Close Attractions

Claydon House & Gardens:

A historic National Trust property, Claydon House boasts an array of ornate interiors and intricate designs. Dating back to the 1750s, it showcases an unusual blend of rococo, chinoiserie, and neo-classical styles, making it a visual treat for history enthusiasts. The verdant gardens surrounding the mansion provide a perfect backdrop for a peaceful stroll, with their beautifully manicured lawns, colorful flower beds, and serene water features. The garden, which has evolved over 400 years, offers a quiet refuge to visitors, and the views over the surrounding countryside are particularly spectacular during the autumn months.

Helmingham Hall Gardens:

Nestled in the heart of the Suffolk countryside, Helmingham Hall is a beautiful moated manor house with Grade I listed gardens. These gardens are divided into various themed areas, from the fragrant rose gardens to the ancient orchard filled with apples and pears. Deer roam the adjacent parkland, offering a unique opportunity for wildlife spotting. The Hall itself, still a private residence, has a rich history dating back to the Tudor period and has been owned by the Tollemache family for over 500 years. Throughout the year, the estate hosts various events, including classic car shows, concerts, and garden festivals.

Suffolk Owl Sanctuary:

Located in Stonham Aspal, just a short drive from Barham, this sanctuary offers a close encounter with over 80 raptors, including owls, hawks, falcons, and eagles. The center aims to rehabilitate and release injured wild owls, while also educating visitors about these magnificent creatures and their habitats. Live flying displays showcase the skills and grace of the birds, while the on-site aviaries allow for quiet observation. For younger visitors, there’s a mini-maze and a playground.

Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm:

This delightful farm showcases a variety of rare and traditional breeds of livestock. From the curly-coated Mangalitsa pigs to the regal Highland cattle, the farm provides an up-close experience with these animals in a tranquil setting. Families can feed the animals, learn about sustainable farming practices, and even take part in hands-on activities. It’s a fantastic destination for those wanting to connect with the rural heritage of Suffolk.

Needham Lake and Nature Reserve:

This is a serene spot perfect for those who appreciate natural beauty. The lake, which is the largest in the area, offers opportunities for fishing and bird-watching, with several species of waterfowl often seen here. There are well-maintained footpaths around the lake, making it accessible for walkers and families alike. The adjoining meadows are a riot of wildflowers during the spring and summer, while the woodlands are teeming with wildlife. It's a perfect spot for a picnic or just a leisurely afternoon stroll.