The Dig: Where to stay in Suffolk
If you’ve recently tuned in to see the latest Netflix big hitter The Dig, you’ll no doubt be aware it was filmed (for the most part) in glorious Suffolk. But the question is….where?
As truly local Suffolk experts, we’ve put together this blog featuring locations from the film. Even better, below you’ll find a collection of hand-picked stylish places to stay nearby. So, when restrictions permit, you’ll have all you need to get exploring Suffolk for your own adventure!
Staring local boy Ralph Fiennes, Carey Mulligan, and Lily James, The Dig is based on real people and events that took place at Sutton Hoo in 1939.
The unprecedented Anglo-Saxon hoard was discovered thanks to the teamwork of landowner Edith Pretty and archeologist Basil Brown. The most impressive find was the eighty-foot Anglo Saxon ship containing more than 250 items including coins, weapons, and a full gold helmet!
Then housed on privately owned land, the Sutton Hoo site is now managed by the National Trust and makes the perfect day out.
The National Trust site Sutton Hoo boasts 245 acres to explore for avid history fans. With far-reaching views over the River Deben, it is also home to one of the greatest architectural discoveries of all time.
You can walk around the Royal Burial Ground and discover the incredible story of the ship burial of an Anglo-Saxon king and his treasured possessions. The new full-size ship sculpture is a sight to behold, plus there are two family trails to follow and explore.
Be sure to check out the incredible display at Sutton Hoo on your visit to Suffolk. The find out more about Edith Perry and Basil Brown, take a look at the blog put together by Sutton Hoo, ‘Digging in the Dirt’.
With so much to discover here, holiday homes near Sutton Hoo would make an ideal base for your Suffolk adventure. Boutique-style luxury brought to self-catering accommodation in Suffolk, it’s the Best of Suffolk way! With our incredible range of holiday cottages, we make self-catering in Suffolk simple.
As the nearest market town to the Sutton Hoo site, Woodbridge offers a bustling vibrancy of a Suffolk market town.
Woodbridge is a riverside market town brimming with character and history and boasts some of the best pubs, restaurants, and shops in the region. Woodbridge’s classic charm flows from the moment you wander around Market Hill, stopping at boutique and individual stores and cafes. If food and drink is your thing, how about the twice-monthly Farmers market? Held on the second and fourth Saturday of every month.
Those that like being by the water could escape on a Lady Florence River Cruise, or partake in a rewarding stroll by the river Deben, watching the boats go by as their troubles disappear, just as Ralph Feinnes did many times on his bicycle in The Dig!
Ideal as a base to explore the Suffolk coast, why not take a look at our hand-picked stylish places to stay in this delightful town?
The Deben Peninsular
Recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Deben Peninsular combines coast, countryside, and forest and is the backdrop for many scenes of The Dig. Wide open spaces, fresh coastal breezes, miles of paths all combine to make this the ideal place to relax and revive. If you’re a keen walker or cyclist, exploring this designated area of outstanding natural beauty is a must on your next visit to Suffolk.
The beautiful village of Snape was used as a base for the film crew of The Dig. You might remember a scene in which Ralph Feinnes is sat by the river, contemplating the task ahead when he is passed by a traditional sailing barge, much like the boat captured here moored at Snape Maltings.
Situated a few miles inland from The Suffolk Coast, Snape is surrounded by miles of distinctive countryside, idyllic for walkers, birdwatchers and photographers with its golden reedbeds and gentle river, where visitors can spot seals and enjoy kayaking in summer. Browse through our fantastic range of Snape cottages here;
Aldeburgh was also used during the filming of The Dig and is a beautiful unspoiled seaside town, lying within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is home to a popular and well-known pebble beach, numerous independent shops, cinema and a host of pubs and restaurants.
The bustling Aldeburgh high street is home to many independent shops and restaurants. Self-catering in Aldeburgh couldn’t be easier with everything you might need right on your doorstep. We have a wide range of over 140 Best of Suffolk Aldeburgh cottages for your next holiday or short break, so read on to book your perfect accommodation today and enjoy a short break or holiday in this stunning coastal town!
The Suffolk Coast
The Suffolk Heritage Coast is steeped in the counties’ rich history, as well as providing an incredibly scenic backdrop to your historical adventures. Chose from a stay in the quirky village of Thorpeness with its Peter Pan themed mere, in Aldeburgh enjoying the pebble beach and scallop sculpture or in the estuary villages of Orford and Dunwich. There is so much choice!
Why not take a look at our stylish places to stay in Suffolk with sea or river views?
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Photo Credit: Larry Horricks Netflix 2021 & National Trust Sutton Hoo