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 depending on the number of stops. There is also a service every hour to Ipswich which takes around 90 minutes and stops at many places including Beccles, Halesworth, Saxmundham and Woodbridge. If you are coming from London you have two options for Lowestoft, either change at Ipswich or Norwich, the fastest option will depend on your connection. If you are coming from Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield or Nottingham then a direct train takes you to Norwich for the onward connection to Lowestoft.
All buses terminate at the town-centre bus station on Gordon Road in Lowestoft. National Express operates three services a day between London Victoria bus station and Lowestoft routing either via Thetford, Norwich & Gt Yarmouth or Diss & Beccles. The useful First Bus X1 service is an hourly express coach from Peterborough via Norwich & Great Yarmouth to Lowestoft. Note there's no direct bus service to Ipswich (take the train) & 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 brings 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.
While Lowestoft town centre has been renovated over the past 10 years it is still extremely lacking with many shops closing in recent years, you will find the usual shops such as Argos, WH Smith, Game, New Look etc. Other than that there isn't a lot with the rest being charity shops, tourist souveneir shops (selling the usual tat you would expect in one of these shops) or cheap pound shops. Your best bet is do what many locals now tend to do and get the train to Norwich has a wider range of shops, or if you would prefer something closer Yarmouth's town centre is also an option.
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 Lowestoft town centre is fairly run down and quite these days and that includes the pubs and bars. You're best bet is to head down to Oulton broad which is a five minute taxi ride away or catch the train ther. Oulton Broad has really become the main pint for Bars and pubs in Lowestoft with many modern bars such as Winelodge, Broadview and Bridges open, the place is usually heaving during the weekend and can be busy in the week. Therei s also a new nighclub called Escape by Winelodge.
If you do choose to stay in Lowestoft your best bet is the pubs by the bridge with The Harbour, Notley, Iconic and Winelodge all close to eachother although these tend to be very quiet during the week and only tend to get busy on friday and saturday and even then they can be quite.
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.
Pakefield Holiday Park is a peaceful resort – ideal if you want to get away from it all and spend time enjoying unbeatable facilities.
- Winelodge (Contemporary hotel), 1 Victoria Terrace Esplanade, Lowestoft, NR33 0QG, ☎ 01502 512 777, . Modern hotel offering well-appointed, hi-tech and stylish accommodation. edit
- Pontins Pakefield, Kessingland, Lowestoft, . Traditional seaside resort with facilities including play area, bar & restaurant and swimming pool. Has beautifully kept gardens, restaurants, bars and cafes, you also have entertainment shows from the latest artists and of course our Famous Bluecoat Shows and Cabarets. From £59. edit