Southwold, located in Suffolk, is situated alongside the North Sea. One of the most prominent sights in the area is the Southwold lighthouse, which was constructed in 1887. One of the interesting aspects about the lighthouse is the fact that the light is switched on and off in sequence rather than using a rotating beam. Other sights of interest in the local area include Southwold Pier, which features novelty machines. There is also an amber museum located in town which may interest visitors as well, along with a model boat pond that is located on the north end of the pier.
The English town of Southwold is located within the Suffolk district of Waveney. The town of Southwold is located on the shores of the North Sea and at the mouth of the River Blyth. This area of the Suffolk coast has been stated as a place of outstanding natural beauty.
The town of Southwold was mentioned within the Domesday Book and it is an important port for fishing. During 1489 the town of Southwold was granted status as a Royal Charter by Henry the eighth.
The beach within the town of Southwold has a good combination of shingles and sand. During 2005 and 2006 the beach became protected by the scheme for coastal management and this is also concerned with new groynes and beach nourishment. Beach huts that are painted in bright colours overlook the sandy beach.
The famous writer that is known as George Orwell spent a lot of time within the town of Southwold whilst he was a teenager and then again during his thirties. George Orwell's parents once owned a home within the town. There is a plaque in memory of the Orwell family and it is located next to what is currently the fish and chip shop that is located on the High street at the far end.
Over the recent years there have been an increasing number of people that have purchased houses as second homes. The town of Southwold has now been categorised as one of the least affordable towns in Suffolk in which to buy a house.