Explore the rich culture, history and natural beauty of Shotley Peninsula 

Enjoy a tour for two for just £60 or four for £90 - see details

Shotley Peninsula Tours

Join us for an intimate, interesting and inimitable tour of Shotley Peninsula. We aim to cater for your needs the best way we can. If you have any special requests please let us know - 07824167196 or drop us a line. 

About Shotley Peninsula

With a beautiful blend of countryside and riverbanks, Shotley Peninsula is a hidden gem on the Suffolk/Essex border.

Ever since the Vikings first landed, and subsequently fought a bloody battle, visitors have been delightfully surprised at what the villages and inlets of this incredible, yet understated, area of outstanding natural beauty has to offer.

From the Strand off Wherstead, meandering through Freston, Holbrook, Stutton, Harkstead, Erwarton, Woolverstone, Chelmondiston, Pin Mill, Shotley and Shotley Gate, your trip will be filled with history dating back to the Iron Age, culture, art, amazing stories and celebrity spotting.   

Enjoy a bespoke guided tour by vehicle of Shotley Peninsula from £35, which includes refreshments. Pay on the day or use Paypal button on contacts page.
You can now buy gift vouchers to use towards a tour, see our special offers page.
For more information go to tour details or book now.

To get a little taste of a tour click on the slideshow link below.

Beautiful bluebells in a Shotley wood

A stunning autumnal sunset at Shotley looking down the River Stour 

Even on a seemingly dull day there is always something spectacular to brighten the day. Rising elegantly between two rivers the peninsula often offers something like this.

Updates from the peninsular

Beauty and the Beast

Any village is defined by its community and the strength of togetherness is in epitomised by the Shotley Drama Group.

Their production of Beauty and the Beast was testament to the hard work, determination and talent of so many volunteers and the impressive number of people willing to get involved is a credit to Shotley and surrounding areas.

Music Day is a hit

Pin Mill was alive to the sound of music as various bands, soloists and a children's choir entertained on the green, joined by traditional craftsmen (pictured above).

If you go down to the woods today... 

Yet another piece of history, albeit of a more recent kind, was uncovered in the woods over looking the River Stour at Shotley, during a recent tidying up.
Remains of a concrete structure were found with the perceived wisdom being it was a gun emplacement used to protect the river entrance opposite. 
While the Shotley Point battery was first built in 1864 with 14 heavy guns put in place to protect the strategic Harwich harbour and entrance to the Orwell and Stour, more anti-invasion and anti-aircraft were installed during WW2. Bofors, twin six-pounders, Lewis guns and searchlights were prevalent and indeed did their job well against German aircraft and mine-layers.
The Stour was also used during filming of the renowned Yangtze Incident film.

The WW2 gun emplacement recently uncovered in Heritage Park

Pin Mill Painting Worth A Small Fortune

A painting given as a wedding present by an artist in Suffolk has sold at auction for a small fortune.
Check loft, outbuilding or even walls for sketches, pictures and paintings - you could be sitting on some serious cash

Checkout the story on the BBC website

Woolly Mammoth Find

There was a mammoth shock in store for a couple of Shotley siblings as they went treasure hunting on the foreshore.

Imagine the youngsters' excitement after finding a fossil and, after seeking expert advice, discovering it was a woolly mammoth tooth.

They are not the first to make such a find on the peninsula, although it is perhaps not too surprising given how dinosaurs were prevalent in the area before the Ice Age separated the United Kingdom from mainland Europe.

 

A woolly mammoth tooth similar to the one found on Shotley beach. 

Freston Bonus

Took a couple from Shotley on the tour and they were fabulous company. They really enjoyed the tour and were very complimentary. It helped that the people on duty at the Ganges Museum were absolutely brilliant. We also got very luck at Freston Tower when a honeymooning couple from Norway who were renting this amazing building, invited us in. Really special.
Tour went amazingly well, drink down the Butt and Oyster, Pin Mill, then finished at the Rose in Shotley rounding off a superb few hours.

We also saw so many more interesting things and it is clear while the trip has its basics, there are lots of fresh and interesting things to see each time. 

Discover the stories behind the history

Shotley Peninsula Tours takes you on a journey to find out why Anne Boleyn left her heart in Erwarton, the reason for monkeys marking the entrance to a famous old house, what it was that inspired author Arthur Ransome and why George Orwell took his name from the river.

Discover the stories behind the graves, including German sailors, at the war cemetery next to St Mary's Church.

Hear tales of the Royal Navy's 150 year presence and visit the Ganges Museum, complete with a Victoria Cross on show.

Find out why royalty and celebrities such as Rudyard Kipling, Princess Muna al Hussein, wife of the King of Jordan, King Harold, Griff Rhys Jones and Jimmy Doherty among others, have strong connections to Shotley peninsular.  

Photographers, artists, bird-watchers, historians and those who just love sight-seeing away from the beaten track, will be enthralled at all this and a lot, lot more on our day-long tour.

See the Shotley Peninsular Tour itinerary. Or call 07824167196 for more details.

Quintessentially English, a slight different view of RHS. 

A visit to the HMS Ganges museum is part of the tour. 

Learn the tales behind this World War One memorial at St Mary's war graves Shotley and other stories as part of the tour..  

The tranquility of Woolverstone marina, and below, even on a moody day the Stour has its own beauty. 

Oystercatchers feeding on Shotley foreshore 

Sensational multi activity ski centre on Suffolk\Essex border at entrance to main road into peninsula. 

A fisherman working at one of the world's oldest professions off Shotley Marshes, with the backdrop of Felixstowe Docks 

Above, dusk at a sailing club, and below, find out about this unique Wonder. 

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Shotley Peninsular Tours

Join us for an intimate, interesting and inimitable tour of Shotley Peninsula. We aim to cater for your needs the best way we can. If you have any special request please let us know - 07824157196 or drop us a line.

Your views

Thoroughly enjoyable and interesting tour with an extremely knowledgeable guide, would recommend to everyone! ~ Jonathan Waters, Ipswich

What a wonderful tour we had during the Easter holidays! I never knew that the Shotley Peninsula holds so much beauty and interesting sighseeing attractions. Derek's insurmountable knowledge of the local history contributed to making our tour unforgettable. Thank you so much, Derek,for sharing this with us and we are looking forward to discovering more treasures on our next visit from Germany. Aundrea Abou Farhat (Koln, Germany)

A really insightful and interesting tour around the peninsular. We have lived here years and years yet learnt so much. You are on a real winner with this. Fabulous. Norman and Jane Bloomfield (Shotley)

Booked my In-Laws on a tour while my wife and I were at work and they have not stopped going on about how good it was and what a relaxing, yet interesting, few hours, they spent with an informative guide. They now know far more about the area than we do. Phil Page (Chelmo)

This is a simply wonderful day out in one of Suffolk's hidden gems. - a must see and do experience. Leave your comments here.