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Once a bustling fishing port, Lowestoft is now a small quiet town on the east coast of Britain.
If coming from the south, the A12 London-Great Yarmouth road passes right through the town. Note that past Ipswich much of the road is single-carriageway and can become congested during summer holidays and weekends so allow 3-4 hours driving time from London. A- and B-roads link Lowestoft to most other locations in Suffolk and Norfolk.
Lowestoft Station is located right in the centre of town and is the terminus of 2 lines. Services to Norwich run every hour and take around 30-45 minutes. There is also a service every 2 hours to Ipswich (on Monday-Saturday most services continue to London Liverpool Street) which stops everywhere and takes around 90 minutes to reach Ipswich. If coming from London it's faster and more convenient to go to Norwich and then take a connecting Lowestoft service. The station has a ticket office although it's opening hours are sporadic, and tickets can be purchased from the conductor after boarding the train.
All buses terminate at the town-centre bus station. There's no direct service to Ipswich and the most useful bus is the hourly express coach from Peterborough via Norwich and Great Yarmouth. Note that getting to Great Yarmouth by train is very indirect and requires a change at Norwich so it's much quicker to take the bus.
Lowestoft is a compact and pleasant town to walk around, boasting award winning Green Flag beaches.
'Gulliver' the wind turbine - the largest in Europe!
Ness point - The most easterly point in Britain, and a signpost noting distances to various major British and international cities.
Lowestoft has one of the finest sandy beaches in the East of England and is a regular winner of the 'Blue Flag' award. The annual air show bring in visitors from all over the region and the town has a festival atmosphere for the two days of the show. Entry to the beach (where the flying takes place and the stalls are set up) is free but a donation to keep the festival running is appreciated.
As well as being a gateway to the Norfolk Broads (via Nicholas Everitt park in Outlon Broad) Lowestoft also has several well-kept areas of park land catering for all needs, Sparrows nest for relaxing, Nicholas Everitt for boating (including powerboat racing) and walking, Normanston Park is very good for football and tennis and Kensington Gardens has tennis courts, a boating lake and a bowls green.
Lowestoft also has Pleasurewood Hills a small family-friendly theme park, Africa Alive (an impressive zoo for its size), Somerleyton Hall complete with Maze, Fritton Lakes, the quintessential town of Southwold (with its award winning pier) and Great Yarmouth all within a simple bus journey from the town.
Shopping is notoriously poor in Lowestoft. Independent shops are almost non-existent but most usual high street chains can be found and their close proximity provides easy access.
Lowestoft lacks notable restaurants. The town centre provides the expected fast food chains including McDonald's, KFC and Subway, but no Burger King. There are also numerous Kebab and Asian cuisine outlets, which range in quality. The Spice Den Indian restaurant is very good.
Pub food is also readily available but again varies in quality. 'The Waveney' located in Oulton Broad is a recommendation.
The seafront areas of Lowestoft are packed with b+b's and contains two large hotels, booking is recommended during the school holidays especially during the air festival and prices tend to range from £25-£90 per night. There is a Premier Inn and Travelodge on the edge of town (head North on the A12 towards Great Yarmouth) and the surrounding area contains plenty of campsites with varying levels of facilities.