What to do and see in Beccles, United Kingdom (UK): The Best Places and Tips

January 15, 2018 Claudia Navarrete

Beccles (/ˈbɛkəlz/ BEK-əlz) is a market town and civil parish in the Waveney District of the English county of Suffolk. The town is shown on the milestone as 109 miles (175 km) from London via the A145 and A12 roads, 98 miles (158 km) northeast of London as the crow flies, 16 miles (26 km) southeast of Norwich, and 33 miles (53 km) north northeast of the county town of Ipswich. Nearby towns include Lowestoft to the east and Great Yarmouth to the northeast. The town lies on the River Waveney on the edge of The Broads National Park.
Restaurants in Beccles

1. UK Parachuting

Beccles Road, Beccles NR34 7QW, England +44 1502 476131
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5 based on 825 reviews

UK Parachuting

Parachute jump, sky dive

Reviewed By Stuart M - London, England, United Kingdom

Amazing buzz thanks Rick for a great experience. 10,000 feet and 40 seconds of freefall. It's been 20 years since my last one but I will be back sooner for the next one.Glad to hear that that you had a great time, 20 yrs is a long time between jumps!! pop in and see us any time.

2. Burgh Castle

Butt Lane | Great Yarmouth, Burgh St Peter NR31 9QG, England
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4.5 based on 112 reviews

Burgh Castle

Reviewed By KevinSadler2364 - Leicester, United Kingdom

The walls have stood for over 1500 years, and although there's little else, these are amongst the best Roman remains in the UK. It's a little off the beaten track, and if visiting in winter I would advise either walking boots or Wellies, but it is worth the effort.
In summer, this would be ideal for the BBQ, and the views across the estuary to the windmill are lovely.

3. Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum

The Street | On the B1062, Flixton NR35 1NZ, England +44 1986 896644
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5 based on 263 reviews

Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum

Reviewed By MikeJenvey - Nr Cambridge

Hadn't planned to visit, saw the sign en-route to another destination.
Very glad that we found it, can only agree with the previous comments, what a great variety of aircraft (some very unusual) & associated artefacts. I am, as ex-RAF, a little biased! ;-) Much to my surprise & delight, I actually flew the Vulcan exhibit (XL445) that is there - shame it is only the nose section with no access.
In particular, very impressed with the Air Sea Rescue display / collection of model launches.
Too many gems hidden throughout all the different categories / displays, must go back for a longer visit.
Please make a generous donation - & complete a Gift Aid form (at front of souvenir shop) so that the museum can get maximum benefit.

4. Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Beccles Road | Caldecott Hall, Fritton NR31 9EY, England +44 870 040 0033
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4.5 based on 132 reviews

Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Redwings Caldecott is Redwings Horse Sanctuary's largest visitor centre, home to almost 120 rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. Here you can meet mini but mighty Shetland pony Sampson, plus a whole herd of more than 30 donkeys and mules – including adorable donkey Esther and Muffin the Mule! Visitors can enjoy walking tours and horse care demonstrations, followed by hot drinks and tasty snacks from the Nosebag Cafe. There is also an on-site gift shop offering a range of souvenirs, proceeds of which go to support the hundreds of equines in the charity's care nationwide. While visiting Redwings Caldecott, you might like to support the work of the charity by adopting one of its friendly residents, either for yourself or as a thoughtful gift for a friend or loved one. A year's adoption costs just £15! Redwings Caldecott is open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10am to 4pm. Entry is FREE and dogs on leads are welcome too!

Reviewed By David M - Ipswich, United Kingdom

Visiting Redwings was a great experience it's both fun and educational, despite the weather the four legged friends and the volunteers / staff were more than welcoming, even the Donkey's who apparently don't like getting wet were out in the paddocks for us the enjoy.
The site was clean (well, as clean as a horse santuary can be) and all the residents appeared to be looked after extremely well, with a mxcture of horses, ponies and donkeys each displaying it's own characteristics, with some standing out slightly more than others.
Admission is free and you could easily spend hours wondering around the site, unfortunately the weather was against us on this visit so we didn't get the see everything, but the scale of the place is huge.
This really is a great place to visit, with a gift shop, cafe and play area for the smaller visitors.
All food within the cafe is homemade and I can definitely recommend the cheese scones (warm of course) or a slice of any of the delicious home made cakes, the prices are as expected within the cafe and gift shop, but as all proceeds go back into the sanctuary and seeing as admission is free I really don't see anything to complain about.
I would most definitely recommend for all ages, and hope to visit again when the sun is out instead of the fun.

