Suffolk Beaches

Best Beaches in Suffolk

On England’s east coast and jutting into the North Sea, Suffolk is without a doubt a good destination for an active, outdoorsy holiday. With prime locations for walking, birdwatching, boating, cycling, and fishing. Alternatively, grab a towel and lounge on the sand. The Suffolk Coast Path covers a 50-mile stretch from Felixstowe to Lowestoft and passes through two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This path gives a number of options for walkers and cyclists to get out and explore. The diversity of the Suffolk coastline means there is something for everyone – from sand to shingle, from reed bed to fishing port, with rich wildlife estuaries too.

Most beaches in Suffolk have remained unchanged since the 19th Century. Many of Suffolk’s beaches are unspoilt and fresh. You will find wild beaches and believe yourself the only person between sand and sky in the world.

We at 2cHolidays love the Suffolk Coast, join us as some of the team share their top choices!

Aldeburgh Beach

Alex – Guest Co-Ordinator

I absolutely love Aldeburgh! The pebble beach is backed by beautiful pastel-coloured villas. There are fishing boats dotted along the shingle and sheds with crabbing pots making this in my opinion one of the most photographic beaches in Suffolk. No trip to Aldeburgh is complete with out a visit to the ‘Scallop’ sculpture located on the beach itself. We always head into town for Fish & Chips and ice cream.

Lowestoft

Emma – General Manager

Lowestoft will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s a classic British seaside town with beautiful sandy beaches. Its Blue Flag award definitely means we always know the beach is clean and safe. My family and I have holidayed here for years. In addition to the beach Lowestoft has so much more to offer including a Pier, Amusements, Crazy Golf and much more. North Denes Holiday Park is ideal for us as we can get to the beach within minutes due to the park being located on the front itself.

Thorpeness

Ellie – Property Lister / Owners

Thorpness is a magical enchanting coastal village. I love walking along the quite shingle beach which is lined with pretty pastel-coloured villas and cottages. Unlike the more popular resorts Aldeburgh has no kiosks along the seafront which means you can enjoy the landscape without distraction. A stones throw from the beach is the Meare, we love jumping in a row boat and exploring the Peter Pan themed islands before heading to The Dolphin for excellent food!

Dog Friendly Beaches Suffolk
Suffolk Coast Beaches

Dog Friendly Beaches Norfolk

Love taking your furry friends to the beach all year round. Avoid beach restrictions with 2cHolidays pick of the top dog-friendly beaches that welcome Milo and friends every month, no matter the weather. There is nothing more annoying than arriving for a perfect family day at the beach with your furry friend only to find a sign saying, “No dogs on the beach”. Try telling that to 2c’s furry pal Milo when he sees the sand and sea to play in.

Who better to recommend some especially paw-fect beaches for you and your dog than Milo himself? Milo is a gorgeous cockapoo (We are slightly biased) who loves nothing better than running around after his ball on the sand.

Milos Paw-fect guide!

I love going to the beach with my Humans! When the humans in the office asked me to recommend my favourite beaches I did know where to start. I have so many I couldn’t count them on my paws. After a bone, doze, and chat with my best hound JJ, I have come up with my ‘ruff’ guide to the best doggo friendly beaches in Suffolk. All these beaches are dog friendly all year round.

Dunwich:

Popular with pups young and old, Dunwich is ideal for avoiding the crowds. So if its your first time getting your paws wet you didn’t worry about a large audience. I love the wide shingle beach here, plenty of space means I can run and splash in the sea as much as I like. My humans love the peace of this sheltered beach. Known as Suffolk’s answer to Atlantis, Dunwich was once a medieval port on par with London. This city has disappeared beneath the sea centuries ago. I have dug and dug but am yet to discover it. The humans love the nature reserve, I have to walk on the lead so not to disturb the birds. As a treat we often head to The Ship for a nibble and to warm the paws in the snug.

Covehithe

This beach is located between Southwold and Kessingland and is absolutely stunning. Its so paw-fect that the Daily Telegraph included it in Britain’s 40 Best Beaches. One of Suffolk’s best kept secrets, this beach can only be accessed by foot, paw, or cycle. A walk through the fields and dunes and I’m there on the sand. No kiosks or facilities means no humans! The soft sandy beach is perfect for letting your dog run free and enjoy the sea. The beach is lined with tree sculptures, an indication to the power of coastal erosion as these would have once stood up on the cliff.

Corton Sands

A mix of sand and shingle this beach is paw-fect for running around and chasing balls. Just north of Lowestoft it is close enough to town that the humans can grab coffees, cakes, and a treat for me. There is a large grassy area between the beach and road meaning I can be kept safe against cars. Being a large spacious beach means there is normally no other humans in sight not even a postman!

