Southwold, England

Southwold is a small coastal town in Suffolk, England. It is located in Waveney district and faces the North Sea, about 18 km (11 mi) south of Lowestoft and 47 km (29 mi) northeast of Ipswich. Southwold has a population of just about 1,500 people (2012 estimate).

More on Southwold

Despite its present small size, Southwold has a history spanning over a thousand years. It was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. It received its town charter in 1489 from King Henry VII. It was an important fishing port, but the build up of silt and a shingle bar prevented it from becoming a major harbor.

In the 17th century, a number of Puritan families in Southwold were among the emigrants who voted with their feet to leave England, at first for the Netherlands, and eventually for the Massachusetts Bay Colony in America.

One of the famous residents of Southwold was George Orwell, whose real name is Eric Arthur Blair. He spent most of his teenage years here, and returned to live in Southwold when he was in this thirties, living in his parents’ house.

Visiting Southwold


London, take the A12 trunk road until the turn-off at Sandpit Covert, where you turn right on the A1095 road to reach Southwold.

Sights & Attractions to visit in Southwold

  1. Alfred Corry Museum
    Museum housed in the former Cromer lifeboat shed.

  2. Church of St Edmund
    Dating back to the 15th century, this is considered one of the finest church buildings in Suffolk.

  3. Southwold Museum
    Museum housing a collection of exhibits on local and natural history.

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