Southern Broads gateway Beccles in the Waveney Valley is a historic market town gem offering a superb choice of holiday cottage, heritage hotels and B&B accommodation. The town also contains a great selection of fine old real ale inns and best bistro style restaurants. A little quieter than the neighbouring Norfolk Broads, Beccles sits alongside the River Waveney and is the most popular Southern Broads holiday base with a converted cinema now a restaurant and cafe plus a fabulous outdoor lido!
Discover Beccles’ Saxon sea port roots at the the Beccles Museum and head down to the beautiful quayside where you’ll find one of the main Broadland Information Centres packed with local information. Boat trips and day boat hire are widely available on Beccles quay and from a standing station near the lido. Beccles Quayside is the focus for numerous events through the year from antiques markets and Duck Races to the free entry Harvest Moon Music Festival.
The ancient history of Beccles is evident in the many spectacular listed buildings in the town including the Beccles Museum itself situated in Leman House, a former free school, dating from around 1570 and restored in the 1760s. The Beccles Museum explores in-depth the town’s rich history and contains numerous old photographs. Admiral Lord Nelson’s mother Catherine Suckling was married in St Michael’s Church with famous separate Bell Tower. The church is open for tours at various times of the year and you can find out more about Nelson’s family at the Beccles Museum.