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Felixstowe is a well loved, traditional seaside resort known for its Blue Flag quality sand and shingle beach, long promenade, perfectly kept seafront gardens and variety of seaside attractions.

Felixstowe beach

The resort became a fashionable seaside retreat in the 1880s and has retained many of its attractive Victorian and Edwardian houses and hotels from that period. The seafront is over four miles long, with a wide promenade that stretches almost the entire length of the beach from Languard Point to Felixstowe Ferry.

The seafront has all attractions you'd expect from a traditional seaside holiday resort, with old-fashioned beach huts, fish and chip shops, a funfair, amusement arcade, miniature golf, bowling green, cafés and restaurants, and more. Here are some of the highlights - -


Mannings Amusement Park

Mannings Amusement Park is a traditional Seaside Amusement Arcade, with children's rides, penny pushers, video games, casino areas, crazy golf, a Sunday market, bars, cafes and more! It's located just yards from Felixstowe's beach so you can't miss it.

The Alex

The Alex, facing the seafront, is the perfect place to visit at any time of day. Stop by to sample some tasty offerings from the café such as coffee & cake or a light bite, share a jug of cocktail or enjoy a pint of Adnams at the bar, or visit in the upstairs brasserie and choose from a wide menu of seafood, grills and other delights - stop by between noon and 6pm for the set price menu. Find out more by clicking on the link above.

Café Bencotto, Felixstowe

Café Bencotto

Visit Café Bencotto for some delicious Mediterranean style delights such as pastas, pizzas and grills from their open plan kitchen! There are also many items that can be shared at your table. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 9am till 11pm - please click on the link above for more information.

Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club

Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club was voted by Golf Monthly as one of the top 200 golf courses in the UK so for those more interested in golf than crazy golf, this is the place to head. There is an excellent "Pay & Play" 9 hole course, and all are welcome - Tourists, Beginners, Golfers and Juniors.

Felistowe Docks

One of Felixstowe's claims to fame is that it is the home to the UK’s largest container port, and Europe’s busiest. The viewing area at Landguard on the southern edge of the town offers great views of container and passenger ships coming in to Felixstowe and Harwich harbours from all over the world. Here too, at the mouth of the River Orwell, are the Landguard Bird Observatory and the Landguard Peninsular nature reserves, significant sites for shore and migrant birds, and rare shingle flowers.


If you've made it this far to Felixstowe why not visit the Landguard Peninsula which is just south of the town? There's a range of things to do and see all in one place, including -

The John Bradfield Viewing Area
Landguard Nature Reserve
Landguard Bird Observatory
The Harwich Harbour Foot and Cycle Ferry
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Landguard Fort

Landguard Fort is the site of the last opposed invasion of England in 1667 and the first land battle of the Royal Marines. Guided tours and audio tours of the fort are supplemented by a DVD presentation of the site's history, and by guided tours of the outside batteries.

View Point Cafe Landguard Peninsula, Felixstowe

The View Point Cafe is well worth the trip alone. Here you can sit outside (or inside if you prefer) and watch the enormous cargo ships go past while you enjoy a relaxing coffee and a tasty meal in the Cafe pondering on the exotic cargo contained in these vessels. The Cafe offers all day breakfasts, fresh fish and chips, snacks, butties, salads, cakes, ice creams, teas and coffees.

Felixstowe Museum

The Felixstowe Museum has fourteen display rooms of Felixstowe's social and military history, housed within the 1878-built submarine mining establishment.

There's also a Foot and Cycle ferry crossing between Suffolk and Essex, which is part of National Cycle Route 51 and Regional Cycle Route 41. Find out more about that here - Suffolk Ferries

Martello Towers - Felixstowe

Further North of the town are the Six Martello towers, built to prevent Napoleonic invasion, which stand on Felixstowe’s coast going up towards Aldeburgh. Five of these towers are private and unused (one pictured above), and one has been converted into a private residence house. Please see our article on Martello Towers for more information on these strange buildings, and click here to book a Holiday in a Martello Tower through the Landmark Trust.

North of the town centre is the fishing village of Old Felixstowe and, at the mouth of the River Deben, the hamlet of Felixstowe Ferry with its gallery, golf course, cottages, boat yard and riverside inns. Here you can explore coastal paths, see the Martello Towers, pick up fresh fish at The Shed fish stall, enjoy excellent fish and chips at the Ferry Café and catch the small ferry boat across the estuary to Bawdsey.



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Suffolk Tourist Guide
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