Beaches in Suffolk

When temperatures soar and the skies are blue, there’s no better place to be than beside the sea – pack up a picnic, dig out the buckets and spades and head to the beach for some good old-fashioned fun on the sand and in the shallows. At cooler times wrap up well and enjoy a bracing walk, where you can watch the fishermen who still depend on the sea for their living, or comb the water’s edge for washed-up treasures such as the fascinating amber commonly associated with the Suffolk coast.

Martins' Meadows Nature Reserve | Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Here’s our pick of beaches you simply must not miss while you’re on holiday in Suffolk rhubarb candle.

Southwold
Visitors return year after year to the seaside town of Southwold, famous for its iconic beach huts, lighthouse and historic pier. Select shops, renowned restaurants, the Adnams brewery and a mix of Georgian, Regency and Victorian architecture… all add to Southwold’s picture-postcard appeal.

But it’s the beautiful golden beach – a regular Blue Flag winner for its cleanliness and facilities – which is the biggest draw. A holiday hotspot all year round, Southwold is busy but in no way spoilt. The epitome of the perfect seaside resort, it’s an idyllic location for a cottage holiday.

Walberswick
Rural life is never far away from Suffolk’s heritage coast. Across the River Blyth from Southwold is affluent Walberswick, popular with ramblers and nature lovers as well as crabbing enthusiasts – every summer the village is home to the annual British Open Crabbing Championship! Once a thriving port, Walberswick is now a bustling tourist attraction and an attractive location for a selection of self-catering accommodation

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