouse of Kentwell Hall, the cottage is packed with character features. There's a farmhouse kitchen; perfect for cooking a hearty breakfast and two cosy bedrooms. If you want to bring the extended family too, then Hall Barn sleeps 14. With oak beams, an inglenook fire with woodburner and comfy sofas the whole family can snuggle up to play board games after a day exploring the surrounding Suffolk countryside. 

Located on the edge of the pretty village of Long Melford, Kentwell Hall hosts a packed programme of events throughout the year including Family Welly Walks, Eastertide, Tudor May Celebrations, Tudor Midsummer and Open Air Cinema.

Excellent facilities inspire quality family time both indoors and out at The Ickworth hotel. Make a splash with the children in the pool, explore the estate on foot and by bike, and enjoy leisurely family meals. Then turn the children over to their expert crèche staff and babysitters, switch on the baby-listening system, or leave older children to make friends in the games room, while you sip champagne in the gardens or chill out with a treatment. With two free hours of childcare on each day of your stay, you’ll have plenty of time to relax and unwind. Despite the grandeur of Ickworth, they welcome the sound of little feet – and paws too – and expect you to treat their hotel like your own country home.

Things to Do

If you decide to stay in Bury St Edmunds itself, you’ll have a wealth of family-friendly activities on your doorstep. Younger children will enjoy spotting wildlife and playing in the park in the Abbey Gardens and there's a crazy golf course too, so the whole family can play a round or two. Alternatively, pay a visit to the farmyard animals at Field of Dreams Farm and watch your kids enjoy an afternoon they’ll never forget. 

If your children are interested in arts and culture, you could pay a visit to the Moyse’s Hall Museum, the Hatter Street Studio to paint your own pottery or the Bury St Edmunds Mystery Treasure Trail

If the weather isn't too good, there are plenty of fun indoor activities you can try too! Watch the latest blockbuster at Abbeygate Cinema, head to Theatre Royal to watch a show, enjoy a game or two at Planet Laser; home to the UK’s biggest multi level laser tag or don your rollerskates and whip around the rink at Curvemotion.

If there’s one thing that pretty much all kids love, it’s Harry Potter. And in fact, some of the scenes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I were filmed in Lavenham. The village’s Tudor houses, half-timbered cottages and 15th-century church were the inspiration for Harry's birthplace, Godric's Hollow and so made the perfect backdrop for the boy wizard’s adventures and still make a great location for a bit of exploration and discovery today. 

Whatever the weather, Suffolk is a great place to explore as a family. Get out and have some fun as a family with a trip to Clare Castle Country Park. Explore the remains of its 13th-century castle, which is set at the top of a 70ft-moat overlooking the town. Kids will love learning about the history of the fortification and the exciting events that took place here. There’s a café in the old Clare Railway Station where you can fuel up in between outdoor adventures. 

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