The Suffolk Coast
  • Saxmundham - The Suffolk Coast - credit Gill Moon
  • Saxmundham Street View - Photography by Dawn Ribnell
  • Saxmundham's Weekly Market - Photography by Dawn Ribnell

Saxmundham guide

An historic market town of which its residents are justifiably proud

Saxmundham is a charming Market Town on the Suffolk Coast, it's a real working town with a busy high street offering great access by rail and road to many of the nearby 'must see' places to visit along the coast. The town boasts a number of cafés, pubs and restaurants along with a diverse selection of independent shops, plus the area’s only Waitrose supermarket! On Wednesdays there is a small traditional market, with a variety of food and other stalls.

Things to do in Saxmundham

1. Learn about Suffolk's years gone by

Saxmundham Museum is located on the High Street and open from Easter through to October. It provides a charming insight into the thriving market town of years gone by, when Saxmundham played host to the Suffolk Show and was an important staging post between London and Great Yarmouth

2. Stock up on fresh, local produce

Stop off at The Market Place, just off the main High Street on a Wednesday and explore a range of stalls including, fruit and vegetables, fresh fish, flowers and garden plants, sweets and preserves. The town boasts a traditional butchers 'KB Stannard & Sons' for all those BBQ and Sunday Roast experiences! An added bonus is the FREE car parking in the town for 2 hours!

3. Explore the specialist shops, restaurants & galleries 

Saxmundham has a diverse selection of independent shops for more unique purchases, including great art materials at 'Crisps the Stationers' for all those budding artists heading for the coast and countryside, and a handy cycle shop, 'Sax Velo' - plus the area’s only Waitrose supermarket. It offers great places to eat and drink, from bistros and cafes including The Bell at Sax, The Bistro and Trinity's Cafe, to Indian, Thai and arguably the best Fish and Chips around from the Trawler's Catch, there's no shortage of culinary choice in the town.

4. A Great Base for Exploring 

With its great access by rail and road, Saxmundham acts as a gateway to visiting many of the nearby fabulous spots along the coast such as Snape Maltings, Thorpeness, Aldeburgh and RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve to name but a few. The Saxmundham Town Trail is the ideal way to find out more!

Useful Information

Public Conveniences and Baby Changing Facilties

Market Place Car Park, IP17 1AH- Disabled toilet and baby changing facilities

How to Get to Saxmundham - Public Transport

By Bus:

Local services to Framlingham, Woodbridge, Martlesham, Halesworth and Leiston. Further information and timetables can be found at www.suffolkonboard.com

By Train:

The town's station is located at Station Approach, Saxmundham, IP17 1BW.

Greater Anglia offers direct services to Ipswich and Lowestoft with on-going connections to London, Cambridge and Norwich. All train tickets can be purchased via the Greater Anglia Website .

How to Get to Saxmundham - By Car

From Lowestoft, take the A12 (South Bound) From Ipswich, take the A12 (North Bound) From Norwich, follow the A146, A143 and A12 From London, take the A14 and A12

Car Parks in Saxmundham

Saxmundham Rail Station, Station Approach, IP17 1BW

Market Place, IP17 1AG Tesco Superstore, IP17 2HL – customers

Church Street, IP17 1EP – short stay Pay & Display

WHERE TO STAY IN AND AROUND Saxmundham

WHERE TO EAT IN AND AROUND Saxmundham

Things to do in Saxmundham