Southwold is an unspoilt coastal resort that is quiet but full of character - a paradise for the walker, the naturalist, the shopper and the birdwatcher! Situated on a hill that gently rises from the Blyth Valley, the town is virtually an island, being surrounded by the River Blyth to the south and Buss Creek to the north. This has resulted in limited town development helping to retain Southwold's old world charm.
The dramatic coastline and the town's architecture make it a popular attraction throughout the year. Southwold's beach is immaculately kept and is a regular Blue Flag winner. Close to the Pier the beach is mainly shingle but away from the Pier are large stretches of sandy beach and dunes. Also of note in Southwold are the cosy pubs (serving great fish & chips & pies) and an interesting selection of independent shops including boutiques, a fabulous bakery (Magpie Bakery) & a deli selling enormous pies! Southwold remains a firm holiday favourite and people come back, year after year. For more information on this lovely town see our Southwold Guide
As this is a relatively compact town there aren't a huge number of Hotels to choose from, so booking in advance is usually essential, especially during the school holidays. Sutherland House was included in the Daily Telegraph's list of the '150 best restaurants in the UK' in 2012 so you can be confident of some great food when staying here! This small Hotel, or restaurant with rooms, is located on the High Street in a property dating back to 1455! So history buffs will be delighted with this choice as there's something to explore in every nook and cranny. However those of you preferring 'mod cons' won't be disappointed either as Sutherland House offers as high a standard in their bedrooms as they do in their restaurant (2 AA rosettes plus 5 Gold Stars in the Restaurant with Rooms category). Find all about them here -
Sutherland House Hotel & Restaurant, Southwold
No matter what time of year you choose to stay in Southwold you'll find plenty going on in and around the town. A very popular regular feature of the High Street is the Vintage Market in the Town Hall, and there's a tennis club in the town where you can hire a court by the hour if you're feeling energetic. But if you just want to wander round, stroll down to the Harbour for some fresh fish direct from the fishermen or relax in the friendly bar of The Crown, Southwold is a good choice for you.
Owned and run by local brewer, Adnams, The Crown is a lively and friendly small hotel that has recently been refurbished and offers food and/or drink related events throughout the year, such as Beer and Food Matching Dinners and Adnams Ale vs Aspall Cyder Dinners! Find out more about The Crown Hotel Southwold here
Another Adnams pub in the town (which is their HQ after all) is The Swan which has been welcoming guests for over 300 years, so they probably know a thing or 2 about hospitality by now! This is a 4 Star rated Hotel from the AA and they also have 2 Rosettes from the AA for their restaurant, so you will be sure to eat well here. Close to the beach and right on the High Street you won't miss a thing if you're staying at The Swan, and you might want to take a brewery tour too! Ask at reception or book online at The Swan Hotel Southwold
In nearby Walberswick - which is just across from Southwold Harbour via bridge across the River Blyth, or ferry rowing boat in high season - you can find The Anchor Inn which is a large, friendly village pub with a difference - fantastic food in the restaurant and cedar-clad chalet accommodation in the grounds. Backing onto the beach at Walberswick you can stroll down to Dunwich or up to Southwold & work up a healthy appetite for Sophie's delicious menus. Check them out now - The Anchor, Walberswick
Also nearby are these accommodation options -
The Ship at Dunwich
The Westleton Crown
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