An emblem of the unique Suffolk spirit
The story of Southwold is more than just the tale of a coastal town - it is the story of the sea itself - whose chapters have been shaped by tides, merchants, makers, Kings, artists, and a tightly knit community that continues to this day. In so many respects Southwold is the jewel of the Suffolk coast - an emblem of unique spirit of Suffolk.
Noted in the Domesday book as fishing port, Southwold thrived through industry for more than 1,000 years. The colourful beach huts which frame the town's beaches now sit in the place of foregone fishermen’s sheds and boatsheds, where once the herring trade brought huge prosperity.
A network of cliff paths stretch out from the town, yet tucked away in the towns streets are a range of charming independent business, modern and historic, who cater tourists and residents alike. Mills and Sons Butchers is the oldest shop in the town, dating back to 1684, and its history can be seen on the shop sign that details the names of every butcher to date. Southwold enjoys a thriving food and drink scene with fresh fish on most menus, from North Sea cod to Cromer crabs brought down from neighbouring Norfolk. Adnams have been brewing in the town since the 19th century and are ubiquitous in the region, their fine pubs and hotels offering rest and respite. There are also plenty of opportunities to learn through food here, via the Two Magpies Bakery School or regular tours of the Adnams Brewery.
People move here not just for the town but for instant access to the space and serenity of its surroundings. The town offers a range of property for those looking to make a home, with a mixture of styles.
It is this mixture of community and space, comfort and solitude which makes Southwold what it is.