Visit Oulton Broad for a fascinating tour of this wonderful Suffolk resort
Oulton Broad has its origins as a medieval centre for peat cutting, and is centred on the broad itself, the largest open area of water in the Broads. The village was once separated from Lowestoft, but over the last two centuries the two have merged and are now linked. Oulton Broad is a great place for a summer’s day out, with Nicholas Everitt Park overlooking the water, and a host of pubs providing real ale and home cooked food. Despite its humble beginnings, Oulton Broad has been home to some surprisingly famous faces, which is why we’ve come up with the Oulton Broad Celebrity Walk.
Oulton Broad Celebrity Tour Route
Our walk begins at the Lowestoft Museum in Nicholas Everitt Park.(1) The museum houses memorabilia from centuries of trade and travel along the broads, as well as a large collection of Lowestoft Porcelain, and was opened by Queen Elizabeth II.
Leave the park by the main gate and turn left, where you’ll have the chance to cross a working lock bridge (2) which keeps the broad isolated from the tidal waters of Lowestoft, and walk past the Wherry Hotel onto Bridge Street. As you approach Oulton Broad North train station, you’ll pass by the George Borrow Hotel,(3) which commemorates George Borrow, one of the 19th Century’s greatest travellers and writers.
Take a left down Commodore Road (4), and then bear left to avoid going onto Caldecott Road. This quiet, unassuming street was once home to flamboyant rocker Justin Hawkins of the Darkness, who, along with his guitarist brother Dan, grew up in Oulton Broad.
At the end of the street you’ll spot the newly refurbished Commodore Hotel,(5) which is a great spot to stop for a bite to eat before you continue back over the lock bridge to Everitt Park, where you’ll hopefully be just in time to enjoy an ice cream and a leisurely stroll.