Southwold

Southwold is a charming north Suffolk seaside town on the Suffolk Heritage Coast.

A visit to The Farmhouse is a chance to explore the beauty of Southwold and its surroundings too. Surrounded by water, Southwold has an island feel, with just one road in and out, it’s a thriving holiday centre that has something for everyone.

 

Of course, the town itself is where most visits begin, and the first thing you will notice is the towering lighthouse. It was built in 1889, and reaches a height of 31 metres, and is still in use today, keeping ships and boats safe, with tours of the lighthouse available that offer some of the best views of the coast once you’ve climbed those hundred or more steps to the top.

 

Also found close by are two wonderful museums, the Alfred Corry Museum that includes a restoration of the old Southwold lifeboat, 115 years old and a glimpse back in time to the bravery of those that protected the shores over the years. Not too far away is the Southwold Museum, a small and unassuming building that is home to wonderful objects and treasures that tells the story of the town, from architecture, the railway, fishing and so much more.

 

A short stroll and you will find the long sandy beach, with the rainbow of colours provided by the beach huts lined up along the promenade, it is the picture-perfect seaside spot to enjoy for all the family. The pier, extending 190 metres into the sea, offers all the traditional seaside family fun.

 

Keep going along the beach and you reach the harbour itself, where you can sit with an ice cream and watch the boats go by, often tossed around as the calm waters of the River Blyth meet the swells of the North Sea.

 

Follow the river and you can cross the footbridge to Walberswick, or enjoy the lovely open area along the banks, with marshes and wildlife. Back into town, and you can find a bargain in one of the many shops along the high street, with everything from the brands you know to local crafts businesses, where you can discover a unique memento of your trip.

 

With plenty of eating options, from fabulous traditional fish and chips to quaint team rooms, you will never be short of choice. To finish your day, enjoy a visit to the Electric Picture Palace, taking a trip back in time to cinemas of old. This beautiful building offers plush seating and a range of films and is also a wedding destination for those looking for something different.

 

With natural walks and open spaces, a by-product of the 1659 fire that decimated the town, history at every turn and the delights of a traditional seaside destination, Southwold has something for everyone.

The lighthouse is Grade II listed and has a spiral staircase with over 100 steps leading to the top. Guided visits make it possible to tour the building and take in the views along the coast. 

One of the most exciting things to do in Southwold is explore the world of Adnams.

This brewery and distillery was established in Southwold in 1872, and when you’re here you’re rarely far from a beer, gin, or wine of their making. The Copper House Distillery tour guides people through the start of the process in the brewery and on to the distilling phase. Naturally, it ends with a tasting.

Read our blog on Adnams here

Are you looking for a great day out, all year round? 

At Southwold Pier, you’ll find delicious food, excellent shopping, breath-taking sea views and eccentric British seaside fun reaching 623 feet into the North Sea from the Suffolk coast.

To visit their website click here

Southwold is just one of the beautiful beaches on the Suffolk Coast, to explore more click here

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