Tuddenham Mill's team recommendation places to visit

Our favourite places to visit near Tuddenham Mill

11th December 2017

Like Tuddenham Mill itself, the surrounding area of Suffolk is a unique and vibrant mix of the historic and the contemporary, the natural and the cultural. Our team here at Tuddenham Mill hotel and restaurant are often asked for recommendations of things to do in the area, so they have decided to share their favourite places to visit that are just a short drive away.

Chippenham Fen
8.6 miles from Tuddenham Mill
Chippenham Fen is a National Nature Reserve with paths through the wood which is a pleasant location for a walk along the well signed footpath. While Chippenham Fen is a lovely place to visit, it does get very muddy, so remember to pack your wellies! The flora is one of the main interests of the site with a diverse range of plant species. There is also a wonderful range of wildlife to be seen at this Nature Reserve, particularly the two-winged flies and the water buffalo.
Recommendation by our Chef Patron, Lee Bye

Ickworth House

11.6 miles from Tuddenham Mill
Ickworth House, Park and Gardens is a stunning Georgian Italianate palace topped with a large rotunda, once home to the 4th Earl of Bristol. The building is at the heart of four square miles of idyllic gardens, parkland and woodland. This National Trust property is the perfect place to visit for an family fun day out, there is plenty of entertainment on offer for the whole family. There is an enclosed adventure playground with a trim trail nearby where children can explore for hours. Wander across the acres of parkland and afterwards experience the 1930s domestic service in the restored servants basement, where you will hear real stories and memories of former staff who keep this estate running. Ickworth House also have a great line up of events throughout the year.
Recommendation by our restaurant team member, Maddie

Ickworth House
Ickworth House

West Slow Anglo-Saxon Village
5.7 miles from Tuddenham Mill
West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village is one of England’s great archaeological sites, where you can relive history and take part in event days, workshops, walks and talks. West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Country Park has extensive indoor galleries and a stunning recreation of an Anglo-Saxon village. West Stow Country Park has 125 acres of woods, heathlands, a river and a lake, nature trails, walks and an adventure playground. 
Recommendation by our Senior Sous Chef, Stuart

West Slow Anglo-Saxon Village
West Slow Anglo-Saxon Village

Greene King Brewery
12.7 miles from Tuddenham Mill
For more than 200 years, Greene King Brewery has been brewing quality cask ales at the Westgate Brewery in Bury St Edmunds. If Greene King beer is one of your favourites, why not go and visit the brewery yourself? On the tour of Westgate Brewery, you’ll have opportunity to see how real beer is brewed using natural ingredients and traditional brewing methods. You will also have the chance to taste the beers in their home town.
Recommendation by our House Keeper, Stacey

Cavenham Heath
2.3 miles from Tuddenham Mill
Cavenham Heath National Nature Reserve is the perfect spot for a walk if you are an animal and nature lover. The heath is next to the River Lark where it becomes wet grassland and fen and is surrounded by Birch woodland. Adjacent to the site is Cavenham Pit. You will find Breckland speciality birds such as Woodlark and Nightjar, as well as interesting wild plants and Adders. Occasionally in winter months, birds such as Hen Harrier and Great Grey Shrike may inhabit the area. The river is a good place to see Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail, while viewing the pits from the footpath may hold Pochard and Tufted Duck and passage waders like Little Ringed Plover, Green and Common Sandpipers. More information and a map of Cavenham Heath can be found here.
Recommendation by our Receptionist, Casey

Theatre Royal
11.7 miles from Tuddenham Mill
Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds is one of Britain’s most significant theatre building and is the last surviving Regency playhouse in the country. The theatre has a year-round programme of drama, music, dance and comedy, featuring many of the country’s leading companies and performers. Not only does Theatre Royal provide on-stage shows but also a wide range of educational and community based programme of activities and opportunities.
Recommendation by our Events Coordinator, Honey

Theatre Royal
Theatre Royal

Abbey Gardens
11.2 miles from Tuddenham Mill
The Abbey Gardens is a must when visiting Tuddenham, whether you are history lover, looking for outdoor activities, or simply want a picnic in the park, the Abbey Gardens is the perfect setting. The ruins of an 11th century Benedictine monastery also lay within the gardens. The combination of floral excellence, formal bedding schemes and the heritage of its backdrop make the gardens a very special place to visit. There is always plenty to see and do when visiting these beautiful gardens, including ancient monument ruins, an aviary, bowling green, tennis courts, water garden, rose garden, sensory garden, and a play area. 
Recommendation by our Kitchen Assistant, Alice

Giffords Hall Vineyard
19.5 miles from Tuddenham Mill
Giffords Hall is a family run vineyard near Bury St Edmunds. They produce a range of English wines, some of which can be found on our extensive wine list. During the summer months, and over the Christmas period, Giffords Hall have regular open days where they exhibit the work of local artists, sculptors and potters as well as a range of their own products.
Recommendation by our House Keeper, Linda

Ely Cathedral
17 miles from Tuddenham Mill
Ely Cathedral is a major tourist destination, receiving around 250,000 visitors per year, and sustains a daily pattern of morning and evening services. There is something here for every interest. Lovers of architecture will rejoice in the many different styles. History abounds around every corner, and the beauty created by artists in wood, stone and glass is everywhere. Ely Cathedral most famous feature however is the central octagonal tower, along with the West Tower, which gives a unique exterior landmark.
Recommendation by our Kitchen Assistant, Donna

Ely Cathedral
Ely Cathedral

Wicken Fen Nature Reserve
20.8 miles from Tuddenham Mill
Wicken Fen Nature Reserve has more than 9000 species, including a spectacular array of plants, birds and dragonflies. The raised boardwalk and grass droves allow easy access to a lost landscape of flowering meadows, sedge and reedbeds, where you can encounter rarities such as hen harriers, water voles and bitterns. There's some great walking to enjoy at Wicken Fen, from short walks around the Boardwalk to a three-mile walk exploring new areas of wetland habitat, reedbed and the mere. It is also a great place to enjoy off-road cycling, and you don’t have to worry about bringing you bike as there is cycle hire available.
Recommendation by our Restaurant Team Member, Sam

If you are looking for a thrilling family adventure, then why not take a look at our Kids days out suggestions. There is always plenty to do in Suffolk and Tuddenham Mill will be waiting to greet you with some delicious food, a refreshing drink and a cosy room to relax after a day full of exploring.

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