Fun family seaside resort Felixstowe with its Blue Flag beach has been a popular seaside resort on the Suffolk coast since the Victorian era. The wide Felixstowe seafront promenade is lined with amusements, children's rides and fun activities like go karting. The Felixstowe seafront also features pretty cliffs with cliff top gardens. Great seaside theatres in Felixstowe The Spa Pavilion Theatre which offers a great programme of seaside musical shows and comedy. As well as being a premier Suffolk family seaside resort, Felixstowe also has a rich coastal defence history. Landguard Fort at Landguard Point was first built at the behest of Henry VIII. Historic defensive Martello Towers built extensively during the Napoleonic period line the Felixstowe coast from Landguard north up to the River Ore estuary. The Martello Towers now form part of the Martello Coastal Path at Felixstowe.
Felixstowe is a superb family beach holiday location in East Anglia with a wide choice of great value family holiday parks with on-site entertainment situated close to both Felixstowe centre and near Landguard Point just to the south. Quality budget B&B seaside guest houses in Felixstowe, seafront hotels and self catering seaside holiday flats in Felxistowe are widely available.
Landguard Fort at Landguard Point just south of Felixstowe centre is one of Britain's great surviving coastal defensive structures. A fort was first built here at Felixstowe at the behest of Henry VIII. Through the centuries Landguard Fort has been a working fort right through to the Cold War in the 20th century. Remodelled and rebuilt on several occasions, Landguard Fort today consists of the surviving red brick walls built in a pentagon form in 1744 complete with 1871 remodelling using yellow London bricks. The interior buildings of Landguard Fort from 1780 have not survived. Landguard Fort was disbanded in 1956 after service as a coastal defensive fort spanning 300 years.
As well as tours of Landguard Fort great fun re-enactment events often take place through the year. Audio tours and guided tours, including ghost tours, are available. Landguard Point is clearly signposted from Felixstowe centre.
Incredibly popular at Landguard Point overlooking the Orwell estuary is the Felixstowe Port viewpoint from where you can view ships criss-crossing the Orwell coming into Britain's largest container points. Ample car parking is located near the Felixstowe Port viewpoint. Fishing is also popular here and near the Port viewpoint visitors can pick up the Harwich Harbour Foot & Cycle Ferry connecting the Suffolk coast at Felixstowe with the Essex coast at Harwich across the Orwell estuary. Harbour and river boat tours are also available. Visit the Foot Ferry's website for details.
Felixstowe is a bustling family friendly seaside resort featuring a great gentle family Blue Flag beach and fun family amusements lining the long Felixstowe Promenade. Felixstowe beach has held the prestigious Blue Flag status for several years. Offering a fantastic choice of affordable family holiday parks and caravan touring parks as well as containing great family attractions like Felixstowe pier, Felixstowe is the perfect Suffolk Coastal location for budget family beach holidays. Felixstowe has a rich history as a favourite seaside resort stretching back to the Victorian era. A visit by the Empress of Germany in 1891 and railway links to Ipswich opening in 1887 combined with Felixstowe's natural resort assets - the spa waters and pleasant beach saw the town boom from fishing village to seaside resort mecca. Felixstowe pier opened in 1905 and survives today.
A wide choice of Felixstowe seaside attractions flank the wide Felxistowe beach promenade which is popular for strolling. Children's rides, go-karting, indoor and outdoor crazy golf, family cafes and amusements all feature along Felixstowe seafront. Great seaside theatres in Felixstowe include The Spa Pavilion Theatre on the seafront with in-house restaurant and bar offers a year round programme of musical shows, comedy, gala concerts, dance and more. Find Felixstowe Tourist Information Centre on the central coastal Undercliff Road West.
Alongside Felixstowe's great seaside attractions, cliff gardens and Blue Flag beach is the town's rich history as a strategic coastal defensive location. The history of three centuries of coastal defence is explored in-depth at the fascinating Landguard Fort overlooking the Orwell Estuary near the popular Felixstowe Port viewpoint.
Felixstowe Museum housed within a Submarine Mining building dating from 1878 is also at Landguard Point near the fort and offers further information on Felixstowe's submarine mining history, social and military history and coastal forces based in Felixstowe in the past. Landguard Local Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, is located close to the fort with other nature reserves near Felixstowe including the nearby Trimley Marshes (Suffolk Wildlife Trust).
A unique feature at Felixstowe relating to this stretch of the Suffolk coast's defensive history are the Martello Towers lining the Felixstowe coast. Martello Towers feature all the way around England's east coast from Suffolk and Essex all the way down around the Kent and Sussex coast. These are precious historic fortresses dating from the Napoleonic period when Britain was at war with France from 1794. The fact that many Martello Towers survive from the period is a testament to their defensive strength.
Pick up a copy of the 'See Felixstowe with Me' guide from Felixstowe Tourist Information Centre with pictorial map detailing the Martello Towers from Landguard Point at Felixstowe up the Suffolk coast via Bawdsey to the River Ore estuary. Bawdsey during World War II was also the site of the world's first operational Radar Station with Transmitter Towers. Find out more at the Bawdsey Radar Museum.
Find a great choice of family holiday parks in Felixstowe with all-inclusive entertainment listed here on iknow East Anglia. Many Felixstowe holiday parks are pet friendly and boast fun family attractions including playgrounds, kids clubs, family bars and restaurants. Seaside guesthouses in Felixstowe are widely available, many of which sit close to the seafront. Favourite seaside accommodation including Felixstowe seafront hotels and great value self catering holiday flats can be found in Felixstowe. The town also contains an extensive choice of family cafes and restaurants along the seafront.
Felixstowe station affords train links to Ipswich, Colchester and Manningtree for Dedham Vale Constable Country. Felixstowe is also ideally situated for touring both Suffolk and the Suffolk coast as it sits just off major connector road the A14 making daytrips by car to Ipswich, Colchester, Constable Country and the Suffolk heritage coast within easy reach.