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Southwold - The Pier Beach

Southwold, Suffolk

A traditional beach resort with a refurbished pier and the time-honoured beach huts.

Beach Type



Shops and cafes
Disabled access
Lost child centre and first aid (with lifeguards)


Amusements or fishing on the pier
Bathing or watersports such as windsurfing or jet-skiing

Nature and Wildlife

There is a promenade.

Water Quality





The beach is cleaned regularly and dogs are banned form certain areas of the beach during the summer season.

Awards and Recommendations

Quality Coast Award
Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Visitor Information Point, Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom, North Parade, Southwold IP18 6BN


Nearest town: Southwold
County: Suffolk
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3303, 1.68877
Postcode: IP18 6BN
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around Southwold, Suffolk at Explore Britain.


Signposted off the A12 between Ipswich and Lowestoft.

Public Transport

Bus 99 (521 during public holidays) from Lowestoft runs through Southwold. Bus stop is adjacent to the beach.

Nearest Railway Stations

Brampton (Suffolk) (Approx. 7 miles away)
Halesworth (Approx. 8 miles away)
Darsham (Approx. 8 miles away)
Oulton Broad South (Approx. 10 miles away)
Lowestoft (Approx. 10 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


Parking available

Nearby Car Parks

Pier, Southwold (Unknown stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Market Place, Southwold (Unknown stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Godyll Road, Southwold (Unknown stay).
About 0.6 miles away
Ferry Road, Southwold (Unknown stay).
About 0.9 miles away
Harbour, Southwold (Unknown stay).
About 1.3 miles away
Ferry Road, Walberswick (Unknown stay).
About 1.4 miles away
The Street, Walberswick (Unknown stay).
About 1.5 miles away
The Terrace, Walberswick (Unknown stay).
About 1.6 miles away
Hoist Covert, Walberswick (Unknown stay).
About 2.3 miles away
A12/Southwold Road, Wrentham (Unknown stay).
About 3.8 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Southwold