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Top 5 Places to Watch the Sunrise on The Suffolk Coast

The Suffolk Coast is famous for it's sunrises, and boy are they spectacular! We've picked our top 5 places to see the sunrise, so pack a flask of tea, set your alarm and head to The Suffolk Coast...

1. Ness Point, Lowestoft

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We couldn't write a list of places to watch the sunrise without Ness Point in Lowestoft topping the list. The most easterly point in the UK, it's also the first place to welcome in the start of a new day. Overlooking the sea, the point is marked by a large metal plate on the ground and is located next to Orbis Energy, a state of the art eco-building that hosts a range of renewable energy companies. To find it, head to Wilde Street in Lowestoft, park the car in road and walk towards the sea!

2. Benacre

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For a more remote setting, the beach at Benacre is only accessed by a footpath, so leave the car and look out for the public footpath, which will lead you down to the beach. As the sun rises, take a stroll along the beach or find a spot to settle down with a steaming cup of coffee. Just be sure to check the tide tables before setting off as it can come in pretty quickly!

3. Shingle Street

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With just the sea for company, the beach at Shingle Street makes a unique setting for your early start. Starting at the row of cottages, you can then head along the coast to the start of the river at Orford. The Martello Tower makes a good vantage point and the nearby Crown and Castle in Orford is the ideal place to enjoy breakfast.

Vehicles on the beach can cause permanent damage to the shingle vegetation and are forbidden. Cars are not permitted past the ramp at the first car park other than to access ‘The Beacons’ private residence - Access must be on foot and equipment carried.

 If you would like more information on why Shingle Street is designated a protected site, please see this link:

https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteGeneralDetail.aspx?SiteCode=UK0014780&SiteName=shingle street&countyCode=&responsiblePerson=&SeaArea=&IFCAArea=


4. Landguard Nature Reserve, Felixstowe

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Watching the sunrise at Landguard Nature Reserve is a must for any wildlife lover. In addition to the spectacular sunrise over the sea, remember to take your binoculars to spot some of the rare bird life that is resident on the reserve. After the sun has risen, enjoy a bike ride through the reserve before tucking into a breakfast picnic.


5. The River Alde and River Ore

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5. Listening to the wind gently blowing through the sails, whilst gazing out across the Rive Alde, the sunrise at Orford Quay is an experience not to be missed. For an extra special treat, set sail on Lady Florence for a brunch cruise along the River Alde and Ore. Leaving from the Quay, you will sail along the river past RSPB Havergate Island, a then back past Aldeburgh whilst feasting on an English breakfast plus American brunch classics including hash browns, pancakes, muffins and apple pie and ice cream. 

Things to see and do


Landguard Fort

Landguard Fort

Felixstowe

Discover the rich military and maritime heritage of Landguard Fort, one of England's best preserved coastal defences, with a history spanning almost 450 years. 

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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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Beaches

Beaches

Whether you’re in search of a great family day out, a birdwatching haven, or trip back in time, the beaches along the Suffolk Coast will provide you with a memorable day out whatever the time of year.

In the winter, Suffolk's beaches take on a whole new persona; with windswept dunes, crashing waves, and bracing winds, they are the perfect place to blow away the cobwebs, stroll hand in hand with your loved one, or enjoy a solitary dog walk.


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WHERE TO EAT


Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant

Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant

Orford

Lady Florence River Cruise 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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Dog friendly

where to stay


The Crown and Castle

The Crown and Castle

Orford

The Crown and Castle is renowned for a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere that allows guests to enjoy their surroundings and feel free to take their time.

Winner *Sawday's British Hotel Award 2017 for Fabulous Food*

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Dog friendly