5. Beccles Lido

Puddingmoor, Beccles NR34 9PL, England +44 1502 713297
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4.5 based on 139 reviews

Beccles Lido

Nothing beats swimming outdoors so why not visit Beccles Lido? The 30metre x 15metre outdoor pool, separate toddler pool and paddling pool are all heated to 27°C. There is a slide, springboard and giant-inflatable. Beccles Lido is on Puddingmoor, next to the River Waveney, with lots of grassy areas, sunloungers, tables and chairs to relax on. The cafe, with covered eating area, serves hot and cold snacks, delicious fairtrade coffee, tea and Italian hot chocolate, cold drinks and ices. Beccles Lido is the perfect place for a swim or a family day out. We also offer Canoe Hire (advance bookings only) from the Lido so you can take a paddle along the beautiful River Waveney. Or take a more relaxing river trip on Big Dog Ferry to the historic Locks Inn, Geldeston.

Reviewed By Stuart H - Norwich, United Kingdom

It's great to find a Lido still very much up and running. The water was very clear especially considering its open air, the staff were helpful and friendly, the food reasonably priced. They had the inflatable out, there is a springboard and a slide. The pool is heated but it's never going to be like a bath, plenty warm enough to be in it for a long time then sit in the sun at a table or on the grass having a coffee, food or ice cream.
Hardest thing is parking but we managed fine.
Overall - great

6. Waveney Stardust

Broadsedge Marina, Stalham NR12 9BT, England
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5 based on 35 reviews

Waveney Stardust

To provide safe, subsidised and enjoyable river cruises for the disabled and/or elderly, including their family and friends; who would not otherwise be able to access the pleasures of the Broadland Waterways. Waveney Stardust cruisers are designed to accommodate people in wheelchairs and are suitable for all passengers with walking difficulties. Our boats, equipment and operational procedures are all designed to ensure the comfort and safety of passengers and crew . The cruisers are available for half day or full day hire with their crew of volunteers. Cruises may be booked by organisations, hospices, nursing/residential homes and also for family groups where one or more members are disabled or unable to board a self-hire craft. The cost of hiring Waveney Stardust cruisers is heavily subsidised by the management committee through generous donations, fund raising events and from the sale of souvenirs on board. Operation of the cruisers and its administration are all carried out by volunteers. Our qualified skippers and crews all undergo regular training. New volunteers are always welcome.

Reviewed By gegby - Market Harborough, United Kingdom

This fabulous boat is amazing - wheelchair friendly - and even has an on-board lift. It`s centrally heated, and spacious. The volunteer crew were very friendly and offer you tea/coffee and biscuits, although you can take your own food. Highly recommend this experience for wheelchair users - they can take up to 6.

7. East Anglia Transport Museum

Chapel Road | Carlton Colville, Lowestoft NR33 8BL, England +44 1502 518459
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4.5 based on 440 reviews

East Anglia Transport Museum

Enjoy unlimited rides on vintage buses, trams and trolleybuses.

Reviewed By Michelle J

Today was the first time we have ever been to the transport museum and now I wonder why we never came before! What a wonderful atmospheric place with such friendly people.
We were greeted at the car park and shown where to get our tickets, we were told about gift aid and noticed many people in the que with myself saying they didn't want to do it, by ticking that your entry fee be gift aided it costs you nothing more and helps the museum a lot, you also get given a ticket for a revisit just for doing so! So I wanted mention that.
We were next greeted by a lovely lady in a little hut who gave us a little quiz to fill out with little questions that could only be answered if you paid attention to the exhibits which I think is a fab way of getting the children engaged! The questions were interesting and fairly easy and the prizes were wonderful!! Not your normal flimsy medal reward stuff! They had - 8 balls for fortune telling, - light up magic wands that can be worn as necklaces and some funny joke eye glasses to name a few, my son was over the moon with his 8 ball! And I heard many of the children playing with theirs and asking questions along the way on the trams!
Speaking of the trams, those and the trolley bus and train were wonderful well kept vechiles especially for their age and the drivers were jolly and in good spirits each one has so much time for you cracking a joke or ready to answer any question you had, the only thing criticizing I have to say is that I wish the journeys were longer on the vechiles, especially the train, I felt like by the time I got on it was time to get off of it so it would have been so much better if it hadn't been so short lived....I wish they had the money to expand somehow, It would be amazing if they had more room, that's the only thing I'd change, it seems like everything is spot on and everything is wonderful but all in a small area, an expansion would be wonderful if it's at all possible!! I loved the little shops and garage and postoffice, honestly it's like your own little world in that place!!
Our family had a wonderful time and I'd recommend to everyone. Thank you a much for a lovely time.

