Looking for a seaside stay? Southwold is the ideal destination. Over the years, the seaside town has been a source of great inspiration for many artists, including George Orwell, one of Britain’s most famous authors. Today you can visit Southwold Gallery, Southwold Summer Theatre and even Southwold Arts Festival.
Southwold’s traditional architecture helps maintain its history and uniqueness, as well as its fabulous selection of independent shops. Plus it’s the home of Adnams Brewery, established in 1890. You can visit the Adnams shop or have a tour of the brewery, taking you behind the scenes of their distinct beers.
Things to do in Southwold
There is so much to do in Southwold. No matter if you want to relax, enjoy the beach, or sight-see, you’ll find something for you.
As mentioned earlier, the Adnams Museum is an iconic must-visit Museum in Southwold. You’ll learn all about Southwold and its history here. Plus, it’s only a few minutes walk away from the beach for a stroll afterwards.
St Edmund’s Church is a 15th century historic site in Southwold, the location has 54 restaurants and eateries near it as well as 27 attractions within 6 miles. There’s plenty to see here and visit after you’ve finished.
Another of the best things to do in Southwold is go to the lighthouse. Commissioned in 1890 and electrified in 1938, this landmark building is visible from all over town. The lighthouse is Grade II listed and has a spiral staircase with over 100 steps leading to the top. Guided visits make it possible to tour the building and take in the views along the coast.
If you’re into shopping, there’s a lot of chic boutiques, country clothing shops, and home furnishings stores in Southwold. Places like Collen and Clare are local fashion favourites, and Blackshore sells beautiful clothing made in the British Isles (and in their own on-site workshop). Southwold Books is a literary lover’s dream.
For more things to do and see, visit the Tripadvisor top 10 list here.
Places to eat in Southwold
Sutherland House Restaurant has over 2000 reviews on Tripadvisor and it’s a favorite amongst Southwold visitors. The restaurant offers a range of delicious seafood and European cuisine, with a seaside town theme, presented beautifully in high-end fashion.
The Sail Loft enjoys a glorious location, right next to the beach, and comfortably set back from the bustling town. Offering a relaxed and friendly atmosphere they welcome friends and family of all ages.
Ninedeli is a Southwold seafood cafe. Their focus is offering healthy food with a wide-range of options on their menu, as well as gluten-free and vegetarian options. If you’re looking for a light lunch or snack on the go, this is the place to go!
For more places to eat in Southwold, visit the Tripadvisor top 10 list here.
Where to stay in Southwold
At Air Manage Suffolk we have lots of properties located in Southwold! No matter your budget, we have somewhere for you to stay in this seaside town.
Papillon (sleeps 2)
Papillion is a trendy and modern one-bedroom apartment in the heart of Southwold. It has been carefully designed to offer couples and individuals a luxurious and indulgent coastal escape.
Seagrass Cottage (sleeps 6)
Only 5 minutes walk from Southwold, Seagrass Cottage is a fabulous holiday home which benefits from off road parking, a sunny courtyard garden and panoramic views of the sea from the top floor.
The Links (sleeps 13)
The Links is the ideal place for large group getaways. This beautiful holiday home has 7 bedrooms, airy and open decor, patio garden doors, large cinema screen and projector and bedroom balconies.