Where to go in the Surrounding Area
While staying at Far View you may like to explore the local area. Below are a few thoughts on places surrounding Southwold that might be of interest.
- Minsmere – One of the best bird reserves in the UK.
- Shingle Street – Fantastic shingle beach for bracing walks. Great for those who like big open spaces.
- Visit some of the best medieval churches in the UK, starting with St Edmund’s Southwold of course. Nearby there's Blythburgh Holy Trinity "The Cathedral of the Marshes", St Peter's at Wenhaston, with its famous medieval Doom painting, plus many others in pretty villages within 20 miles.
- Halesworth – An interesting working market town with the added attraction of The Cut, a vibrant arts centre created from a redundant maltings building.
- Woodbridge – A town beside the River Deben. Lovely High Street with interesting shops and eating places. Cinema. Working Tide Mill. Windmill outside the town. Sutton Hoo on opposite river bank (National Trust).
- Aldeburgh – Stylish holiday town, good shops, eating out in restaurants and hotels. Cinema. Controversial Maggie Hambling sculpture on the beach, Moot Hall, Aldeburgh Festival at Snape Maltings in June, and the Proms concert series throughout August.
- Orford – Famous Butley Oysterage Restaurant, Crown and Castle hotel, the castle to explore, and the Quay from where you can take boat trips.
- Walberswick – A village on the opposite bank of the River Blyth from Southwold, beloved by artists. An easy walk from Far View, crossing the river by foot bridge or foot ferry. Two good pubs, teas, village green, sand dunes and beach, birdlife, walks.
- Dunwich – Famous for its lost medieval city now under the north sea. Visit Dunwich Museum to know more. Great fish and chips on the beach and a nice pub, The Ship. National Trust cliff top site, with tearoom.
- Take a drive - Explore the lanes and see some very pretty Suffolk villages.
- Beccles – An attractive market town on the River Waveney with access to the southern Norfolk Broads. Good local shops. Hire a day boat to explore the Norfolk Broads.
- Bungay – A historic town with ruined castle, interesting architecture, Fisher Theatre. Good local independent shops.
- Framlingham – A very attractive, sought-after market town. Castle and Framlingham College, where Sir Alfred Munnings was educated, www.framcollege.co.uk.
- Golf – Several courses nearby as well as Southwold Golf Club!
- Festivals – Several towns have festivals, including The Halesworth Arts Festival mid-October, Framlingham Arts Festival in July and mid-October, Ways with Words in Southwold mid-November, and of course Latitude at Henham Park near Southwold every summer. To see the list of festivals go to www.suffolktouristguide.com.
Where to eat in the Surrounding Area
Below are a few suggestions for places for a good lunch or evening meal.
- Fressingfield – the famous Fox and Goose restaurant. Excellent food and service. A previous owner was known to throw the food of late arriving diners in the duck pond! www.foxandgoose.net.
- Orford – Crown and Castle Hotel. Excellent food. Run by Ruth Watson of Channel 4’s ‘Hotel Rescue’ fame. www.crownandcastle.co.uk.
- Orford – Butley Orford Oysterage – Pinney’s of Orford. Idiosyncratic fish restaurant specialising in oysters and smoked fish. www.butleyorfordoysterage.co.uk.
- Sibton – The White Horse Pub – high quality bistro pub food with very good regional reputation. www.sibtonwhitehorseinn.co.uk.
- Bramfield (near Halesworth) – Queen's Head Pub. Specialises in good quality locally sourced food. Very good regional reputation. www.queensheadbramfield.co.uk.
- Beccles – Swan House resturant. Good quality, relaxed, stylish atmosphere with very good food. Often has music. www.swan-house.com.