• TTDA - Southwold Beach - beach and pier
  • TTDA - Southwold Beach - Denes and beach huts
  • TTDA - Southwold Beach - Beach huts at sunrise

Southwold Beach

Offering a traditional seaside experience

Officially recognised as an environmentally-friendly beach, Southwold is a top spot for those wanting to take a paddle in the sea and a stroll along the prom. 

The town is home to two beaches; Southwold Pier Beach to the north and Southwold Denes Beach to the south.

Southwold Pier Beach

The Pier beach is popular with visitors, offering a traditional seaside experience with beach kiosks serving ice creams, a beach hut lined promenade (some of which are available to hire) and the famous Edwardian pier. 

The winner of a Seaside Award, the beach has been recognised for ensuring visitors are guaranteed to find a clean, safe, attractive and well-managed coastal stretch. 

Essential Information

  • Public toilets are available at Southwold Pier. 
  • Beach kiosks serving ice creams, hot and cold drinks and snacks include Southwold Pier, Southwold Boating Lake and Tearooms and Suzie's Beach Cafe. There is also a range of cafes and shops located in the town centre.
  • There is a lifeguard patrol from May-September with a lifeguard hut located on the promenade.
  • There are car parks and street parking available within walking distance of the beach. Car parks can be found using the Find my Nearest website and the RingGo website or app.
  • Dogs are permitted on certain parts of the beach - check the signs located along the beach for details.
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Southwold Denes Beach

A wilder beach than the neighbouring Pier Beach, the Denes is a sand and shingle beach, backed by dunes and marshland, located to the north of the town towards the Harbour and the mouth of the River Blyth. A great spot for kite flying, this stretch is also popular with windsurfers, surfers, paddle boarders and wild swimmers.

Essential Information

  • Public toilets are located at Southwold Harbour and towards the Pier on Ferry Road.
  • Beach kiosks serving ice creams, drinks and snacks is located at The Harbour and towards the Pier Beach below Gun Hill.
  • There is no lifeguard patrol on this stretch of beach.
  • There are car parks and street parking available within walking distance of the beach. Car parks can be found using the Find my Nearest website and the RingGo website or app.
  • Dogs are allowed on the Denes Beach.
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Tide times for Southwold can be found at https://www.tidetimes.org.uk/southwold-tide-times

For places to eat, places to stay and travel information, check out our Southwold Town Guide.

Attraction name:
Southwold Beach