Retirement homes in Suffolk

With picturesque beaches, bustling towns and miles of unspoiled countryside, Suffolk is a top spot for a retirement property in the East of England.

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Discover a county full of rural landscapes

From nature reserves to stately gardens, it's no wonder that the rolling countryside of Suffolk is such as a popular location for choosing a retirement home.

You'll find more than 150 square miles of estuaries, ancient heath and shingle beaches across the Suffolk Coast & Heaths, a designated Area of Outstanding Beauty. There are three National Nature Reserves, a coastal RSPB reserve at Minsmere, and countless miles of walking trails and cycling paths to help you explore a rich and diverse landscape.

If you don't mind getting your feet wet, you'll have miles of beaches, cliffs and coastal areas to enjoy. You can spot birds and admire the view at the serene Dunwich Heath and Beach, build castles on the sand-dunes at Walberswick, or bring your family to the arcades and pier productions at the Blue-Flag-winning Southwold Beach.

Retire to an area that's rich with history

With ancient forts, curious museums and country manors, there's plenty of intriguing history to explore around Suffolk.

You can see the 12th-century keep of Orford Castle, which was used as a radar emplacement during the Second World War, visit a reconstructed Anglo-Saxon village and watch living history re-enactments at West Stow, or see the armour and weapons discovered in the ancient burial site of an Anglo-Saxon king at Sutton Hoo.

You'll find more than 60 aircraft on display at the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum, exhibits on culture, history and national heritage at the Ipswich Museum, and the fortification where English forces repelled a 17th-century Dutch invasion at Landguard Fort.

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Retirement Living - The perfect blend for many buyers - your own apartment, maintenance taken care of and the chance to socialise.

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Retirement Living PLUS - All the benefits of Retirement Living plus support and on-site catering for those wanting a little more help.

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Lifestyle Living - This pioneering concept provides luxurious homes in stunning locations for active over-55s.

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Get out and about in Suffolk's shopping and cultural scenes

From modern art to classical music, there's a thriving community of entertainment, artwork and shopping to keep you busy around the county.

There are comedy and musicals at the New Wolsey Theatre, classical, jazz and folk music at The Apex in Bury St. Edmunds, and displays of local paintings, pottery and lace at the Art Club Gallery in Woodbridge.

When you feel like treating yourself, you can shop at a wide range of stores across the Buttermarket and Sailmakers shopping centres in Ipswich, browse authentic, local foods at the Lavenham Farmers' Market, or explore more than 80 stalls of speciality and craft goods at the historic Bury St. Edmunds Street Market.

Stay active in Suffolk's great outdoors

Whether you're an experienced hiker or a casual cyclist, you'll find plenty of scenic places to keep up an active retirement in Suffolk.
You can sail, swim, surf and snorkel along miles of beautiful Suffolk coast, take a fishing boat out from Lowestoft, or practise your swing at nearly 30 golf courses and more than 20 tennis clubs around the county.

If you'd like to retire to a county packed with beautiful wildlife, scenic backdrops and a network of busy towns and villages, take a look at some of our high-quality retirement homes in Suffolk:

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