• Saxmundham Town Centre Suffolk Coast
  • St John's Church Saxmundham
  • Saxmundham Town Centre Suffolk Coast
  • Saxmundham Town Centre Suffolk Coast
  • St John's Church Saxmundham Suffolk Coast
  • Saxmundham Suffolk Coast
  • Saxmundham rooftops and green open spaces

Saxmundham guide

An historic market town of which its residents are justifiably proud

Check out our handy ‘know before you go’ guide to make your visit a huge success!
Saxmundham is an historic Market Town close to the Suffolk Coast, on the old Coach & horses route from London to the Continent. Many of the charming shops and houses in the town are of Georgian or Victorian appearance, and some are older dating back to Elizabethan times - such as Monks Cottages and Angel Yard in the Market Place.

Today it has a busy high street and offers great access by rail and road to many of the nearby 'must see' places to visit, providing an excellent touring base to explore the Suffolk 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!

Towns & villages - Saxmundham - Butchers

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.

Towns & villages - Saxmundham

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

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.