Suffolk

The Sport of Kings

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Overview

Starting at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket before passing on to the historic abbey and cathedral town of Bury St. Edmunds and stunning splendour of Ickworth House. Explore the amazing Saxon village of West Stow before galloping on to the finishing post in Newmarket.

Stowmarket

The market town of Stowmarket lies on the River Gipping between Ipswich and Bury. St Edmunds. The Museum of East Anglian Life covers 75 acres including woodland and riverside and where numerous exhibits chart the history of rural and agricultural life in the region.

Pakenham

The village of Pakenham traces its roots back to Anglo-Saxon times and is unique as Britain’s only parish to have both a watermill and a windmill. The 18th century watermill built on a Domesday site is the last working example in Suffolk and a fascinating visitor attraction.

Bury St. Edmunds

The attractive market town of Bury St. Edmunds claims to be the birthplace of Magna Carta. The Saturday market has over 80 stalls. Rich in history you can visit the Abbey Gate on Angel Hill, the Moyses Hall Museum, the Manor House Museum. Venture out of town for either Nowton Park or Ickworth House.

Ickworth House

Soak up the breath taking views and wander at leisure through the rolling parkland and woodland of Ickworth park. Take a tour to explore the magnificent Ickworth house, centre piece of the estate.

West Stow

Close to Bury. St Edmunds you can visit West Stow Country Park with woodland walks, lakes, the River Brett and play area. The Anglo-Saxon Village with reconstructed buildings and internal galleries is one of the UK’s most important archaeological sites with the settlement dating back to AD 420.

Tuddenham Mill

Relax at Tuddenham Mill, a 3 AA rosette restaurant and hotel between Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge. Each dish has been carefully thought-out and temptingly presented and all menus champion local and seasonal produce, offering a unique mix of ingredients to excite your taste buds.

Newmarket

Home of the horse, Newmarket is central to the UK and global horsing racing industry. Get up close and experience the thrill of race day, take one of the many stud or race yard tours. Check out Palace House, the ancient Devil’s Dyke or discover the story behind Newmarket Clock Tower.

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Overview

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Stowmarket

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12.9 miles

Pakenham

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0.0 miles

Bury St. Edmunds

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10.3 miles

Ickworth House

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7.5 miles

West Stow

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7.0 miles

Tuddenham Mill

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8.7 miles

Newmarket

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Wildlife Watching, Photography Workshops and Hide Hire at Bawdsey Hall

Bawdsey Hall, Ferry Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3AS

Newbourne Woodland Campsite

Newbourne Woodland Campsite, Jackson Road, Newbourne, Woodbridge, Suffolk

Virginia House B&B

42 Jackson Road, Newbourne, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4NR

Bawdsey Hall

Ferry Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3AS

Moriarty’s Cafe

The St, Walsham le Willows, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, IP31 3AA

Home from Home Guesthouse

48 Waterloo Avenue, Leiston, Suffolk, IP16 4HE

Sutton Hoo National Trust

Tranmer House, Sutton, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3DJ

Art & Beauty Studio

Wingfield House, 1 Wingfield Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1AR

Katie’s Garden Plant Centre

Ipswich Road, Newbourne, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4NS

The Arty Silkworm: Silk Painting Workshops

Green Farm, Pages Green, Wetheringsett, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5QA

Caxton House B&B

Caxton House, 3 Stour Close, Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 1XX

Wissett Farm Holidays

Wissett Lodge, Lodge Ln, , Wissett, Halesworth, Halesworth, Suffolk , IP19 0JQ

About the The Sport of Kings Trail

Distance: 46 miles
Cites / Towns: 7
Number Of Businesses: 197

Discover the agricultural bygones at Stowmarket’s Museum of East Anglian Life before heading west to Bury St. Edmunds to enjoy the quintessential market town with its abbey ruins, gardens and Suffolk’s only cathedral.
Visit the arboretum, maze and lime avenue at Nowton House before reaching the magnificent neoclassical Ickworth House and its expansive parkland.
Pay a visit to the 18th century Tuddenham Mill for some fine dining before heading to Newmarket, Britain’s equine hotspot to take in a race or two or explore the National Horseracing Museum.

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Historic Suffolk

Explore the array of Suffolk’s farming bygones at the East Anglian Museum of Life. Tour the historic cathedral town of Bury St. Edmunds before visiting historic Pakenham mentioned in the Doomsday Book, with Suffolk’s last working watermill.

Equine Extravaganza

Step into Newmarket and immerse yourself in the world of the horse. Get up early to watch the horses head out to train, visit the National Heritage Centre for Horse Racing and Art and then head to the course for a day or evening of racing – good luck!

Food & Drink

Take a tour of the Greene King brewery to taste the local ale or visit the thriving restaurant scene at Bury St. Edmunds offering to suit most palates and wallets. Head to Tuddenham Mill for a fine dining experience in spectacular 18th century setting.

Also Nearby

Wildlife Watching, Photography Workshops and Hide Hire at Bawdsey Hall

Bawdsey Hall, Ferry Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3AS

Newbourne Woodland Campsite

Newbourne Woodland Campsite, Jackson Road, Newbourne, Woodbridge, Suffolk

Virginia House B&B

42 Jackson Road, Newbourne, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4NR

Bawdsey Hall

Ferry Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3AS

Moriarty’s Cafe

The St, Walsham le Willows, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, IP31 3AA

Home from Home Guesthouse

48 Waterloo Avenue, Leiston, Suffolk, IP16 4HE

Sutton Hoo National Trust

Tranmer House, Sutton, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3DJ

Art & Beauty Studio

Wingfield House, 1 Wingfield Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1AR