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Southwold guide

There are few seaside towns quite so quintessentially British as Southwold.

With its sandy beach and beach hut-lined promenade, Southwold offers a wonderful environment for holidays and weekends away, as well as a thriving market town atmosphere.

Situated just off the A12 between Aldeburgh and Lowestoft, Southwold is the perfect destination for young and old, families and couples. Whether it’s relaxation or exhilaration you’re after from your break away, this picturesque seaside town is the perfect year-round destination. Food and drink are an integral part of the Southwold experience.

Things to Do in Southwold

1.Visit the world famous Adnams Brewery

Southwold is home to the Adnams Brewery, winner of The Good Pub Guide 2011’s ‘Brewery of the Year’. The brewery itself is very much the focal point of the town with its brewing rooms set just behind the High Street and adjacent to the town’s lighthouse. Brewery tours are on offer throughout the year, and there is no shortage of pubs and restaurants at which to sample the variety of Adnams beers on offer. More recently they have added a distillery, which as well as the wine shop, guarantees your favourite ‘tipple’ will be available.

 2. Head out to sea on The Pier

Yet another focal point of the town’s landscape, Southwold Pier was refurbished in 2005, the pretty pier offers a range of shops, eating places and amusements, from traditional two penny pushers to Tim Hunkin’s eccentric inventions. Don’t miss out on the famous Water Clock which causes a snigger every 30 minutes!

3. Shopping

You’ll lose yourself for hours wandering around the array of shops in Southwold. Choose from designer labels, to traditional sweet shops and quirky gift stores. You can find more information on Southwold's fab shops by visiting My Southwold!

4. Take a tour of the Lighthouse

The lighthouse at Southwold has been an important landmark for years, a coastal mark for passing shipping that guides vessels info Southwold Harbour. The tour lasts 20 minutes. Opening subject to weather conditions and Trinity House's operational requirements.

 5. Southwold Summer Theatre

From May to September, the Southwold Summer Theatre runs a series of shows, which change each year. Enjoy a meal in one of the town's many restaurants before heading to a performance at St Edmund's Hall.

Useful Information

Public Conveniences and Baby Changing Facilities

Church Green, Cumberland Road, IP18 6JW

Ferry Road, IP18 6HQ

Southwold Harbour, Ferry Road, IP18 6ND - Disabled toilet

Southwold Pier, North Parade, IP18 6BN - Disabled toilet and baby changing facilities

Visitor Information Points (VIPs) are located at:

Southwold Library, North Green, Southwold, IP18 6AT 

Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom, North Parade, Southwold IP18 6BN

SPOTS, High Street, Southwold IP18 6AA

You'll find loads more information about Southwold and its fabulous shops at My Southwold too

Visit the Waveney Business Forum website for more useful information on the area in general.

How to Get to Southwold - Public Transport

By Bus:

Local bus services from Lowestoft and surrounding areas, Beccles, Halesworth, Bungay and Norwich.

For timetables and further information go to

By Train:

The nearest rail stations are located at Darsham and Halesworth, with travel to Ipswich and on-going connections to Norwich, Lowestoft, Cambridge and London Liverpool Street.

Abellio Greater Anglia operates frequent train services. There are many great value fares available such as Advance tickets which start from Just £9 one way (available on certain routes), and Groupsave where 3 to 9 adults save 1/3 off the Off-Peak Return train fare.  Anglia Plus day rover tickets are also available where you can have unlimited travel within certain zones.  Perfect for exploring the beautiful Suffolk coast.

All train tickets can be purchased via the Abellio Greater Anglia Website or the app.

How to Get to Southwold - By Car

From Lowestoft, follow the A12 (south) then onto the B1127 and A1095

From Norwich, take the A146 (A143) and follow the B1127 and A1095

From Ipswich, follow the A12 (north) and take the A1095

From Cambridge, follow the A14, A140 then take the A1120 onto the A12 and turn off at the A1095

From London, take the A12 (A14), then onto the A1094

Car Parking in Southwold

Ferry Road, IP18 6NG - 60 spaces - Free

Harbour Quay, IP18 6ND - 300 spaces - Pay & Display

Southwold Pier, IP18 6BN - 345 spaces - Pay & Display



Things to do in Southwold