Ickworth House, Park & Gardens
This beautiful neoclassical mansion is set in acres of landscaped parkland and is owned by the National Trust. The central Rotunda dominates the landscape and was built as a magnificent 18th-century showcase to house the Hervey family's collections, including Georgian silver; Regency furniture; family portraits by Gainsborough, Hogarth and Romney; fine porcelain; books and miniatures. Beneath the Rotunda is the restored servants' basement portraying life in service in the 1930s. The 1,800 acres of parkland feature the earliest Italian-style gardens in the country and a walled garden with extensive cycle trails, waymarked walks and a children's playground. There are events and activities all year round - check website for details. Photo credits: Andreas von Einsiedel, Robert Morris, Andrew Butler & David Kirkham.
Facilities – at a glance
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Facilities: 6 personal mobility vehicles, golf buggy for assistance, wheelchairs available
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Please check website
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About the area
Suffolk is Constable country, where the county’s crumbling, time-ravaged coastline spreads itself under wide skies to convey a wonderful sense of remoteness and solitude. Highly evocative and atmospheric, this is where rivers wind lazily to the sea and notorious 18th-century smugglers hid from the excise men. John Constable immortalised these expansive flatlands in his paintings in the 18th century, and his artwork raises the region’s profile to this day.
Walking is one of Suffolk’s most popular recreational activities. It may be flat but the county has much to discover on foot – not least the isolated Heritage Coast, which can be accessed via the Suffolk Coast Path. Southwold, with its distinctive, white-walled lighthouse standing sentinel above the town and its colourful beach huts and attractive pier features on many a promotional brochure. Much of Suffolk’s coastal heathland is protected as a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and shelters several rare creatures including the adder, the heath butterfly and the nightjar. In addition to walking, there is a good choice of cycling routes but for something less demanding, visit some of Suffolk’s charming old towns, with streets of handsome, period buildings and picturesque, timber-framed houses.
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