This charming market town sits at the southern point of the Broads and offers a wealth of independent shops.
Once a flourishing Saxon sea port, Beccles is set in rolling countryside and offers fantastic views over, and access to, the surrounding Southern Broads. The winding cobbled streets are lined with quirky shops and restaurants, and there’s plenty of historical interest too, including Beccles Museum and the Bell Tower. There are an array of popular events, festivals and entertainment held throughout the year, making this a town that hasn’t lost its tight-knit community roots.
What to see and do
Wander to the popular quayside area of Beccles to appreciate the town’s pretty riverside location. Take to the water in a canoe, kayak or dayboat from Hippersons Boatyard, or hop aboard the Big Dog Ferry and take in the tranquility and passing wildlife on a trip to The Locks pub in Geldeston.
If you fancy a dip while the weather is good, pop to Beccles Lido – a traditional heated outdoor pool with plenty of space to swim, sunbathe and soak up some summer rays.
Staying on dry land, there are a vast array of independent shops to browse, offering everything from clothes, toys and gifts to delicatessens filled with delicious locally- produced goodies.
In August, the renowned Antiques Street Market returns for the final time this year and is a must-visit for anyone looking to browse vintage items, collectables and antiques.
If you’re in need of nourishment, make your way to the Wine Vaults, the town’s self-professed ‘friendliest bar and restaurant’. The restaurant covers three floors, including the cosy cellar, and serves hearty portions of locally sourced ingredients. In the traditional bar area you’ll find a roaring fire (though hopefully not at this time of year!) and an extensive list of wines, cocktails and real ales. Live music events occur every other Sunday, so you really can eat, drink and be merry.
Want to round off your day in Beccles with a nightcap? The Ingate is a long-serving, traditional pub perfect for just that. There are two bars, a pool room, a darts area and garden in which to enjoy a real ale, a cocktail or maybe a nibble from their renowned street food menu.
Stay the night
The Waveney House Hotel
Occupying a superb riverside location with stunning views across the surrounding marshes and countryside, the Waveney House Hotel is just the place to relax and recharge after a day of exploring.
Steeped in history, the hotel was built in the early 16th century and retains a number of period features, including vaulted oak-beamed ceilings. Today the hotel offers 12 luxury bedrooms with en-suites, all individually styled.
On summer evenings unwind with a drink on the river terrace watching the boats go by.
Parking is available on site and moorings can be arranged for those arriving James Bond-style by river.