The Town of Felixstowe in Suffolk

Felixstowe Suffolk Holidays

A visitors guide to the Edwardian seaside resort of Felixstowe, which has four miles of beach front and a paved promenade dotted with colourful old fashioned beach huts. The beautifully kept seafront gardens are littered with benches where visitors can sit and take in the view.  
Both the north and south beaches are made up of sand and shingle with the south beach at the heart of the resort, right alongside the pier. The beaches are gently sloping, backed by little huts that you can hire for the day.

Throughout the year the Spa Pavilion Theatre shows a wide variety of shows with the annual Drama Festival being held in the month of May. A Leisure Centre is located right on the seafront with a swimming pool.   

Felixstowe has all the traditional seaside amusements that one would expect, including amusement parks with rides and slides, a bowling green, indoor golf and many other sporting opportunities. There are lots of places to stay and eat with a large range of cafes, inns, restaurants and also traditional ice cream parlours.

Felixstowe is very popular in main season but its attractive frontage and indoor attractions means that it also enjoys the reputation of a holiday destination out of season. 

The Port of Felixstowe is Britain's most important shipping and container port and its dock view point attracts many a shipping enthusiast. The shipping port does not intrude upon the main resort area because it lies along the river estuary with its own road and is far away from the tourist centre. The John Bradfield viewing area allows a full view of both Felixstowe and Harwich shipping at close quarters and there is normally a mobile cafe unit for snacks and drinks.

When the Angliacoast team visited the spot, we were surprised how popular it was, it was teaming with shipping enthusiasts armed with binoculars early on a weekday morning, but we must agree that armed with a hot cup of tea and a bacon roll from the cafe, it was indeed an interesting way to spend a few hours.

Landguard Fort was the scene of the last invasion of England in 1667 built in 1540 to guard the entrance to Harwich harbour and the only fort in England to have repelled a full scale invasion attempt. The fort is maintained by English Heritage as a museum and consists of a warren of tunnels which show the many alterations made during the past 100 years.

There are small displays, barrack room, replica 12.5" RML gun, audio tours and also guided tours available.  Also at the Fort is a museum  housed in the Ravelin block, the only Submarine Mine Storage Depot still standing. They feature local history from Felixstowe and its surrounding area, including St. Audry's Hospital, Melton, RAF Flying Boats at Felixstowe, a Victorian Submarine Mining exhibit, Edwardian memorabilia and Pleasure Steamers. Outside is the Landguard Nature Reserve where you can watch the container ships as they make their way out to sea.

Felixstowe has a Golf Course with both an 18 hole course right next to the sea with fabulous views over the East Anglian Coast and the Deben Estuary and a 9 hole course which is available as a 'Pay and Play' to all comers. At the end of the golf course is Old Felixstowe with its boat yard, scattering of cottages, fishing huts all overlooking the sea.  As well as two local inns this is the place where you will find The Shed a fresh fish stall which sells excellent fresh fish which has been caught daily off the coast.  Here is also a water ski school, offering courses throughout the summer and Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club.

There is a passenger boat from here over the River Deben to the resort of Bawdsey on the opposite bank that operates in the summer months.  To attract the ferryman's attention there is a bat to wave at him or her! A ferry has run since the year 1200, being interrupted only during plague, piracy or war. The ferry was for passengers only - their horses had to swim the river.  

Felixstowe also has a number of Martello Towers, built to prevent Napoleon from landing on the East Coast.
Nearby is Trimley Marshes at Trimley St. Mary an expansive wetland reserve alongside the River Orwell visited by large number of birds and enjoying wonderful views of the Orwell Estuary. Felixstowe manages to retain much of the atmosphere and charm of the Edwardian era with something to offer all the family. 
Near to the pier is a red brick "Beach House" which is where Mrs Simpson Wallis stayed whilst awaiting her divorce before marrying King Edward VIII.

Bartlett Hospital high on the cliff above Undercliff Road East, was where the Bath Hotel used to stand which was burned down on 28 April 1914 by the Suffragettes.

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