Shotley's beauty is more than just skin deep, which is why it was voted first Babergh, then Suffolk Village of the Year in 2015.
Not only does the village offer a myriad of beautiful views from an amazing array of vantage points, it also has something many places can only dream of, an incredible community whose actions speak far louder than words.
Shotley's history goes back to Ancient Briton days with Vikings invading and battles being fought on the rivers Stour and Orwell, not least the most famous when King Alfred, yes, he who burnt the cakes, saw off piratical invaders from what is still called Bloody Point. A Viking longboat makes up part of the primary school logo.
The Romans came and went, although archaeological digs still unearth interesting remains.
A foot ferry operates from Shotley Marina, bringing passengers across from Felixstowe and Harwich.
After refreshment at the Shipwreck, you might like to visit the HMS Ganges Museum. The museum records the history of the Royal Navy Training Establishment which was originally a training ship in the harbour following an illustrious career fighting alongside Admiral Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory. In 1905, HMS Ganges moved onshore and then closed in 1976.
A walk along the river front, taking in the Heritage Park, containing a gun emplacement, picnic areas, viewing points and an open-air classroom used by local children and visiting schools, embraces the history and beauty of the ‘wet end’ of Shotley.
With a recorded history going back almost 1,000 years, St Mary’s Church has its own uniqueness and charm. In its grounds, overlooking wonderful river views, lay two Commonwealth War Graves, with the final resting place of many sailors and submariners of various nationalities: British (including former HMS Ganges personnel), German, Dutch and Danish.
Shotley is fortunate to have many facilities for locals and visitors alike. The Bristol Arms, Tea on the Quay, The Shipwreck and The Rose Inn cater for all with food and refreshments, while there is Lasan, a popular fish and chip shop and Indian takeaway, along with a post office and store. We also have two garages: one in Shotley Gate that provides repairs, services and MOTs, and the other in Shotley which sells fuel as well as providing repairs, services and MOTs.
The beauty and history of Shotley can be explored in a tangible way by taking a Shotley Peninsula Tour run by an experienced and knowledgeable guide.
The Village Hall is used by more than 40 groups and organisations all year round. Its dedicated committee is always looking to keep prices low and be as flexible as possible. For more information on the clubs or groups click here.
Updated December 2017