On the east coast of England, Suffolk is a great destination for short breaks for families, with its beaches and attractions. When visiting on holiday this summer, why not do something a little different, such as visit the stunning stately homes or have a tree top adventure?

These are some of the best attractions in Suffolk to check out on your short break:

Melford Hall

Melford Hall looks like it could be something out of a fairytale with its turrets. The mansion has an association with Beatrix Potter through the Hyde Parker family who live at Melford Hall, and in the house, there are collections of Beatrix Potter memorabilia along with porcelain, naval artefacts. Melford Hall also has a lot of art and fashion to explore when you visit.

Thetford Go Ape

If you are seeking an adrenaline rush, Go Ape at Thetford is the place for you. There are swings, zip slides and rope bridges strung through the trees. You can spend a day there, channelling your inner Tarzan, and if heights are not for you, there are plenty of ground-level activities such as Segway rides.

Framlingham Castle

Home to Mary Tudor in the 1550s, this historic castle is centuries old, and visitors can walk along the defensive walls which offer gorgeous views of the surrounding Suffolk countryside. To get down from the walls, there is a 6.6 metres slide, much more fun than steps! The castle also hosts exhibitions about the castle’s history and its former residents to discover and a new café to get lunch.

Dunwich Heath Coastal Centre

Near to Saxmundham, Dunwich Heath is home to warblers, nightjars and woodlarks. You can take a guided walk along the nature trails where you can learn about the wildlife that calls Dunwich Heath home and enjoy the purple heather and yellow gorse which blooms during the summer months.

Lavenham

You will feel like you have truly stepped back in time when you visit the town of Lavenham. The Suffolk wool town is famous for its slightly crooked, 15th-century half-timbered Tudor houses. You can take a walk through the town to see all the houses, painted in wonderful colours.

Southwold

The mixture of fisherman’s cottages and Georgian houses makes Southwold a wonderfully picturesque village to visit. Take time to browse the shops, pop into the characteristic museum and check out the centuries-old graffiti at St Edmund’s church. Southwold is also a lovely place to stop off for afternoon tea, with lovely views out to sea to accompany your meal.