Henstead Exotic Garden (6 miles)

Sub-tropical style garden, 2 miles from the East Coast of England, but benefiting from a Coastal climate, albeit an East Coast one!! You will be surprised and amazed at what greets you behind this 400 year old cottage and giant ancient yew hedge. A one acre fully exotic garden in an excellent south facing microclimate, being surrounded on all sides by hedges, backing onto 12 acre woodland.


Wootens of Wenhaston (7 miles)

Woottens are specialists in Auriculas, Bearded Iris, Grasses, Hemerocallis and Pelargoniums. We grow the largest general range of Sun and Shade loving Herbaceous Perennials in Suffolk, plus a good collection of Clematis, and an ever increasing range of Shrubs suitable for both Sun and Shade. We also offer a range of Sun loving and Shade tollerant Climbers. Woottens is a real specialist plant nursery not a garden centre


The Walled Garden (16 miles)

The wall encloses roughly 2 acres of land; that’s roughly a football pitch or 15 tennis courts. There is an additional 2.5 acres outside so there are plantings outside and inside the wall.


Exotic Garden company (17 miles)


Visit our tropical surroundings where you can select from a wide variety of hardy species including palms, bamboos, ferns, banana's, topiary and much more.


Helmingham Hall (28 miles)

Spectacular Grade 1 Listed Gardens. Helmingham and the Tollemache family have been together for many hundreds of years. The Hall and the old oak trees that you see today have seen much of the history of England pass before them, and many generations of this family.


Otley Hall (28 miles)

Otley Hall is privately owned by Ian and Catherine Beaumont. Ian is from Ipswich and has returned to Suffolk with his young family. Otley Hall, a grade I listed historic house in Suffolk, has a long and distinguished history and is situated in ten acres of gardens. Otley Hall is available for guided tours of both the house and gardens, as well as a variety of functions, including weddings and social events.


Levenham Guildhall (50 miles)

Tudor building in the heart of the remarkably preserved medieval village of Lavenham. Stunning early 16th-century timber-framed building. Local history museum, with exhibitions on medieval cloth industry. Tranquil walled garden with dye plants used since middle ages Dressing-up boxes for children. Set in one of England's finest Tudor villages.


Melford Hall (55 miles)

Follow in Beatrix Potter's footsteps at this beautiful Tudor family home One of East Anglia's most celebrated Elizabethan houses. Classic interiors, fine panelled Great Hall, Regency Library and panelled Banqueting House in the garden. Delightful garden and parkland walks.


Ickworth House (53 miles)

A Georgian Italianate palace in an idyllic English landscape. Explore acres of parkland and woodland on waymarked walks. Have fun in the play area, family cycle route and 'Trim Trail'. Enjoy the licensed restaurant and tempting gift shop. Join in many special events and activities throughout the year Learn about historic Ickworth House (now open at 11).


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.