Africa Alive! (8 miles)

This not-to-be-missed wildlife park which is near to Southwold, has won a string of awards and has gained in popularity over the years following massive expansion. The highlights include "The plains of Africa", where Rhinos, Giraffes and Zebras are free to roam in a large area built to their natural environment. New - Take a safari via jeep through this area!

RSPB Minsmere (11 miles)

Minsmere offers families and keen birdwatchers a great day out. Nature trails take you through a variety of habitats to excellent birdwatching hides. There is a visitor centre where you can find out more about the wildlife, browse in the shop or enjoy a meal in the licensed tearoom. There are events all year.

Pets Corner (12 miles)

Pets Corner is ideal for children, with snakes, rabbits, monkeys, ducks, exotic birds, guinea pigs, meerkats, sheep, pygmy goats and pony's. It is open daily, from 10am-5pm, and can be found at the Nicholas Evereitt Park, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft.

Oasis Camel Centre (20 miles)

The Oasis Camel Centre is located between Harleston and Halesworth in North Suffolk, with so much to see and do, the centre is a fantastic fun packed family day out. Meet our very friendly camels and get 'hands-on' with one of them in our special photo and information sessions held at regular intervals each day - but the fun doesn't stop there!

Eastern Farm Park (27 miles)

This award-winning attraction is set in the beautiful surroundings of the Deben river valley. The historic Victorian buildings offer a stunning backdrop to the fun and adventures to be had. Try to tame our mad pygmy goats, pat-a-pet, ride a pony, let off steam in the indoor soft playarea and outdoor adventure playground.

Suffolk Owl Sanctuary (29 miles)

The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary at Stonham Barns in Suffolk is the focal point of our organisation and provides a delightful place to visit to watch, study or simply enjoy the company of Owls and other birds of prey. There are over 60 raptors at the Centre, all housed in spacious aviaries and flying free in narrated flying displays or demonstrations. You will also find Red Squirrels, the Raptor Hospital, The Barclays Sensory Garden, an information centre about Owls, a woodland walk with bird hide, picnic areas and plenty of activities for children.

Banham Zoo (35 miles)

Banham Zoo is the ultimate fun filled day out for all the family and home to almost 1000 animals from around the world. It has won many awards as the top attraction in Norfolk, and will provide a full day with action packed fun. Feeding times, talks, and a bird display are just some of the ways to get closer to the animals.

The Animal Ark (41 miles)

If you like animals, the outdoors and the countryside you'll love the the Animal Ark. The Animal Ark is set in 20 acres of landscaped countryside with conifer belts, ponds, mature trees and ornamental shrubs. You can walk by the side of the waterfowl lake or feed the pygmy goats in their pen. Our animals are all friendly and many like a gentle stroke or a kind word.

Colchester Zoo (60 miles)

Colchester Zoo is constantly evolving and is the largest zoo in East Anglia. There is so much to see and do, that in most cases you will need more than one day to explore everything! Each year, new enclosures are added. The highlights are the impressive, 2 million pound Kingdom of the Wild building. Although this zoo is 60 miles from Southwold, you will not be disappointed! -

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.