Felixstowe in the heart of Suffolk is a charming seaside town offering traditional charm with colourful old-fashioned beach huts scattered around the 4 miles of sand and shingle, a traditional British pier, a boating lake and a wide-range of shops, cafes, bistros, and cosy real-ale pubs.
Enjoy a swim in the sea or the seafront pool complex where the beaches proudly offer a Blue Flag standard, ensuring cleanliness and safety. The Seafront in Felixstowe benefits from the beautiful Spa and Cliff Gardens which have many awards including Britain in Bloom since it was designed and constructed in 1923.
Felixstowe's 2 mile Promenade stretches virtually the whole length of the beach - from Languard Point to Felixstowe Ferry, ideal for an afternoon's stroll with an ice cream before buying fish and chips and sticks of rock from kiosks by the pier.
Just to the north of Felixstowe you will find the award-winning Felixstowe Ferry Golf Course, overlooking the sea and recently voted one of the top 200 golf courses in the UK.
Felixstowe Ferry, a tiny fishing village is loved by walkers who walk from the Clifflands in Old Felixstowe to walk the mile and a quarter to the village along the sea walls.
The Landguard Bird Observatory, Suffolk's migration watchpoint, is mainly used to study and record the wildlife of the entire Landguard peninsula. It attracts wildlife enthusiasts from all over the UK due to its unparalleled reputation over 375 different species of plants have been found on the reserve. Landguard's 58 acre Nature Reserve is one of the most important coastal sites in Britain and includes rare fauna and flora such as sea pea and kales, yellow-horned poppy, and the endangered stinking goosefoot, which grows in only three places in England.
History in Felixstowe
There is a foot ferry which links Felixstowe to Bawdsey in the north where you will find Bawdsey Manor, the secret WWII facility. Felixstowe's Martello towers, built between 1804 and 1812 to repel Napoleonic invasion, are four of only 43 remaining (out of the original103) impregnable towers which were constructed along the England's east coast.
The Languard Fort, an English Heritage site, is where the last opposed invasion of England in 1667 and the first battle of the Royal Marines took place. A fascinating piece of history to explore, an audio tour is available.
Finally a trip to Felixstowe isn't complete without a visit to Manning's Amusement Park, the most established landmark on Felixstowe's coastline which has been entertaining families, holiday-makers and day-trippers alike for almost 80 years!
» For more information about Felixstowe view the Visit Felixstowe website.
Visit Suffolk to bring your senses to life! The Brook hotel is well located to discover the lovely nearby towns of Woodbridge and Aldeburgh, just a 20 minute drive away, as well as so much more to see and do around Suffolk. Famous towns such as Bury St Edmunds are well worth a visit, or the thunderous horse-racing at Newmarket.
Suffolk offers some incredible sights, wide open countryside and beautiful coastline, hidden walking and cycle routes, as well as local festivals, events and farmers' markets.