Airfield Museum (8 miles)

Halesworth Airfield was mainly used as an American base, both the 56th Fighter Group and the 489th Bomb Group stayed here. Towards the end of the war and afterwards the base took on a rescue and training function before finally closing in February 1946.

Beccles Museum (11 miles)

The museum is arranged in four rooms on the ground floor. The museum is a Grade I listed building. It was bought and restored in the early 1990s by the Beccles Townlands Trust, an ancient charity. There is much to see at the museum, local history, the River Waveney an Arts and Crafts.

Transport Museum (11 miles)

Here you can see a unique project; the creation of a museum of street transport designed to show the development of mechanical transport over the best part of a century. The essence of transport is movement, so we are building a living museum where vehicles of yesteryear can be seen in action, where half-forgotten sounds of the past are brought back to life and where visitors can journey back in time by traveling on a few of the exhibits along the Museum's streets. Many old vehicles seem ill at ease in a rural environment, so our aim is to develop a street scene of houses and shops, complete with authentic street furniture of bygone days, rescued by us from many parts of the country.

The Long Shop Museum (13 miles)

This is the home of the Garrett collection, 200 years of local, social and industrial history. So much to do...The Water Tower, The Garrett Story, Exhibitions, Picnic Garden, Steam Engines, Displays and much more.

Aviation Museum (18 miles)


Home of The Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum East Anglia's Aviation Heritage Centre incorporating themed collections for 446th Bombardment Group USAAF RAF Bomber Command Royal Observer Corps, No. 6 Group Air Sea Rescue & Coastal Command. ADMISSION FREE, Refreshments. Shop. Free Parking

Sutton Hoo (21 miles)

Awe-inspiring Anglo-Saxon royal burial site. One of Britain's most important and atmospheric archaeological sites Burial ground of the Anglo-Saxon kings of East Anglia. Priceless royal treasures discovered in a huge ship grave. Exhibition hall tells the compelling story of early English history. Suffolk sandlings heathland and woodland walks

East Anglian Life (36 miles)


Discover the history and natural world of East Anglia on our beautiful 75 acre site—explore nearly 3km of woodland and riverside nature trails. Learn about fascinating East Anglian crafts and traditional Gypsy culture, get steamed up with our powerful engines and meet our friendly animals including Major, our Suffolk Punch Horse and rare breeds of cattle and sheep. Discover 15 splendidly restored historic buildings and try some delicious food and local produce in the new museum bistro.

West Stow (55 miles)

West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village lets you explore the way our ancestors lived. The early Anglo-Saxon village (c.420-650AD) has been carefully reconstructed where it was excavated. Experimental archaeology has provided new ideas on what life was once like at West Stow. In the Anglo-Saxon centre, objects from the original village are displayed, telling the fascinating story of this settlement and the people who lived here.

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.