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45 High Street
Southwold
Suffolk
IP18 6DJ

Why move to Southwold?

The historic coastal town of Southwold occupies a prominent position on the Suffolk Coast and is about two hours drive from north London. The town lies in the heart of the East Suffolk Heritage Coast, much of which is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are copious walks and cycle routes, and for keen bird watchers there is the renowned RSPB sanctuary at Minsmere. For music lovers Aldeburgh which lies about twelve miles to the south is home to the internationally famous music festival with many concerts held at the world famous Snape Maltings complex.

Some things we love about Southwold

Southwold is home to the Adnams Brewery - visit their famous kitchen store, wine shop and café - right opposite Winkworth in the High Street!

Check out Southwold's harbour where you can buy fresh fish and where there is an excellent fish restaurant.

From the harbour you can either catch the ferry or use the Bailey Bridge to get across the Blyth River, and the beautiful village of Walberswick is about 20 minutes walk and is a great place for lunch.

Visit St. Edmund's Parish Church in Southwold - a Grade I listed building and one of the finest in Suffolk.

Adnams offers a Gin Distillery Tour taking place in the Southwold Gin Lab, at the heart of the Distillery in Southwold. This fascinating experience using mini copper stills takes approximately 2.5 hours and an Adnams Gin Maker will guide you through the process of making your own gin.

A little bit of history

Southwold was mentioned in the Domesday Book as a fishing port and was granted it's town charter by Henry VII in 1489. The indecisive Battle of Sole Bay was fought off the coast at Southwold between the English and French and the Dutch. It is commemorated by six 18-pounder cannons which remain on the town's Gun Hill to this day. Southwold has many literary and artistic connections too, and has been home to George Orwell and P D James.

Need to know

Southwold is a haven for holiday makers and is very popular during the summer and school holidays. The large beach offers plenty of space to spread out and the pier (which was rebuilt in 2002) has a unique range of retails outlets, a restaurant and coffee shop and a 'one off' Under the Pier Show.

Shopping

Southwold has a vibrant high street with an eclectic mix of shops which lead up to the historic market place. For everyday needs, the town has two supermarkets and an independent butcher and grocer. The high street also offers a wide range of eateries, art galleries and clothing retailers including both independent and national names.

SOUTHWOLD WAS ONCE HOME TO GEORGE ORWELL AND P D JAMES

Transport

By Road:

The A12 is about 10 minutes drive from Southwold and from there the junction with the M25 is about an hour and fifteen minutes away.

By Train:

The railway station at Darsham is about 25 minutes drive and there is a regular service via Ipswich to London (Liverpool Street)

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