• Beccles near the Suffolk coast

Beccles guide

A charming market town, as peaceful as it is popular

Check out our handy ‘know before you go’ guide to make your visit a huge success! 

Beccles town is made up of small market squares and winding streets nestled by the River Waveney. Around every corner you’ll find quirky, independent shops, restaurants and cafes. Look out for a host of community events, festivals and entertainment held throughout the year.

Things To Do in Beccles

1. The River Waveney

There are plenty of opportunities to take to the river when you visit Beccles. Hire a canoe, kayak, or day boat from Hippersons Boatyard and explore on your own or climb aboard a skippered boat and take a guided tour of these placid waterways.

Beccles Lido is one of those 'must see and do' experiences for the spring/summer, this traditional outdoor heated swimming pool sits right alongside the river, with plenty of paved and grassy places to sunbathe!

TTDA - Hippersons - Boat hire

2. Riverside Walks

If you’d prefer to stay on dry ground, there are plenty of walks to take you through the lush Waveney Valley. Follow the river as it meanders through the pretty Suffolk countryside, or head northwards and explore the Beccles Marshes.

3. Shopping and eating in Beccles

A unique retail experience! Beccles town is home to some fabulous independent shops from designer fashions, and delicatessens to exclusive gifts and ‘nik naks’. You can break up that retail therapy by enjoying morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and delicious dinners at the many cafes and restaurants in the town. Don't miss out on the most authentic pizza from Oak Fired at The Royal Oak this side of the Mediterranean while you are in town!

4. Karting Experience

Beccles isn’t all calm and serene. If you’re someone who likes an adrenaline kick then head off to Ellough Park Raceway on the outskirts of the town. Here you’ll find East Anglia’s only championship karting circuit. As well as the karting they also run thrilling Ellough Park Combat Games.

5. Catch a show or concert at Beccles Public Hall

Enjoy a night at the theatre at Beccles Public Hall! With everything from rock concerts and plays to musicals and pantomime, there's a great programme of live entertainment on offer. The Hall also hosts an annual beer festival, plus quiz nights and film screenings. 

6. Beccles Antiques Street Market

Held twice a year in May and August, the Antiques Street Market is a must-visit for anyone looking for vintage, collectibles and antiques. Over 100 stalls set up around  the town's Market along with a selection of the region's top food and drink producers. 

Towns & Villages - Beccles - Antiques market

Useful Information

Public Conveniences and Baby Changing Facilities

Blyburgate Car Park, NR34 9TB - Disabled toilets

Hungate Car Park, NR34 9TT - Disabled toilets and baby changing facilities

Old Market, NR34 9AP

Beccles Quay, NR34 9BH - Disabled toilets

Visitor Information Points (VIPs) are located at:

Beccles Books, 1 Exchange House, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 9HH

Beccles Library, Blyburgate, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 9TB

Saxon Therapy, 35 New Market, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 9HE

You can also find lots more information on the Visit Beccles website here; visitbeccles.co.uk/business-directory/

How to Get to Beccles - Public Transport

By Bus: Local bus services leave from Beccles Bus Station, to Lowestoft, Waveney and Norwich.

Timetables and further information can be found at www.suffolkonboard.com

By Train:

The town's rail station is located on Station Road, Beccles, NR34 9QW

Direct train services by Greater Anglia travel to Lowestoft and Ipswich with on-going connections to London Liverpool Street and Cambridge.

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 Greater Anglia Website or the app.


How to get to Beccles - By Car

From Norwich, follow the A146

From Ipswich follow the A40 and A143

From Cambridge, take the A11 and A146

From London follow the M11, A11 and A146

Travel Information & News

For the latest travel information listen to or visit BBC Radio Suffolk 

For local news, visit the East Anglian Daily Times of Eastern Daily Press websites.

Things to do in Beccles