Olive-The 1950's Hop on - Hop Off Bus
I spotted this' Tillys Tours' bus when it was parked near to the Pier (it's tour starting point) We were intending taking a ride later in the day (for a nostalgic trip - though neither of us were around in the 50's when this bus was 'doing it's rounds!), but when we realised that for £3.50 we could use it as a hop on /hop off bus for the day (£2.50 for under 17's), we planned to return next day to use this to our advantage (In the end we did a lot of walking, and went to Aldeburgh the next day instead. But we'll give it a shot next time we visit Southwold)!
We did visit Tillys Tea rooms in the High Street later in the day and enjoyed a pot of (loose leaf) tea and home made lemon tart. The people who own the tea rooms run this bus sevice too.
We ran into the bus at Southwold Harbour, where I took this pic, and got a cheery wave from the driver, which made us want to ride on this bus at our next visit!
Olive is a 1959 Bristol SC4LK, and her body was built at nearby Lowestoft, for the Lincolnshire Road Car Co
The blurb from their web site ....
"Take a ride in ‘Olive’, our 1950’s omnibus built at the Lowestoft coach works. This genuinely local bus service will run five days a week (not running on Wednesday’s or Saturday’s).
This omnibus will link the pier with the high street, the museum, the King’s Head, the Harbour Inn, the foot ferry, the caravan site, and finally the Red Lion public house.
You can catch 'Olive’ at the PIER at 10:15am THEN HOURLY TILL 5:15PM or at Chapman’s newsagents from 11am then hourly till 5pm. Running five days a week from April 18th through to Tuesday 3rd may then starting for the full summer season on Sunday 29th May through to September 2011."
- Budget Travel
- Historical Travel
How to get there
There is no rail station at Southwold, the nearest station is Halesworth about 9 miles away, though there is a bus service from Halesworth to Southwold. A good alternative is to take your bike on the train to Halesworth and cycle from there, as I did. It’s a very pleasant ride through villages and countryside only briefly interrupted by crossing the A12 main road.
Cycle hire is also available in Southwold which is a great way to get around as there are off-road tracks to the harbour and surrounding areas. Of course you can also get there by car.