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Suffolk - The Oaksmere
Our primary launch site for hot air balloon flights in Suffolk is situated at The Oaksmere Hotel, nestled in Brome near Eye. Taking off from this location provides passengers with breathtaking vistas of the expansive Suffolk countryside, picturesque coasts, and serene heathlands. The historic Oaksmere Hotel, constructed in 1561, boasts a renowned bar and restaurant, enhancing the exceptional experience of your balloon flight adventure over Suffolk. The charming 18th Century market town of Eye offers glimpses of the enchanting Norman Castle ruins.
Conveniently located near Diss and within a 40-minute drive from Ipswich or Bury St. Edmunds, this launch site is an ideal choice for individuals residing in Suffolk, south Norfolk, and even Cambridgeshire.
Before or After Your Balloon Ride Visits the Spots Below
Suffolk, a county steeped in history and natural beauty, offers a diverse array of attractions and landmarks. Here are some of the most interesting places to explore in Suffolk:
- Ickworth House: This neoclassical mansion is surrounded by stunning gardens and parkland. The distinctive rotunda is a unique architectural feature, and visitors can explore elegant rooms filled with art and antiques.
- Aldeburgh: A charming coastal town known for its pebble beach, traditional fisherman huts, and artistic heritage. Aldeburgh also hosts the renowned Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts.
- Bury St Edmunds Abbey: The remains of a once-great Benedictine abbey, set within picturesque Abbey Gardens. Visitors can explore the ruins and enjoy the tranquility of the gardens.
- Southwold Pier: A quintessential British seaside experience, Southwold Pier offers stunning views of the North Sea, as well as amusements, shops, and a traditional end-of-the-pier show.
- Sutton Hoo: An archaeological site of immense historical significance, Sutton Hoo is where an Anglo-Saxon ship burial was discovered, revealing a treasure trove of artifacts. The site and its visitor centre provide a fascinating insight into early English history.
- Flatford Mill: Immortalized in John Constable's famous painting, this picturesque hamlet along the River Stour offers scenic walks and a chance to experience the landscapes that inspired the artist.
- Framlingham Castle: A striking medieval fortress set in the heart of the Suffolk countryside. Visitors can explore the walls, towers, and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding area.
- Orford Ness National Nature Reserve: A unique coastal landscape, Orford Ness is a mix of shingle beach, saltmarsh, and lagoons. It's a haven for wildlife and offers a sense of isolation and tranquility.
- Snape Maltings: A cultural hub set in a former malt house on the banks of the River Alde. It hosts a range of concerts, galleries, shops, and cafes, and is surrounded by beautiful marshes and reed beds.
- Felixstowe Seafront Gardens: A series of beautifully landscaped gardens along the seafront, offering a peaceful place to relax and enjoy the sea views.
- Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: A designated AONB, this area inspired the paintings of John Constable. It's a patchwork of meadows, woodlands, and idyllic villages along the River Stour.
- Minsmere RSPB Reserve: A renowned birdwatching site, Minsmere is a diverse coastal reserve with a range of habitats, including reedbeds, heathland, and lagoons.
From historic landmarks to serene coastal towns and areas of outstanding natural beauty, Suffolk offers a rich tapestry of experiences for visitors. Exploring its stately homes, coastal gems, and natural reserves provides a unique glimpse into the cultural and natural heritage of this captivating county.