Southwold Suffolk PierSurrounded by peaceful countryside and award-winning beaches, the heritage resort of Southwold is a haven from the demands of modern society.
Southwold Suffolk is doubly favoured. It lies in the centre of the Suffolk Heritage Coast which consists of long stretches of sand bordering on salt marshes with large areas of woodland sweeping down to the shore.
Gun Hill takes its name from the six eighteen-pound muzzle-loading ‘culverins’ facing out to sea. Although they are undoubtedly Elizabethan in origin, bearing the Tudor rose and crown, legend has it that they were presented to the town by the Duke of Cumberland in gratitude either for the town´s support on his way to defeat Bonnie Prince Charlie at Culloden, or for the hospitable reception Southwold gave him on his return. However, a rival legend suggests that the guns arrived as a result of a petition to George II for defensive armament against raiders and invasion!
The town centre has an excellent selection of shops, selling antiques, crafts, gifts and lots more, together with art galleries and tea rooms. The town also has many fine restaurants and pubs, most of which serve ales brewed by the local brewery - the world famous Adnams Sole Bay Brewery - who still make local deliveries by a horse-drawn dray.
The town looks out over Sole Bay, scene of an inconclusive battle in 1672 between the combined British and French fleets and the Dutch fleet.
The town's lighthouse built in 1890, stands 101 feet above the town. Its beacon can be seen for 17 miles out to sea warning mariners they are nearing the east coast.
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