Southwold Area Guide
With its iconic beach huts and pier, Southwold has long been the perfect Suffolk destination to escape to.
In the early 20th Century, holidaymakers would arrive from London on Belle steamships onto a landing stage at the newly built pier. The town remains a popular seaside haven with a great range of independent shops and a wide variety of places to eat, drink and stay.
The renowned Adnams brewery has been based in Southwold for more than a century and is the largest single employer in the town as well as owning The Crown and The Swan Hotel.
Southwold’s fully working lighthouse is another landmark feature along with six large 18-pound cannons on Gun Hill commemorating the Battle of Sole Bay in 1672. Southwold Harbour was key to the economy of the town for centuries, and although greatly diminished, remains one of the main fishing ports on the Suffolk coast and a great place to visit on foot as part of a scenic walk across the River Blyth to nearby Walberswick.
Southwold Primary School caters for children aged 2 to 11 with secondary education in Beccles, Bungay and Lowestoft. St. Felix School, an independent school for 2 to 18-year-olds, is based in nearby Reydon.
Durrants always has a wide selection of properties available to buy and let in and around Southwold with a prominent office on the High Street. It is also home to our Holiday Cottages team who can help you book the perfect short-term break.