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Southwold Beach Suffolk

There are few seaside towns quite so quintessentially British as Southwold. Located on the Suffolk Heritage Coast Southwold offers a wonderful environment for holidays and weekends away. A perfect destination for young and old, families and couples. It should be noted that this picturesque seaside town is the perfect year-round destination. We absolutely love Southwold here at 2cHolidays HQ! It is just a short drive from our properties at Carlton Meres. Take a walk with us as we provide you with our guide to Southwold.

The Beach

Southwold spoils you with not one but two beaches. Pier beach is clearly the more traditional of the two indeed. Popular with visitors young and old, the beach offers a traditional seaside experience with beach kiosks serving ice creams, a beach hut lined promenade and the famous Edwardian Pier. Pier beach was officially recognised as an environmentally friendly beach by the Seaside Awards, ensuring visitors are guaranteed to find a clean, safe, attractive well manged coastline.

Neighbouring Pier Beach is the wilder Denes beach. This sand and shingle beach is backed by dunes and marshland is located north of the town towards the harbour. Definitely due to its wild nature the beach attracts windsurfers, surfers, paddle boarders and wild swimmers. Absolutely the place to come if you enjoy partaking or just watching water sports. It should be noted that there is no lifeguard patrol on this stretch so entering the sea must be taken with care. Importantly Dene’s is dog friendly year-round so you can enjoy time with the whole family including your furry friend.

Southwold Pier

Think of Southwold, and undoubtedly, you’ll think of Southwold Pier. If you love all things quirky, fresh seasonal food, and big, beautiful views then Southwold Pier is a fantastic way to spend the day. The Pier was rebuilt in the 1990s after years of neglect, from shore the row of white buildings reaches out 623 feet into the North Sea. This traditional wooden pier stretches out to a t-shape where, occasionally, a traditional steamer vessel docks to take on passengers. With three fabulous eating venues offering a wide range of choices from fish and chips to gourmet suppers and home-made cakes.

The Pier is best known for Tim Hunkins amazing machines. Make sure to pop into the ‘Under the Pier Show’ to be amazed and delighted with all sorts of fantastic machines and entertainments.  From breakfast to tea, childhood to retirement, Southwold Pier will feed you, entertain you and bring you joy.

Individuality on the High Street

Many towns have become a blur of national and international chains. Not Southwold. Its High Street with its nooks, crannies and traditional seaside town architecture is lucky enough to have a fab selection of independent shops. Clearly there is a small national presence, but this is outweighed by the likes of Thomas Traddles men’s outfitters, Wow Vintage, Mills and Sons butchers, Two Magpies bakery to mention a few.

Southwold is also home to Adnams Brewery, which was established in 1890. It should be noted that rarely a day goes by without the hoppy smell of beer wafts through the air. Visit the Adnams shop, which has a wonderful selection of fine beers and spirits which are also made in the distillery on site. Book your stay today and enjoy all Southwold has to offer.

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Suffolk Coast Beaches

Importantly much of Suffolk’s coastline is with an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, despite offering a range of landscapes for all the beaches aren’t very crowded. Looking for an inexpensive day out then Suffolk beaches are ideal. Whether you’re wanting to brave a dip in the North Sea, immerse yourself in a good book or sit and spot terns as they hover or pick out sprats from the water.

Hidden Gem

Kessingland and Pakefield beaches are remarkably unspoilt and very spacious making them ideal to explore with four legged friends. Kessingland is one of Suffolk’s hidden gems that few people know about, and those that do tend not to share this secret. A mix of sand, shingle and marshland, this beach stretches for miles towards Lowestoft in the North and Southwold in the South. Importantly if you are looking for some peace on an unspoilt beach Kessingland is highly recommended.

Walberswick Ferry

A long sand and pebble beach backed by sweeping grassy sand dunes is what you will find in Walberswick. With traditional fisherman’s huts, a quintessential English village green and two great pubs could you get any more British. The village, famous for its annual crabbing competition held every August is a far cry from its busier neighbour of Southwold. During the summer months you can take the Walberswick Ferry (less ferry more wooden rowboat) across the River to Southwold. Alternatively, you can walk across the bridge to Southwold harbour. On the harbour you’ll find plenty of stalls selling freshly caught seafood for you to take home and enjoy.

Aldeburgh

World-renowned for its connection with Benjamin Britten, founder of the Aldeburgh Festival, which takes place in June every year. The Promenade is lined with pastel-coloured 19th century holiday villas, and the beach lined with fisherman’s huts selling the daily catch. This former Tudor port was given borough status by Henrey VIII. It should be noted that several famous vessels were built in the shipyards of Aldeburgh; Sir Francis Drake’s Golden Hind and the Virgina Company’s Sea Venture, to name but a few. Aldeburgh has a rich cultural identity and is home to a Literary Festival, multiple art galleries, iconic sculptures as well as the Music Club started by Britten in 1952.

