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“Nice location for a coffee”
Review of Southwold Pier

Southwold Pier
Ranked #3 of 24 things to do in Southwold
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Owner description: If one picture on a postcard could sum up an idyllic English Seaside destination it would have to be Southwold Pier. Decked out across the sea in the picturesque coastal town of Southwold, this pillared walkway has a magnetic attraction and something for everyone to enjoy! There's so much to do a whole day can drift by while you walk the planks and explore this historic icon. Please note: Our opening times are weather permitting and therefore can change.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Reviewed December 3, 2012

Nice venue when weather is good enough to sit outside for a coffee. Staff are efficient but rarely say 'Please or thank you' when taking payment.

Thank Kevin R
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ABreathOfFreshAir, Manager at Southwold Pier, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2012

I am surprised by your comments about the staff, this is most unusual, they are so friendly and courteous normally, I shall look into it.

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Reviewed December 2, 2012

My elderly neighbour had stated to me that in her early years of marriage her husband had decided that they should undertake UK holidays encompassing all the piers in the UK. There are a total of 89 piers in the UK (55 of these are in working order). My neighbour and her husband managed to see all the piers in the UK before his death. She told me that one of the nicest piers she ever visited was in Southwold. I wanted to travel to Southwold on a warm sunny day but unfortunately it happened on a wet windy day.

We were able to park in a residential street down the lane from the pier. We walked the whole length of the pier and spoke to the many fishermen who had been patiently awaiting their catch. They said they had come here as the cod was due to close into shore due to the poor weather conditions.

The pier has a number of gift shops(limited range of fridge magnets), tea rooms and the traditional fish and chip shop. We were able to walk the dog on the pier and be seated outside in one of the covered eating areas on the pier. The fish and chips were good and the price reasonable. The one thing that attracted us to the pier was the water clock. I had seen the water clock on utube and read up on the history of the clock being built as a main attraction to the pier. Made in three weeks in 1998 by Tim Hunkin and Will Jackson, to an impossibly tight budget, the Water Clock was designed as a feature about water recycling, sponsored by Thames Water. The water is pumped up to the top of the clock from the pond and it was originally this water that then powered the cheeky antics that happen on the half hour. The hands and pendulum are now powered electrically. All the copper on the clock comes from old hot water cylinders.

We sat eating our lunch watching the crowds gather on the half our to view the funny antics of the water clock. Do have a look on utube as it is an amazing lesson on water recycling. We were in stitches!!!!

There was a lovely beach which you could walk on with the dog as it was out of season. The walk along the colourful beach huts was interesting. Southwold is a village so there were no shopping precincts to visit, just miles of beach to explore. A lovely day out but next time we will come in the sunshine.

1  Thank Denise S
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ABreathOfFreshAir, Manager at Southwold Pier, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2012

Thanks for the kind review, so glad that you enjoyed your experience on the pier. The clock is highly amusing. And the shops sell a lot more than fridge magnets!

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Reviewed November 21, 2012

Quirky little pier and great fun. The food at the beach restaurant was lovley. First class Sunday brunch

Thank 1959sag
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ABreathOfFreshAir, Manager at Southwold Pier, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2012

Thanks, good to hear, it is a great way to start the day, especially with its local bacon and free-range eggs!

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Reviewed November 18, 2012

Quaint pier, with and old fashioned arcade. Nice walk, rain or shine. Was very nice in the autumn - can imagine its busy in the summer.

Thank CD_Butterfly
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ABreathOfFreshAir, Manager at Southwold Pier, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2012

Thanks for the lovely review, glad that you enjoy the experience every time you come.

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Reviewed November 18, 2012

You can't go to Southwold without going on the pier, it has everything you need.

If you have never been before, just take a look at the plaques on the railings on the pier each side.

Nice gift shops & tea room, once you have been to Southwold / Pier, you will want to return time after time.

Thank Rick W
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ABreathOfFreshAir, Manager at Southwold Pier, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2012

Lovely review, thank you so much, glad you enjoy it!

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