Felixstowe is about 90 minutes - 2hrs drive from Central London. It is easily reached by road from the Midlands via the A14. There is a regular train service from Ipswich.
Buses routes 75, 76, 77 all start from Ipswich. The 77 route runs to Landuard fort and port viewing area, but the town is best explored on foot or bicycle.
Felixstowe is long past its heyday as a tourist resort, and is best visited now as a place to enjoy some seaside calm.
Felixstowe Ferry is perhaps the most charming part of the town. It's in the far north, beyond the golf club, at the mouth of the River Deben. It's a popular place for sailing and walks. It has good real ale pub (see below). It is best to park at the cliff top car park as there is little parking at Felixstowe ferry.
The promenade stretches 1 mile North and South of the pier two limes in total, and expect for a small length there is a good path (it is part of the Suffolk Coast long distance path) between Landguard Fort and Felixstowe Ferry. North is generally quite pleasant, with landscaped gardens and quiet shingle beaches.
In the centre of tourist area, by the sea, there are some excellent arcades, including the famous Mannings Amusement Park (including crazy golf). There is a Sunday Market beside Mannings, and a Car Boot sale on Saturday
Further South the beach gives way to a very industrialised dock area. In the middle of this is a little wildlife haven, around Landguard Fort. It's popular with bird watchers.
The sea shore is the site of the last opposed invasion of England in 1667 and the first land battle of the Royal Marines. The current fort was built in the 18th century, modified in 19th century with substantial additional 19th / 20th century outside batteries. The fort is open every day from Easter to October.
The nearby submarine mining building houses Felixstowe museum’s collections of local interest and is open Sundays & Wednesdays in summer.
- 1 Landguard Fort, View Point Road, IP11 3TW, ☎ . adults £4.00, children £1.50, concessions £3.00.
- 2 Sealand (The Principality of Sealand) (Need to organise your own boat). a sea fort in the North Sea, located 10 km off the coast of Suffolk. It is best known for its (unrecognised) claim to be the world's smallest sovereign nation. However, it is currently regarded as a micronation by most non-Sealanders, despite its cult internet 'fanbase'.
The fantastic amusement parks are a great day out, and for those looking to party away the night, you won't forget the über-cool bandbox nightclub.
Between the promenade and Felixstowe Ferry there's about a mile of beaches known as "The Dip". It's dominated by beach huts but not a bad place to enjoy the beach in the summer.
There are a variety of pleasant country walks around Felixstowe, particularly in the Orwell and Deben estuaries. However, you need a car to get to these areas from the town.
The best thing that Felixstowe has to offer on the shopping front are two exceptional second-hand bookstores. The Treasure Chest and Poor Richard's are both in the town centre. The former in particular is remarkably well-stocked and both are reasonably priced. The presence of two such shops in close proximity is justification in itself for a visit to Felixstowe for any book affecionado.
There are a few restaurants of note, a few very good Fish & Chip shops, and a decent Indian and Chinese on the lower Hamilton Road.
The few pubs in Felixstowe offering a wide of atmosphere to suit all tastes. The young and trendy should try either the Grosvenor which is behind the main shop street on Ranleigh road, or The Alex on the sea front. Though the Cork should be noted for its Balcony with views across the sea.
Felixstowe being an English seaside resort, there is no shortage of overpriced, poor-quality B&B accommodation.
- The Fludyers, Undercliff Road East, IP11 7LU, ☎ . 12 room hotel in renovated Edwardian building