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Traditional Suffolk seaside town with lots to see

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Look closer and you’ll find see there’s much more to Felixstowe than its large freight port. In fact, the freight port is an attraction in itself with its own café and view point at the eastern end of the town. Visitors can get a clear view of the ocean bound container shops getting loaded with crates bound for destinations all over the world. Always popular with visitors to this part of Suffolk and locals, it’s a good spot to take a picnic out to. You get a real sense of the scale of these sea-faring giants. There’s also an 18th century fort and a nature reserve within short walking distance.

Felixstowe is full of small surprises and it is multi-faceted with the main town up on the hill to the north of the port; on an undercliff is the olde-English sea promenade. A new pier building is being developed after the old structure, which partly closed in 1999, was completely demolished in 2016. It was once the longest in the UK. Further along the shingle seafront to the north are the Winter Gardens which have also enjoyed a restoration to former glories. For an honest full English breakfast, there are a number of good choices along the promenade. Stop in at the games arcades and the old-fashioned amusement park, Mannings, between the pier and the nature reserves. Also home to shops and markets, Mannings has been a local institution since the late 1940s.

The town is linked to Ipswich via a branch line train service, so a day trip to the city for shops, and an array of seriously good restaurants, is possible. Felixstowe town is like stepping back to your childhood. The High Street is full of small and medium shops, mixed with independent stores and interesting cafes. The cinema is an old fashioned High Street affair that is hard to find in the south-east.

There are some great walks in Felixstowe, especially down by the sea. At the southern end of the promenade there is an expansive nature reserve and the giant 18th century Landguard Fort. There are tours of the Fort available, as it is managed by English Heritage. The Fort also contains the town museum which is housed in a Martello tower.

“There’s a lot more to Felixstowe than its role as a freight port…”

It is surrounded by the Languard Nature Reserve which offers several memorable walks out on to a peninsula at the estuary of the deepwater Port of Felixstowe. There are a few old fortifications and other structures left for nature across the expanse, which is popular with day trippers and bird watchers. For walkers, the Suffolk Coast Path can be picked up by the Felixstowe Ferry Point. Find Jacob’s Ladder and at low-tide you can make out the ruins of a Roman fort, or a building from the fabled lost city of Dommoc.

A few miles up the coast is Sutton Hoo, the site of the UK’s richest Saxon-age excavation which included a royal burial ship. For an even quirkier nature reserve and a great day out in the open to tell like-minded friends about, try Orford Ness on for size. A gigantic former military zone that runs parallel to the Suffolk coast.

We have some lovely cottages in and around Felixstowe. Take a browse of our collection of properties to feel inspired to book your next holiday.

While you’re there

Felixstowe Promenade

This lovely expanse of coast line boasts excellent panoramas across the English Channel. A new pier is currently being built.

Felixstowe Port

Watch the container ships get loaded at the dock of the bay - one of the few ports with a significant viewing stage.

Landguard Fort

Take a wander around this 18th century fort, home to the town museum. It sits at the edge of the sea-washed nature reserve.

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