Southwold Travel Guide

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Southwold Things to Do

  • Gun Hill cannons

    The six eighteen pound cannons looking out to sea on Gun Hill are said to have been given to the town by the Royal Armouries in 1746.

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  • Southwold Pier

    Southwold's original pier dates from 1900 though it sustained damage during WWII then two episodes of further damage caused by storms. Rebuilding work was completed in 2001 and it was awarded Pier of the Year in 2002. The pier has a quirky assortment of amusement machines.

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  • The Sailors Reading Room

    Originally founded to provide a place of refuge and recreation for sailors in the Victorian era, today The Sailor’s Reading Room gives a fascinating insight into Southwold’s maritime history. Inside are many items of maritime memorabilia in the form of photographs, model ships, newspaper cuttings and ship’s notices. Opening hours are 9.00 - 5.00pm...

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  • St.Edmund’s Church

    The Parish Church is a magnificent building with an imposing tower which is 100ft high. It dates back to 1460 though is actually built on the site of an even older 13th century church. Inside is a beautiful painted rood screen dating from about 1500. St.Edmund was the last King of East Anglia and a Christian Martyr. The large and atmospheric...

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  • Southwold Pier

    This pier is now (following an extensive renovation) one of Britains finest piers!It was built in 1900, when it extended for a distance of 810 feet (250 m) and ended with a T-shaped end. It was built as a landing stage for steamers that travelled from London Bridge - Many holiday makers travelled to Southwold by sea until roadworks provided an...

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  • The graveyard at Walberswick

    The graveyard is reasonably well maintained and there are some interesting graves near the ruins. Inside the church are some grave-slabs in the aisles between the pews.As usual I didn 't find any family graves; but I do know some ancestors married inside the church.

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  • The ruins of the old church at...

    The ruins of the old church show that it was quite large. Parts of the walls are unsafe and there are warnings not to go near, but walking round the outside of the building you can see quite a lot of its former layout.

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  • Little Britain at Southwold

    In the opening credits of Little Britain it shows them riding a unicycle dressed at ladies along a seafront. This is Southwold Seafront. There is also a sketch in a cafe which is one of the cafes in Southwold.

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  • Southwold shopping

    In Southwold you won't find any designer shops or large chain stores. All the shops are quaint little shops selling unusual items and curiosities. There are also a few famous people owning houses here to keep your eyes peeled for Johnny Depp, Caroline Quentin and The Kaiser Chiefs to name a few.

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  • Southwold Pier

    Southwold Pier is a lovely place where there are gift shops, a cafe and a hilarious collection of unusual gaming machines such as walk the dog, go on an underwater journey, lying down work out and much more.

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  • Southwold Pier

    On Southwold Pier there is an 'Under The Pier Show' with unusual gaming machines all built by Tim Hunkin. There you can watch an eclipse, go underwater, have a work out while lying down, walk the dog and much more. Hilarious.

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  • Smell the hops!

    When you approach the Adnam's Brewery you can immediately smell the beer process. I will try to find more info soon.*

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Southwold Hotels

  • Blyth Hotel

    Station Road, Southwold, IP18 6AY, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • The Swan Hotel

    Market Place, Southwold, IP18 6EG, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • The Bell Inn

    Ferry Road, Walberswick, IP18 6TN, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Southwold Restaurants

  • Great seafood in Southwold

    A lovely restaurant in a beautiful old historic, building in the centre of Southwold. The food was great and the staff friendly and helpful.Andy, the manager (owner?) is vey interesting and is full of information about the building, which has quite a history!The restaurant also has rooms, so it is possible to stay in this wonderful...

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  • Classy Fish and Chips with good beer

    Generous portions, first class chips - large, crisp outside, not greasy - friendly service and Adnams Broadside bitter to complement it. Four of us left very happy. Cod and chips and haddock and chips equally enjoyed. Southwold is well provided in this particularly British cuisine.

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  • Fish & Chips on the Pier

    The Pier is the most important landmark of Southwold. Every walk we took naturally ended there. Even if we were not very interested in its attractions it is its position in the village to make the pier an attraction. So it was natural to go there for a meal. Eating fish and chips is a must when we visit England and it is even more in a sea...

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Southwold Nightlife

  • A time-warp experience

    The Electric Picture Palace is a cinema with just over 60 seats. It has maintained the style of the original building, that is almost one century old, and also its name has a very old style feeling. It shows old classics like Casablanca, and at the end of the evening, before people leave, “God Save the Queen” is played, with everybody standing. It...

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  • Southwold after dark?

    If there are any nightclubs in Southwold they are well-hidden, so the evenings can be spent enjoying the local beer in one of Southwold’s pubs. The Lord Nelson on East Street is a good choice and also serves up very good food.

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  • Southwold Hotels

    3 Hotels in Southwold

Southwold Transportation

  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Southwold Off The Beaten Path

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    by uglyscot Updated Jan 16, 2008

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    The village name is of Saxon origin - Waldbert's harbour. It lies on the river Blyth and was a haven for the ships entering the river at Dunwich. Trade was carried out in butter, cheese, bacon, grain, salt, timber, coal and fish
    A church stood at the border of the marshes, near the present day church of St Andrew [built 1494],which has an older tower. The earlier church was taken down in 1473. After this a new church was built and all the adornments were transferred to it- images etc. This church is now in ruins.
    The decay of Walberswick as a town can be blamed on King Henry VIII who robbed the tithes and abolished the supremacy of the Pope. Fire and the loss of duties from the harbour also contributed.
    Interesting features in the church include the original south porch, the font, a mediaeval pulpit,a parish chest, and some of the choir stalls which probably date to the 15th century. There are also some grave slabs in the aisles between the pews,

    Walberswick Church ancient chest another grave slab the pulpit stone  slab on pedestal
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    by datapanik Written Aug 14, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Southwold is home to the Adnam's brewery which has a long history of beer production in the town. Therefore I would suggest that sampling a pint or two of Adnam's is an essential part of a visit to Southwold!

    Fondest memory: Relaxing with a pint of Adnam’s sitting outside The Lord Nelson pub watching the world go by on a warm, sunny afternoon.

    The brewery is located in the centre of the town so you’re never far away from a pint of Adnam’s in Southwold! Also worth trying is the lighter Regatta bitter which is produced just for the summer.

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