Southwold is a great place for a holiday and just being here to soak up the ambience is a delight in itself. It’s a destination that will delight fans of the outdoors, wildlife, history and much more.
The town's most iconic attraction is the lighthouse, which is located in the town centre. Constructed in 1889, visitors are able to take part in a short tour to learn about the history and continued operation of this structure.
Also located nearby is the town’s other famous attraction, the Southwold Pier, which stretches some 200 metres out into the sea. One of the best-preserved piers in the country, it is thriving with activity. A selection of bars and shops lend a great atmosphere to the area.
There are also plenty of fun family attractions on the pier. There’s the House of Games, a Wacky Walk of Mirrors, a telescope and a slightly cheeky Water Clock. A highlight is the Under the Pier Show, a collection of zany arcade machines that are great fun to play with.
Enjoy a quirky day out by visiting the Amber Museum, which, as you may have guessed, is dedicated entirely to amber. You’ll learn what it is, its development over millions of years and its vital relation to insects. Another unique attraction is the Electric Picture Palace, a cinema that has been designed to look like it’s come straight from the early 20th century. This intimate theatre hosts a variety of films, including old-time movies in black and white.
Finally, if staying in a Southwold holiday cottage between May and September then make sure to stop by the Southwold Summer Theatre, which shows plays by famous and not-so-famous names.