Beccles is a charming market town, as peaceful as it is popular, with lots of independent shops, high street brands, a regular farmers’ market and a great selection of pubs and restaurants.
Originally a flourishing Saxon river port within the Waveney Valley, Beccles has many historical buildings including 17th-century Leman House – a former school that today is the location of the Beccles Museum. It was named after Sir John Leman (1544–1632), a tradesman from Beccles who became Lord Mayor of London.
The town was also famously home to Catherine Suckling who was married in St Michael’s Church to Edward Nelson and later gave birth to England’s greatest naval hero, Lord Horatio Nelson.
The popular quayside area of the town is the southern gateway to the Broads National Park, and Beccles remains a popular boating centre in its own right. It also boasts its own Lido – a traditional outdoor heated swimming pool that sits alongside the river.
One of the town’s other historical landmarks is the Bell Tower. At 97ft tall it stands detached from the main body of the church, offering spectacular views across the Suffolk countryside.