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Discover the Broads' Best kept secret

Destination: Beccles

Beccles is a charming market town which lies some 6 miles to the east of Waveney River Centre. Beccles originated as a Saxon port and is a popular and bustling centre known as the Gateway to the Southern Broads.

Beccles
Beccles by milesmilob licensed under Creative Commons 4.0

Getting there

By boat it takes about an hour and a quarter from Waveney River Centre along the winding route of the river to reach the nearest moorings at Beccles. Or if you fancy putting on your hiking boots, it’ll take around three hours to reach Beccles along the riverbank footpath.

Where to moor at Beccles

There are over 80 casual visitor moorings at Beccles. You can moor at Beccles Yacht station on either the south side or the north side of the river. A 15 minute walk will take you to the centre of the town.

Things to do in Beccles

The historic centre of Beccles hosts a market each Friday and offers an array of independent shops, delicatessens and eateries. 

The 18th century octagonal Town Hall lies at the heart of the town and the nearby Elizabethan Roos Hall, a quarter of a mile outside of the town, is said to be one of most haunted houses in England. Privately owned, look out for the occasional tours of the manor house.

The medieval church of St Michael’s dates back to 1369 and the 97 foot bell tower, built away from the main building in the 16th century because of its size, dominates the centre of Beccles. The tower is open during the summer and climbing its 122 steps offers some stunning views of the town and surrounding countryside.

Beccles Lido is a heated outdoor swimming pool which sits alongside the river. Offering terraced and grass areas for sunbathing, the Lido opens at the end of May each year and has a cafe serving meals, snacks and hot and cold drinks.

The Big Dog Ferry runs river trips from the pontoon next to the Lido to the Locks Inn at Geldeston. Enjoy a relaxing 40-minute boat journey to the former mill-keeper’s cottage which has large gardens and serves up award-winning ales and real pub food.