The Suffolk Coast
  • Fantastic Felixstowe - (c) Emily Fae Photography

Fantastic Felixstowe!

The seaside town of Felixstowe has long been a popular resort with visitors since Victorian times, especially for Londoners escaping The Big Smoke for a breath of exhilarating sea air!

As there are so many places to visit and things to do in Felixstowe, we have put together a few suggestions to help you plan your visit...

Day 1 – If the sun has got his hat on, take the family down to the lovely beach – buckets and spades are a must along with sun cream, towels and a tasty picnic. 

Chill out in the evening with a show at The Spa Pavilion – there’s a great line up of productions in 2016 from kid’s shows to musicals, plays and comedy.

Day 2 – A relaxing day strolling around the great selection of shops. Be sure to stop by the Adnams store for beers, wines and spirits plus kitchenware and gifts.

Rest your wearing legs and treat the family to a tasty beach front lunch at Fludyers Hotel. The lunch menu here is served between 12 noon and 3pm and you can take in the ubiquitous sea views as you tuck into your meal.

Now that you’ve re-charged your batteries, take the afternoon to explore the newly restored Seafront Gardens which are located close to the beach, pier and leisure centre. The Gardens display a cross section of over 100 years of municipal and private gardening trends which illustrate Felixstowe’s history as a prime Suffolk Coast resort of late Victorian, Edwardian and inter-war character.

Landguard Fort 1 - credit Visit Felixstowe

Day 3 – Discover Felixstowe's military history

Mix the old with the new by visiting the unique Landguard Peninsula with its 18th C. Fort, one of Britain’s best-preserved coastal defences, alongside the fascinating collections of the Felixstowe Museum. Stroll along the boardwalk at the Nature Reserve, home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna. And while you’re there you’ll have spectacular views of the giant ships arriving and departing at Britain’s busiest port.

A trip to Landguard is not complete without visiting the Landguard Visitor Centre and View Point Cafe, located at the John Bradfield Viewing Area. This warm and friendly building has fun hands-on displays, videos and exhibits on the attractions of the Peninsula, public toilets and a 60 seater cafe (with both indoor and outdoor seating) serving all day breakfasts, snacks, fresh fish and chips and ice cream. Relax and enjoy the spectacular views over Harwich Harbour and the busy Port of Felixstowe.

Day 4 – Enjoy a leisurely start to the day with breakfast and a freshly brewed coffee at Alex Café & Bar, which has a prime location across from the promenade. 

Then hop on the Harwich Harbour Foot and Bicycle Ferry that runs from the John Bradfield Viewing Area at Felixstowe to Harwich and Shotley. This is the only public ferry service connecting Suffolk and Essex and runs from Easter to the end of October. Times and fares are available on the website: www.harwichharbourferry.com

Day 5 – A family fun day!

We challenge you to get a hole in one at the Adventure Golf, 9 hole mini golf course! Set in themed gardens of water and mystical statues, this attraction is great fun for all the family…

The fun continues at the amusement arcade where you’ll find small children's rides, video games, fruit machines and more. The popular Felixstowe Snooker Club is also housed here, as well as several small outlets where you can buy fast food and sweet treats to enjoy whilst you are soaking up the sun!


Things to see and do


Adnams Shops

Adnams Shops

Adnams shops are a top class tasting experience and a showcase of their innovative range of  quality beer, wonderful wines, handcrafted spirits and gifty bits.

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Felixstowe Museum

Felixstowe Museum

Explore the fascinating artefacts and collections of Felixstowe Museum, which brings alive the military and social history of this seaside town.

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Beaches

Beaches

Whether you’re in search of a great family day out, a birdwatching haven, or trip back in time, the beaches along the Suffolk Coast will provide you with a memorable day out whatever the time of year.

In the winter, Suffolk's beaches take on a whole new persona; with windswept dunes, crashing waves, and bracing winds, they are the perfect place to blow away the cobwebs, stroll hand in hand with your loved one, or enjoy a solitary dog walk.


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Orwell Lady River Cruises

Orwell Lady River Cruises

Ipswich

From April to October each year, Orwell Lady cruises up and down the beautiful and historic River Orwell, offering passengers a choice of trips and experiences whilst taking in the beautiful wooded stretches of the river, local wildlife and points of local and historical interest.

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Discover Landguard

Discover Landguard

The Landguard Peninsula is located at the southerly most point of the town of Felixstowe. 

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Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Felixstowe

From tiny meadows to rolling heaths, the nature reserves extend all the way along the Suffolk Coast from Trimley Marshes at Felixstowe to Lound Lakes north of Lowestoft and are some of Suffolk's most inspiring wild places. 

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Felixstowe  - Tourist Information Point

Felixstowe - Tourist Information Point

Tourist Information including a range of leaflets and guides to help during your visit are available within Felixstowe Library.

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Landguard Fort

Landguard Fort

Felixstowe

Discover the rich military and maritime heritage of Landguard Fort, one of England's best preserved coastal defences, with a history spanning almost 450 years. 

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Sailing Barge Cruises

Sailing Barge Cruises

Ipswich

Relaxing Orwell River Cruises on board the vintage sailing barges, Thistle, Hydrogen and Kitty.

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Felixstowe Spa Pavilion Theatre

Felixstowe Spa Pavilion Theatre

A glorious seafront theatre and restaurant complex, with stunning views, an art deco auditorium for up to 900 people and a fabulous Mediterranean-style pizza, pasta & grill menu. Food served all day includes home-made cakes and pastries, lunch and dinner menus, with tapas, sandwiches and takeaway also available. 


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Cycle Breaks

Cycle Breaks

Ipswich

Supported, gentle cycling & walking holidays along the Suffolk Coast as well as in Constable Country & The Wool Towns and Norfolk and quality bike hire too!

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Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

The newly restored Felixstowe Seafront Gardens sit on cliffs between the town centre and beach.

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Photography by Emily Fae

Photography by Emily Fae

Emily is a professional photographer and is behind many of the beautiful images you see on The Suffolk Coast website.

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WHERE TO EAT


View Point Cafe

View Point Cafe

View Point Cafe is a warm and friendly cafe with both indoor and outdoor seating serving all day breakfasts, snacks, fish and chips, 'dish of the day', cakes, ice cream, teas and coffees.

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The Alex Café Bar & Brasserie

The Alex Café Bar & Brasserie

Offering panoramic sea views, The Alex has a fabulous seafront setting just across from the promenade in Felixstowe where you can watch the world go by whilst enjoying great food and drink!

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Felixstowe Spa - The Lounge  & The Terrace

Felixstowe Spa - The Lounge & The Terrace

Two fabulous seaview venues in one stunning location! The Lounge is a first floor carpeted space with panoramic views of the sea, Felixstowe Pier and the maritime traffic to Harwich & Felixstowe Ports.

At promenade level there is also The Terrace; a cosy beachside venue with plentiful outdoor seating and a Mediterranean ambience with the sea views framed by palm trees.

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where to stay


Heritage Hideaways

Heritage Hideaways

Heritage Hideaways aim to offer a more personal approach to cottage holidays, ensuring that you enjoy your holiday in the coast and countryside that we love. 

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Lodge Farm Cottages

Lodge Farm Cottages

Lowestoft

The Granary and the Dairy are two beautifully converted self catering barns offering luxurious, spacious and well equipped accommodation on a family arable farm close to the Suffolk coast between Southwold and Lowestoft.

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Orwell View Barns

Orwell View Barns

Ipswich

Enjoy wonderful wildlife and glorious views across the River Orwell whilst relaxing in your idyllic barn conversion in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on our conservation award winning farm.

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