Felixstowe guide

Everybody loves a great day by the sea, and Felixstowe has great days for everyone.

Check out our handy ‘know before you go’ guide to make your visit a huge success! 

Nestled between the rivers Orwell and Deben, Felixstowe is a charming seaside town with a vibrant town centre and a wonderful mix of attractions and activities to suit all ages and interests.

Did you know?

Felixstowe is the only seaside resort in East Anglia to face southwards. Enjoy a cup of coffee at the View Point Cafe and you won’t be able to miss the huge container port at its southernmost point - known to be the largest container port in Britain.

The John Bradfield Viewing Area at Landguard Point offers stunning views across the estuary to the Shotley Peninsula and the Essex towns of Harwich and Dovercourt and if the weather is really clear you can even see the off-shore wind turbines beyond The Naze.

Famous visitors to the town include Wallis Simpson who stayed in the town for six weeks during the abdication and the actor Sir John Mills who grew up in Felixstowe. You can find a theatre named after him in nearby Ipswich.  


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Location


Felixstowe Highlights


1. Stroll along the prom

Towns & Villages - Felixstowe - couple walking along the prom

Take a stroll along the seafront taking in the fine Edwardian architecture, the regenerated Seafront Gardens, colourful beach huts and four miles of sand and shingle beach – don’t forget your bucket and spade! 

Be sure to stop by Beach Street; A unique and vibrant destination on the seafront of upcycled shipping containers. Discover independent boutiques, artisan producers and street-food eateries...


2. Enjoy a family day out

Towns & Villages - Felixstowe - Mannings Amusements

For family fun, win a teddy or two on the slot machines at the Pier, head to the thrilling children’s rides at Manning’s Amusements and Ocean Boulevard, or challenge your friends to a round of Adventure Golf.

Set around a restored Martello Tower, Martello Park in Felixstowe boasts a play area with climbing frames, surrounded by picnic and wildlife areas, walking and cycling routes. The Splash Pad (open during the summer months) is great fun and there are two kiosks serving snacks, ice creams and drinks. 


3. Hop on the ferry

Towns & Villages - Felixstowe - Felixstowe ferry

Visit the charming fishing and sailing hamlet of Felixstowe Ferry. Walk along the banks beside the river Deben, hop on the little foot ferry for a trip to Bawdsey or pick up some fresh fish for tea.

For ferry times and information, download the leaflet:



4. Discover Felixstowe's military history

TTDA - Landguard Fort - Musketeers

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.


Useful Information

Check out the Find My Nearest website for helpful information on parking, public toilets, leisure centres, libraries, train stations, cinemas, theatres and museums.


Public Conveniences and Baby Changing Facilities

Unless otherwise stated, all toilets include disabled access and baby changing facilities

Bath Tap Public Toilets, Undercliff Road East, IP11 7LS

Cobbold Road (in Crescent Road car park), IP11 7JA Baby changing and disabled facilities

Felixstowe Ferry, IP11 9RZ No disabled access

Golf Road Car Park, IP11 7NG Baby changing and disabled facilities

Langer Park Public Toilets, IP11 2DB (located at end of Holland Road - Disabled facilities - Open 1 April to 31 October

Leisure Centre Public Toilets, IP11 2AE (entrance to side of building)- Baby changing but no disabled access - Open 1 April to 31 October

Manor Terrace Car Park, IP11 2EL - Baby changing and disabled facilities

Martello Park South Car Park, IP11 2GD - Baby changing, disabled facilities and outside showering facilities.

Next to Town Hall, Undercliff Road West, IP11 2AG - Baby changing and disabled facilities

Opposite Beach Station Road, Sea Road, IP11 2AU - Baby changing and disabled facilities

Ranelagh Road Car Park, IP11 7ET - Baby changing and disabled facilities

Spa Pavilion, Undercliff Road, IP11 2DX (entrance at rear of building) - Baby changing and disabled facilities

The Dip Public Toilets, Cliff Road, IP11 9SQ - Baby changing and disabled facilities


Felixstowe Tourist Information Point

The Customer Service Centre and Tourist Information is located within Felixstowe Library, Crescent Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk IP11 7BY 

Felixstowe Beach Hut - Tourist Information Point

The Promenade (opposite Town Hall), Felixstowe, Suffolk IP11 2AG

If you need to pick up information during your stay on The Suffolk Coast pop along to the Visit Felixstowe Tourist Information Point Beach Hut, opposite the Town Hall. Open all year, daily (weather permitting), with friendly volunteers sometimes available to help you with local information and advice to help make the most of your visit to the area.


Useful Links

You can find out more about what's on and where to go by checking out Visit Felixstowe's website 


How to Get to Felixstowe - Public Transport

With Suffolk on Board you can plan journeys using public transport from and to a town or village, named station or stop, or point of interest.

As many destinations along the Suffolk coast are rural there can be limited public transport services on many routes, but there are journey solutions through various local community transport services that will get you to where you want to go/your final destination. These tend to need to be booked in advance but you can find out more and plan your journey at Suffolk on Board. 

By Bus:

Local services to Ipswich where onward connections can be made. Timetables can be found at www.suffolkonboard.com

By Train:

The town's station is located on Railway Approach, Felixstowe, IP11 9UD with local services by Greater Anglia to Ipswich and on-going connections Lowestoft, Norwich and London.

By Ferry:

A regular ferry service runs from Bawdsey to Felixstowe Ferry Quay Operates from Easter Friday to end of October at weekends only in April and October and daily from May to September.

You can also hop across the border into Essex on the ferry from Harwich to Felixstowe at Shotley, which runs from April to October.

For ferry times and information, download the leaflet:


Car Parks in Felixstowe

The most convenient ways to find parking places in East Suffolk are either via Find My Nearest, and where parking fees apply the council’s RingGo parking service .

The free RingGo app allows drivers to locate a parking place before starting their journey, receive navigation to it, see how busy car parks are within an area, pay for your parking session and extend it if you need to. Signing up to RingGo is as easy as entering your car’s registration and your payment details.  Find out more about registering and using the service on the RingGo how it works page.

Highfield Road, IP11 7BZ

Spa Pavillion, Undercliff Road, IP11 2AG

Ranelagh Road, IP11 7HA

Crescent Road, IP11 7PB

Pier Front, Sea Road, IP11 2AG

Convalescent Hill, IP11 2AQ

Garrison Lane, IP11 7SH

Arwela Road, IP11 2DG

Golf Road, IP11 7NB

Brackenbury Fort, IP11 9PJ

Landguard, Manor Terrace, IP11 2EL

Clifflands, IP11 9SA

Dock Viewing Area, IP11 3TW

Parking for Larger Vehicles and Campervans

The Grove, Felixstowe, IP11 9GA

Garrison Lane, Felixstowe, IP11 7SH (in designated coach bays).

Manor Terrace, Felixstowe, IP11 2EN 

Clifflands, Felixstowe, IP11 9SJ 

Further details can be found at Larger vehicles and campervans » East Suffolk Council

Travel Information & News

For the latest travel information listen to or visit BBC Radio Suffolk 

For local news, visit the East Anglian Daily Times of Eastern Daily Press websites.

Covid-19 testing in Suffolk

You can find useful information on Covid-19 testing on the Government website here;

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/get-tested-for-coronavirus/

Local information on how and where to get a PCR test if you have symptoms can be found on Suffolk County Council’s website here;

https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/getting-a-test/covid-19-testing-in-suffolk/

Local information on how and where to get a rapid lateral flow test if you do not have symptoms can be found on Suffolk County Council’s website here;

https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/getting-a-test/covid-19-asymptomatic-testing/


Things to do in Felixstowe