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Southwold Sea Front
Southwold Lighthouse

Southwold is an unspoilt seaside town in Suffolk.


Described in the Doomsday Book as a fishing port, over time a shingle bar built-up across the harbour entrance preventing the town becoming a major port. A fire in 1659 severly damaged the town and even today the town has many village greens where some destroyed areas were never rebuilt.

Today the town is well known due to the Adnams Brewery which is the town's largest employer.

Get in[edit]

By road[edit]

Southwold is about 35 miles from Ipswich and a similar distance from Norwich. 6 miles E of the A12 main road, 14 miles S of Lowestoft.

By train[edit]

By bus[edit]

It is not served by public transport so you may need to pre-book a taxi. Alternatively you can travel by train to Halesworth where there is a connecting bus service to Southwold.

By bicycle[edit]

The town is at the S end of Regional Cycle Route 31 which runs N to Beccles where it joins Regional Cycle Route 30 (to Lowestoft to the E and to Harleston and beyond to the W) as well as joins National Cycle Route 1 (Shetland to Dover) to Norwich and beyond to the N and Ipswich and beyond to the S.

Get around[edit]

The town is small enough to walk around by foot.


Southwold Pier


Walk along the pier and visit the lovely shops along it, or stop for lunch or a snack in the restaurant.

Walk to the river and take ferry over to Walberswick.

Shop in the many boutiques, gift shops, delis etc. There is a lovely Adnams Kitchen shop which sells a huge variety of wines, as well as unusual kitchen equipment. There is also a nice cafe at the back.

Take a walk on the beach.

Play golf on the very pleasant nine hole course. Visitors welcome and does a very good fish and chip meal.

Visit The Sailors’ Reading Room . Ship figureheads, pictures and portraits of local fishermen and seascapes, model ships and maritime memorabilia offer a fascinating history of Southwold’s connections with the sea .

Visit The Alfred Corry museum. The museum building is the 1923 ex-Cromer Lifeboat shed and it houses 'Alfred Corry', the Southwold No1 Lifeboat built in 1893.



  • 1 Lord Nelson, 42 East St, Southwold IP18 6EJ, +44 1502 722079, . M-Sa 10:30-23:00. Su 12:00-22:30. A good pub meal and atmosphere. Pub is a multiple award winner. Very well kept Adnams beers. Packed to the ceilings on weekends and during the season, but no meal reservations. Dog friendly
  • 2 The Anchor Inn, The Street, Walberswick IP18 6UA (From Southwold, 8 miles by road, 2 miles on foot), +44 1502 722112, . Food: Daily 08:30-10:00 & 12:00-15:00 & 18:00-21:00; Tea & Coffee: All day. a fine selection of speciality beers and wine, with traditional pub food, at low prices. Log fires and over 20 wines by the glass
  • 3 Coasters (Restaurant), 12 Queen St, Southwold IP18 6EQ, +44 1502 724734, . Daily 09:00-14:30 & 18:00-21:00.


The Sole Bay Inn

There are several wonderful pubs. Many are run by Adnams Brewery, which is based on East Green.


The Crown Hotel
  • 1 The Swan, Market Place, Southwold IP18 6EG, +44 1502 722186, . Georgian hotel refurbished in 2017, upscale place with great dining run by Adnams the brewers. Dogs only in garden annexe. B&B double £200.
  • 2 The Crown, 90 High St, Southwold IP18 6DP, +44 1502 722275, . Food: M-F 12:00-14:00 & 18:00-21:00. Sa 12:00-15:00 & 18:00-21:00. Su 12:00-15:00 & 18:00-21:00. Contemporary style, owned and managed by Adnams Brewery. Comes with a fine wooden and red leather decor, several types of local beer on tap, alongside a very respectable 20 wines by the glass.
  • Sutherland House, 56 High St, Southwold IP18 6DN, +44 1502 724544. Historic restaurant with 5 rooms in 15th C building. No children under 17 or dogs. B&B double £140.
  • 3 The Blyth Hotel, Station Rd, Southwold IP18 6AY, +44 1502 722632, . AA 2*. Bar & restaurant
  • 4 Amber House (B&B), North Parade, Southwold IP18 6LT, +44 1502 723303, .
  • 5 [dead link] Home@21 (B&B), 21 North Parade, Southwold IP18 6LT, +44 1502 722573, . Check-in: 16:30-18:00, check-out: by 10:00. No pets. No children under 14. Min 2 night stay from £100/night/room.


  • 1 Post Office, High St, Southwold IP18 6AA. M-Sa 09:00-17:30. Su 10:00-16:00.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Southwold
IpswichSaxmundham  SW UK road A12.svg NE  LowestoftGreat Yarmouth

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