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The best beaches in Suffolk

By Claire Owen

The county of Suffolk has many fine beaches perfect for walks along the shore or building sandcastles. You are simply spoilt for choice so here’s a run-down of Suffolk’s best spots, from hidden gems to seaside favourites.


The first of Suffolk’s beaches you should visit is Felixstowe, where you can explore four miles of sand and shingle loveliness, taking you from the ferry port to the Landguard Peninsula. When you’re all sun worshipped out, the area’s Landguard Fort is well worth a visit; this pentagonal structure was constructed in 1744 to guard the entrance of the port of Harwich. There is a maze of rooms and passageways to explore, before soaking up stunning views across the town from Harwich Bastion.

Felixstowe beach, Suffolk

Soak up the sun at Felixstowe beach

Dunwich Beach

Located right next to the idyllic area known as Dunwich Heath, this protected beach is now looked after by the National Trust. The views from this long shingle beach are beautiful and you can take a break in the National Trust tearoom after a long walk.


Another one of Suffolk’s beautiful beaches is Aldeburgh, you’ll be captivated by the charming fishing boats which are dotted along the shingle, plus the imposing Scallop structure created by artist Maggi Hambling. Other treats for the eyes include the 400-year-old Moot Hall and a charming converted windmill. The town hosts an annual food and drink festival which is an enduring staple in the local calendar.

Aldeburgh beach, Suffolk

Grab some fish and chips and have dinner right by the sea


Fun in the sun is the name of the game on Lowestoft’s Blue Flag beach. With wide golden sands, Lowestoft is one of the best beaches to visit if you’ve got a young family in tow.

Lowestoft beach huts, Suffolk

Pack a bag for the day and head to Lowestoft beach with the kids


Also on the coast, is glorious Thorpeness, a hamlet which was purchased in 1910 by Stuart Ogilvie who set about turning it into a fantasy holiday village. Pay a visit to its tranquil mere and make sure to look out for the fairytale House in the Clouds; this is a former water tower which was fashioned to look like a cottage floating in the trees.


Southwold is one of Suffolk’s most attractive beaches, thanks to its colourful beach huts, bustling harbour and laid-back atmosphere. It has a traditional pier, complete with amusements, gift shops and live entertainment, while you can take tours of the town’s working lighthouse. This much-loved town offers a foot ferry to neighbouring Walberswick which is popular for crabbing, walking and wildlife spotting.

Southwold Pier, Suffolk

If you’re looking for a fun-filled day out head for Southwold Pier

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