a very relaxing and historic town
there is no railway station
ideal for a short visit
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...more
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.more
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.more
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 church (1200). Inside is a beautiful painted screen dating from about 1500. St.Edmund was the last King of East Anglia and a Christian Martyr. The large and atmospheric churchyard...more
Southwold has been described as the beach hut capital of the UK. Take a stroll along the seafront and admire the rows of colourful and well-kept beach huts. Like to buy one? These can change hands at prices starting from £8,000 going up to £40,000 though, in fact, they are so highly prized that they rarely become available.more
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...more
Station Road, Southwold, IP18 6AY, United Kingdom
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families
Market Place, Southwold, IP18 6EG, United Kingdom
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
Ferry Road, Walberswick, IP18 6TN, United Kingdom
Good for: Solo
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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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...more
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...more
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,
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.