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With its sandy beach and beach hut-lined promenade, Southwold offers a wonderful environment for holidays and weekends away, as well as a thriving market town atmosphere.

Sat at the mouth of the River Blyth, with only one road leading out, the vibrant coastal town casts an almost island-like feel. Crisp sandy beaches coated with sandcastles and umbrellas accompany the long Victorian pier on the seafront.

Adnams Brewery Tour

Situated at the heart of Southwold lies the Sole Bay Brewery and Copper House Distillery, where Adnams have been creating their sweet nectar since 1872. It would be hard to find a Suffolk local who does not enjoy the taste of at least one Adnams product. You could even go as far as saying that Adnams is running through our blood. Here you can enjoy both brewery and distillery tours, as well as making your own gin.


The harbour wall provides crabbing delight, or hop on the foot ferry to Walberswick, where the British Open Crabbing Championships were held. If heading over to Walberswick, we recommend stopping in at the Bell Inn.

Southwold Pier

A visit to Southwold is never complete without a trip to the 190-metre long pier, where Punch and Judy visit regularly, along with the year-round Under the Pier Show and the iconic Pier Water Clock.

Southwold Lighthouse

The striking 31-metre lighthouse exudes the proverbial seaside character. Standing as the only operational lighthouse in Suffolk, visitors can enjoy stunning views of town and sea from the top.

Southwold Maize Maze

Further afield, Southwold Maize Maze provides a fantastic area to explore and also enjoy coffee and cakes at Old Hall Café. A perfect chance to put your navigation skills to the test or race your way round in a peddle go kart.

Where to Eat

Foodies can revel in a variety of eateries; however, the local fish & chips take the bait. The vast selection of fish & chips available make choosing one extremely difficult, however, we certainly have our favourites. In the town itself, The Little Fish and Chip Shop is always worth queueing for. Although, our personal preference is Sole Bay Fish Co, situated a short walk down the beach at Southwold Harbour. The Fish Co offer far more than the traditional fish & chips, offering the likes of chargrilled lobster and chips, oysters, scallops and crab. If fish isn’t your thing, there’s no better restaurant in Southwold than The Crown. Alternatively, if baked goods are your craving, Two Magpies Bakery is the best in town. You need to try their Portuguese custard tarts!

Where to Drink

Southwold is a true coastal town, where local pubs are the sought-after watering holes. Nestled underneath the lighthouse sits the Sole Bay Inn – positioned a stone’s throw from the Adnams Brewery, the beer doesn’t have to travel far. Another great local pub is the Lord Nelson, set just off the coast.