At the northernmost point of the ‘Suffolk Riviera’, Lowestoft is the second-largest town in the county and the most easterly place in mainland Britain – the sun rises here first!

Once famed for its flourishing fishing industry, today the Port of Lowestoft serves the busy sea routes between the UK, Europe, Scandinavia and the Baltic States, while for leisure boaters the harbour here provides access to Oulton Broad and on to the Broads National Park. 

The town is renowned for the quality of its wide, golden sands – both North and South Beach are considered to be among the very best in Europe and hold the Blue Flag award, while the Victorian gardens behind them seal the deal in terms of seaside tradition. 

The birthplace of composer Benjamin Britten, there's plenty to see and do on a day out here, including two piers, a zoo, an award-winning theme park, museums and a busy theatre which is home to the Royal Philhamonic Orchestra. 

Another must-see, The Scores are a series of narrow lanes created over the years by people forming paths in the cliff as they travelled between the historic High Street and the Beach Village. A visitor trail explains Lowestoft's history and its long relationship with the sea.