Places to visit

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Our nearest town is Diss (9 miles) with it's beautiful Mere and many clubs, organisations and amenities.

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Bury St Edmunds

The historic Suffolk town of Bury St Edmunds is 15 miles away. 

It has beautiful Abbey Gardens, state of the art Apex concert hall, fine shops, restaurants and regular market..

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Bressingham Steam & Gardens

Bressingham Steam Museum and Gardens, 7 miles away towards Diss

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Snape Maltings
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Visit the internationally renowned Snape Maltings, which hosts many small shops, a great restaurant, art gallery and concert hall.

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Thelnetham Windmill

Thelnetham Windmill stands on the edge of Thelnetham Fen.

Dating from 1819, it is one of only four preserved tower mills in Suffolk.

Find details of Open Days in the Events section.

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Knettishall Heath

From the top of the Bronze Age round barrow you can wander through the haze of heather down to the banks of the Little Ouse. With its tapestry of woodland, riverside meadows and grassland as well as heath, the big skies and sheer scale of Knettishall Heath make it an uplifting place to explore.

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Ickworth House

Not far from Bury St Edmunds is National Trust property, Ickworth House - a magnificent Georgian palace set in extensive and idyllic grounds.

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Oxburgh Hall

A beautifuul 15h Century moated manor house, Oxburgh Hall is 24 miles away and a beatutiful National Trust property.

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Framlingham Castle

Framlignham, 29 miles away, is home to the 'Castle on the Hill' and childhood home of Ed Sheeran. Framlingham Castle is an English Heritage property.

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Norfolk Broads

A little further afield, but perfectly accessible for day trips are the stunning Norfolk Broads.

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The historical town of  Thetford (10 miles) is believed to have been the royal residence of Boudica, Queen of the Iceni.

It's many attractions include the Dad's Army museum, dedicated to the classic and timeless TV series which was filmed in and around Thetford.

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Thetford Forest

Thetford Forest is the largest lowland pine forest in Britain and has a rich variety of animal and plant life, a number of mountain bike trails, and other adventurous amenities including the very popular Go Ape.

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Banham Zoo

Banham Zoo is an excellent small zoo, just seven miles from Hopton and part of The Zoological Society of East Anglia.

Suitable for families and children of all ages.

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The Suffolk and Norfolk coastlines are within an hour's easy drive. The historic Roman town of Colchester has one of the top zoos in the United Kingdom, and is one hour by train from Diss. Finally, Hopton is 30 miles equidistant by road to Norwich (òr 21 minutes by train from Diss) and Ipswich.

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