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A pretty coastal town with colourful beach huts

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Beach huts on Southwold seafront

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.

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, which a wonderful place to explore or 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 Adnam’s Brewery . Housed in a beautiful Victorian building, this award-winning brewery makes delicious ales and spirits, which visitors can sample on a tour which looks at every stage of the brewing process.While you're there, you could even try your hand at making your own gin.

Southwold pier at sunrise

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 old-fashioned amusements, cafes and shops. There’s even a wall of mirrors and a unique Under the Pier Show.

You’ll find a 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 which 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 award-winning café, artisan bakery and patisserie, which serves excellent coffee and a wide variety of fresh cakes and bread.

If you’re in the mood for a delicious, locally produced ice-cream, look no further than Beaches and Cream. Otherwise, head to Sole Bay Fish Company for fresh, reasonably priced seafood.

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

While you’re there

Southwold Maize Maze

Get lost in 8 acres of twisting pathways.

Southwold Lighthouse

Enjoy fascinating 20 minute tours around the historic landmark.

Southwold Pier

Full of restaurants, shopping opportunities and fun-filled family activities.

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