Why visit Southwold?
Home of the Adnams brewery, famous lighthouse and beach huts. Splendid art galleries, fine shops and pubs and the Blackshore harbourside for extremely fresh fish and the ferry across the River Blyth to Walberswick.
A wide selection of Holiday cottages in Southwold brought to you by Suffolk Cottage Holidays.Southwold Holiday Cottages
Bed & Breakfast
A selection of Bed and Breakfast accommodation in and around Southwold; including Reviews, Maps and Contact details.Southwold Bed and Breakfast
A guide to Hotel accommodation in and around Southwold; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.Southwold Hotels
A Guide to Pubs, Local Ales, and Pub Food in and around Southwold; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.Southwold Pubs
Cafés and Tearooms
A guide to Cafés and Tearooms in and around Southwold; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.Southwold Cafés and Tearooms
A guide to eating out in the best Restaurants in and around Southwold; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.Southwold Restaurants
A guide to local foods and gastronomy in and around Southwold; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.Southwold Local Foods
Things to do in Southwold
Cinema and Theatre in and around Southwold; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.Southwold Cinema and Theatre
Cycling in and around Southwold; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.Southwold Cycling
Historical buildings and places in and around Southwold; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.Historical Interest
For the Kids
Places and things to entertain and amuse your children in and around Southwold; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.Southwold Kids Activities
Local Crafts in and around Southwold; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.Southwold Local Crafts
Walking and Walks in and around Southwold; including Maps, Reviews, and things to see En route.Southwold Walks and Walking
Shops and ShoppingSouthwold Shops and Shopping
The Little Gallery, Halesworth will feature well known Laxfield artist Elaine Nason.The Little Gallery
The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments will present this concert at St Edmund's Church.St Edmund's Church
Sunday 26th MayAssembly Room
Southwold is a town full of character and interest, its picturesque yards and passages, old pubs and wide attractive sea front and town centre lighthouse induce a feeling of unforced nostalgia. The brightly coloured much loved beach huts are iconic as is the pier rescued from dereliction and restored into something unique and wonderful for visitors of all ages.
In both Southwold and Walberswick, there is a jumble of architecture, houses of flint and brick, stone, colour wash and weatherboard; some Dutch influence, Elizabethan, Jacobean and Georgian - all at weird angles interspaced by stunning greens, firebreaks created after a devastating fire hit Southwold centuries ago. A town created by organic growth, with no particular design, the result a harmonious whole.
Southwold has largely won the battle to keep the modern world at bay and whilst the High Street now includes a smattering of upmarket clothing shops, you could be forgiven for imagining yourself in a film set depicting an upmarket 1930s seaside resort. Southwold boasts a boating lake with tea pavilion, the Sailors Reading Room (state-of –the-art 1864), a fascinating museum and its own Edwardian picture house.
That said, the media have labelled it ‘Hampstead on Sea’ and there is certainly no shortage of famous faces to be found browsing the artwork in the Buckenham Art Gallery, choosing their wines in Adnam’s Kitchen shop or dining in The Crown. To be fair they contribute to the ambiance of the town and the summer theatre, literary and poetry festivals are always a real treat.
Southwold is practically an island, bounded by creeks and marshes, the River Blyth and the North Sea. Its closest neighbour, Walberswick is just a mile or so away, reached by a foot-bridge or ferry rowboat or a 16 mile road trip!
Walberswick is a village of post-card pretty cottages and houses on stilts, and a magnet now and for the last two centuries for artists from around the world. There are a handful of sweet little shops, two excellent pubs and a wonderful, windswept sandy beach.