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A seaside town with beautiful beaches and traditional amusements

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Beach huts at Lowestoft

If you are looking for a coastal town in Suffolk with lots to do then Lowestoft is the perfect place for you. On the most eastern tip of the British Isles, it is of great historical interest as some of the earliest evidence of settlements in the UK has been discovered there.

A port town which has its history steeped in fishing, it is perhaps now more well known among holidaymakers as a traditional British seaside resort with, amongst other traditional attractions, two piers!

Developed as a bathing site in the 18th century, it is just as popular now with a Blue Flag beach and gorgeous wide sandy beaches.

To see just how far east you are, take a trip out to the most easterly place in Britain, Ness Point, which has the most easterly lighthouse in Britain, Lowestoft Lighthouse. This has two cottages attached, originally occupied by the lighthouse keepers when the lighthouse was called the ‘High Light’ tower, and it is now a Grade II listed building.

The Lowestoft Maritime Museum is open for a long summer season and showcases an extensive collection of maritime paraphernalia including ship models, medals and marine art.

For a bit of history, there are a few small museums in Sparrow’s Nest Park – the Maritime Museum, the Royal Naval Patrol Museum and the Lowestoft War Memorial Museum.

Lowestoft beachfront

If you are a lover of fine china, the Lowestoft museum has a collection of Lowestoft Porcelain and also other remnants of the town from times gone by. Try to be there when the annual charity race takes place where locals run down to the sea through the steep narrow lanes known as ‘scores’. These lanes, with steps all the way down, were originally used by smugglers and fishermen.

Lowestoft Harbour is a great place for all the family to get together; it has lots of traditional seaside fare such as fish and chips, ice cream and kiosks where you can buy sticks of rock and candy floss. It also has a promenade where you can have a stroll and drink in the beautiful sea views.

Apart from traditional promenade attractions, Lowestoft has a range of restaurants, pubs and bars where you can sample the locally caught fish as well as other types of cuisine.

"Do not miss the maze at Somerleyton Hall and Gardens but just be sure to leave yourself enough time to get out!"

There are plenty of shops in the main shopping district, but you can also take yourself off to specialist areas such as Triangle Market Place or the historic high street, where you will find slightly more independent shops to browse through.

Two theatres stand proudly in the town – the Marina Theatre which is also a cinema and the Seagull.

Corton Woods Local Nature Reserve is a haven of tranquility in which you can spend hours wandering about. Take a boat trip on the Oulton Broads or try one of the variety of watersports on offer.

For something a little more relaxed, Somerleyton Hall and Gardens is a beautiful way to spend an afternoon – take a tour of the house and gardens and make sure you experience the maze – just make sure you give yourself lots of time to get out!

While you’re there

The Lowestoft Maritime Museum

A fascinating insight into the maritime history of the area.

Lowestoft Harbour

A great place for all the family to enjoy typical seaside entertainment.

Somerleyton Hall and Gardens

Take a tour around the house and garden which has its own maze.

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