Be the first to see the sunrise in the UK
Sitting proudly in the northernmost part of The Suffolk Coast is Lowestoft. Famous for being the most easterly town and the first place to see the sunrise in the UK, it's also the birthplace of composer Benjamin Britten.
The town is a favourite with families, and there's plenty to see and do; with two piers, a zoo, an award-winning theme park, museums and a busy theatre which is home to the Royal Philhamonic Orchestra.
Things to do in Lowestoft
1. Lowestoft Beach
The award-winning Blue Flag beach is a favourite amongst families and is said to have been the inspiration for Benjamin Britten's first masterpiece. With wide golden sands, beach huts, a pier and toilet and shower facilities it's perfect for swimming and paddling, building sandcastles and enjoying a walk along the prom. Lifeguards are present at the beach from April to September.
You can also enjoy a stroll through the Victorian seafront gardens or be entertained at the Royal Plain Fountains.
2. Oulton Broad
The gateway to the Broads National Park, Oulton Broad offers year-round water sports, cute cafes, riverside restaurants and bars and an Edwardian Park; Nicholas Everitt Park.
From Easter to October there is also a River Taxi in operation, travelling between Lowestoft and Oulton Broad it's a great way to see the Suffolk Coast!
From Lowestoft town, you can get to the pretty village of Pakefield by walking along the Victorian promenade. Home to historic pubs, a church situated on the cliff top, restaurants with sea views and cute cafes serving tea and cakes.
4. Historic Scores
A unique feature of the town, The Scores are a series of narrow lanes created over the years by people forming paths in the cliff as they travelled between the historic High Street and the Beach Village. Spend an hour or two walking The Scores trail to understand Lowestoft's history and it's long relationship with the sea. Every year in September, hoards of runners assemble in the historic high street for the annual Scores Race. The 4.75 mile race runs up and down the historic scores, with a total of 401 steps and passageways!
Whilst here, you can also enjoy a walk through the Sparrows Nest Gardens and check out the Lowestoft Maritime Museum to learn about the town's long history with the sea.
5. Nature and Wildlife
With some of the UK's rarest birds being spotted on Pakefield beach, and Oulton Broad the start of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads, Lowestoft and the surrounding area is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and those who enjoy exploring the great outdoors. In the neighbouring village of Carlton Colville, you will also find Carlton and Oulton Marshes; a Suffolk Wildlife Trust reserve. Here you can spot Marsh Harrier, Bearded Tits and Snipes.
Visit Discover Lowestoft for lots more useful information about the town.
Visit the Waveney Business Forum website for further useful information about the area.
Visit Lowestoft Tourism's website for further useful information about the area.
Visitor Information Points (VIPs) are located at:
Claremont Pier, Wellington Esplanade, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 0BS
Lowestoft Library, Clapham Road South, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 1DR
Lowestoft Railway Station, Denmark Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR32 2EG
How to get to Lowestoft - By Public TransportBy Bus: Local and national bus services
leave from the town's station.
Address: Gordon Road, Lowestoft, NR32 1LR.
By Train: With direct train services running to Norwich and Ipswich, and on-going connections to Cambridge and London Liverpool Street. For timetables, visit Abellio Greater Anglia
Address: Lowestoft Rail Station, Denmark Road, Lowestoft NR32 2EG
How to get to Lowestoft - By Car
From Norwich, follow the A146
From Ipswich, follow the A12
From Cambridge, take the A14 followed by the A143 or A11
From London, take the A12 or M11 followed by the A11, A14 and A143
Parking in LowestoftTown Centre:
Clapham Road Car Park, Rishton Road, NR32 1RR - Pay and Display
Battery Green Multi-Story - Battery Green Road, NR32 1HA - Pay and Display
Kirkley Cliff Road Car Park, NR33 0BZ - Pay and Display
Claremont Pier Car Park, NR33 0BS - Pay and Display
Bridge Road, Oulton Broad NR32 3LN
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