8. Big Dog Ferry - Private Ride

Beccles Lido-Geldeston Locks, Beccles, England
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5 based on 62 reviews

Big Dog Ferry - Private Ride

Reviewed By Vivienne J - Sudbury, United Kingdom

Lovely day out with husband and friends for their birthdays. We Parked in the village near the river which was free all day! Walked up to the village. Had a delightfully cake and coffee at Twyfords yum , then walked to Pudding Lane which leads you to the lido. This is where you will pick up the boat. Lovely skipper who was helpful and caring making your journey perfect. Takes about 40 minutes to the lock and cost £6 for one trip . We found s coupon which gave us 50p off each person . It was a lovely relaxing boat trip and would do it again. It drops you off at a pub where you could have a pub lunch or a drink, but I wouldn't eat there again, just a personal choice. We then did a walk back to the town over the marsh land which is quicker. There is a longer walk back through another village, or take the boat trip back. Booking is wise to do before as it is very popular boat trip. Will do it again and walk back the other way! xx

9. Africa Alive!

Whites Lane | Kessingland, Lowestoft NR33 7TF, England +44 1502 740291
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Africa Alive!

Explore the sights and sounds of Africa and discover lions, giraffes, rhinos, meerkats, hunting dogs and many more animals from the African continent. The spectacular centrepiece of Africa Alive!, our "Plains of Africa" paddock, is the perfect place to spot 5 species of African savannah animals, including our graceful giraffe and heavyweight rhinos. Enjoy a bird's eye view of our magnificent lions from "Lookout Lodge", and visit "Lemur Encounters", which gives you the chance to get incredibly close to our ring-tailed lemurs as you walk through their enclosure! Bird lovers can also enjoy spotting native species from our new "Wader's Lake Boardwalk". Discover some amazing facts about our animals during our exciting feeding talks and seasonal Bird of Prey displays. Climb aboard the free Safari Roadtrain for an entertaining journey around the Park. Look, learn and play in our fun-packed Discovery Centre and meet some of our smaller residents at the animal encounter sessions. The park offers a great outdoor adventure play area, as well as restaurants, free car parking, disabled facilities and a gift shop where you can find souvenirs and gifts for everyone - including yourself! Open daily at 9.30am all year, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. For admission prices and closing times please check our website

Reviewed By mgsnorwich - Norwich, United Kingdom

With London grandchildren on Easter holiday before the local schools broke up, we had the run of the zoo more or less to ourselves and had a very good day out.
We chose to visit the smaller animals and enclosures first, a good decision and were delighted to see that most of them were readily visible. We walked through the sheep and lemurs and strolled up to the "home farm" where the grandchildren were fascinated by the newly born goats and newly hatched tortoises. We walked back through the Woodland walk and saw all of the birds in their various enclosures.
Braving the cold we ate our picnic by the Children's play area and then set off for the larger part of the zoo, intent upon getting all of the stamps on the map in order to claim the medals. We watched the lions beng fed (they weren't very interested) and the cheetahs too (they were not very interested either). From there to the rhinos and the zebra and then down the hill to the African cattle, Lemur Island and back via the giraffes for a final play.
This zoo, in common with its sister, Banham Zoo, specialises in rearing endangered species. It was very heartening to see so many recently born or hatched animals and of great interest to the grandchildren. It makes a good day out even when it's very cold!

10. Ellough Park Raceway

Benacre Road, Beccles NR34 7XD, England +44 1502 717718
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5 based on 45 reviews

Ellough Park Raceway

Reviewed By Julieterry02 - Beccles, United Kingdom

A group of family members went to the raceway as a birthday celebration for our son. Although our son is only 13, he was allowed out on track with adults but in a slower kart. They had 3 races in total, & the staff were very helpful. It even included timed laps of every participant.

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