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Destination guide

Enjoy an eccentric holiday excursion to a Southwold cottage

With its colourful beach huts and classic landscape, Southwold is a quiet but eccentric coastal town that looks as though it never ages. It is a true example of a family-friendly English seaside retreat. The Suffolk Lighthouse was constructed in 1890 and still works today, standing guard over the harbour. A must-visit attraction on your holiday is the Southwold Pier, which bills itself as '623 Feet of Fun for Everyone'. Shopping, delicious cafes and family entertainment – including a collection of interactive machines in the Under the Pier Show – await you at this tourist haven. Suffolk holiday cottages are never far from fun in Southwold.

 
History

Heritage sites near Southwold holiday lettings

The rich history of Southwold is celebrated in various heritage sites and museums throughout the area. Holiday lettings can be found near landmarks like the Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum, a museum of nautical artefacts and preservation site of the Alfred Corry lifeboat, and Southwold Museum, a cottage museum with exhibits on local and natural history. The Southwold Railway, a historic railway line relic with artefacts of railway history, and the Grand Henham Steam Rally, a festival of tractors, cars, military vehicles and steam engines with rally racing, are also fun for history buffs.

Things to do

Things to do near Southwold holiday homes

No matter your interest, you’ll find plenty of fun attractions and points of interest in Southwold. Holiday homes are available near exciting sites like the Southwold Pier, a classic Victorian pier with local food shops and seaside amenities, and Southwold Lighthouse, a picturesque landmark lighthouse with a spiral staircase and panoramic views. The RSPB Minsmere, a coastal nature reserve with woods and wetlands for birdwatching and nature viewing, and the National Trust – Dunwich Heath and Beach, a coastal area with a tea room and shops that’s popular for birdwatching and geocaching, are also popular locations.

How to get around

Transport to Southwold holiday homes

The Suffolk Coast is easy to travel by plane, train, bus or car, getting you near Southwold. Southwold is practically an island, however, so it’s only accessible by one road leading in and out near Reydon. Once there, you’ll find that it’s convenient to travel the area with a car or footpaths. You may even be able to walk from your holiday rental to nearby destinations and attractions or venture across the River Blyth by foot ferry to enjoy more sightseeing.

Food & drink 

Regional cuisine in Southwold

The Suffolk Coast is known for its gastronomic culture and exciting cafes, pubs, tea shops and restaurants throughout the area. In Southwold, you’ll find excellent fish and chips, fresh-baked scones, gourmet sandwiches, lamb shanks, braised steaks, locally raised poultry and homegrown produce in many of the local restaurants and eateries, giving you a taste of the region with beautiful waterfront views. Try out the classic cuisine of Southwold with the many dining options near your holiday rental and discover a new favourite.

Family friendly

Family fun near Southwold holiday homes

Southwold has several family-friendly destinations for fun and learning with the kids. Holiday lettings can be found near locations like the Southwold Maize Maze, a cornfield maze that’s geared toward young children, and the Hen Reedbeds, a nature reserve with beautiful scenery teeming with wildlife to explore. Dunwich Beach, a serene beach with calm waters for water recreation and swimming, and the Benacre National Nature Reserve, a waterfront wildland with scenic views, lagoons, diverse wildlife and beautiful migratory birds, are fun locations for the kids as well.

How many holiday rentals are available around Southwold?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 657 holiday lettings around Southwold. From 138 cottages to 423 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Southwold?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Southwold. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Southwold Museum: 939 holiday lettings
  • Pier: 1,585 holiday lettings
  • St Edmund's Church: 1,584 holiday lettings
  • Fritton Lake Outdoor Centre: 1,690 holiday lettings
  • Dunwich Heath: 1,543 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Southwold listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Southwold?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 138 Cottages in Southwold. Our other popular types of Southwold holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 423 self catering accommodations
  • Bungalows: 138 self catering accommodations
  • Flats: 55 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Southwold?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 18 holiday homes with pool available in Southwold. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.