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Trains to Suffolk

England's beautiful East Anglian county of Suffolk is home to many wonderful sights and experiences. Unwind in the incredible beauty and calm of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Or explore the charming waterfront town of Ipswich and its maritime roots, join a heritage food tour, visit museums and nature reserves or take in a spot of horseracing at Newmarket.

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Visiting Suffolk

Although there are dozens of train stations dotting the county of Suffolk, the major ones are Sudbury, Brampton and Melton. From these stations, you can take trains to charming county towns such as Ipswich on the coast and Stowmarket. As East Suffolk Lines consist of train services to 15 stations all over Suffolk, no matter where your itinerary takes you, there will always be a station close by.

For a blissful getaway from big-city life, enjoy a comfortable train journey from London to Suffolk in 1h 19m. Once you reach Suffolk, experience history combined with art at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds, or head to Orford Castle and marvel at its stunning polygonal tower.

Suffolk has plenty to offer family vacationers, too. Learn something new at the glass and craft workshops at Kersey Mill, hold owls at Suffolk Owl Sanctuary or learn about draught horses at the Suffolk Punch Trust near Woodbridge.

Our Top Five Attractions in Suffolk

A spectacular 50-mile coastline, historic castles, medieval towns, varied attractions and excellent food and drink make Suffolk appealing for all travellers. Here are five popular attractions in this gorgeous county.

Sutton Hoo

This interesting historical site is home to two cemeteries from the 6th and 7th centuries. The 225-acre estate is where the remains of an Anglo-Saxon king's ship lay buried for 1,300 years. Head to the visitor centre for a close look at the burial chamber, full ship and other treasures that were unearthed at the site. There are guided tours available daily, too.

Mid-Suffolk Light Railway

For history buffs, this heritage railway is a popular attraction, and if you're taking a train to Suffolk, a visit here is a nice complement to your journey. The county’s sole preserved steam railway, the museum is the place to be to learn about local history and experience it firsthand as you ride on a vintage steam train.

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Minsmere

Located in Saxmundham, this nature reserve is where visitors can catch sight of migratory bitterns, which are among the rarest bird species in England. RSPB Minsmere is also home to thousands of other species of native wildlife and birds, making it popular with families and nature lovers.

Newmarket

Explore the wonders of the birthplace of British horseracing with a visit to Newmarket. The award-winning museum at the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and British Sporting Art attracts not only fans of the sport, but anyone up for learning more about it. Watch horses and jockeys train at dawn, join a group tour and wind up the day with a visit to a local bar or restaurant.

Framlingham

This wonderful market town is often voted among the best places to live in Britain, and a visit here will take you to the stunning Framlingham Castle, once occupied by Mary Tudor. Spend time admiring the regal beauty of the castle and the breathtaking views, and later pay a visit to the beautiful medieval church of St Michael located right beside the castle.

Travelling to Suffolk By Train from London

Whether you're a resident of London looking for a weekend getaway or a vacationer wishing to explore the English countryside, a Suffolk trip is an excellent choice. There are regular trains departing from London and the Midlands to stations in Suffolk.

A train from London to Suffolk takes just 1 hour and 36 minutes. Operated by East Suffolk Lines, these trains start at London Liverpool Street and reach Melton station in Suffolk via Colchester, Manningtree and Ipswich.

Another popular train route between these two places, especially if you wish to go further than Melton, is from London Liverpool Street to Brampton in Suffolk. The journey takes approximately 2h 16m, with a change at Ipswich and stops at Woodbridge, Melton, Wickham Market, Saxmundham, Darsham and Halesworth.

Suffolk Train Stations

Suffolk is well connected by railway, with trains to major cities such as London and within the county itself, too. Here's a list of stations that operate trains to Suffolk: