• Southwold on the Suffolk Coast
  • Southwold on the Suffolk Coast
  • Towns & villages - Southwold - Gun Hill (c) Jon Gibbs
  • Towns & VIllages - Southwold beach huts - (c) Rebecca Greenfield

Southwold guide

There are few seaside towns quite so quintessentially British as Southwold

Check out our handy ‘know before you go’ guide  and the 'Keep Southwold Safe' guide to make your visit a huge success! 

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.

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TTDA - Adnams - Distillery tour

 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 at Collen & Clare, kitchenwares, wines, spirits and ales at the Adnams Store, plus traditional sweet shops and quirky gift stores. 

TTDA - Collen & Clare - Exterior

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, Theatre on the Coast at Southwold Arts Centre 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.

TTDA - Theatre on the Coast - Performance

Useful Information

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 https://www.suffolkonboard.com/

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.

Greater Anglia operates frequent train services across The Suffolk Coast, more information and tickets are available at www.greateranglia.co.uk

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

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 Southwold