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4. Southwold

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Southwold is a quintessentially English resort town. With fine old buildings, a long sandy beach, open heathland, and the local Adnams Brewery, the town offers much of interest, but it is the sea and Southwold's links with it that make this a wonderful destination at any time of the year.

The working lighthouse, beach huts, award-winning pier, busy harbour, cliff top cannons and of course the beach make Southwold an attractive destination for days out and holidays for families and couples.

Things to do in Southwold

Southwold Lighthouse
Established in 1889 and at a height of 31 metres, the lighthouse provides a waymark for vessels navigating the East Coast and guides vessels making for Southwold Harbour. Book a guided tour for your chance to experience first-hand the maritime history of the area.
Southwold Museum
Southwold's unique cottage museum is dedicated to the local and natural history of this corner of Suffolk. Owned and managed by the Southwold Museum & Historical Society, this tiny building houses an astonishing collection of objects, paintings, photographs, models and wildlife exhibits.  
The Sailors Reading Room
The Sailors Reading Room is a building of character where retired seamen have a social club and reading room. There are maritime exhibits and local history. It houses ship models, figureheads, pictures, local history and other items of interest.
Adnams Brewery Tours
Behind the walls of this victorian building sits on of the most modern breweries in the UK. Your tour of the Adnams brewery will explain the beer making process from choice of malted barley and hop varieties through to tasting the delicious finished product. The tour takes approximately 1 hour followed by a tutored tasting in the Adnams Cellar and Kitchen cafe, and you get to take home a complimentary bottle of beer. Booking is essential.
Southwold Tourist Information Centre
Southwold Tourist Information Centre is a handy resource with helpful staff who will be able to provide information on places to stay and other things to do and places to visit in the area. Phone or e-mail them using the details below. 
Southwold Tourist Information Centre Address:            
Tourist Information Centre
69 High Street
IP18 6DS
England, UK
Southwold Tourist Information Centre Opening Times:    
Monday to Friday 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Saturday 10.00 am to 5.30 pm.
Sunday 11.00 am to 4.00 pm.

Monday to Friday 10.30 am to 3.30 pm (Wednesday 3.00 pm).
Saturday 10.00 am to 4.30 pm.
Southwold Admission:          

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