Before you leave make sure to absolutely visit the Fish and Chip shop owned by the Cooney family, the chips here are so good they have received rave reviews nationally. Sit back and enjoy your chips whilst you people watch, who knows you may spot former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane who now calls this part of Suffolk home.

Suffolk Beaches Dog Friendly

We have asked Milo, 2c’s furry friend to come back and lend a paw. Join him as he guides you through the ‘Ruff Guide’ to Southwold, Aldeburgh, and Dunwich.

I am so glad the humans in the office asked me to come back and give you a dog’s view of the Suffolk coast. Grab yourself a bone and cosy down on your cushion as I let you know all the places that deserve a round of a-paws.

Southwold

Unquestionably this charming seaside town has much to offer visitors, from beaches to boutique shops. Most of these are dog friendly including the Adnams brewery, so if your human fancies a beer head straight here. In addition to the famous brew, it also stocks locally produced gin and vodka. For £20 you can tour the brewery however furry friends will need to stay at home.

Southwold Pier is a must see. If steampunk styling is your thing, then you will love it. I love treading the boards although seeing the water underneath is a little scary.  The pier is home to several shops and restaurants. I love it when the humans eat in the Beach Café as it is dog friendly, and I often get a treat. Whilst you’re here check out the Waterclock, just be careful not get your paws wet.

Snape Maltings

Home to the Aldeburgh Festival, Snape is a great place to while away a few hours. In addition to housing one of the worlds leading music centre, Snape is also home to an eclectic collection of galleries and independent stores selling local crafts. I love it as many of these stores are dog friendly, Snape has an onsite Pub, the Plough & Sail. This is also dog friendly so all my furry pals can enjoy dinner as well. Nearby Aldeburgh is absolutely dog friendly as well.

Aldeburgh

I love running up and down the pebble beach in front of the pretty colourful houses. Aldeburgh has many dog friendly shops and boutiques, including Collen and Clare. The store offers coastal chic and is celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year! Make sure to pop in and congratulate them. Another notably boutique to definitely visit is Wag& Bone. This is my favourite place in town, offering everything a canny K9 like me needs. From bowls to coats to collars and much more. Doggy retail therapy doesn’t get any better. To prove how absolutely dog friendly Aldeburgh is you will find water bowls outside nearly every shop front.

I hope you have enjoyed my Ruff guide; I am off for walkies. Catch you again soon.

Milo x

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Suffolk Beach Holidays

Suffolk beach holidays absolutely don’t get any easier to find than Felixstowe. Located at the end of the A14 Felixstowe is easy to find. Famous for being the ‘Port of Britain’ Felixstowe is the UK’s busiest container port.

Felixstowe offers family attractions, award-winning gardens, beautiful beaches, amazing history and heritage, specialty shopping in addition to fantastic events. A charming Edwardian seaside town with a vibrant town centre and wonderful mix of attractions and activities to suit all ages. Without a doubt you will enjoy walking along the beach hut lined promenade, with 4 miles of beach to enjoy grab your bucket and spade now.

Family Fun

For traditional family fun, try your luck on the games and slot machines at Felixstowe Pier before heading to the thrilling children’s rides at Ocean Boulevard. You should absolutely visit on of the crazy gold courses and challenge your friends and family. The newly developed Martello Park is placed behind the seafront an offers family a place to let off steam on the play equipment, splash pad and one of the many walks. You can’t visit the seafront without grabbing some fish and chips or an ice cream.

Beach Fun

Unquestionably with 4 miles of beach to discover you can while away the hours on the sand. Bring the whole family for a picnic, play games with friends, or sit back relax and enjoy a good book. The 2c team has some fun ideas to try whilst here.

 

  • Bring your bucket and spade and create a sand masterpiece.
  • Pack your swimmers and take a refreshing dip in the North Sea
  • Go beachcombing……. Shells, starfish and mermaid purses are waiting to be discovered.
  • Sit back and watch as the big ships make their way into port.
  • Grab an artisan ice cream or some delicious fish and chips.

Seafront Gardens

Known as ‘The Garden Resort of East Anglia’ Felixstowe is famous for its seafront gardens. The eight Grade II listed gardens are of significant historic interest.  Created one hundred years ago these gardens have been giving pleasure to visitors young and old. The natural springs occurring along the cliffs, together with the proximity to the beach, encouraged this site to be developed as a pleasure ground around a pump room for people to take the spa waters.

With 2 great parks in Felixstowe book you Suffolk beach break today.