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The local area guide to living in Eye

This small yet picturesque town in Suffolk takes its name from the word ‘Island’ in the Old English language.

It’s full of rich history to discover, with the grand 14th century Parish church taking the focus of the town centre. Have a wander around the church to discover its rich Christian heritage and then stop for tea. Right next to the church is the site of the old Eye Castle where after a short climb, you can enjoy breath-taking panoramic views of Eye and surrounding East Anglian countryside.

Information about the local residents

The Census of 2011 revealed that 2,154 people call Eye home. The majority are English, well-educated and reside in 3-bedroom houses or bungalows – which are owned either outright or with a mortgage. A smaller group rents; and occupy either social or council housing. One person households are common, as are those made up of married couples.

Locals are primarily in the age group of 35-54, with 55-64 year olds coming a close second, and 64-74 year olds the third most common age range. A large part of the population is working full time, and given the third biggest age group, many are retired.

Those working are usually doing so full time. Their professions vary with common industries being the wholesale and retail trade, healthcare and social work, automotive repairs, and also manufacturing.

When it comes to transport, Eye’s households commonly own one car or van. This is their primary (and preferred) mode of transport for commuting to and from work, and also for exploring the town and surrounding area.

Nearby schools

Eye is extremely well served when it comes to top schools; in fact, there’s somewhat of a cluster in and around the East Anglian locale.

Top state-run primaries include Dickleburgh Primary, Gislingham and Mellis schools (both Church of England primaries), and Wortham Primary. Secondary state schools are a little more widespread, though the highly rated Hartismere School and Diss High are both within easy reach of Eye. There’s also Thomas Mills High in Framlingham – a half hour’s drive from Eye, should you want to look at other options.

Those looking to educate children at independent schools have a little further to travel. Woodbridge School is closer towards Ipswich, with Ipswich High and St Joseph’s College being two other options in the heart of the neighbouring town, which is a half hour’s drive from Eye.

Getting around

The closest train station to Eye is in Diss, roughly a 15 minute (6 mile) drive away. From here, Greater Anglia trains run to places including Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Chelmsford and a handful of other locations around the UK.

Norwich airport and Stanstead airport are the closest to Eye. Those looking to fly can easily drive to either in an hour to an hour and half. Both serve international routes, so are equally worth considering.

By car, the locals’ preferred choice for commuting, touring the local villages at leisure is a joy. If you’re looking to go a little further afield, driving to Bury St Edmunds takes around 40 minutes, with Cambridge, Great Yarmouth and Chelmsford all about an hour away each.

Local shops

You’ll find all the usual and handy-to-have shops in Eye. From a local butcher, a supermarket, bakery, chemist to a hardware shop and hairdressers, everything you need is on hand.

The town’s unique charm lies in its antique shops where it’s lovely just to have a browse and perhaps surreptitiously discover a real treasure. Haberdashers, clothing boutiques and indulgent chocolate shops are also dotted around the town’s centre.

The Parish church’s own shop offers an array of fair-trade goods, gifts and souvenirs, so you certainly won’t be stuck for choice or places to explore within the community.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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