Best beaches in Suffolk

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Below are a list of the top 12 beaches in Suffolk as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current most popular beach in Suffolk is Aldeburgh. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in Suffolk just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

  • 1. Aldeburgh Beach

    Aldeburgh © Ian Rees | BY-SA

    This sand and shingle beach is probably the best known of all Suffolk's beaches. Backing on to the pretty seaside town of Aldeburgh there are no shortage of facilities either. Aldeburgh has plenty to explore on and around the beach. Along the beach front are any number of quirky historic buildings. These include the 400…

  • 2. Dunwich Beach

    Dunwich © Adrian Cable | BY-SA

    The little village of Dunwich was once a thriving seaport; but over the centuries the sea reclaimed the town leaving not much behind except for a wonderful stretch of beach. This expanse of shingle seems to go on forever in both directions, backed by low crumbling cliffs. Dunwich beach is set in a break between…

  • 3. The Denes Beach (Southwold)

    The Denes ©

    This sand and shingle beach, backed by low dunes and marshland, stretches from the north side of the mouth of the River Blyth up to Southwold.

    The southern end of the beach has a lifeboat station and a lifeboat museum, behind which is a small caravan park. At the northern end of the beach are a…

  • 4. Walberswick Beach

    Walberswick © Evelyn Simak | BY-SA

    This lovely little sand dune backed beach is just across the River Blythe from Southwold, which is within easy walking distance. A walk in the other direction will take you past the Walberswick Nature Reserve with its mix of marsh and heathland. The beach at Walberswick is just a short walk from the village which…

  • 5. Lowestoft South Beach (Lowestoft)

    Lowestoft South Beach © John D Fielding | BY-SA

    Just south of Great Yarmouth, on Suffolk's "Sunrise Coast" is Lowestoft South Beach with its fine sand and wealth of local facilities. Also known as Victoria Beach, it is the main resort beach in the area with a Blue Flag award for its clean waters. South Beach also boasts many past awards from the Tourist…

  • 6. Southwold Pier Beach

    Southwold Pier © Mrs Airwolfhound | BY-SA

    Southwold is one of Suffolk's best known resorts and has a long tradition as such. Perhaps the most obvious link to the seaside town's seaside credentials is the 800 foot (250m) long pier. Along with a sprinkling of shingle, beach groynes and colourful beach huts there is no mistaking you are at the Great British…

  • 7. Covehithe

    Covehithe © Adrian S Pye | BY-SA

    Covehithe beach sits on a somewhat forgotten stretch of the Suffolk coast. The beach is set at the end of a lane which runs across fields before abruptly stopping at the cliff edge. The pace at which the coast is eroding here is rapid - something confirmed by a quick look at Google maps, where…

  • 8. Thorpeness Beach

    Thorpeness © John Goldsmith | BY-SA

    Thorpness is a quirky little village just north of Aldeburgh. It is everything an English seaside village should be; there is a golf course, a large boating lake (the Meare) and more mock Tudor buildings than you can shake a stick at! Many of these buildings line the beach front intermingling with equally quirky modern…

  • 9. Dunwich Heath Beach

    Dunwich Heath © Lewis Potter | BY-SA

    A remote sand and shingle beach backed by the dunes, heathland and lagoons of the National Trust owned Dunwich Heath. The area is also home to RSPB Minsmere and is home to a range of interesting wildlife such as the Dartford warbler, nightjar, woodlark, red deer, adders and ant-lion. Dunwich Heath is more than just…

  • 10. Kessingland Beach

    Kessingland © Adrian S Pye | BY-SA

    Kessingland is a long, wide, sand and shingle beach backed by low cliffs. The beach here is somewhat protected from the erosion which affects this coast thanks to the marram grass that was planted here by the writer and agricultural reformist, Henry Rider Haggard. It was his fictional character, Allan Quatermain, who may well have…

  • 11. Corton Sands Beach

    Corton Sands © Ashley Dace | BY-SA

    Being just north of Lowestoft, which is Britain's most easterly point means it can get a little breezy here. The beach itself is a mix of coarse sand and shingle which is divided up by wooden groynes. To the rear of the beach is a large grassy area separated from the beach by a concrete…

  • 12. Claremont Pier (Lowestoft) Beach

    Claremont Pier (Lowestoft) © Nick Macneill | BY-SA

    A sandy beach, north of Claremont Pier, with zones for watersports. Easy access to East Point Pavilion, which houses the Lowestoft Tourist Information Centre.