Lowestoft located in Suffolk is known for being the most Eastern town in the UK! Where the first rays of sun are seen in the UK each morning! Lowestoft has a beachfront area, a lighthouse, historic scores, and even museums.
I had done some research online before our trip (imagine that, LOL!) and the official tourism sites recommended parking in the city center and walking to the lighthouse area. So we parked in the Britten Center Car park, more info about that below. This worked out well because we were hungry so we stopped at a cafe for some lunch before walking out to the most Eastern part of Lowestoft. There are also several banks/ATM’s on the high street area with the shops/cafes.
We headed out to walk down to Ness point, which is the most Eastern part of the UK. This is about a 15 min walk from the shops area. When we got down there we found there was actually quite a bit of parking, but we at least got in our exercise for the day. At Ness point you can walk around the circle and see how far you are from many different locations.
This area has large breakers and the water was choppy and not picture pretty, you can see further out it started to look more blue.
A short little stroll down away from the huge windmill will bring you to where you can see a full frontal view of the lighthouse.
Here you can walk along a little path that cuts across to the street area and towards the lighthouse and Sparrow Nest Garden area.
There are some old anchors as you head to the lighthouse area.
Near the bottom of the lighthouse area you’ll see the Lighthouse score, also knowns as Lighthouse hill. This score gets it’s name from the lighthouse above it that looks out to the North sea area. Scores are one of Lowestoft’s unique features so I was excited to check them out.
They are narrow paths that were created over the years by people as they traveled from the historic high street area down to the beachfront area. There are at least 13 scores in Lowestoft, how many can you find?
The lighthouse is neat and we walked up to take a peek at the exterior as it’s only open the first Saturday of the month in April – August. When it’s open you can pay a small fee to visit the inside of the Lowestoft lighthouse. I found it interesting to see laundry hanging in the yard and wondered if it was from a family that lives in the lighthouse?
A short walk from the lighthouse to the right is Sparrow Nest Gardens. This is a great area for those with littles.
There is also a cafe with food and ice cream! As well as free public restrooms. We did notice there was quite a bit of parking near this area (it was a Monday) so I’d recommend trying to park near this area and seeing the lighthouse and Ness point from this area.
There is also the Lowestoft Maritime Museum that you can visit for a small fee (£2 adults). Sadly we didn’t have enough time to stop by and check it out this visit as we needed to head to our tour at Unicorn Alpaca Tours for a alpaca experience. It’s on my list for if we get back to the area though!
A 20ish minute walk got us back to the car park area and ended our day of exploring in Lowestoft. It was a great visit with many unique sights for a our adventure. I hope you get the chance to check it out! It can easily be done in combination with a alpaca experience at Unicorn Alpaca walks, it’s about at 30 min drive from Lowestoft and is heading back towards the RAFL area.
Also while we did not visit the beachfront sandy area there is one which would be perfect for when the weather is warmer and everyone is looking for ways to cool down!
Know Before You Go
What: Lowestoft, Suffolk – Most Eastern Town of the UK
How To Get There: It’s located approx. 1.5 hours from the Lakenheath area. Using Waze set it for one of the car parks.
Parking: Britten Center Car Park – parking was £3.80 for 3 hours. This is a 5 min walk to the high street & shopping area and a 20-25 in walk to the lighthouse area. If planning to go to that area I’d recommend parking closer to that area.
Cost: This will depend on what you want to do for the day. Fee for museum & lighthouse, but the lighthouse is only open at limited times.
Traveling with little kids: There are free restrooms at Sparrow park area.
How long: Plan at least 1-2 hours to explore, more if you plan to see the museum and/or eat in the area.