Southwold sits on the Suffolk Heritage Coast and has been a favourite seaside location for family holidays, for many years. This charming coastal town is a great year-round holiday destination and there’s so much for the whole family to explore including the lighthouse, the harbour, the Lifeboat museum and wonderful walks through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Our self-catering cottages in Southwold are all ideally located and everything is within walking distance. You can spend an afternoon making sandcastles on the blue flag beach, visiting the Pier and its penny arcade, taking a relaxing walk down to the harbour, or indulging in an afternoon tea at one of the high street tea rooms. Or simply walk along the promenade, passing the colourful beach huts that have made this seaside destination so iconic.
If you are looking for something a little more exhilarating, why not take a trip aboard The Coastal Voyager, labelled as the “fastest thrill in Southwold”. Sit back and enjoy the ride as this high speed, 400hp boat takes you on a 30-minute tour of Sole Bay.
For a nostalgic attraction that no-one seems to tire of, a visit to Southwold Pier won’t disappoint. Visit its traditional amusement arcade, tread the boardwalks to view Tim Hunkin’s eccentric Water Clock or visit his quirky, hand-built inventions in the ‘Under The Pier Show’. Browse for souvenirs in one of the Pier’s retail shops, treat yourself to an ice-cream from the Beach Cafe or enjoy a relaxing meal in The Boardwalk Restaurant with its unbeatable views of Southwold and the sea.
Southwold is mentioned in the Domesday Book as ‘a lively fishing port”. Gun Hill, which is situated just above the beach, holds six, eighteen-pounder cannons which commemorate the Battle of Sole Bay - fought between the English and French in 1672. Visit the Southwold Museum to learn more about the town’s fascinating history and transformation from a busy fishing community into the prosperous seaside resort that we know and love today.
Southwold offers a wealth of food and drink outlets which are perfect for sampling the local fare such as freshly caught fish and chips and Adnams ale. To fully immerse yourself in all things ‘Adnams’, the brewery offers tours of the site and you can learn about what goes on behind closed doors in one of the country’s most modern breweries. The tour only takes one hour and is then followed by a tutored beer tasting session where you can try many of the beverages that have helped make Adnams such an institution in Southwold over the years.
If you want to venture out of the town, there are many attractions nearby that provide great days out for the whole family. Africa Alive is within half an hour’s drive of Southwold and is one of the UK’s largest wildlife attractions. Situated in Kessingland on the north Suffolk Coast, amongst 100 acres of parkland, this attraction plays home to hundreds of African animals including cheetahs, hyenas, rhinos, giraffes, lions and many species of birds.