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A Guide to the Suffolk Coast

The Suffolk Coast - An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

As the nearest coast to London, the Suffolk Coast is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Famed for its food and produce, the Suffolk Coast is a popular destination for holidaymakers. The area is teeming with things to do, like visiting historical landmarks, water sports, river trips, spas, golf courses, theatres, galleries and wildlife centres. It also offers a number fantastic coastal walks with routes suitable for all ages that come with the promice of amazing views of the beautiful Suffolk coastline.

Getting to Suffolk

The Suffolk Coast is roughly two and a half hours from our port in Dover and can be reached easily by taking the M20 and the A12. If you’re landing in Newhaven then the best way to Suffolk is via the M25 and it’s just an extra half an hour. From whichever port you choose the road network is fast and easily accessible.

What to see on the Suffolk coast

Aldeburgh is a pretty coastal town on the river Alde. Its name comes from 'Alde Burgh' meaning "old fort" and it was famed for its great shipbuilding industry which was responsible for building Francis Drake’s ‘Golden Hind’. The town has some beautiful historic buildings which you can visit including the 16th-century Moot Hall and the Napoleonic-era Martello Tower. Aldenburgh also has a popular shingle beach where you can buy fresh fish daily from the little fisherman’s huts. The town has two family-run fish and chip shops which are said to be two of the best in England.

History in Suffolk

Budding historians can visit Orford’s impressive castle that looms over the town. Built between 1165 and 1173, the castle’s unique 27 metre polygonal tower keep has five floors and includes kitchens and a chapel, and you get fantastic panoramic views from the top. Lavenham’s church of St. Peter and St. Paul is well worth a visit and contains rich carvings both inside and out. As well as its many historic buildings, Lavenham is also blessed with good pubs, fine restaurants and antique shops to browse around.

Suffolk seaside town - Southwold

If you’re looking for a quintessential English seaside town, then Southwold is the place to go. It’s famed for its iconic lighthouse, pretty Victorian pier, colourful beach huts and soft sandy beach. There’s even a traditional cinema called the Electric Picture Palace that shows classic films as well as new releases and it still has its original organ.

A trip to Southwold wouldn’t be complete without climbing to the top of the lighthouse. The views are outstanding and the knowledgeable guides give you a brief history of the area.