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A pretty coastal town with colourful beach huts

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Relax on the beach in Southwold

The pretty seaside town of Southwold in Suffolk is home to a pier, brewery and imposing lighthouse, as well as a bustling centre full of interesting shops and boutiques.

Southwold is located on the Suffolk Heritage Coast, surrounded by the River Blyth and the North Sea, giving it the feel of an island. Its busy harbour, charming promenade and fresh sea air make Southwold an inviting and quintessentially English seaside resort, that is a wonderful place to explore, or you can simply relax on the beach.

An award-winning pier, working lighthouse and rows of colourfully painted beach huts add to Southwold’s distinctive charm. The unspoilt Suffolk countryside surrounding the town is criss-crossed by walking and cycling paths, and meandering rivers. It’s a great place for outdoor pursuits and a haven for wildlife, including kingfishers and barn owls.

One of Southwold’s most popular attractions is Adnams Brewery. Housed in a beautiful Victorian building, this infamous brewery makes delicious ales and spirits, which visitors can sample on a tour as well as discovering every fascinating stage of the brewing process. While you're there, you could even try your hand at making your own gin.

Admire the colourful beach huts

A trip to Southwold would be incomplete without a wander along the pier. Along the pillared walkway which stretches out to sea, you’ll discover traditional amusements, eateries and shops. There’s even a wall of mirrors and a unique Under the Pier Show where you’ll find an array of funny and baffling coin-operated machines to interact with.

Southwold Lighthouse is another important landmark to visit, with its visitor centre and regular tours up the spiral staircase to the top. It has been guiding boats along the coast since 1887. Or why not discover the fantastic variety of cafes, restaurants and pubs in Southwold? There’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking for the best takeaway in town or a fine dining restaurant for a romantic evening meal.

“The pretty seaside town of Southwold is home to a pier, brewery and imposing lighthouse, as well as a bustling centre full of interesting shops.”

One of the town’s most popular eateries is Sutherland House, a welcoming restaurant that serves tapas, fresh seafood and a good variety of wines. For beautifully presented modern British cuisine, check out Coasters.

Alternatively, visit Two Magpies Bakery, an artisan bakery and patisserie, which serves excellent coffee and a wide variety of fresh cakes and bread. And if you’re in the mood for some fresh, reasonably priced seafood, look no further than the Sole Bay Fish Company on the harbour.

There’s no shortage of evening entertainment in Southwold either. If you fancy catching a popular classic, visit the excellent Electric Picture Palace, a charming cinema which was set up in a former 19th-century stables and cart shed. There are often showings of more recent releases too!

Whether you’re a couple, family or a large group of friends, if you've been inspired to spend your next staycation in Southwold, take a look at our full collection of Southwold cottages for more holiday ideas.

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