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The town offers much of interest, but it is the sea and Southwold’s links with it that make this a wonderful destination at any time of the year. Come and sample the Southwold sea air! All the attractions of the working lighthouse, beach huts, award-winning pier, busy harbour, cliff top cannon and of course the beach, combine to make Southwold a quintessentially English resort town.  

Southwold is a quaint little seaside town on the Suffolk coast and although it might be small, there are still plenty of absolutely charming things to do in Southwold whether you are visiting in the summer or winter.

Southwold often tops the charts for best British seaside resort with its understated British seaside elegance and can really offer visitors a truly memorable UK holiday by the sea. It is exactly this understated elegance and subtle reminders of times gone by that makes all the things to do in Southwold seem so charming.

Where is Southwold

Southwold is a charming seaside town which lies on the Suffolk coast, just north of its neighbour, Aldeburgh. It is a little over 2 hours from London to Southwold by car.

There is just the one road in to and out of Southwold, approached through neighbouring Reydon. From London Liverpool Street you can take a Greater Anglia service through to Darsham which is the nearest train station to Southwold. The London to Darsham train takes about 2 hours 30 minutes. There is no London to Southwold train.

From Darsham you can take a taxi for the remaining 10 miles to Southwold. It would be best to book one in advance. It is a tiny station pretty much in the middle of nowhere.

Before visiting Suffolk, you might want to grab a copy of the Rough Guide to Suffolk & Norfolk  which is the most comprehensive and up to date guide out there. We also love this Suffolk pub walks guide.

Things to do in Southwold

  • Take a tour of the prestigious Adnams brewery. They make everything from beer to wine and spirits.They also offer a gin tour where you can try their award winning gin.

  • Get lost in Southwolds Maize maize. As well as enormous and quite challenging maize mazes, they have large bouncy cushions and play areas, including climbing frames, dressing up and ride on tractors. There is a small café and lots of picnic tables. It’s a fun family day out in Southwold

  • The Southwold to Walberswick ferry runs from Easter to October. The ferry owners also offer one hour river trips along the beautiful Blyth estuary on their motorboat, "Daybreeze".

  • Halesworth Golf Club offers a wide range of top class facilities and welcomes golfers of all abilities.

  • The Electric Picture Palace in Southwold is a rather special bijou cinema (70 seats and an organ) which shows a wide range of films. Become a member very easily, or visit as a guest of a member, to enjoy the experience.

  • Throughout the season there are races and competitions held by Southwold Model Yacht Club, the most impressive of these being the Southwold Model Yacht Regatta. Please note that those wanting to turn up and hire a boat should arrive half an hour before the scheduled start of the regatta.

  • Take a horse drawn carriage ride around the town 

  • The Cut Arts Centre in Halesworth offers a great range of music, drama and films throughout the year. Online booking.

  • Watch Live Sport on multiple screens at The White Swan, London Road, Halesworth.

  • Valley Farm near Halesworth, offers a heated indoor swimming pool available for private hire by arrangement.

  • Southwold Golf Club is Southwold's own 9–hole golf course. Also open to non-members and visitors to enjoy their facilties.

  • The Blythweb Calendar is regularly updated and has details of all kinds of events in the area.

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