Southwold - A Traditional Seaside Resort

Southwold Pier, Suffolk

Southwold Pier, Suffolk

Picturesque Southwold in Suffolk

Southwold is a charming and delightful picturesque seaside town situated on the cliffs of north Suffolk overlooking the North Sea. The traditional seaside town is attractive with its quaint narrow streets, plenty of green open spaces and charming, colourful cottages and houses. There is also a gleaming white working lighthouse built in 1890 which stands in the centre of town. The reason Southwold has so many open spaces is because in the 17th-century there was a widespread fire which almost destroyed the town. When the parts of the town and buildings affected by the fire were rebuilt the townsfolk decided that to minimise the risk of so much destruction again there would be much wider open spaces to hinder any further fire. The result is a less cramped and more dignified seaside town than many of its neighbours.

Southwold, once a busy fishing port, is now a lively seaside resort with a fine sand and shingle beach with an award-winning pier, and a delightful harbour which has never been modernised. It is a great destination for weekends and short breaks as there is a huge choice of hotels, self-catering accommodation, cottages and holiday properties to rent, and is close to Walberswick and Dunwich but is considered much more refined. Southwold is a haven for walkers and ramblers as there are so many coastal footpaths, tracks and places to explore. The Parish Church of St Edmund is one of the main attractions for a lot of visitors, and was built in the early 15th-century. It is considered by many to be one of the finest churches in Suffolk. The church has a 100 foot high tower and the interior has been beautifully restored. The full-width painted screen inside dates from about 1500 and is one of the most beautiful to be found in England.

Southwold is a very pleasant seaside resort on the Suffolk Heritage Coast with an air of dignity and charm. The area is attractive to wild birds and other wildlife, and the town is proud of its beautiful award-winning beaches, coastal walking and its maritime and Victorian past. It seems that many visitors come away with the impression that Southwold is the town that time forgot. There is also an abundance of charming cafes, coffee shops, restaurants and gift shops always supplying something for everyone.

Southwold Pier is one of the great attractions in Suffolk. This historic gem stretches right out across the sandy beach and sea, and is open all year round. It's free and a family day here is not to be missed with an exciting adventure awaiting and lots of entertaining things to see and enjoy.

Copyright, licence, research and article source information.
Reproduced and/or adapted for interest and educational purposes.

Back to Suffolk Index