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15 Top Things To Do in Southwold, England

A man uses the draft beer taps during a brewery tour.

Southwold is a seaside town in the English county of Suffolk. It’s famous as the home of the Adnams Brewery which makes some of my favorite beers (Broadside is a must-try). There are lots of things to do in Southwold from touring the brewery to days at the beach, exploring the pier, and so much more.

Some of the top places to visit in Southwold include the Lifeboat Museum, St Edmunds church, and the lighthouse. In summer the town comes alive with lots of fun events from the Lattitude Festival to a summer theater and lots of wonderful nature walks along the coast and heathland.

Southwold is one of my favorite weekend getaways thanks to the many wonderful walks, pubs, restaurants, and boutique shops in the town. It’s an ideal place for camping and the nearby heathland is considered an area of outstanding natural beauty.

15 Best Things To Do in Southwold

Below, you’ll find some of the best things to do in Southwold and top Southwold attractions. From sampling the refreshing delights of the Adnams Brewery to exploring this sublime stretch of the North Sea coastline, this is one destination you’ll want to add to your UK bucket list.

1. Take an Adnams Brewery Tour

If like me you’re a beer-lover, then taking a tour of the Adnams Brewery is a must, and one of the top things to do in Southwold. Adnams has been brewing beer in the town since 1872 and its beers (and wines and liquors) are enjoyed up and down the country.

There are three different tours available; a brewery tour, a distillery tour, and a gin-making experience. I’ve done the brewery tour a couple of times and always find the experience fascinating. There’s a tasting at the end which includes some of the mainstays of the brewery as well as some limited-edition brews.

The brewery and distillery tours cost £25.00 and last 1.5 hours, while the gin-making lasts 2.5 hours and costs £95.00 (as someone who loves a good gin, I’m looking forward to having a go at making my own on my next visit to Southwold). The Adnams Brewery is definitely one of the top attractions in Southwold.

2. Enjoy a Day at the Beach

The next best thing about Southwold (after the beer of course) is its lovely stretch of sandy beach. Colorful beach huts line the promenade and these can even be hired for the week. With gently sloping soft sand and clear waters, hitting the beach is one of the best things to do in Southwold for families.

The southern end of the beach is a wilder…

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