If you’re looking for a relaxing seaside getaway filled with history and charm, Southwold is the place to go. This beautiful town located in the East Suffolk district of Suffolk has been a popular destination for centuries, and it’s easy to see why.
Southwold has a rich history dating back to the Domesday Book in 1086, where it was mentioned as a fishing port. It became even more prosperous in the 15th century after the River Blyth withdrew from Dunwich, bringing trade to Southwold. The town received its town charter from Henry VII in 1489.
One of the most popular things to do in Southwold is to take a venture across the River Blyth by foot ferry to Walberswick. You can even cross back by the footbridge, giving you the chance to explore the trackbed of the old Southwold Railway. This is a must-do activity for anyone wanting to take in the scenic views of the area.
If you’re a beer-lover, then visiting the Adnams Brewery is a must. Adnams Brewery, winner of The Good Pub Guide 2011’s ‘Brewery of the Year’, is located just behind the High Street and adjacent to the town’s lighthouse. The brewing rooms serve as the focal point of the town, and the brewery offers tours and tastings for visitors.
Southwold Pier offers a range of shops, eating places, and amusements from traditional two penny pushers to Tim Hunkin’s eccentric inventions. One of the main attractions of the pier is the famous Water Clock, which causes a snigger every 30 minutes! You can lose yourself for hours wandering around the array of shops in Southwold. Choose from designer labels at Collen & Clare, kitchenwares, wines, spirits, and ales at the Adnams Store, traditional sweet shops, and quirky gift stores.
The lighthouse at Southwold has been an important landmark for years, serving as a coastal mark for passing shipping that guides vessels into Southwold Harbour. The tour lasts 20 minutes, but opening is subject to weather conditions and Trinity House’s operational requirements.
If you fall in love with Southwold during your visit and want to make it your permanent holiday home, there are plenty of options available. One popular option is to purchase a holiday home near popular attractions like Stonham Barns Park. Stonham Barns Park is located just a short drive from Southwold and is a vibrant and exciting leisure destination that has something for everyone, including a golf course, restaurant, craft village, fishing lake, and a variety of events throughout the year.
In conclusion, Southwold is a unique seaside destination filled with history, charm, and plenty of activities to keep visitors entertained. From exploring the old Southwold Railway to sampling the local beer at Adnams Brewery, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful town. So, pack your bags and come visit Southwold today!