• 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 - Dining and Theatre

FD - The Orwell Hotel - Chandelier

Start your day with a walk through Martello Park; an Edwardian Park with children's play areas, kiosks and manicured gardens before booking a table in the historic surroundings of The Orwell Hotel for afternoon tea in the lounge and tuck into sandwiches, pastries, cakes and freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam.

Chill out in the evening with a show at The Spa Pavilion – there’s a great line up of productions in 2019 from kid’s shows to musicals, plays and comedy. 

Day 2 - Seaside Living

Felixstowe Beach - People sat on beach - Emily Fae Photography

Take a morning stroll and 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.

You could also hire a beach hut and sample true 'seaside-life' on The Suffolk Coast or find a spot on the beach and make the most of the award-winning beach. 

In the evening, enjoy mediterranean-inspired dishes at Cafe Bencotto or listen to live music over dinner with wine at The Alex Cafe, Bar & Brasserie.

Day 3 – Discover Felixstowe's military history

Landguard Fort 1 - credit Visit Felixstowe


Start your day with breakfast at the View Point Cafe, where you can watch the huge tankers coming into port as you tuck into a full English or sausage sandwich, plus snacks, fresh fish and chips and ice cream. 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 Peninsula is not complete without visiting the Landguard Visitor Centre located at the John Bradfield Viewing Area. Here you can see fun hands-on displays, videos and exhibits on the attractions of the Peninsula.

Afterwards, take a relaxing stroll or bike ride through Landguard Nature Reserve 

Day 4 - Step on Board

Felixstowe Ferry - (c) Emily Fae Photography

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!

TTDA - Mannings Amusements

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 Mannings Amusements 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!

Places to Stay

WTS - Felixstowe Beach - Pool

Felixstowe Beach Holiday Park is a lively holiday park with evening entertainment all year round. Facilities on the park include a heated indoor swimming pool with flume, a paddling pool for the little ones, a family clubhouse complete with restaurant, family bar, and Sky TV & BT Sport, an amusement and arcade area, an adventure playground, plus a mini-mart store and launderette for your convenience.

There are also some great activities available including hover archery, segway hire, water walkers, and of course, Loopy and friends club for 5-14 year olds. 

Suffolk Sands Holiday Park is a small, relaxing park with a stunning beachfront location.



If you're looking for a quiet, relaxing park to get away from the everyday stresses of life, then Suffolk Sands is the ideal holiday park for you!

The Orwell Hotel has been a well-known landmark in the town, having first opened in 1898. Having undergone a refurbishment, the hotel boasts 60 bedrooms, 2 restaurants, plenty of areas to read the paper with a pot of tea or catch up with a friend over tea and cake and free onsite parking. 



Things to see and do

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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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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Mannings Amusements

Mannings Amusements

Mannings Amusements have been providing traditional family fun on Felixstowe Seafront since 1946!

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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 - Beach Hut - Tourist Information Point

Felixstowe - Beach Hut - Tourist Information Point

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




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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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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 British Seaside and Mediterranean-style fish, meat, pizza, pasta & grill menu. 


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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 plus quality bike hire too!

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Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

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

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Events

Art on the Prom

Art on the Prom

Felixstowe | Sun 01st Sep 2019

The free art festival, in its 16th year, will stretch along the Felixstowe seafront from the pier to the Spa Gardens, showcasing over 100 artists to over 20,000 visitors during one of the biggest outdoor art festivals in Suffolk. 

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WHERE TO EAT

Café Bencotto

Café Bencotto

Offering Mediterranean style fayre, Café Bencotto's sophisticated yet informal interior complements the food freshly prepared in the open plan kitchen.

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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 sea view 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.


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The Orwell Hotel

The Orwell Hotel

The Orwell Hotel currently has various dining options from formal to bar snacks or afternoon tea.


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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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where to stay

Felixstowe Beach Holiday Park 

Felixstowe Beach Holiday Park

Felixstowe Beach Holiday Park enjoys a fantastic coastal location, just minutes away from a stunning beach along the Sunrise Coast.

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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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Free wifi

Suffolk Sands Holiday Park 

Suffolk Sands Holiday Park

Suffolk Sands is a small, relaxing holiday park which enjoys a stunning beachfront location.

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible