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Autumn Getaways in Bury St Edmunds & Beyond

Enjoy an autumnal break in the Suffolk countryside and book a stay in Bury St Edmunds & Beyond...

As the heat of summer begins to fade, it’s time to welcome the delights of autumn; cosy afternoons in front of a roaring fire, long leafy walks in the countryside, wellington boots and thick knitted jumpers. Whether it’s a family day out, a weekend spent with friends or a romantic stroll in nature there is plenty to do this autumn in Bury St Edmunds and beyond - our autumn getaway guide has all you need to plan a stay in the beautiful Suffolk countryside!

Country Walks...

There is no better way to take in the beauty of the autumnal palette than a crisp stroll in the countryside, scuffing through the orange and gold of fallen leaves and watching as the berries on the trees ripen and redden. The change in season and wealth of fruits and seeds brings with it an abundance of wildlife and if you take a trip to Lackford Lakes Nature Reserve you might be lucky enough to spot a lapwing, Bittern or even a Snipe. If you head out early you can embark on the 1.5km Kingfisher trail (which is wheelchair and buggy accessible), keeping your eyes peeled for dragonflies and butterflies amongst the reeds.

For some, a country walk wouldn’t be complete without a dog by their side. Adventurers with canine companions should make their way to the picturesque Nowton Park to wander through 200 acres of landscaped Suffolk Countryside.  You can even get lost inside the stylized oak tree shaped maze, which is open throughout October and explore the arboretum, which is home to many species of trees from around the world. If you are observant you might even see one of many curiosities in the park, such as a totem pole and a dragon carved from Cedar tree that was struck by lightening.

A short journey outside of Bury St Edmunds takes you to the town of Clare where visitors can step back in time at Clare Castle Country Park, which as well as being a beautiful place for walks by the river Stour, is home to the remains of a 13th century flint castle. The raised motte structure is one of the highest in the country at 60ft high and from the top you can take in panoramic views of the park.  Don’t forget to visit the atmospheric ‘Platform One’ café, which is situated in what was once Clare train station, and which retains many of the station’s original features. Settle down in front of the woodburner and indulge in a slice of cake and cup of hot tea or coffee.

Stately Homes...

Kentwell Hall

As the weather turns chilly it’s often appealing to explore indoors as well as out- many an hour can be spent looking around other people’s houses, especially if they are as intriguing as Melford Hall. This sprawling property is a wonderful example of a Tudor country house and contains a varied collection of art and other historic objects collected by the hall’s various inhabitants throughout its long history, including watercolour paintings by author and illustrator of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter.

Ickworth House’s impressive architecture simply cannot be missed and the house contains conveys the vivid history of the people who lived and worked there through the years. Explore what it was like to work on the estate in the 1930’s by venturing downstairs to the servants quarters, peruse the vast collections in the museum, including a display of swords and ladies’ fans and uncover the life of the controversial and extravagant 4th Earl of Bristol.

For many people the highlight of this season is Halloween and if you are seeking serious scares or maybe a just family friendly spooking make your way to Kentwell Hall in Long Melford to take part in their annual Scary festivities.  The house and gardens themselves are full of quirky surprises including a sculpted tree trunk, a galleon designed by Terry Gilliam for the film ‘The Adventures of Baron Munchausen’ and some striking topiary.

Hearty Pub lunches...

A hearty lunch in one of Bury St Edmund’s many pubs is the perfect way to while away an autumn weekend with friends, family or a loved one. For beer made on the premises visit The Old Cannon which prides itself on fresh and seasonal produce with a twist. The menu changes in line with the produce that is in season and there’s even a ‘beer menu’ so you can match your beverage to your meal.

The Weeping Willow in Barrow dates back to the 16th century and is the epitome of a cosy old English pub, with wooden beams, cosy nooks and roaring fireplaces, paired with stylish contemporary décor and works by local artists.  There is a lunchtime bar menu, an evening a’la carte, and even an afternoon tea menu, with all produce sourced locally in East Anglia.

For a delicious Sunday lunch and a relaxing afternoon reading the papers head to The One Bull to sample their locally brewed real ales and bright and airy restaurant. Their Sunday lunch menu is extensive with an outstanding choice of desserts, with the option of a sharing board so you can try more than one! 

If you love nothing more than tucking into a delicious Sunday lunch with all the trimmings, check out our Sunday Lunch Guide!

A cosy place to rest your head...

The Windmill

Whether it's a boutique hotel, a friendly B&B, a glamping pod or lodge or a cosy cottage to call your own that you desire, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to places to stay in Bury St Edmunds & Beyond.

There's an array of historic hotels; including The Angel Hotel and The Northgate in the historic town centre and the Ickworth Hotel and The Swan at Lavenham a short drive away. For golfers, All Saints Hotel with it's 18-hole golf course is ideal, or purse-friendly stays book a stay at The Dragonfly or Best Western Priory Hotel.

If it's a little adult-only luxury you desire, then The Windmill could be for you, or why not spend a night sipping bubbles from your very own hot tub at Upthorpe Lodges. For something a little different, spend a night or two in a subterranean halfling-inspired dwelling at West Stow Pods, or step back in time and warm up next to a roaring fire at West Stow Hall B&B or Kentwell Hall Holiday Lets.

Nature lovers are well catered for at Kettles Farm Glamping, or for a warm and friendly welcome in Bury St Edmund's historic town centre or to wake up to the sounds of the Suffolk countryside, then book a room at one of the many award-winning bed and breakfasts on offer.

For more accommodation inspiration, take a look at our Places to Stay Guide!