Kessingland & local

In and around Kessingland


Today’s Kessingland is actually an amalgamation of two villages, Kessingland Village and Kessingland Beach.

The combined area has two pubs (one being five minutes walk), two chip shops, a highly recommended seafront restaurant (also, five minutes on foot), a Co-op, historic church, a Zoo (Africa Alive) and miles of unspoiled beach, with a nature reserve along the way. If you’re new to the area that should suffice for a starters!

We’ll say just a little more about the sea front, seeing that the Castaways cottages overlook the beach and are within seconds to access it… The Kessingland beach is a wide unspoiled tract of pebbled surface with some sandy patches and Marram grass – famously planted here first by the author and oft visiting H Rider Haggard. For more adventurous hikers you can walk all the way northward to Pakefield and Lowestoft or head south, through the nature reserve and into Southwold. Dog walking is permitted on the Kessingland beach all year round.

Surrounding local area

Near to Kessingland, just 15 minutes by car, you can visit Southwold, with its quaint high street and famous pier. Dunwich Heath (National Trust beauty spot), Minsmere (a past location for ‘Springwatch’ on the BBC) and Walberswick are all famed for their natural beauty as well as for bird watching and are all just a short drive away. There’s also Snape Maltings (with its concert hall and charming craft rooms), Aldeburgh (a beautiful coastal town) and Thorpeness (don’t miss the house in the clouds!) all nearby.

The list of surrounding Suffolk charm really does go on and on, so just ask us, or any of the friendly locals when you get here and you’ll find plenty of recommended outings for walks, town visits, dining and everything you could wish for in Sunny Suffolk!