Where To Visit... Part II


A short 15 minute drive from Pakefield lies the market town of Beccles on the banks of the Waveney River at the Norfolk-Suffolk border. Beccles is a flourishing boating centre and is a popular stop for passing pleasure craft with its attractive river front & quay. The town centre is dominated by the 16th century bell tower at St.Michaels church. A walk through the streets of Beccles will give you a chance to peruse an eclectic mix of boutiques & antique shops. 

Dunwich is a great place to walk & explore with the natural splendour of its heath, woodland and beaches. 

 Framlingham sits in the unspoilt countryside of East Suffolk's coastal district. The pretty market town has a conservation area and many of the town's buildings date from the 17th, 18th & 19th centuries. Framlingham's trail is a good way to explore the town's history & interesting buildings. Framlingham town centre is best known for its antique shops and has a market every Tuesday & Saturday. By far Framlingham's biggest attraction is the 12th century castle, once the seat of the Earls & Dukes of Norfolk. Mary Tudor once lived in the castle and was given the news that she had become Queen of England in the castle. Visitors can walk around the battlements & along the wall to take in fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. Concerts & re-enactments take place inside the grounds between March & September. 

Once a solid centre of maritime commerce the Ipswich Docks have been transformed into the Ipswich 'Waterfront'. Much of the rich fabric of the past remains intact with sensitive renovations of several heritage dockland buildings including the boutique style Salthouse Harbour Hotel & the imposing Old Custom's House. With the renovations has come a new wave of vibrant cafes, cosmopolitan reataurants, interesting shops & modern apartments. If retail therapy is on your mind you can head to St Nicholas Street for its boutique stores or the Sailmakers Shopping Centre for the better known retail outlets.

Lowestoft is a short 3-5 minute drive from Pakefield or you can walk into Lowestoft along the Coastal Path from Pakefield. The walk would take around 45 minutes at a leisurely pace. Located on the most easterly point of the British coast, Lowestoft provides an ideal holiday location for all ages. Lowestoft offers a mix of lively beaches, pleasant seaside walks and quality family attractions all set in a traditional seaside town. This once flourishing fishing port is now renowned for the quality of its golden sandy beaches, which are considered to be some of the very best in Europe. The Victorian Gardens provide the perfect surrounds to one of the east coasts highlights. Also on the seafront are The Princess Royal Fountains, an ideal attraction for children to play in. Lowestoft also offers a great shopping experience. The main town centre has all the usual high street names, Kirkley offers a choice of independant boutique style shops while the High Street is one of the more interesting and historical parts of town. 

 Around 20 minutes away from Pakefield, Southwold is an ideal place to visit for the day. It lies in the centre of an area of great natural beauty - a haven for the walker, the naturalist and the birdwatcher. Situated on a hill that gently rises from the Blyth Valley, the town is virtually an island, being surrounded by the River Blyth to the south and Buss Creek to the north. This has enabled Southwold to retain its old world charm. The dramatic coastline and the town's beautiful architecture make it a popular attraction all year round. In the summer, Southwold's sandy beaches are a huge draw and out of season some of its most charming elements can be enjoyed. Southwold's beach is immaculately kept and is a regular Blue Flag winner. The shore is famous for its rows of brightly coloured beach huts. These days they sell for the price of a small flat! Quiet and full of character, Southwold is a refreshingly unspoilt coastal resort. In the town centre there's an exciting selection of interesting and independant shops, selling antiques, crafts & gifts. There's also a variety of art galleries, boutiques & jewellers scattered around the town and of course, the world famous Adnams Sole Bay Brewery. 

If you'd like to know anything else about places to visit or activities in the Norfolk area come into reception where we have lots & lots of leaflets and information as well as a helpful reception team to give you advice or directions!

Reference - 2017 East Of England Visitor Guide (available free of charge at reception)


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