Southwold Holiday Guide

Holiday Cottage Guide to Southwold, Photo courtesy of Brian Mossemenear

Southwold in Suffolk is a delightful seaside town: its colourful beach huts, stylish shops and restaurants, lovely sandy beach, award-winning Pier and atmospheric harbour, not to mention Adnams Brewery, all add to its timeless appeal.

Southwold really does have everything you need for a traditional British holiday, and a stay in one of our holiday cottages in Southwold, provides the perfect base to enjoy its many attractions. Bring your bucket and spade for some genuine seaside fun, take a gentle stroll along the promenade, marvelling at the spectacular views of the town, beach huts and Lighthouse, or spend an afternoon in the Electric Picture Palace, Southwold’s delightful 68-seater cinema.

Adnams’ Sole Bay Brewery is at the heart of the town and you may smell the hops as you walk by. You can also book an Adnams Brewery Tour, sampling some of the ales and beers, or purchase your tipple of choice from Adnams Cellar and Kitchen Store on the high street.

The locally caught fish is outstanding and a walk along the Harbour with its characterful, ramshackle fishing huts is a ‘must’. Try The Sole Bay Fish Co and the newly opened Southwold Smokehouse or fish and chips from Mrs T's and sit on the harbour wall to eat them. You can buy your fresh fish here at the harbour – ask and they’ll keep it on ice for you if you want to continue your walk across the Bailey Bridge and along the River Blyth tow path the to pretty village of Walberswick. There are some lovely walks around this area, click here to find out more.

For the brave-hearted there is the Coastal Voyager for a speedy trip out to sea crash

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Attractions and things to do

  • Southwold Lighthouse

    Southwold Lighthouse

    A working lighthouse and an iconic landmark towering behind Southwold’s attractive promenade, it is possible to climb the 113 steps to the top of the Lighthouse and enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the coastline and beautiful coastal town of Southwold. Be sure to check for opening times.

    Stradbroke Road Southwold Suffolk IP18 6LQ Tel: 01502 724729
  • Maize Maze, Southwold

    Southwold Maize Maze

    Another great summer venue, Southwold Maize Maze is the perfect family day out, and opens from July through to early September. Navigate your way through the maze, let the kids expend some energy on the 'jumping pillow', pedal tractors and climbing tower before relaxing for a family lunch in the picnic area. The ice creams come highly recommended!


    Old Hall Farm Halesworth Road Reydon Southwold Suffolk IP18 6SG Tel: 01379 586746 Website
  • Coastal Voyager

    The Coastal Voyager

    For a high-speed race across the water, try the Coastal Voyager’s ‘Sea Blast’, a 30-minute high-speed tour of Sole Bay which is not for the faint hearted! Other more relaxing trips are also available, such as the three-hour River Blyth Cruise, with breathtaking views and the chance to see Marsh Harriers, heron, seals and, possibly even an Osprey


    Coastal Voyager Building Stage S35 Blackshore Southwold Harbour Suffolk IP18 6TA Tel: 01502 724441 Website

Local pubs and restaurants

  • Coasters, Southwold


    It’s best to book for both lunch and the evenings at the busiest times of year as this is a popular neighbourhood restaurant, priding itself on its relationship with local food suppliers, as well as its premium wine list and excellent local beers. There’s something for everyone: from an exciting a la carte menu to a fine cup of coffee.


    12 Queen Street Southwold Suffolk IP18 6EQ Tel: 01502 724734 Website
  • Sutherland House, Southwold

    Sutherland House

    A fabulous seafood restaurant rated one of the best 150 restaurants in the UK by the Sunday Telegraph, Sutherland House has an enviable reputation ' and a waiting list to match! You'll need to book well in advance for weekends. Food miles are printed on all menus and 'locally sourced' is a mantra to the Head Chef.

    56 High Street Southwold Suffolk IP18 6DN Tel: 01502 724544 Website
  • Swan Hotel, Southwold

    The Swan Hotel, Southwold

    The Swan occupies pride of place in Southwold market square and, having been awarded two rosettes, the restaurant menu is appropriately mouth-watering: Braised Dingley Dell Pork Shoulder, Wild Sea Trout Fillet with Samphire, Mushroom and Truffle Oil Risotto…and so it goes on! There is also a bar menu for less formal dining.


    Market Place Southwold Suffolk IP18 6EG Tel: 01502 722186 Website
  • Two Magpies Bakery, Southwold

    Two Magpies Bakery

    Visit the most talked about bakers on the High Street, Two Magpies Bakery in Southwold serves delicious pastries, sourdough bread and quality coffee.  Sit and enjoy it in the cosy cafe or take some goodies to enjoy when you return to your cosy cottage after a day exploring the delights of Southwold.  

    88 High Street Souhtwold Suffolk IP18 6DP Tel: 01502 726120 Website

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