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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 do run within Felixstowe, but service is infrequent. 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 two good pubs (see below).
The promenade stretches two miles North and South of the pier. 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).
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 fort 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 April to October.
The nearby submarine mining building houses Felixstowe museum’s collections of local interest and is open Sundays & Wednesdays in summer.
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 vairety 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 fantastic amusement parks are a great day out and for those looking to party away the night, don't forget the über-cool bandbox nightclub.
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 no restaurants of note but a few very good Fish & Chip shops and a decent Indian and Chinese on the lower Hamilton Road. "The feathers" at Walton also does home cooked food of good quality, in a relaxing atmosphere.
Pubs in Felixstowe tend to be either full of elderly domino-players nursing a half-pint or underage Burberry-wearing chavs downing alcopops. The two exceptions are at Felixstowe Ferry: The Ferry Boat Inn and The Victoria both offer decent real ale and excellent pub grub. The Ferry Boat Inn is also very snug and charming. " "The Feathers" at Walton has changed hands and has been updated. It does good home cooked food and serves cask ales. It has a large garden and a relaxed atmosphere. All ages and pets are welcome.
Felixstowe being an English seaside resort, there is no shortage of overpriced, poor-quality B&B accommodation. There is nowhere in town worth singling out.