Contact us:


01502 723 291


53 High Street


Suffolk IP18 6DJ

Opening Hours:


Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm

Sunday closed

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About Southwold Observatory the Opticians

Southwold opticians have stayed open throughout the pandemic as an essential service. However, we are continuing to operate by appointment only. Please book an appointment before visiting.


Even though lockdown is ending, we are maintaining our safety procedures. It’s just a nicer way of working and protects everyone from all illness, not just COVID (who wants even a cold?). We want our patients to have peace, comfort and increased personal safety. Not to mention the one-to-one attention without interruption! We are flexible. If you have an emergency or would like to browse and we’re not too busy, just ask.


We hope to offer audiology and hearing care at Southwold opticians again soon.


We were thrilled to be named best Independent optician in the UK at the prestigious Optician Awards in 2016. Our sister practice in Beccles won the same award in 2014, making us the only optician in the UK to win this award twice! We were also a finalist for Fashion Practice of the Year in 2021.


In addition:

  • We were a finalist in the government’s Best Small Shops award in 2015;
  • We were a finalist at the EADT Business Awards for Customer Care in 2016;
  • We won the EADT Business Award for our Community Involvement in 2017.


Southwold Observatory the Opticians is a locally owned and independent optician. Being independent means that we are not tied to any specific brands. We visit optical trade shows and stock the brands that we love and that we hope you will also love. If you are looking for an independent optician in Southwold, we would be happy to help you.

Services at Southwold Observatory the Opticians

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Comprehensive Eye Exam

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Optical Coherence Tomography

High-tech eye testing equipment, it's like an MRI for the eyes.

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FREE Hearing Test

Latest hearing aid technology, ear syringing & tinnitus care.

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Sunglasses, contact lenses, solutions & more - COMING SOON!

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Children's Eyecare

We can test at any age and sell a wide range of children's glasses.

Contact Lenses

All major brands for all ages.
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Brands we stock at Southwold Observatory the Opticians





Charles Stone New York

Cocoa Mint


De Fontaine



Face à Face








Maui Jim



Ocean Blue

Oliver Peoples

Paul Smith

Ray-Ban sunglasses

Ray-Ban glasses

Rock Star Kids




Tom Ford


William Morris London





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Parking at Southwold Observatory the Opticians

Parking along Southwold’s High Street and Market Place is available, though can be busy at certain times of the day and year and is limited to 30 minutes unless you have a disabled badge, in which case it’s three hours. There are two free car parks nearby. York Road car park IP18 6AN is a 4 minute walk to the practice. The Common car park on Godyll Road IP18 6HN is about a 5 minute walk. 

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