• Tours Tours
  • Café and/or Restaurant Café and/or Restaurant
  • Shop Shop
  • Wheelchair Access Wheelchair Access
  • Public Transport within 5 miles Public Transport within 5 miles
  • Eco Initiatives Eco Initiatives

Tour details


Individuals & Groups

Booking is essential. Tours run at least once a day, generally at 2.15pm in the week and 10am, with more times added throughout the year.
Contact Adnams or visit the helpful website for times, number of spaces available, and to book.
Minimum age: 18


Tours run once a day, cost £10, last around 60 minutes, followed by a 30-minute tasting in the nearby Cellar & Kitchen store.
See web for more information and to book.

Public Transport

Train: Darsham, 10 miles
Bus: 520, Halesworth to Southwold

Wheelchair access

Shop, most of the brewery, plus the all important Sampling Room!

Opening times

Brewery Tours

all week


No tours 25-29 December, 1-3 January 2011


Mon-Sat: 9am-6pm


This includes a free bottle of Adnams beer & voucher for 5% off when spending over £30 in Adnams Cellar & Kitchen store

Get in Touch

Tel: 01502 7272000
Tours: 01502 727225

Twitter: adnams
Facebook: Adnams Appreciation Society (not run by Adnams)

Sole Bay Brewery
East Green Road
IP18 6JW
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Be prepared for an inspiring time when you visit Suffolk's major brewery in the enchanting coastal town of Southwold. In business since 1872, Adnams produces about a dozen beers plus some one-offs. Minimising environmental impact and contributing to the community is vital to the whole company. Most recent news is the opening in 2010 of the Copper House Distillery, where gin and vodka are being produced in small batches, to be joined eventually by whisky.

Visits start with a history of Southwold and the evolution of the Sole Bay Brewery before getting into the nitty gritty of brewing, the Adnams-way. Touring the energy-efficient brewery – recovering the heat and energy from each brew reduces the gas needed for brewing by a third – views from the mezzanine afford a chance to take in the scale of the operation. Groups finish in the brewhouse's official sampling room with generous measures of regulars and specials.


  • Brewery of the Year 2011The Good Pub Guide
  • Innovation (bottled) – Gold, 2009 European Beer Star Competition
  • Broadside (bottled) – Gold, 2009 International Beer Challenge
  • Eco-efficiency Award – Business in the Community, National Awards for Excellence 2008

Annual Events

  • Suffolk & Royal Norfolk Shows – June
  • Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival – Sept/Oct
  • Adnams Southwold 10km Charity Run – Nov
  • Adnams Coastal Clean-up – autumn

Eco-efficient initiatives

  • Adnams distribution centre – the "living" roof is made of a blanket of sedum plants to create natural insulation, walls are made from lime & locally grown hemp, solar panels heat water, & rainwater is "harvested" for vehicle washing & toilet flushing
  • Lightweight bottles – Adnams was the first to "go light" with its beer bottles
  • Biogas plant – a groundbreaking UK first, this uses brewery & local food waste to produce gas for use as a vehicle fuel and to inject into the national gas grid

Shop & Café

The full range of beers is available around the corner in the Cellar & Kitchen Shop, along with a wide selection of wines and kitchen bits'n'pieces. This is next to the friendly café.


The Adnams Charity, funded by a % of profits, donations and legacies, gives out grants to worthwhile local causes within a 25-mile radius of St Edmund's Church in Southwold.

Trade bodies

BBPA, SIBA, CAMRA, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, Choose Suffolk, Taste of Anglia

Visited Spring 2010