The Suffolk Coast
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Home to an award-winning, blue-flag beach and independent shops cafes and restaurants, the village of Kirkley sits just south of Lowestoft and is the ideal place to enjoy a family day out.

Things to Do in Kirkley

A thriving community with great attractions conveniently close at hand, Kirkley is the ideal place to take in the sea air, give yourself time to relax and watch a film, enjoy various sports, go to a music gig at The Aquarium at Claremont Pier, shop or have a bite to eat.

Kirkley is home to many small businesses and independent, local retailers providing a varied range of services and products. 

Home to award-winning beaches north and south of the Claremont Pier, the seafront is particularly lively during the summer months, with lots of local events taking place. It's an ideal place to stay when visiting the town of Lowestoft, with great shops, pubs, restaurants, hotels and guest houses. 

History and Culture

Kirkley was mentioned in the Domesday Book at which time it formed part of King William's estates. More recently, it suffered heavily in bombardment from the sea and air in both World Wars. 

It is famously also the birthplace of composer Benjamin Britten and the impressive buildings facing the sea along Marine Parade were commissioned by national treasure and entrepreneur Sir Samuel Morton Peto. 

Kirkley has a wealth of artistic, historic and architectural places of interest to see and visit. Stroll around the ornamental lake in Kensington Gardens down the promenade to Royal Green, The Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht Club, the RNLI Lifeboat station and its shop. 

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