Suffolk: Southwold

On the Suffolk coastline is Southwold. Famous for its beach huts, its lighthouse, its pier and of course Adnams brewery.

The pier stretching out 190 metres into the cold North Sea, it was first opened to visitors in 1900. It started off by being 247 meters in length but during the war, it was weakened by two breaches and finally in 1955 a large section was destroyed by a gale. The pier was rebuilt and restored in 2001 but only to the length of 190 metres. It holds a cafe now for that all-important cuppa.

Adnams brewery was established in 1872 and today is the towns largest employer. In 2011 it received the Good Pub Guide Brewery of the year Award. It produces cask ale to the annual production of around 85,000 barrels. It produces seasonal ales, international beers and commemorative beers and cider for main distribution in East Anglia. Adnams still have family connections as Jonathan Adnams as chairman as well as many shareholders. It nows holds tours and experience days. If you are interested in how your beer is made.

The lighthouse stands 31 meters tall and is impressive tall grade 2 listed building, 113 steps around a spiral staircase. The lighthouse has replaced three local lighthouses that were under threat from sea erosion. It had a fire in its original oil-fired lamp only six days after opening but gladly survived and today it is operated by the 150-watt lamp. It has a range of 24 nautical miles keeping passing ships away from the rocks. Guided tours are available.

Southwold also has a museum giving you an insight of the history to this beautiful sea-side town. A golf club, a harbour that holds the Southwold Lifeboat station. St. Edmunds Church, a grade 1 listed building dating back to the mid-1400s and of course a beach.

Then you have the 300 Southwold Beach Huts, situated on the promenade, a ray of colour, each one has charm and is unique. Some can be hired out for the day containing everything you would need for a perfect day at Southwold.

Southwold. A beautiful small town with plenty of history, beautiful scenery, different things to see and visit. I certainly would recommend this place on the Suffolk coast.

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