• Kessingland - Aerial View
  • Kessingland - Africa Alive!
  • TTDA - Beaches - Kessingland (R Amer)

Kessingland guide

To the south of Lowestoft is Kessingland, a large village in an area that has been occupied since Paleolithic times.

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

Vikings, Romans, Saxons and Normans have all walked this land at some point, and now people from across the country spend their holidays here, exploring the local area and the rest of the Suffolk Coast.

Things to do in Kessingland

1. Escape the crowds at Kessingland Beach.
Kessingland Beach is less commercial than neighbouring Lowestoft or Southwold, making it the ideal place to enjoy the quiet and explore nature. It’s a beach that is actually growing, protected from erosion by a combination of shingle and maram grass that was planted by author H. Rider Haggard, who spent his summers there.

Towns & Villages - Kessingland - Brenda Skoulding

2. Discover some of the UKs rarest birds.
Walk on the beach keeping the sea on your left and after a few miles you’ll arrive at Benacre National Nature Reserve, a great place to spot migrating birds in the spring and autumn.

3. Take a trip to the African savannah.
On the opposite side of Kessingland is Africa Alive! - one hundred acres of parkland that is home to giraffes, rhinos, flamingos, lions, meerkats, and a hundred other exotic species that you’d never see without going on an expensive safari. One of East Anglia’s most popular tourist destinations it’s open all year round.

TTDA - Africa Alive - Giraffe

Useful Information

Public Conveniences and Baby Changing Facilities in Kessingland

Public conveniences with disabled access are located on Church Road

How to get to Kessingland - Public Transport

By Bus:
Local services run from Lowestoft and Beccles. Onward connections are available at Lowestoft.
Timetables and tickets can be found at www.suffolkonboard.com

By Rail:
Nearest railway station is at Lowestoft with connections to Norwich, Ipswich and London. Greater Anglia operates frequent train services. All train tickets can be purchased via the Greater Anglia Website or the app.

How to get to Kessingland - By Car

From Norwich, take the A146 to Lowestoft and head south on the A12 to Kessingland.

From Ipswich, take the A12 north. Kessingland is just a few miles south of Lowestoft.

From Lowestoft, take the A12 south
From London, take the A12 north. Kessingland is just a few miles south of Lowestoft.

Car Parks in Kessingland

Church Road, Kessingland - Church Road, Kessingland NR33 7RP - 45 Spaces - Free Parking

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.