Arguably Britain's finest and most elegant seaside town, Suffolk’s Southwold has long been associated with coastal glamour. Located at the northern end of the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB, it is surrounded by protected scenery, with plenty of walking trails in both directions.
Home of the Adnams Brewery, it’s hard to walk far without stopping at another award-winning pub, whilst the High Street is a bustle of innovative delis, art galleries and independent shops. Between the sea and the High Street is Southwold’s old core, where you’ll spot all manor of quirky buildings dating from the medieval to the Georgian eras.
The highlight of Southwold is the clean, sandy beach. Running beyond the beach is a row of pastel beach huts and beyond this is the town’s fine North Parade, with its handsome period townhouses. At the northern end of the parade is a traditional pier, which features the delightfully quirky and retro Under the Pier Show, designed by Tim Hunkin.
You don’t have to stay in the centre of the town to get the most out of Southwold, in fact many visitors book accommodation in the surrounding villages, that offer both peace and easy access to the coast. Just over the River Blyth is the beautiful village of Walberswick, accessible from Southwold via bridge or ferry. Accommodation in Walberswick includes weather-boarded boathouses and traditional stone cottages.
The wide range of Southwold holiday cottages reflect the diverse architecture of the town. Whether you want a grand Victorian villa with seaside views and plenty of rooms, or perhaps a traditional fisherman's cottage for a romantic getaway. Find pet-friendly accommodation for dog-owners as well as child-friendly houses with secure gardens and play equipment. Looking for a spot of luxury? Discover lodges and houses with spa facilities, such as a sauna, pool and hot tub.