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A delightful coastal town right in the heart of Suffolk’s glorious natural coastline

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Gun Hill
Adnams Brewery
Town Centre
Southwold is a delightful coastal town right in the heart of Suffolk’s glorious natural coastline. Often described as the Jewel of Suffolk’s Heritage Coast, it certainly is one the highlights of any visit to the county. The town is situated on a hill, gently rising up from the Blyth Valley. With the Buss Creek to the north and west, the river Blyth to the south and the sea to the east, this historic settlement is penned in by nature’s waters and results in a unique island feel. This isolation has enabled the town to retain its old world charm, with its cobbled streets, haphazard buildings and numerous village greens. The beauty of the surrounding landscape adds a natural string to the already impressive Southwold bow. Sweeping sand dunes, imposing salt marshes and vibrant coastal woodlands can all be found within a short distance of the town.

The view south from the top of Southwold Lighthouse
The borough was granted a Charter in 1489 by Henry VII and the town has held a significant position in the life of East Anglia ever since. It’s one of the region’s most popular resorts and has a wealth of history to go along with its natural and architectural beauty. This history has left a distinct mark on the town; from the evident Dutch and Flemish architecture, to the remaining small but picturesque fishing fleet. The town also boasts one of Britain’s most impressive piers, a magnificent 15th century church, a 100 foot lighthouse and the fascinating Gun Hill, the site of 6 commanding ancient cannons. The town is also home to a multi coloured array of beach huts, some of which sell for tens of thousand of pounds! A boating lake and putting green add yet more fun for visitors, and a great way to entertain the kids. A trip around the bay on the ‘coastal voyager’ is also a great way to see the town and experience a maritime trip for yourself.

Southwold Pier

Gun Hill

St Edmunds Church

Colourful Beach Huts
The great fire of 1659 led to the loss of much of the town’s original buildings. Many were not replaced, and instead, numerous greens were established. These greens now add a spacious and colourful dynamic to this quaint coastal town. Southwold is also home to a variety of pretty shops and boutiques, so if one fancies a break from the beach or museums, an afternoon on the high street isn’t far away!

Southwold High Street
A visit to Southwold wouldn’t be complete however, without sampling one of the world famous Adnams Brewery ales. Adnams has been a household name in the region for over a hundred years and there’s nothing better than a refreshing Adnams pint on a hot summer’s day.

Adnams Brewery
The town also has a long history of sightings of the mysterious kind. The infamous Southwold ghosts are never far from conversation. The most famous being the sighting of a man on the beach by three local fishermen. They claim the ghostly man simply disappeared before their very own eyes and they are now reluctant to talk about the incident. Why not see if you can spot the ghostly figure on the beach yourself; with his long brown coat, white socks and tall hat……
A trip to Southwold is a must for any visitor to Suffolk and a truly memorable experience. Few places in Britain offer such a delicate and peaceful snapshot of coastal life, and when the sun’s shining, there are few better sites for a good old fashioned trip to the seaside….…enjoy!
Visitor Information
Southwold Tourist Information Centre, 69 High Street, Southwold, IP18 6DS. Tel: 01502 724729
Southwold Pier is open daily from 10am. Entry is FREE. Tel: 01502 722 105
Southwold Lighthouse is open 2pm to 4pm, every Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays, April to September (open every day Wed to Sun during mid July to the end of August) and weekends only in October and November. Tours cost around £3 for adults, £2 for children and £8 for a family ticket. Tel: 01502 722 576
Southwold Church is open daily. Entry is FREE. Tel: 01502 722 105
Southwold Museum is open 2pm to 4pm from Easter to the end of October (additionally 10.30am to 12 noon in August). Entry is FREE, but donations are very welcome. Tel: 01502 726 097

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