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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.

Visit Beccles

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!

Ross hall, west of Beccles

Roos Hall

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.)

You can find more local travel ideas in the Norfolk Broads guide and the

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