A thriving market town situated in the heart of the Waveney Valley, Beccles has a character to charm all visitors.
Steeped in history, the narrow streets and quaint architecture are home to a wealth of independent retailers offering a unique shopping experience complemented by the weekly market. For those wishing to sample some of the best local produce, the twice-monthly farmers’ market at the historic World War II airfield at Ellough is a must.
Much of the town’s architecture has a strong Flemish influence and many of the fine town houses have Georgian facades to what are in fact much older buildings. The town centre is dominated by the lofty bell-tower of St. Michael’s church, dating from 1500 which has recently been renovated and now serves as a tourist information point. Guided tours can be taken to the top of the tower which provides unrivalled panoramic views over the beautiful surrounding countryside.
The popular quayside, once a herring port, is now home to the myriad of cruisers which moor here to take advantage of the nearby pubs, cafés and picnic area. A perfect spot to relax, unwind, and view the activities that take place both on land and water.
Three leaflets about Beccles are available to download as pdfs: