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Explore The Suffolk Coast by Water!

With miles of award-winning coastline, what better way to explore the stunning Suffolk coast than by the seas, rivers and estuaries of The Suffolk Coast.

Whether you remain wrapped up and warm or are happy to don the wetsuit come rain or shine, exploring The Suffolk Coast by water is an unforgettable experience.

If you want to stay dry

1. Viking Mariners - With a fleet of luxury sailing yachts and power boats, the Viking Mariners offer a range of sailing experiences on the River Orwell. Choose to get stuck in and learn how to set and trim the sails and take the helm or, if you would prefer to spend the day relaxing, charter a boat and take in the stunning surroundings of the Orwell estuary.

Viking Mariners Seascape

2. Waveney River Tours - Slightly less choppy than the open waters of the River Orwell, Waveney River Tours sail from Oulton Broad to Beccles along the River Waveney and from Snape Maltings to the village of Iken along the River Alde. Be sure to take your binoculars and look out for reed warblers, reed buntings and marsh harriers on the River Waveney, plus harbour seals, shelducks and wading birds as you approach the estuary of the River Alde.

3. Deben Boat Trips - Join the Oystercatcher at The Quay in Waldringfield and enjoy a 30-minute sail along The River Deben; a special protection area which lies within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The 21-foot open boat can seat up to 12 people, but with no shelter, it's worth taking a rain mac along!

4. Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant - If you want to push the boat out (no pun intended!) and really go to town (or out to sea!) then join one of the Allen Gardiner River Cruises. Setting sail from Ipswich Haven Marina, the restaurant provides a unique setting for a 2-hour brunch, 3-hour a la carte lunch, supper cruise or candlelit dinner. 

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5. Orwell Lady River Cruises - with a range of cruises sailing the River Orwell,the Orwell Lady is a purpose built vessel accommodating up to 118 passengers. With 3 cruise routes to Pin Mill, Harwich Harbour and Orwell Bridge (1 hour duration so popular with families with young children) leaving from Orwell Quay on Ipswich Marina. Alternatively, join one of the afternoon tea or fish and chips lunch cruises!

6. Lowestoft Water Taxi - an ideal way to travel from the seaside town of Lowestoft to Oulton Broad, Lowestoft Water Taxi travels through the inner harbour of Lowestoft through to historic Lake Lothing, before arriving at Oulton Broad; gateway to the Norfolk Broads.

7. Big Dog Ferry - The Big Dog Ferry operates from March to October from the Beccles Lido pontoon. You can  enjoy four leisurely 3-mile trips per day by open boat up to the Geldeston Locks; the perfect opportunity to enjoy the wildlife along the River Waveney, or why not hire the boat for a private trip from Beccles Quay!

8. Sailing Barge Victor - Step on board this traditionally rigged 19th century sailing vessel and join skipper Wes and his crew on a cruise along the River Orwell from Ipswich. For a special occasion why not privately hire the boat to celebrate or extend your experience into the evening and enjoy live on board entertainment.


If you don't mind getting wet

Coastal Voyager

1. Iken Canoe - Sail down the Alde Estuary by canoe, kayak or upright paddle boat. the ideal way to explore this beautiful stretch of river! Discover creeks and flood waters, or gently glide with the tide at low water and get up close to seals basking on the mud banks as well as observing a multitude of different wading birds. A fun day out for couples, groups and families!

2. Coastal Voyager - Head out to sea on board the Coastal Voyager in Southwold. The speed boat, which seats 12, will take you on an exhilarating, high-speed trip of Solebay, where you may spot harbour porpoises, sea birds, seals and very occasionally, a dolphin!

Top Water Sports Spots

With award-winning beaches and seas, The Suffolk Coast is the ideal place to take to the water. For windsurfing and kitesurfing, head to the beaches of Lowestoft, Pakefield, Kessingland, Southwold, Walberswick and Felixstowe. 

If going alone, be sure to check the tide tables before setting off, and head to a lifeguarded beach.

