Felixstowe, England

Felixstowe is a seaside town on the southeastern coast of Suffolk, England. Facing the North Sea, it is close to the Port of Felixstowe, the largest container port in the United Kingdom. The town has a population of around 30,000 people (2012 estimate). Felixstowe is across the estuary of the River Orwell and the River Stour from Harwich in Essex.

More on Felixstowe

Felixstowe has been an important settlement with a history of human settlement going back as far as Roman times. It was subsequently occupied by the Anglo-Saxons, and Normans. Until the 13th century, it was known as Walton.

Until the 19th century, Felixstowe functioned more as a military installation than a port town. Its role evolved when it became a major port in 1886. This brought about a more civilian character to the town. A pier was built here in 1905, and it became a fashional seaside resort until the late 1930s.

Visiting Felixstowe

From London, take the A12 trunk road to Ipswich, then continue on the A14 road to Felixstowe.

Sights & Attractions to visit in Felixstowe

  1. Felixstowe Museum
    Museum of local history. Its exhibits spread over fourteen rooms and include Roman artifacts, historic maps, photographs and other documents.

  2. Landguard Fort
    Fort dating to 1540, when it was built of earthworks. The present square fort dates to the reign of King James I. The fort is credited with preventing a number of invasion attempts on England.

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