Car parks - Parking can be a challenge in Southwold, especially during the summer, you can even buy the car stickers "I parked in Southwold". However, with a little local knowledge, you can always find a space!


High Street - Parking is allowed in the high street for free, there is limited spaces available with some disabled spaces. Parking is also permitted in the market place during non-market days.


The Common - The best car park for the town, which is also free, is beside the common. This can be found if you head to the Red Lion pub, turn right, and you will see both a concrete car park and off-road spaces at the end of the road.


The Pier - The largest car park in southwold can be found just north of the pier, this is also the official bus park. Charges apply during summer. An overspill car park, is opened up on the grass land surrounding when the town is busy. Free parking can be found outside the pier and down many of the roads nearby. Please park sensibly so locals can get out!


York Road - Another popular car park can be found near the doctors surgery (the road to the water tower). Spaces are available along both sides, this is also free. Please note, the first few spaces are reserved for the surgery.


Lifeboat Station - The second largest car park is situated at the lifeboat station and museum, this is also a paid car park, although free spaces can be found at the opposite side of the harbour (near the Harbour Inn), and along Ferry Road, which takes you to the lifeboat station.

Public Toilets - Toilets may be found at: Cumberland Road, (with disabled facilities) The Promenade. Southwold Pier. Ferry Road, (town end of the Road) At the Harbour mouth, (near to the lifeboat station).

Half day closing - Early closing day (half day) for shops in Southwold is WEDNESDAY, some do remain open.

Market Days - The town Market may be found each MONDAY and THURSDAY. Parking at the market place is not permitted on these days.

Hospital - The Hospital may be found in 'Field Stile Road', opposite the wonderful St Edmund's church. (Note: This is not a main Accident & Emergency unit, although some minor injuries are treated).

Southwold Hospital: 01502 723333
James Paget Hospital: 01493 452452
Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital: 01603 286286
Ipswich Hospital: 01473 712233

Doctors Surgery - The Southwold doctors surgery will be found in 'York Road' as you move towards the common. Southwold Surgery: 01502 722326 open between: Monday - Friday 08.30 to 18.00 Saturday 09.00 - 11.00 (Emergencies).

Emergency - Southwold Police Station (part time): 01502 722666;
Southwold Fire Station (part time), both are situated in Station Road, opposite the Blyth Hotel.

Lifeboat station - 01502 723355

Banks - There are two banks in the town, Barclays and Lloyds, both are in the High Street. There is also a Norwich and Peterborough Building Society.

Local education

Rosebuds Pre-School - 01502 723504
The Hollies Nursery and Pre-School - 01502 724831
Reydon County Primary School - 01502 723084
Southwold County Primary School- 01502 723137
St Felix (private) School
- 01502 722175

Local and tourist information

Tourist Information Centre: An initial stop at the tourist information office may be most beneficial. The helpful staff will assist you with an array of information and leaflets of the area. The office may be located in the High street near to Barclays bank. Telephone: 01502 724729

Opening times:
Summer: Mon-Fri: 10-17.00; Sat: 10-17.30; Sun: 11-16.00
Winter: Mon-Fri: 10.30-15.30 (Wed 15.00); Sat: 10.00 - 16.30

About Southwold

Religion and churches

There are four churches in the town of Southwold, we have listed these together with contact information and visiting times. For special events and services, please contact them directly.

About Southwold

Sports and sports clubs

Southwold has a number of sports clubs including a football team, rugby and netball team. It also has a famous golf course, tennis courts and much more. During the summer, you can use the 'Putting' green which is situated near the pier. You can also try the Southwold Bowls club.

About Southwold

Clubs and societies

There are various local clubs and societies. These clubs include the Southwold Railway Society, Jazz Appreciation Society, Southwold Royal British Legion Club, Southwold Film Society, Southwold Jazz Festival, Rotary Club and more.