A hotel steeped in British history

The Bell Hotel Saxmundham has a rich past filled with local folklore and national history. In Georgian times it was the hub of the local community, and a place for travellers – and sometimes kings – to park their coaches and rest their weary heads. Now, having restored the hotel to its full glory, we invite a new generation of travellers, sightseers, and lovers of local food and drink into our warm and welcoming interior.

Interested in discovering more about the amazing history of Saxmundham and The Bell? Be sure to check out our display when you arrive in reception – it’s quite a story.

Our hotel’s ground floor is completely wheelchair accessible, ensuring convenience for our disabled guests. Additionally, we offer a lift that grants access to the bedrooms located on our first floor.


Right in the heart of Coastal Suffolk

You’ll find us just off the A12, meaning the region’s attractions, coastal beauty and industrial links are all within easy reach. For guests travelling in by train, we’re just a minute’s walk from Saxmundham station, which has a direct line to Ipswich and Liverpool Street Station in London.


Disabled access at The Bell

Throughout our thorough renovation process, one of our key objectives was to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone, regardless of their abilities. In the initial phase, we added a wheelchair-accessible ramp to our rear entrance, ensuring that the entire ground floor is now easily accessible to all. In the subsequent phase, we introduced a lift, and we are delighted  that we now offer multiple accessible rooms on our first floor.

Our commitment to ensuring the comfort and well-being of all our guests, remains unwavering.

Easy access to the region’s major businesses

Thanks to our great road and rail links, The Bell Hotel Saxmundham is ideal for business travellers looking to reach the major industrial hubs located around Suffolk’s coastal region. With wi-fi you can rely on, and a great restaurant for entertaining colleagues and clients, you will be able to work, relax and entertain during your stay.


Travelling by Car

The Bell Hotel is located at 31 High Street, Saxmundham IP171AF. We are in the heart of the town and have clear signage all around the property so you can’t miss us.

As a town centre hotel, we unfortunately don’t have our own car park on site. However, we do have spaces reserved for guests staying in our rooms in a local residential car park on the road called ‘Bakers Mews’– set your sat nav to IP171FX & drive past the tackle & bait shop into the fenced area where signs will be displayed on each car park space. What3words ///bordering.monument.spoiled. On your left you will see a gated area with clearly signed spaces that can be utilised for 1 car per room. If these are full please don’t worry- we are pleased to offer complimentary parking for one car per bedroom for the duration of your stay with us.at Saxmundham Market Place Car Park, right next to the Bakers Mews car park. Feel free to drop your bags with us before parking. Upon check in please provide your registration and we will look after the rest!

Please note we offer free parking from 2pm on the day of arrival until 12 midday on the day of your departure. If you are arriving & departing outside of these times then payment can be made at the Market Place pay & display machines located in the car park or on the RingGo app.

The Bell Hotel cannot accept any responsibility for damage incurred whilst parked or parking tickets received outside of the allocated times stated.

The nearest EV charging point is at Saxmundham Library car park located at:

5 Street Farm Road, Saxmundham
Suffolk, IP17 1DH

A 5 minute walk from the hotel.


Travelling by Train

The Bell is ideally situated a 2 minute walk from Saxmundham Train station. We are visible upon exit of the train station, head down hill on Station Approach & you will see the rear courtyard & entrance. Saxmundham is very well connected, with trains departing southbound to Ipswich or northbound to Lowestoft every hour. From Ipswich trains run directly into London Liverpool Street Station.

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Matthew Croxford, Deputy General Manager at The Bell Hotel, Ashley Beale, General Manager at The Bell Hotel, Andrew Beale, Managing Director, Beales Hotels

Matthew Croxford, Deputy General Manager at The Bell Hotel, Ashley Beale, General Manager at The Bell Hotel, Andrew Beale, Managing Director, Beales Hotels

Beales Hotels

At Beales Hotels, we’ve been perfecting the art of hospitality for generations. When it comes to welcoming people, there’s one thing that never goes out of style: treating them like family.

That’s why when you stay with us at The Bell Hotel, you’ll feel right at home as soon as you walk through our doors. Our expert staff know how to make you feel welcome, whether that means giving tips on the best places to visit or recommending some ways to relax in our beautifully designed rooms and suites. We want your stay with us to be an experience unlike any other, and we want it to leave you feeling refreshed and ready for whatever life has in store.

Visit our website to find out more about the unique history of Beales Hotels.


Sustainability at The Bell

We take our responsibility towards the environment seriously. Our dedicated efforts to minimise our environmental impact are at the core of our values. Through responsible waste management, energy conservation measures, and our unwavering support for local suppliers, we are proud to be champions of sustainability.

Responsible waste management
We understand the importance of reducing waste and managing it responsibly. Our waste management practices ensure that we minimise landfill contributions, recycle materials whenever possible, and adhere to eco-friendly disposal methods.

Energy conservation
Conserving energy is not only good for the planet but also for our guests’ comfort. We have implemented energy-efficient technologies throughout the hotel, from LED lighting to smart thermostats. By doing so, we not only reduce our carbon footprint but also provide a more sustainable and enjoyable experience for our guests.

Local suppliers, global impact
We believe in the power of supporting local businesses. By sourcing our products from nearby suppliers, we not only bolster the local economy but also reduce the carbon footprint associated with transportation. This not only helps us connect with the community but also aligns with our broader commitment to the environment.

Our broader commitment
Our sustainability practices extend beyond our walls. We are committed to being responsible members of our community and stewards of the environment. By staying at The Bell Hotel, you are not only choosing comfort and luxury but also making a conscious choice to support a hotel that shares your values.

How can we help you today?

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or message us – we’ll be happy to help you.

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