Beccles is located in the Waveney Valley towards the north-east of Suffolk, and 25km south-east of Norwich.
A quiet regional market town, Beccles has a long history dating back to Saxon times - it was granded a town charter by Queen Elizabeth I in 1584. It also has a good selection of shops and restaurants etc.
The Beccles Information Centre (it is a local centre for the Norfolk Broads) can advise you with a suggested route to follow when exploring the town, or an audio guide can be hired.
One of the more curious features in Beccles is the substantial 16th century belltower - curious because although it is next to the church it is not actually joined to it! It was constructed 150 years after the church, and a cliff prevented it being built in the 'correct' location...the tower is the most prominent landmark in Beccles.
Beccles also has a small (free to enter) museum, with the historical photo collection and the clocks (Beccles has a long tradition of clock manufacture) being the highlights. Note - Beccles Museum is situated in Leman House, a Grade 1 listed monument dating from the 16th century, and itself worth admiring.
The Museum and Information Centre are open April to October only.
Leaving the town, a pleasant way to discover the surrounding countryside is to follow the Beccles Marsh Trail, which in part follows the river - the trail is waymarked from the town.
There is also a public swimming pool in Beccles, always popular with the children on a hot day!
Roos Hall, a red-brick manor house a little way west of the town and dating from 1583, has a fascinating legend as being among the most haunted houses in England - due in part to the number of people who were hanged in the garden! Pass by on Christmas Eve for a chance of seeing the headless horseman setting off down the drive...Unfortunately this Grade 1 listed building and its attractive parkland garden is not usually open to the public. (The hall also goes under the name of Rose Hall.)