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Why is the East of England becoming more popular as a holiday destination? One answer may lie with the emergence of the beautiful Suffolk coast.

This lovely piece of British charm is little over an hour away from London. Numerous sandy and shingle beaches, friendly locals and great pride and tradition are to be found, but it’s the two coastal towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold which really stand out.

Home to the Aldeburgh Festival, Aldeburgh is renowned as a town full of culture with a thriving arts scene. The annual festival is somewhat different from the Latitude’s and V festivals of this world and pays homage to the jazz and classical scene, part of the rich music heritage of the UK.

Aldeburgh has a lovely shingle beach and there are miles of heath land ideal for walking or rambling. This unspoilt seaside town also has a number of landmarks such as Moot Hall and the Church of St Peter and St Paul. It’s a truly lovely place to visit.

Further up the coast lies Southwold, a trendy town full of boutiques, great places to eat and drink and a remarkable pier. It’s a place people love to visit and a popular, yet unspoilt, destination for a holiday with an excellent selection of self-catering holiday homes and cottages available. Suffolk Secrets are the largest provider of accommodation in the area, with plenty of choice in Aldeburgh too.

The pier really is a joy to behold with numerous eateries and the most amazing ‘arcade’ full of old fashioned machines such as fortune telling. You can enjoy a cream tea while sat in a booth overlooking the sea.

When you are done eating and being amazed the old fashioned high street has a great range of shops including one from the Adnams Brewery where numerous ales are to be found.

It’s a really special place.

Author: jonathan

Jonathan is a consummate Anglophile who launched Anglotopia.net in 2007 to channel his passion for Britain. Londontopia is its sister publication dedicated to everything London.