Exploring Suffolk in winter

When winter arrives in Suffolk, the whole county undergoes a transformation. The vast countryside becomes a frosty, snow covered landscape straight from a Christmas card. The atmosphere takes on a quieter, more peaceful air that visitors can relax and unwind in. It is a fantastic time of the year to visit, and there are many great things to do that you won’t be able to at other times of the year.

Across Suffolk there are a number of picturesque villages to see. In the winter they become even more magical and generally experience fewer visitors so your visit feels more personal. Tudor villages like Lavenham and Kersey are particularly popular and could present a number of wintery photo opportunities.

The changing landscape also means you’ll have the opportunity to see a whole new kind of wildlife. A visit to one of the region’s wildlife reserves or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) will give you many new species to spot which you can’t see at any other time of the year. This attracts nature lovers every year.

RSPB Minsmere is one of the most popular sites for visitors looking to spot rare species of birds in the winter. The reserve becomes home to redwings, goldcrests, kingfishers and many other species over this period. Expect to see large flocks of ducks and even the occasional bird of prey too.

This is also a great time of the year to take a walk through nature and enjoy the peace and tranquillity. There are a number of trails in Suffolk so you should be spoilt for choice. Before your visit it is wise to check the weather as it will have an impact on the conditions on many of the trails.

If you are planning on exploring the wintery landscape and wildlife you should also plan on how you will warm up again afterwards. At the Gatehouse Hotel, you can find comfortable accommodation close to Ipswich, putting guests very close to the heart of Suffolk. Visitors can expect a warm, comfortable stay to top off their visit to the area.