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A Detailed Summary of Southwold Town Information

A Reference Summary of Southwold Information

The following information is a quick ‘at-a-glance’ compilation of just some of the useful things you may wish to know about Southwold. You may also wish to consult our informative maps, which give street names and the locations of places of interest.

View an informative map of the northern part of Southwold
You can also view an informative map of the southern part of Southwold
and another of the Harbour area

Location of Southwold in Suffolk The Location of Southwold in Suffolk

Location:
Postcode (central area): IP18 6EF
Latitude: 52.326275
Longitude: 1.6793396
Map Grid Ref: TM 508761

Local Council:
Waveney District Council (website).

Southwold Town Council:
Town Hall,
Market Place,
Southwold,
Suffolk IP18 6EF
Tel: 01502 722576
Email: townclerk@southwoldtowncouncil.com
Open daily Monday - Friday 10am to 12pm (except Bank Holidays).
Town Council Information here.


Adult Education:

Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) Southwold branch. Tel: 01502 725489.

Banks:

  • Barclays Bank Plc, 67 High Street, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6DT. Tel: 0845 755 5555
    Open Monday – Friday 9:30am – 4:30pm
  • Lloyds TSB Bank Plc, 17 Market Place, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6EB. Tel: 0845 300 0000
    Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30am – 3:00pm, Closed Tuesday and Thursday.

Building Societies:

  • Norwich & Peterborough, 19 Market Place, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6EA. Tel: 01502 724432
    Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9am – 5pm, Wednesday 9:30am – 5pm, Saturday 9am – 12pm
  • Ipswich Building Society (Agency) Margary & Millar, 73 High Street, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6DS. Tel: 01502 723308
    Open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm, Saturday 9am – 12pm

Children’s Play Areas:

  • Tibby’s Green, Field Stile Road, Southwold, Suffolk
  • The Recreation Ground, Cox’s Lane, Reydon, Suffolk IP18 6QJ
  • Winston Road, Reydon, Suffolk IP18 6RA

Churches and Places of Worship:

  • St Edmund’s Church, Bartholomew’s Green, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6JA
    Bellringers ~ contact Julia 01502 723781, Kate 01502 722600 or Helen 01502 722562
  • Southwold Methodist Church, East Green, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6JN
  • United Reformed Church, High Street, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6HP
  • Roman Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart, The Common, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6AH. Tel: 01502 723207

Early Closing:
Wednesday for those shops that have a half-day.

Events:
To see details of events in the local area please see the Blythweb Calendar.

Ferry:
River Blyth Ferry (seasonal). Rowing boat crosses the River Blyth between Southwold and Walberswick (website).

Independent School:
Saint Felix Schools and Dragon’s Nursery, Halesworth Road, Reydon, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6SD. Tel: 01502 722175.

Leisure and Recreation:
Find a wide range of Leisure and Recreation pursuits in the Southwold area

Library (Suffolk County Council):
Southwold Library, North Green, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6AT. Tel: 01502 722519. (website)

Local Services:
Find a wide range of local Businesses and Services in the Southwold area

Markets:

  • Southwold Market held every Monday and Thursday in the Market Place, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6EF
  • Country Market held every Friday 9:30am – 12noon in United Reformed Church Hall, High Street, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6DJ
  • Southwold Farmers’ Market held every Friday 9am - 12:30pm Drayman’s Square, Victoria Street, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6GB

Medical/Health Care:

Museums:

  • Southwold Museum and Historical Society, 9 - 11 Victoria Street, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6HZ. 01502 726097
  • Sailors’ Reading Room, East Cliff, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6EL
  • Amber Museum, 15 Market Place, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6EA
  • Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum, Southwold Harbour, Ferry Road, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6NG. Tel: 01502 723200

Parking:

  • Pay and Display at car park beyond the Pier
  • Pay and Display at the Harbour
  • Market Place – limited free Short Term parking, with restrictions on Mondays and Thursdays (Market Days). Disabled spaces
  • High Street/East Street – limited free Short Term parking in marked spaces
  • York Road – Free all day
  • Godyll Road Carpark – Free all day

Post Office:
Southwold Post Office, High Street, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6AA (opposite the Town Sign). Tel: 01502 723188.
Open Monday – Friday 9am – 5:30pm, Saturday 9am – 12:30pm.

Primary School:
Southwold Primary School, Cumberland Road, Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6JP. Tel: 01502 723137.

Public Toilets:

  • Toilet block at entrance to car park, by the Pier
  • North Parade (opposite St James Green)
  • Church Green, Cumberland Road
  • RADAR key–operated toilet for the disabled, at Church Green, Cumberland Road
  • Ferry Road (town end)
  • Ferry Road (The Harbour end)

Sustrans National Cycle Network:
Sustrans Reginal Route 31 circles around Southwold and passes through Reydon before crossing the A12 just to the north of Wangford. It eventually connects with Sustrans National Route 1 (Dover - Shetland Islands) near Beccles.

Tourist Information:

From May 2016 there is no Tourist Information office at Southwold. Instead there are several Tourist Information Points in the town, including at Southwold Library (01502 722519) and at Southwold Post Office (01502 723188).

Trains:
The nearest train stations are:

  • Darsham Station, Main Road, Darsham, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 3PN
  • Halesworth Station, Station Road, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8BZ
    Both stations are on the East Suffolk Line (London Liverpool Street - Ipswich – Lowestoft).
    See also the ‘Travel Information’ section of our Useful Links.

Voluntary Help Centre:
Southwold and District Voluntary Help Centre. Stella Peskett Millennium Hall, Mights Road, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6BE.
Tel: 01502 724549. Open Monday and Thursday 9am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9am – 12pm.

Should you need more information on anything mentioned here the Town Hall and/or the Library should be able to assist.

Great care has been taken in compiling this information, which is checked regularly for accuracy,
and any errors or omissions are regretted.