The Wherry Hotel is a cornerstone of history in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England. Travelers from around the world stay at this location, which is noted for its hospitality, amenities, and cuisine.


‘Wherry Hotel Excellence’ title I chose is quite apt for my lodging experience in Oulton Broad, Lowestoft, Suffolk, England. I have traveled much of my life in various careers and venues. Unequivocally, I must say this was one of the finest stays I have enjoyed, to date. Frankly, I was pretty much spoiled from staff and management. And, this was a good thing. I say this not only from experience, but for exactly for this time spent: I found the people I met here to be the most friendly, warm, caring, and honest of so many persons of whom I have ever met on any continent.

I booked reservations in November of 2018. Objectively, we were to see family and friends. Also, I had undertaken some investigative projects from over three years ago. Whereupon, I was hoping to complete them on this trip. I visited the Wherry in April, 2016. The service, friendliness, decor, and cuisine was fantastic. I stated that upon my next visit this is where I’d be unpacking the bags for my stay.

There are over 60 employees who attend to customer service with their various areas of expertise. Gladly, I met at least a third of them. I wanted to mention some names. However, the better part of valor and personal respect for privacy took precedence. Everyone, and I mean, everyone there were most gracious and accommodating.


The Wherry Hotel is and has been so well known as an historical icon in East Anglia. It is located in Oulton Broad, Lowestoft, Suffolk County. The locals visit this hotel for great food and commiseration. One of the most well known attractions is the Castle Carvery. It is reasonable in price and available for all to enjoy. From the breakfast session in the morning to the full service carvery buffet provided from early afternoon to late evening, this is a must visit. Not only will one enjoy the views, atmosphere, and great cuisine, when one leaves they will not be hungry. There will perhaps still be a little bulge in the wallet depending on how many beverages are consumed. History shows that the hotel was built around 1919.


In essence, what is stated from above hardly explains my visit’s experience. So, I have chosen to provide the ‘one picture is a thousand words’ approach. Be it known, the Wherry Hotel is a #1 ranked lodging location in East Anglia. The ambiance and varied, exquisite atmospheres are some of the finest I’ve seen, in my time.


I wanted to know a bit more about the history of this hotel and its relevancy of location. As mentioned, built around 1919, I found that there was a fire a while back and the hotel was pretty much rebuilt. There is one caveat to consider for those who may have disabilities. There is one elevator that transports guest to the three floors; however, the size of the wheelchair is to be considered. If it is motorized device, travel is limited many parts of the building.

Consequently, the Wherry Hotel gets its name from the Wherry Line. The railway line is from Lowestoft to Norwich. The railway station is an historic location. To state this briefly, traveling the rail system is easier to accomplish than to use auto traffic, in some cases. To alleviate traffic congestion, a new bridge is approved and will be built in the next few years. The boat traffic on the broads has to go through one drawbridge. When it is raised, traffic becomes congested. With the new bridge to allow auto and lorry traffic to travel, unabated, much congestion can be avoided.

Lowestoft’s railway system is one of the easternmost in England.


Oh my, what can I say? The suite where we stayed was surprisingly roomy and the view was so outstanding, it was almost surreal. Here is a few of the images taken from the balcony.


The weather was absolutely amazing. There were only two days where it was a bit inclement and that only lasted for short periods of time. The suite faced the broads to the west. There were some fantastic sunsets to see during the stay. I pulled a few of these from videos I made. Included in the videos was some sappy whistling from the first Star Wars movie. I chose not to share, sorry.


Notwithstanding, Lowestoft and Oulton Broad is a treasure trove of places to see and enjoy. One may take leisurely river cruises or visit local shops. Even taking the time to walk around town is pleasurable experience. Also, taking time to enjoy the ambiance and history is well worth the time.


As with any vacation, a time to leave must come. Visiting family and friends was outstanding! I had more personal involvement with many wonderful people than I had anticipated. It was difficult to leave. Inclusive, I had completed over three-and-one-half years of investigations and interviews for another project. That is another story. However, interacting with so many incredible persons who made my stay so memorable; all I can say is thank you. It is insufficient, but I must leave it at that.

In summation, with a tear in the eye, I had to say goodbye, for now. I left the Wherry Hotel and other friends with only love in my heart. As a famous actor once stated, ‘I’ll be baack!’

Until then, my friends, I do hope you have enjoyed this small saga of my travels. I found another ‘home’ and here is wishing each and every one the best of wishes.


Written By: Ed Smith

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