This Easter we decided to take a last minute break with our friends. We did an internet search for anything we could find on the coast within a couple of hours of London and we were super lucky to find an amazing place called The Tower in Thorpeness Suffolk.
The Tower was perfect for two families with 5 kids between us and a dog. It has 5 bedrooms and sleeps 9. It is set over 4 floors with a spiral staircase running all the way up, it is a really quirky interesting building that looks like a castle – all the children were very excited when they saw it and so were we!
We actually booked The Tower through Airbnb but i can’t find it on there anymore so if you want to check it out here is a direct link to it on Aldeburgh Coastal Cottages site, it’s probably cheaper to book directly through them and we found them extremely helpful and friendly throughout our stay.
Thorpeness is very small and very quaint and beautiful, there seems to be one pub and one small shop. We ate at the pub called The Dolphin one night and we thought the food was great and the kids loved playing petanque in the garden. I definitely recommend doing as we did and ordering supermarket delivery to your rental property on the day you arrive.
Thorpeness has a pebble beach with lovely multi-coloured houses backing on to it, it was very cold and blustery the day we went there but it was still beautiful and literally a 1 minute walk from our house.
A must see in Thorpeness is The House in the Clouds it was just a short walk from our property and the kids thought it was wonderful. You could actually stay there if you wanted.
About 5 mins drive from Thorpeness is Aldeburgh. Aldeburgh is bigger and has lots of little shops, restaurants and pubs. I recommend parking in the first car park you come to and checking out this amazing seashell sculpture on the beach, it’s very impressive and the kids had lots of fun climbing on it.
You can walk from here into the centre of Aldeburgh, just walk right along the beach past lots of cute fishing huts and places selling fresh seafood. This was a fun walk and the children enjoyed walking along the beach wall
Our favourite place in Aldeburgh was Delphine’s Diner – it’s on the main road so you can’t really miss it. It’s a 1960’s American Diner and every single detail is perfect. You feel like you have been transported on to the Happy Day’s set and expect The Fonze to appear any second. We had delicious hotdogs, juicy burgers and enormous milkshakes. The staff were very friendly and I loved that they were all in costume.
About 40 minutes drive from Aldeburgh is Southwold, I holidayed here a lot as a child and i have so many great memories. I couldn’t wait to visit there again with my own children and I wasn’t disappointed.
The beach at Southwold is sandy and perfect for building sandcastles, the children played while we relaxed on the sand and checked out the brightly painted beach huts.
Southwold Pier is really fun to walk down, there are funny pictures for the kids to stick their heads through, fairground mirrors to laugh at your reflection in and lots of places to grab an ice cream. Our kids absolutely loved playing on the 2p machines in the arcade and would have happily stayed there for hours.
We took a tip from some locals and walked into the centre of Southwold to get fish and chips. If you don’t like fish and chips (what is wrong with you?) there are so many other delicious options for food, we bought lots of freshly made pies for dinner from one shop and there are so many artisan bakeries and delicious cheese shops you won’t be hungry. The Adnams brewery shop is also here. If you are more interested in fashion than food their are plenty of little independant boutiques and also bigger names like Joules and Fat Face.
Another place we visited from my childhood was Walberswick which is just down the coast from Southwold. I have great memories of going crabbing here and of playing in the sand dunes.
If you are going to go crabbing I really recommend these crabbing nets which we got, they were much better and easier to use than the ones from my childhood and we caught loads of crabs – we found ham was really good bait.
When you have finished crabbing walk over the sand dunes and down to the beach. We had a picnic in the dunes, the kids played and it really was so peaceful and beautiful.
We had a really fantastic time in Suffolk, we will definitely be visiting again, it was a lovely place for a family holiday and also a great place to holiday with friends. If you are a fan of Suffolk i’d love to hear about your favourite places and your recommendations of where else we should visit.
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