Southwold has a diverse selection of shops & if you fancy a trip further afield then fine & unique shopping can be had in market towns such as Halesworth, Harleston, Aldeburgh & Framlingham.
For walkers & nature lovers we have miles of wonderful coast, countryside walks & Nature reserves like at RSPB Minsmere.
If eating out & good food are your thing then you will be well catered for with many fine restaurants, pubs, delis & tearooms!
Finally you also have the most famous Southwold export - Adnams Ales, right on your doorstep!
We have collected a few links of places we like, below, to help you with the area but there are many more as we are sure you will find out.
We have mainly listed places with websites, so that you may visit them to get other more up to date information like phone numbers and opening times.
Framlingham is a magnificent example of a late 12th-century castle.
Minsmere RSPB Reserve
Minsmere is a superb place to enjoy a day out, whether you are a birdwatcher or simply want a country walk with the family.
Southwold Pier is now one of the finest examples of a Pier to be found in the British isles, it attracts thousands of visitors making it one of Southwold's greatest attractions.
Pleasurewood Hill Leisure Park
Adrenalin fuelled thrills & spills; Fun rides for all the family; Wonderful shows with Sea lions, parrots, acrobats and clowns!
Somerleyton Hall & Gardens
Somerleyton Hall was originally a Jacobean manor but was remodelled in 1844, transforming it into the fine example of an early Victorian Hall in the Anglo-Italian style.
The Coastal Voyager is the new experience from Sail Southwold.
The unique polygonal towerkeep of Orford Castle stands beside the pretty town and former port which Henry II also developed here in the 1160s.
East Anglia Transport Museum
This is the only place in the British Isles where visitors can not only view but also ride on all three principal forms of public transport from the earlier part of the 20th century.
Dunwich Heath, Beach & Woods
Remote and beautiful stretch of Suffolk coastline with heathland and shore-side walks, shady woods and sandy cliffs
An awe-inspiring presentation of the African Savannah, where the animals roam freely together as they do in the wild.
Southwold Summer Theatre
Jill Freud & Company achieves the highest standard of summer theatre production anywhere in the country!
Southwold's unique cottage museum is dedicated to the local and natural history of this corner of Suffolk.
The Swan, Southwold
Wide-ranging cuisine, with a menu that changes regularly, has 2 AA rosettes. Chef, Ian Howell, works directly with the local growers, farmers and fishermen who supply our fresh, seasonal ingredients – much of it organic.
Harbour Inn, Southwold
The Harbour Inn offers a warm and friendly welcome all year round, offers a fantastic pint of Adnams and boasts a restaurant serving locally caught fish and with the best views in Southwold.
Sole Bay Inn, Southwold
Based at the foot of the lighthouse, the Sole Bay Inn is most certainly a place to visit when in Southwold, sample the excellent beer, delicious food and warm welcoming ambiance.
East Green, Southwold - t: 01502 723736
Bell Inn, Walberswick
Low beams, open fires, flag stone floors and high wooden settles provide an all year round welcome. The Inn features several snug rooms and dining areas and sells a wide range of Adnams beers and ales and seasonal a la carte and bar menu with a specials board.
The Randolph, Reydon
Every meal is produced from the very best ingredients and, wherever possible, we purchase from local suppliers. Our menus cater for a wide variety of tastes and our well-chosen wines will complement your meal.
The Crown, Southwold
An exciting and intimate combination of small hotel, wine bar, pub and restaurant, The Crown is always buzzing with a lively informality.
The Lord Nelson, Southwold
Always a busy and lively pub, popular with both locals and visitors enjoying the coastal views from the nearby cliff top. The pub is renowned for its good value food and full range of Adnams beers.
42 East St, Southwold - t: 01502 722079
The Red Lion, Southwold
This pub is a great one if you like real ales and good food, situated not far from the beach, if the weathers good , then sit outside and eat while you enjoy a pint of the Adnams.
2 South Green, Southwold - t: 01502 722385
The Anchor, Walberswick
Recently been taken over by Mark and Sophie Dorber, who are bringing the high standards of their well known Parson’s Green pub, The White Horse, to the coast. Mark’s vast knowledge of beer and wines, and Sophie’s insistence upon the freshest, seasonal, local produce, ensure that The Anchor at Walberswick is fast becoming a welcoming local and a gastronomic destination.
Buckenham Galleries, Southwold
Created in a carefully restored and converted cellar of the house of a Tudor Merchant, the menu consists of sandwiches, light meals, a selection of the most 'wicked' cakes and pastries plus speciality teas and coffees & fruit juices.
Squires Tea Rooms, Southwold
Licensed Tea Rooms, morning coffee, home made lunches, cream teas Open throughout the year.
71 High Street, Southwold - t: 01502 723354
Trinity's Tearoom, Southwold
We specialise in homemade cakes and snacks. Serve light lunches using fresh local products. Disabled Access. 42 seat cafe and 24 seat garden area.
54 High Street, Southwold - t: 01502 722888
Southwold Boatyard & Tearooms
Good hot food, drinks, cakes and teas. Gifts. The elevated large windows overlook the harbour, and there is no better place to sit on a sunny winters day. Open daily all year round.
Blackshore, Southwold - t: 01502 722593