Felixstowe - Harwich Coast Guide
Felixstowe and nearby Harwich are both major ports but with a resort side to their natures. Felixstowe, in Suffolk, is Britain's largest container port, while Harwich, in Essex, is better known for its ferries to European destinations. However both towns do have a tourist side to them and Felixstowe has a good beach close to the town, there is a warm welcome for visitors
For details of Felixstowe Hotels and Holidays Guest Houses, Cottages and to visit Attractions. Go to Felixstowe Hotels Guest Houses and Cottages
At the coast there is a long, mostly sandy beach, a promenade, a pier and gardens along the promenade. The beach is popular with families and there is a good range of facilities for visitors. There is also a famous fort, Landguard Fort which reputedly repulsed and invasion by the Dutch in 1667. There is a ferry which connects Felixstowe to Harwich across the River Orwell.
Nearby Harwich is the older of the two ports and used to be the main port for the area until Felixstowe was founded in the mid nineteenth century by a local businessman who failed to be chosen as Harwich's MP. In retaliation he decided to develop Felixstowe as an alternative to the old port. Harwich lies on the estuaries of the River Orwell and the River Stour and this fact made it a favoured location as a port and as a naval base. It became a naval base in 1657 and was heavily fortified against Dutch and French invaders.
Harwich has a long history as a naval base as well as a port and many of Britain's famous mariners, such as Sir Frances Drake spent time here. Today ferries run to Gothenburg, Esbjerg and the Hook of Holland.
Places to visit in Felixstowe area
Family Amusements - Sea Rd, Felixstowe, Suffolk IP11 2DH Tel: 01394 271381
Clare Castle Country Park - Malting Lane, Clare, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 8NW Tel: 01787 277491
Ickworth House Park & Gardens - Ickworth Rotunda, Ickworth, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk IP29 5QE Tel: 01284 735270
Ipswich - lies inland some 8 miles at the head of the River Orwell and is a busy port and commercial centre.
Map of the Felixstowe area
View Larger Map
Other sections of the guide you might also enjoy - see below.
Whether your idea of an ideal activity is sunbathing or you prefer something more strenuous, the chances are that you will be able to pursue this at the coast. There is a wide selection of activities that can be found on our coastline - these range from a gentle stroll to the next bay, to swimming and snorkelling, to more energetic activities such as sailing, surfing, windsurfing and kite sailing. See Activities section.
Attractions - see listings pages
A huge selection of attractions are available within the coastal area and this section will have details of many of them. From piers and harbours to fun fairs and roller coasters, the listings will have details of what's available in your chosen area. For details of attractions look in the resort pages.
The National Lobster Hatchery - Padstow
Pubs, restaurants and shopping guide
The listings section will also have details of pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and shops available in the locality. Restaurants and shops coming soon.....
The Beach Pub - Exmouth
We will bring you feature articles about the coastline and news items about life in the coastal area. contributions to this section are welcome.