You Unplugged

Shortlist symbol Add to shortlist button.

Boat (c) Visit England / Diana Jarvis

A GUIDE TO SUFFOLK BEACHES

Whether you prefer lonely walks along the shore or building sandcastles with one hand while ice cream drips all over the other, you’ll find a Suffolk beach that you love. Here’s our guide to Suffolk’s beaches, running from north to south, to tell you what each of them offers the summer beach bum:
Girl on Southwold beach (c) Visit England / Diana JarvisWith its colourful beach huts and golden sand, Southwold beach is a great place to play
Photo (c) Visit England / Diana Jarvis

LOWESTOFT BEACH

Fun in the sun is the name of the game on Lowestoft’s Blue Flag beach. Wide golden sands, volleyball nets and a traditional pier full of arcade games, restaurants and even a roller skating rink make Lowestoft the place to be if you’ve got a young family in tow.

COVEHITHE BEACH

Just a few miles south of Lowestoft you’ll find Covehithe, possibly the wildest and most beautiful of Suffolk beaches. Driftwood forms beautiful shapes protruding from the sand, while Covehithe’s unique church inside a church adds an element of the surreal to this Suffolk beach.

SOUTHWOLD BEACH

Charming Southwold is an eternal favourite with Suffolk visitors and residents alike. Lined with picture-perfect beach huts and the odd beach café selling bacon sarnies, tea and ice cream, and just a stones throw from some fantastic shops, pubs and restaurants, Southwold beach is an undisputed classic. Don’t miss out on a visit to Southwold Pier while you’re there.
Walberswick beach (c) Simon JamesWalberswick is home to arguably Suffolk's best-loved sport: crabbing
Photo (c) Simon James

WALBERSWICK BEACH

The unofficial crabbing capital of the UK, Walberswick beach is the place to go to indulge in this quintessential summer sport (Walberswick held the Annual Crabbing Championships until 2010, when it had to be shut down because it was too popular). Walberswick is also a great starting point to explore the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

DUNWICH BEACH

Dunwich beach and the surrounding heath and woodland are one of the most precious Suffolk beaches, home to a plethora of rare plants and wildlife. Dunwich is also a fascinating place historically – look out to sea from the beach and you’re staring at the watery resting place of what was once a city larger than London!

THORPENESS BEACH

The quirky village of Thorpeness already has a lot to offer as a day trip destination, including the Peter Pan-inspired boating mere, mock Tudor buildings, a house floating above the clouds and an acclaimed golf course. The lovely shingle beach simply adds to the magic. Look out for the futuristic Dune House, created by renowned Norwegian architects Jarmund/Vigsnæs and Living Architecture.
Dunwich heath (c) Malcolm FarrowDunwich Heath is a kalaedoscope of colour, offering great opporunities for beach to heath walks
Photo (c) Malcolm Farrow

ALDEBURGH BEACH

Aldeburgh is perhaps the most famous of Suffolk’s beaches. Not only is it home to Maggi Hambling’s controversial sculpture The Scallop, it’s also hosted a whole cast of opera singers for a performance of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes, several funk and soul concerts, and is the site of the fantastic Aldeburgh Beach Lookout. It’s also great for a swim followed by a portion of the world’s best fish and chips (seriously, they’re really good).

ORFORDNESS

Mysterious, wild, isolated… These are all words that could describe Orfordness. Instantly recognisable thanks to its abandoned lighthouse which will soon disappear into the hungry sea, Orfordness was once a secretive military base. Now a National Nature Reserve, many rumours still surround Orfordness’ strange past including tales of a covered-up Nazi landing, and an infamous UFO sighting. We recommend going to find out the truth for yourself on this most unusual of Suffolk beaches…
Aldeburgh coastline (c) Visit England / Diana JarvisAldeburgh's wide pebble beach is beautiful all year round
photo (c) Visit England / Diana Jarvis

FELIXSTOWE

Felixstowe is full of exciting activities for the kids, mum and dad, even grandma and granddad! Windsurfing, golf (crazy and sane!), open-air theatre performances, bird-ringing demonstrations, nature trails, historical re-enactments, arcade games on the pier and exploring a 16th century fort are just some of the things you can do in Felixstowe, and that’s before you even reach the beach! Once there, you’ll be ready as anything to settle down with an ice cream.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE SUFFOLK BEACH?

If you have a favourite Suffolk beach, why not take a photo of it and send it to us via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram?