Southwold area guide - Suffolk
Surrounded by peaceful countryside and award-winning beaches, the traditional seaside resort of Southwold is a haven from the demands of modern society. It lies nestled along the beautiful Suffolk Heritage coastline, surrounded by a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, consisting of long stretches of sandy beaches, salt marshes and large areas of woodland sweeping down to the shore.
When entering Southwold you feel like you have stepped back in time, this classic resort has a unique style, completely unspoilt with traditional village greens, miles of sandy beaches with the world famous vibrant beach huts, ice-cream parlours and even a Punch and Judy to keep the young and old entertained!
Southwold is situated on a hill, which rises gently from the Blyth Valley and looks out over Sole Bay. The town is steeped in maritime history and boasts a number of museums to tell Its story. Its maritime success was due partly to the Lighthouse which was built in 1890 and stands an impressive 101 feet above the town.
Southwold’s High Street is the perfect place for a bit of retail therapy, whiling away an afternoon browsing the antique and second-hand book shops or taking home a little momento from one of the luxury boutique style gift shops. There are plenty of cafe bars or restaurants to tempt you to try the exquisitely cooked food or relaxing in one of the many beer gardens, which look out onto the large village green, where the children can have plenty of space to run around with a football while you sit back and enjoy sampling the local famous brew from the Adnams Sole Bay Brewery. Quite simply Southwold has it all.
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
Amber Museum – dedicated to the story and history of Amber. Open M-Sa 11-4 01502 723394 www.ambershop.co.uk
Southwold Lifeboat Museum – Open daily June-Sept 2.30-4.30 01502 722422
Southwold Museum – Local history, archaeology, natural history, exhibits on Southwold Railway and battle of Sole Bay. Open daily Apr-Oct 07890 300532 www.southwoldmuseum.org
Southwold Pier – Originally built in 1899. Battered by storms in 1934, 1955, 1979, closed in 1998. Under development from 1999. 01502 722105 www.southwoldpier.demon.co.uk
Southwold Lighthouse – Climb 113 steps to a panoramic viewpoint. Open East-Oct W, W/Es & BHs 2-4.30 01502 722576 (leaflet)
Coastal Voyager – Sea trips and river cruises. www.coastalvoyager.co.uk 07887 525082
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015