Reydon (1 mile)

The village of Reydon is on the outskirts of Southwold, you pass through Reydon to get to Southwold. Of interest is Reydon Woods, which has native trees and shrubs to England, and well maintained. During April/May, the wood is covered in a blanket of bluebells, which is a spectacular sight. There are also some shops in Reydon, church and village hall. Reydon also has some superb walks.

Blythburgh (5 miles)

Its 15th century Holy trinity church can be seen from many angles. Floodlights portray this splendid church at night, known as the 'Cathedral of the marshes' as it overlooks the main A12 road. It is said that Oliver Cromwell used the church as a resting place, where his men used the nave as a stable. The River Blyth was once used by merchants ships dealing in the wool trade, but as the estuary silted up, ships could no longer navigate the river.


Walberswick (7 miles by road)


This delightful coastal village attracts many visitors through its natural charm and tranquility. It is the home of the national and world crabbing championships in late Summer, and has long been popular to many artists, whilst providing a retreat to national figures. Walberswick was once a flourishing fishing port at the mouth of the river Blyth. It can be accessed by the Southwold ferry, or on foot by the linking Bailey bridge.

Dunwich (9 miles)

Once the capital of East Anglia, lies mainly submerged by the sea, the beach is a popular area for local fishermen and provides an ideal spot for inshore fishing vessels, selling freshly caught fish. The museum highlights the extent of the loss of buildings to the sea, whilst the village provides many pleasant walks.


Beccles (11 miles)

Inland from Southwold, is a popular ancient market town with its peaceful riverside tranquility, Beccles has an excellent Quay side facility and borders the highly popular Norfolk broads. A street market may be found in the town centre each Friday, along with its array of shops and restaurants. A focal point of the town is its unique church, with tower detached from the main building, providing wonderful views across the marshland area.

Covehithe (11 miles)

The church of St Andrews is the focal point of this small hamlet. This small thatched church was built within the remains of the original larger church, and by the materials of the original building. A short walk from the church the road ends, as it has fallen into the sea. Towards the northern end is an access road to 'Benacre broad', a popular area for angling and bird watching. This location also boasts some beautiful sunsets!


Lowestoft (12 miles)


This East Coast town is popular for its southern beach, promenade and modern attractions. It holds a wide range of shops and services. The central railway station provides links to Gt. Yarmouth further along the coast, or the capital towns of Suffolk and Norfolk. Ipswich and the city of Norwich are regularly served from this point, along with a service to the London station of Liverpool Street.

Snape (14 miles)

The famous Snape Maltings and concert hall attracts visitors of all ages. A range of crafts and local products may be found as you browse the splendidly furbished shopping area. The concert hall is nationally renowned for its quality of productions. Snape may be found slightly inland from the coastal town of Aldeburgh.

Bungay (16 miles)

The Market town of Bungay is just six miles from Beccles. It is a small compact town, famous for its ancient 'Butter Cross' in the town centre where the weekly market is still held. The town has a castle and picnic area, well worth a visit, and houses the areas indoor Swimming Pool.

Things to do and see in the surrounding area

Nearby Places to visit Local things to do

Back to the main 'things to do and see' page, where you will find a list of local attractions in Southwold, including the Pier, Electric Picture Palace, Lighthouse, Voyager and Southwold Summer Theatre.
Nearby Places to visit Nearby places to visit

There are plenty of nearby towns and villages to visit. Nearby Blythburgh and across the river, Walberswick, the busy seaside towns of Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth full of attractions, shops and things to do, or other similar places to Southwold such as Aldeburgh and Snape.
Local Walks Local walks

Southwold and the surrounding area is full of outstanding walks. We have put several recommended walks together with information on distance, and sights of interest along the route. These are just a small taster to the many walks.
Zoos and animal parks Zoos and animal parks

Looking for zoos and wildlife parks. The best local wildlife park is at nearby Kessingland "Africa Alive!", but there are plenty of smaller animal parks including Pettits farm animals for kids, Eastern Farm Park, and many more, for those interested in birds, try nearby Minsmere nature reserve.
Family attractions Family attractions

For family attractions, the two biggest are Pleasurewood Hills between Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth, and Pleasurebeach in Great Yarmouth. Both towns are packed with attractions and things to do such as mini-golf, bowling and sports attractions.

Arts and Craft Arts and Crafts

For all arts and crafts including art exhibitions, pottery and antiques. These include Lowestoft Arts Centre, Henstead Art and Craft Centre, Teapot Pottery in Debenham, and the Henry Watsons Potteries near Diss, There are plenty more in Suffolk and Norfolk.
House and Gardens House and Gardens

There are plenty of halls, and gardens to view in the area. The Walled Garden of Saxmundham, Exotic gardens of Aldeburgh, Wyken Hall, Melford Hall, Helmingham Hall and Gardens, Ickworth House, park and gardens, Otley Hall and Yoxford antique centre gardens
Museums and History Museums and History

Apart from the Museums of Southwold, there are many other places of interest including, Mid-Suffolk light Railway museum, Sutton Hoo, West Stow anglo saxon village, East Anglia transport museum, The National Horseracing Museum, The Long Shop Museum and Halesworth Airfield, memorial museum.
Other River trips

Southwold is not far from the Norfolk Broads, where you will find plenty of boat hire companies, offering single day hire, or short breaks. The Norfolk Broads offers outstanding scenery, spectacular wildlife and plenty of places to moor up and visit.