The Suffolk coast is an area of natural beauty
, with a varied landscape and unspoilt shorelines. There are some enjoyable walks along the coast and in the surrounding countryside. If you are considering a holiday in this area and are interested in the walks you can obtain maps from the tourist offices. Suffolk has lots to offer the visitor whether it is for a short visit or a longer break.
Southwold is a charming North Suffolk seaside town, a delightful resort with a busy harbour, working lighthouse, a good beach and an award winning Pier - plus the colourful beach huts. Southwold’s lighthouse was built in 1890 and stands just over 100ft above the town. There are various visitor attractions you might like to see while on holiday here, the impressive St. Edmund’s Church built in 1460 is worth seeing, although the Great Fire in 1659 destroyed much of the town the church escaped devastation.
As you head towards the sea from the High Street you will see many interesting shops that you may want to browse around. At the market place you will find the Amber shop and the fascinating Amber Museum which is located behind the shop. The museum is purpose built and it is devoted to the history of Amber there are examples from around the world. The Southwold Museum is also worth seeing; located in Victoria Street the building housing the museum is a grade 2 listed building. The exhibits include porcelain, fossils etc a fascinating collection of historical material of Southwold’s past.
Another interesting place
to visit is the Sailor’s Reading Room a social club for retired sea - men; you can look at the local history displays.
The town has a variety of cafes, pubs and tea-shops as well as gourmet restaurants when you feel like food and refreshment. You will find plenty of benches on the seafront should you want to rest awhile! As you wander through the streets and alleyways you may get to see the dray horses delivering the famous Adnams beer to the local pubs.
Blackmill Road is where the Electric Picture Palace is located officially opened in 2002 by Michael Palin it has 66 seats and shows classics as well as new releases.
You will want to spend some time on the beach where you can relax and have some sea air and perhaps a cup of tea. There is a car park near the Pier which is convenient, you should take a stroll along this famous pier you get a lovely view of the town and sea front. If you walk along the beach to the harbour you can spend some time watching the boats come in and out of the harbour.
You may like to take the opportunity to have a sea or river cruise, both available from the harbour. Why not hire a bike and take off for a time, explore some of the nearby picturesque countryside.
There are various choices of accommodation in the resort from self catering cottages, guest houses, B&B’s, and a camp site, something to suit all pockets. There is much more to see and enjoy in the charming seaside town of Southwold and on the Suffolk Coast if you require more information on other activities and attractions you should contact the Tourist Information Office who will be able to help you.