A fine selection of holiday cottages, hotels, B&Bs, Inns, Lodges, Travelodges, Premier Inns etc around the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB. Pictured is Southwold Beach, to the north of the AONB.
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Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB, Visitor & Tourism Guide

Coast and heathland
In the East of England on the Suffolk coast.

Runs from the mouths of the rivers Orwell and Stour in the south of the AONB (around Harwich, Felixstowe and Ipswich) up through Aldeburgh to Southwold. Lowestoft is just to the north of the AONB. It is ‘the mix of shingle beaches, crumbling cliffs, marshes, estuaries, heathland, forests and farmland that makes the AONB so special’ (source: Suffolk Coast and Heaths website, link provided). Much of the coastline is part of the Suffolk Heritage Coast, the heathland is ancient and rare within the UK.

The Broads National Park is to the north and the Norfolk Coast AONB to the north west of that. The Dedham Vale AONB is to the south west.

The AONB cover the estuaries of five rivers: Stour, Orwell, Deben, Alde and Blythe.

Popular Southwold and Aldeburgh
Within the AONB, the most obvious destination in which to base yourself for a holiday or short break are Southwold and Aldeburgh. Woodbridge, Ipswich and Lowestoft are on its boundaries. Try also the small towns of Dunwich and Orford.

Beaches and heathland, marshes and nature reserves
For beaches, head for Southwold and Benacre (all the way to the north of the AONB by Kessingland), for heathland try Dunwich Heath and Blaxhall Heath. Orford Ness is an eleven mile long shingle spit and Havergate Island an island nature reserve. Experience the AONBs many marshes and reedbeds, nature reserves and rivers.

Orford Castle and Ness, Sutton Hoo, the cliff-top monastic remains of Greyfriars and Snape Maltings, home to the Aldeburgh Festival.

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Southwold Pier

Located in Southwold, Suffolk, East of England, England

Less than a mile away.

Built in 1900. 623 feet (190 metres) long. Southwold Pier was the 2002 'Pier of the Year'. The Pier has been re-built over recent years, its T-shaped end added in 2002. Southwold Pier accomodates visits by Britain's only...

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Southwold Beach

Located in Southwold, Suffolk, East of England, England

Less than a mile away.

Sand and shingle beach on coast of Suffolk. The writer George Orwell spent time here at various points in his life...

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Benacre Beach

Located in Benacre, Suffolk, East of England, England

Approximately 4.8 miles away.

Benacre beach is in the northern part of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Located on the Suffolk coast. Benacre has a National Nature Reserve...

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The Swan Hotel, Southwold
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Less than a mile away.

Total Rooms: 42; Rates: £99 - £130 Per Night

Dating back to the 14th-century, the hotel displays the traditional character of an English country house, enhanced by fine furniture, carved door-frames and mantelpieces and art pieces connected with the history of Sout...

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Church Cottage
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Approximately 1.4 miles away.

Rates: £332 - £650 Per Week

This cosy cottage is set within a private cluster of barn conversions in a rural position less than two miles from the seaside town of Southwold which boasts its own famous brewery good shops summer theatre lighthouse an...

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Approximately 1.8 miles away.

Rates: £395 - £789 Per Week

The perfect location in which to relax and unwind this very spacious well appointed property and its large secluded garden nestle peacefully down a quiet country lane in the beautiful seaside village of Walberswick (pict...

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