Situated inland on the River Waveney, Beccles sits at the southern point of the Suffolk & Norfolk Broads.
Beccles offers a wealth of diversity, combining history with modern-day culture. The town is surrounded by fantastic views of the Southern Broads and set amongst rolling countryside. The town centre provides a blend of independent shops, restaurants and other services that will make a trip to Beccles memorable. Beccles is within easy reach of the coast, with its award-winning beaches, nature reserves and theme park.
The town was once a flourishing Saxon Sea Port and there are many buildings of architectural interest, including Leman House in Ballygate, home of the Beccles Museum. This Grade 1 Listed Building was once the local school and it still bears the motto ‘Disce aut Discede’ (roughly translated to ‘learn and go’). The town was also home to Catherine Suckling who was married in the town’s St Michael’s Church to Edward Nelson and later gave birth to England’s greatest Naval Hero – Lord Horatio Nelson. Details on the history of Beccles can be found within the town’s museum (open April to October, Tuesday to Saturday, 2.30pm to 5pm).
One of the town’s other historical landmarks is the Bell Tower. At 97 ft tall it stands detached from the main body of the church, offering spectacular views across the surrounding countryside. At different times of the year the Bell Tower is open for guided tours providing visitors with an insight to the building’s history. The popular quayside area of the town is the Southern Gateway to The Broads. This area is not only extremely popular with water users, but is also ideal for families, walkers and those interested in wildlife.
One of the best ways to explore the River Waveney and its countryside is by boat; the Big Dog Ferry offers trips along the river where kingfishers and other birds and wildlife can be spotted. Those visiting by water can book mooring spaces in advance (contact the Harbour Master) or on the day; half day mooring is also available, although visitors will need more than half a day to experience all of the town’s attractions. The Quayside is home to a number of events throughout the year including the Beccles Carnival, and a number of other community events. Also featured are The Duck Race, Antiques Market, The Harvest Moon Free Music Festival and the Late Night Christmas Event.
For more information:
Beccles Information Centre
The Quay, Fen Lane, Beccles, NR34 9BH
Tel: 01502 713196