• TTDA - Beaches - Pakefield boy on beach (Amy Louise Photography)

Unexplored Beaches you need to visit this summer

With over 50 miles of coastline to explore, The Suffolk Coast is the perfect place to enjoy a day at the beach this summer. Here, you can forgo beaches filled with visitors and instead, discover the golden sands and seaside charm of some lesser known stretches...

Beaches in Suffolk

Starting in the north of the county, working our way down the coast, we've picked some of The Suffolk Coast's unexplored beaches for you to discover.

Be sure to check out our 'Know Before You Go' guide before setting off for your day by the sea!

1. Lowestoft

TTDA - Beaches - Lowestoft Beach

Ideal for families, Lowestoft has the biggest stretch of golden sandy beach on The Suffolk Coast. There's oodles of space here, even on busier days, so you'll easily find a spot to set up for the day. Lifeguards are on duty here throughout the summer season and there are toilets available along the promenade as well as a shower block for rinsing your sandy toes at the end of the day.

There's a delightful promenade cafe towards the south end of the beach, which serves hot and cold snacks (including early morning bacon rolls), drinks and ice creams. You can also buy buckets, spades, inflatables and other beach games here too.

If it's a summer holiday you're looking for, then you might like to hire one of the brightly coloured beach huts which line the promenade. For more information on beach hut hire, take a look at our 'Beach Hut Hire' guide.

2. Pakefield

TTDA - Beaches - Pakefield (Amy Louise Photography)

Moving south from Lowestoft, Pakefield beach is a little more wild, with marram grass and dunes and fishing boats to sunbathe amongst. Children will love searching the shores for flotsam and jetsum and throwing stones in the sea and

Unlike Lowestoft there are no facilities on this stretch of the beach, but the toilets and the cafe on Lowestoft's South Beach are a 10 minute walk away. The promenade has a selection of pastel coloured beach huts, some of which are available to hire and if you walk up the steps away from the beach into Pakefield, you will find a selection of shops, fish and chip shops, pubs and bars. 

To finish your day, book a table at MarkG Seafood Restaurant at The Tramway Hotel or The Hog Hotel

3. Kessingland

TTDA - Beaches - Kessingland

A huge stretch of beach framed by imposing cliffs, you'll have no trouble social distancing and staying away from the crowds at Kessingland. The coastal village has a number of places to park, but there isn't a beach car park, so expect a walk to reach the sea. The walk is worth it though as you make your way through the windswept dunes you are greeted with golden sands forming a spit. Depending on the time of year and tide, the sea retreats leaving tide pools, perfect for paddling in. 

4. Walberswick

TTDA - Beaches - Walberswick (Gill Moon Photography)

Just a short ferry ride across the River Blyth from the popular beach at Southwold, Walberswick's beach is accessed by crossing over the bridge and through the dunes. A beautiful stretch of sand and shingle beach awaits you here, with views of Southwold to the north and Sizewell beach to the south.

There's plenty of parking and toilet facilities close to the beach, the village is home to a picture-postcard green, surrounded by pastel coloured cottages and villas, cafes, shops and pubs including The Bell Inn and The Anchor, so after a day of crabbing and paddling you can enjoy fish and chips or hearty pub grub and a pint.

5. Felixstowe 

TTDA - Beaches - Felixstowe

A fabulous alternative to the seaside towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh, Felixstowe boasts a 4-mile shingle and sand beach. The traditional seaside experience is on offer here, with the Pier and amusements and ice cream parlour sitting alongside a wilder beach as you head towards Landguard point. 

There's plenty of space to build sandcastles, play beach games and sunbathe, or you can relax and watch the large container ships come into port. Toilets are located along the beach as well as kiosks serving drinks, snacks and artisan ice creams. 

Why not extend your visit and book a stay on The Suffolk Coast? Take a look below for places to stay near these unexplored beaches...



where to stay

The Clyffe Hotel

The Clyffe Hotel

The Clyffe Hotel is a large Victorian building, dating back to 1876.

Recently fully refurbished to a very high standard, it is located opposite the Claremont Pier and Blue Flag beach in the Kirkley area of Lowestoft, with stunning views out to sea.

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Free wifi

The Orwell Hotel

The Orwell Hotel

The Orwell is centrally located in Felixstowe, within easy walking distance of the railway station, town centre and seafront. 

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Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible

Broadlands Park & Marina 

Broadlands Park & Marina

Situated where the Norfolk Broads meets Suffolk’s coast, Broadlands Park & Marina makes for an idealistic British holiday destination, offering stunning scenes of famous waterways, coastal paths and the beauty of untouched nature. 

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Free wifi Dog friendly

The Bell Inn

The Bell Inn

Situated on the village green, in the heart of picturesque Walberswick and just a stones throw from the rolling sand dunes, stands The Bell Inn.  This elegant, 600 year old pub is steeped in history, sitting in an area of outstanding natural beauty, big blue skies and fresh sea air!

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Best Western The Hatfield Hotel

Best Western The Hatfield Hotel

Positioned just a stone's throw away from the golden sands of Lowestoft Beach, the Hatfield Hotel retains a truly magical feeling for anyone who loves the sound of the sea.

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Broadland Sands Holiday Park 

Broadland Sands Holiday Park

Broadland Sands enjoys a stunning coastal location, and is just a short drive away from Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. This partnered with fantastic, family-friendly facilities brings the best in holiday accommodation.

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Felixstowe Beach Holiday Park 

Felixstowe Beach Holiday Park

Felixstowe Beach Holiday Park enjoys a fantastic coastal location, just minutes away from a stunning beach along the Sunrise Coast.

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The Hog Hotel

The Hog Hotel

Pakefield's new luxury boutique hotel, restaurant and bar on the North Suffolk Coast.

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Baytree House

Baytree House

Baytree House is a stunning Victorian Guest House, just a stones throw away from picturesque Gunton Cliffs and the tranquil Sparrows Nest gardens.

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The Tramway Hotel

The Tramway Hotel

The Tramway Hotel is the perfect place to base your stay for exploring the beautiful Suffolk Coast. With three individually designed bijou rooms, delicious breakfasts, superb dining and a 5 minute walk to Pakefield beach on offer.

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Suffolk Sands Holiday Park 

Suffolk Sands Holiday Park

Suffolk Sands is a small, relaxing holiday park which enjoys a stunning beachfront location.

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The Hotel Victoria

The Hotel Victoria

The Hotel Victoria is an individually owned business with a picturesque cliff top location overlooking Lowestoft's award winning beaches. 

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The Anchor

The Anchor

Walberswick

Plenty of alfresco seating on the 3 beautiful terraces in the summer and a roaring log fire for the winter!

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible