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:
The Sir John Leman School was founded more than 350 years ago by a man who, like Dick Whittington, found his fortune as Lord Mayor of London. Many of its students have become stars in the contrasting galaxies of science and the arts, including Nobel Prize winning chemist Dr Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin and Sir John Mills whose lifelong contribution to stage and screen is unrivalled. The school now houses the excellent Beccles and District Museum.
Places of Interest
Dominating the skyline, Beccles’ Bell Tower is famous for its uniqueness. The weight of the tower, 3000 tons, made it impossible to build on St Michael’s Church. It had to be placed on the east side of the church away from the cliff by Puddingmoor!