Lowestoft area guide - Suffolk
Lowestoft is located on the most easterly point and is at the heart of The Sunrise Coast famous for its multi award-winning beaches and rich maritime connections.
Lowestoft's sandy beaches have won many awards for quality and cleanliness and are considered among some of the very best in Northern Europe making this an ideal holiday destination for the whole family. The Esplanade running alongside the beach combines various indoor and outdoor family attractions giving a traditional seaside town feel but without losing the picturesque beauty the town has to offer, with Victorian gardens and the famous seaside huts that can be hired out for the day, week or season. The seafront has the luxury of having two piers both, a south and north pier, both offering family entertainment with plenty of eating opportunities.
The town centre offers a mix of modern high street shopping in a fully pedestrianised precinct with traditional independent stores set amongst the historic old streets. In the town square you will now find the recently built Princess Royal fountains offering 74 individual jets of water which provides endless entertainment on summer days for the children and a visual delight for all in the evenings.
Lowestoft was formerly an important fishing port steeped in maritime history and is still an active commercial harbour today. A visit is not complete without taking home some local fresh fish caught daily and sold on the quayside by one of the merchants or local smokehouses in the town centre.
Africa Alive! Suffolk Wildlife Park– 100 acres of African wildlife. Rhinos, lions, cheetahs, leopards, zebra,camels etc. Safari Roadtrain. Panoramic waterfowl lake. Farmyard corner. Cafe. Open daily from 10. Birds of Prey demonstrations on W. 01502 740291 www.suffolkwildlifepark.co.uk
East Anglia Transport Museum – Working trams, trolleybuses, battery-powered vehicles, narrow-gauge railway, steamroller, cars and commercial vehicles. Tram, trolleybus and rail rides. Cafe. Open Apr-Sept W/Es, BH Ms & W 10-5.30 then mid-July to Aug M-F 2-4 01502 518459 www.eatm.org.uk
Lowestoft and East Suffolk Maritime Museum – Ship models, naval documents, uniforms, photos. Dedicated to Royal Naval Patrol Service which operated minesweepers and anti-submarine vessels in two World Wars. Open East W/E, then early May to mid-Oct M 10-2, Tu-F 10-4.30, Su 2-4.30 01502 561963 www.rnps.lowestoft.org.uk
Lowestoft Museum – Local industries and domestic history, archaeology, toys and costumes. Collection of Lowestoft porcelain. Exhibitions and model railway. Open late Mar to Oct M-F 10.30-4.30, W/Es 2-4.30 01502 511457
Lydia Eve Steam Drifter, LowestoftHarbour– One of the last to be built (1930) at Lowestoft. East-June Open daily 10-4.30
Somerleyton Hall – Victorian Anglo-Italian style mansion built in 1844 by Sir Morton Peto, railway contractor and developer of Lowestoft. State rooms, portraits and woodcarvings. Loggia Tea room. 12-acre garden, yew maze and miniature railway. Open East-Sept Su, Th & BHs, Tu & W in July/Aug 12.30-5.30 (Hall 1-5, Tea room 12.30-5) 01502 730224 www.somerleyton.co.uk
Suffolk Water Park – 20-acre lake, ideal for watersurfing and canoeing. 01473 832327
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015