bustling place with fine Edwardian architecture and unique attractions. From Felixstowe Ferry to the Languard Peninsula, the beach is a vast stretch of sand and single. It covers four miles, making it easy to find a quiet spot to sunbathe or build a sandcastle, even in the middle of summer. Take a wander along the graceful Victorian promenade from most Felixstowe holiday cottages and you will discover a variety of beach shops and cafes, many of which have magnificent views along the coast. The beach is overlooked by colourfully painted beach huts, and home to the elegant Seafront Gardens.

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Mariners Lodge, situated along the Suffolk Heritage Coast in the unspoilt fishing village of Felixstowe Ferry, Suffolk, lies just steps from the shingle beach, a two-storey coastal cottage offering magnificent sea views and featuring three bedrooms and fully fitted kitchen.

Felixstowe has several parks, including the Grove, home to ash and sycamore woods which are carpeted in wild garlic in spring. Slot machines, crazy golf, rides and other old-fashioned seaside amusements can be found on the pier, Manning’s Amusements and Ocean Boulevard. The neigbouring sailing hamlet of Felixstowe Ferry can be reached by walking north along the coast. The Ferry Boat Inn is a 15th century pub with open fires and bare beams, serving fresh seafood and local ales. A ferry runs across the River Deben to Bawdsey Manor. Neighbouring Bawdsey is a popular place to pick up fish fresh from the harbour, while Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club was established in 1881, making it one of the oldest in the UK. A stroll along the coast in the opposite direction, to Languard Peninsula, is also highly recommended on self-catering holidays in Felixstowe.

Visit the 18th century fort, watch the comings and goings of ships, and peruse the fascinating exhibits at Felixstowe Museum. On the doorstep of holiday cottages in Felixstowe, the town’s range of independent businesses includes boutiques, bakeries, butchers’ and the Palace Cinema.