Housed in a gorgeous flint cottage which, according to the plaque above the door, was restored in 1828, this museum was founded in 1958 by a group of enthusiasts and has steadily expanded. The cottage, the museum’s permanent home, has since been sympathetically extended to make space for all the exhibits. It focuses on maritime history: themed exhibits trace the history of Lowestoft and its connections with the sea, displaying ancient and modern fishing boats, commercial boats, fishing gear, shipwrights’ tools, and lifeboats, a wheelhouse, steam drifter cabin and a fish market, with models, charts and other memorabilia. It has a new audio-visual room and an art gallery too.
Facilities – at a glance
Assist dogs allowed
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Fully accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open Good Fri-Oct, daily 10-5 (last admission 4)
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About the area
Suffolk is Constable country, where the county’s crumbling, time-ravaged coastline spreads itself under wide skies to convey a wonderful sense of remoteness and solitude. Highly evocative and atmospheric, this is where rivers wind lazily to the sea and notorious 18th-century smugglers hid from the excise men. John Constable immortalised these expansive flatlands in his paintings in the 18th century, and his artwork raises the region’s profile to this day.
Walking is one of Suffolk’s most popular recreational activities. It may be flat but the county has much to discover on foot – not least the isolated Heritage Coast, which can be accessed via the Suffolk Coast Path. Southwold, with its distinctive, white-walled lighthouse standing sentinel above the town and its colourful beach huts and attractive pier features on many a promotional brochure. Much of Suffolk’s coastal heathland is protected as a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and shelters several rare creatures including the adder, the heath butterfly and the nightjar. In addition to walking, there is a good choice of cycling routes but for something less demanding, visit some of Suffolk’s charming old towns, with streets of handsome, period buildings and picturesque, timber-framed houses.
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