Landguard Fort

Discover the dramatic story of the fortifications that played a pivotal role in the defence of the East Coast for over 400 years.

Landguard Fort: A Historic Landmark

Landguard Fort is a must-visit attraction in Felixstowe, offering visitors the opportunity to explore the rich history and remarkable architecture of this historic landmark.

Guided Tours: Dive into History

Explore the intricate maze of rooms, tunnels, and passageways that make up Landguard Fort. With guided tours, visitors can unravel the captivating history of the fort and its significant role in defending the East Coast for centuries. Marvel at the spectacular panoramic views of Harwich Haven, immerse yourself in informative displays and audio visuals, and even witness special events and re-enactments.

A Fortress Through Time

This Grade 1 listed fort dates back to the 1740s and has been continuously modified to adapt to changing coastal defence strategies, engineering advancements, and weaponry innovations. Over the years, significant additions were made during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including modifications to prepare for two world wars and, even as late as the 1950s, responses to the tensions of the cold war. For a more comprehensive history of the fort, visitors can purchase a copy of the Visitors Guide from the ticket office or gift shop.

Felixstowe Sea Front Gardens: Serenity by the Sea

The Felixstowe Sea Front Gardens are a tranquil haven and a unique part of Suffolk Coastal Heritage. This restoration project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, aims to preserve and enhance the cultural and historic significance of the gardens. With accessible paths and appealing features, the gardens extend their appeal to both new generations and a wider audience. Dogs are welcome in the gardens but must be kept on a lead to maintain a peaceful atmosphere.

Felixstowe Museum: A Glimpse Into the Past

Step into the Felixstowe Museum to embark on a journey through the military and social history of this beloved seaside resort and the surrounding area. The building itself is of historical interest, once serving as a submarine mining establishment and possibly being the last of its kind in the world. Now housing 14 galleries, the museum offers a comprehensive look into the fascinating history of Felixstowe. Starting from Easter 2023, visitors can also enjoy The Beehive Cafe, serving delicious coffee, cakes, light lunches, and snacks.

Beach Street Felixstowe: A Unique Shopping Experience

Located on the seafront, Beach Street Felixstowe boasts an exciting shipping container complex that offers a unique shopping experience. From delightful street-food options to boutique shops, this community of local and creative businesses caters to fashion, arts, crafts, street food, and refreshments. Currently, visitors can enjoy pizza, waffles, vegan food, and a coffee house. Keep an eye out for more exciting additions, including an American/Mexican fusion restaurant and a seafood restaurant with a sea view balcony. Phase 2 of Beach Street is set to open in 2022, offering even more shopping and leisure activities.

Harwich Harbor Foot Ferry: Connection by the Water

Operating since 1912, the Harwich Harbor Foot Ferry is an excellent way to connect Harwich, Shotley, and Felixstowe. This ferry provides an enjoyable experience for foot and bicycle travelers. Suggested duration for the journey is 2-3 hours, affording visitors ample time to appreciate the picturesque scenery and discover new places.

Martello Park Felixstowe: Nature and Play in Harmony

Martello Park, centered around Martello Tower ‘P,’ offers a delightful grassy park where visitors can spend quality time. The park provides play, picnic, and wildlife areas, as well as walking and cycling routes. Additionally, there is a water play area operational during warm weather. Ensuring inclusivity, the play equipment includes specialist apparatus for children of mixed abilities, including wheelchair-accessible options. Refreshments are available from two kiosks located within the park.

Visit Felixstowe TIC Beach Hut: A Hub of Information

The Visit Felixstowe Beach Hut serves as an information center, providing visitors with valuable insights into the various attractions, events, and must-see locations in Felixstowe. Stop by to gather recommendations on what to do, where to go, and what to see during your visit.

The Spa Pavilion: A Cultural Hub by the Sea

The Spa Pavilion is a fabulous seafront theatre, bar, and café that offers a diverse range of entertainment options. The Box Office is open from Thursday to Saturday (11 am to 4 pm), providing an opportunity to secure tickets with a view of the sea. The Café/Restaurant opens every day from 10 am to 5 pm, and for at least an hour before each show, ensuring a delightful pre-show dining experience.

Manning’s Amusements: Fun for the Whole Family

Manning’s Amusements is the perfect destination for family fun. With attractions like Crazy Golf and a cash casino offering jackpots of up to £500, there are plenty of activities to entertain visitors of all ages.

Landguard Nature Reserve: A Haven of Natural Beauty

Explore the stunning Landguard Nature Reserve, encompassing approximately 33 hectares (81 acres) of shingle spit on Suffolk’s southern coast. This nature reserve boasts a wide array of flora and fauna, including rare and unusual plants. It’s also a haven for migrating birds and provides a glimpse into the area’s military history. Marvel at the sight of colossal ships arriving and departing from Britain’s busiest container port. Designated as a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) due to its value to the local community and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its high wildlife conservation value, Landguard Nature Reserve is a must-visit for nature enthusiasts.

Holiday Park Home: A Perfect Stay in Felixstowe

Make your visit to Felixstowe even more enjoyable by staying at one of the many local holiday parks. These parks provide comfortable accommodations and convenient access to the attractions and activities in the area. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Felixstowe while creating cherished memories at these holiday parks.

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