Explore the Area
Adnams Tours and Experiences
You can’t come to Southwold without experiencing Adnams!
Tours of Adnams brewery and distillery run regularly throughout the year. Starting at our John Adair Adnams Visitor Centre in the courtyard at the back of The Swan (where you’ll be immersed in the wonderful world of Adnams and learn more about our long and colourful history), the 90 minute experience includes a tour of our energy-efficient brewery or distillery, ending with a tasting – the best bit!
Why not make your very own gin while you stay with us?
You can find out more about Adnams brewery and distillery tours, as well as make your own gin experiences here. Our reception team will happily organise a tour for you while you are with us.
Just a short distance from The Swan, Southwold beach is always a great place to spend time. The promenade runs from Southwold Pier to the base of Gun Hill to the south, lined with brightly coloured and imaginatively-named beach huts. The southern end of Southwold beach is wilder, with sand dunes and marram grass separating the beach from Ferry Road.
If you’d prefer to be on the water rather than in it, then don’t miss a trip on the Coastal Voyager for a power blast or serene river tour – ask at reception for more details.
We have a range of beach accessories available and if you’d like to pre-book a picnic, please speak to our reception team.
Wildlife and Nature
Southwold is situated in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has several important nature reserves right on its doorstep, including the RSPB’s flagship reserve at Minsmere.
The Suffolk Wildlife Trust manage several reserves close to town – the Hen Reedbeds and Reydon Wood.
A walk north along Southwold beach towards Covehithe and Benacre will take you to areas managed by Natural England. Although some of the woodland and brackish lakes are not directly accessible to the public, it is a beautiful area to explore.
Named one of the UK’s best seaside towns by The Rough Guide, Southwold is a lovely coastal town with its own harbour where you can buy freshly caught fish as well as delicious fish and chips. The town itself has a good mix of national and independent stores, lots of pubs, cafés and restaurants, a museum and some great art and craft galleries.
Visitors to Southwold must not miss a walk along the Pier with its quirky amusements and selection of cafés and gift shops.
Other than from our Distillery, some of the best views of the town can be taken from the top of Southwold’s lighthouse (tours are available) and from the Coastal Voyager boat where you can choose a leisurely cruise or a high-octane speed blast.Visit The Suffolk Coast
Pampering & Relaxation
Please speak with our reception team to arrange massage and beauty treatments and hairdressers and enquire about Southwold’s eclectic range of shops. As a guest at The Swan, we can provide you with a discount card for a number of shops.
If you’re feeling energetic, there’s lots to enjoy locally and we can help arrange activities, subject to availability of course.
Why not borrow one of our Swan bikes while you are with us? Our bikes come with helmets, locks, pumps and repair kits. If you would like to bring your own bike a secure lock up service is available. We can also suggest routes for you to enjoy, there’s lots of beautiful countryside to explore.
Here’s a brief list of activities available in and around the local area. Please ask us to find out more:
Walking and running, tennis, golf, clay pigeon shooting, lawn bowling, river canoeing, kitesurfing and surfing, skydiving.
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