• TTDA - Shingle Street - children in sea (c) Emily Fae Photography
  • TTDA - Shingle Street - Coastguard Cottages - (c) Gill Moon Photography

Shingle Street Beach

A remote stretch of coastline, Shingle Street is located to the north of Felixstowe, known for it's shingle and pebble beach.

The beach is at the mouth of the River Alde facing the 10-mile-long shingle spit, Orford Ness. The beach is a cove, with lagoons, where Terns lay their eggs nestled in the shingle and seals bask at the estuary entrance.

Whilst the lagoons may look tempting, quicksand can form and the sea bed is unstable so swimming is not advised. 

Parking at Shingle Street is kindly permitted by private landowners, but overnight sleeping in vehicles is not permitted. Please park with consideration for others. At peak times in the summer, there have sometimes been several hundred cars at Shingle Street, resulting in road blockages and consequent difficulties for delivery vans and even emergency services in getting through to the residents.  Ditches have been dug on one side of the road to discourage parking on both sides. This is not to stop people from coming to Shingle Street but just to ensure that essential access to the hamlet is maintained and the open grassland is protected.

You can find out more about the area on the Shingle Street Community & Conservation website here:

Essential Information

  • There are no public facilities at Shingle Street Beach. So, no toilets!
  • There are two parking areas available, which are free of charge. They can be found using Find My Nearest website. See additional advice above.
  • There is no lifeguard patrol at Shingle Street. 
  • Dogs are allowed on Shingle Street Beach, but please keep them close by and under control - take care for nesting birds and other wildlife. Please clear up after your dog and use the bins provided.
  • There are bicycle racks at both parking areas.
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  • Tide Times can be found at https://www.tidetimes.org.uk/

For places to eat, places to stay and travel information, check out our Deben Peninsula Guide.

Attraction name:
Shingle Street Beach