Things to see and do


Sailing Barge Victor

Sailing Barge Victor

Sailing Barge Victor is a perfect marriage of a majestic and traditionally rigged 19th century sailing vessel with comfortable, modern facilities for guests.

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Orwell Lady River Cruises

Orwell Lady River Cruises

Ipswich

From April to October each year, Orwell Lady cruises up and down the beautiful and historic River Orwell, offering passengers a choice of trips and experiences whilst taking in the beautiful wooded stretches of the river, local wildlife and points of local and historical interest.

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Suffolk Coast Greeters

Suffolk Coast Greeters

Suffolk Coast Greeters offer a friendly face in a new place. Whether you are moving into Suffolk, visiting for the first time, or want to experience the outstanding landscapes of the Suffolk Coast in a new way our growing network of volunteer Greeters could help. 

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Iken Canoe

Iken Canoe

Iken Canoe is a small and friendly canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard hire centre based on the stunning upper reaches of the Alde estuary between Snape and Aldeburgh, close to the Suffolk coast.

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Dog friendly


Southwold Pier

Southwold Pier

Southwold

Southwold is a popular destination for the many visitors to the East Coast and its most prominent attraction, the pier, hosts a wide range of things to see and do.

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Beccles Lido & Big Dog Ferry

Beccles Lido & Big Dog Ferry

Beccles

Come down to Beccles in the Summer Holidays and enjoy the amazing views and facilities of the Lido. 

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Waveney River Tours

Waveney River Tours

Lowestoft

Conducted river tours and boat hire through the Waveney Valley and the New Broads National Park.

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Deben Boat Trips

Deben Boat Trips

Join the 'Oystercatcher' for a 30 minute river trip. Departing from The Quay, Waldringfield.

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Southwold Cycle Hire

Southwold Cycle Hire

Southwold

Unlike a larger town there aren’t any major roads in Southwold, meaning it’s a far safer environment for anyone on two wheels. Plus it only takes a few minutes pedalling in any direction before you are taking in scenic views, whether it’s a breathtaking coastal panorama or Suffolk’s rural landscape.

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Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant

Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant

Lady Florence River Cruise and  Restaurant provides a unique and exciting dining experience offering brunch and a la carte lunch or dinner cruises from Orford Quay, Orford, Suffolk. 


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Sailing Barge Cruises

Sailing Barge Cruises

Ipswich

Relaxing Orwell River Cruises on board the vintage sailing barges, Thistle, Hydrogen and Kitty.

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Cycle Breaks

Cycle Breaks

Ipswich

Supported, gentle cycling & walking holidays along the Suffolk Coast as well as in Constable Country & The Wool Towns and Norfolk and quality bike hire too!

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Coastal Voyager

Coastal Voyager

Coastal Voyager is the perfect activity for all ages ranging from families with children to work groups.


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Dog friendly


Lowestoft Ferry

Lowestoft Ferry

The harbour launch "Terrier" provides regular daily trips between the attractions of Lowestoft and Oulton Broad.

Running hourly along the inland waterway known as Lake Lothing the journey provides a new and interesting way to see the town from the water. Accommodating up to 12 passengers, the vessel can be booked for groups. Why not give the traffic a miss, sit back and enjoy the view!


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Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant

Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant

Ipswich

Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant provides a unique and exciting dining experience offering 2 hour Brunch and 3 hour A la Carte Lunch, Sunset Supper or Candlelit Dinner Cruises. Serving freshly prepared on board wholesome food and drinks.

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Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

The Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a stunning landscape packed full with wildlife and exciting places to explore and discover. There's something for everyone with 155 square miles of tranquil and unspoilt landscape including wildlife-rich estuaries, ancient heaths, windswept shingle beaches and historic towns and villages.

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Oulton Dayboats

Oulton Dayboats

Self drive boat hire by the hour or day, spend time afloat in the newly created Broads National park here in Suffolk. 



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