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The Seafront Gardens

The Seafront Gardens

Walking along the promenade, you’ll come across the newly restored Seafront Gardens that sit on cliffs between the town centre and beach.

The eight Grade II listed gardens are of significant historic interest and give the town its title, "The Garden Resort of East Anglia". 

These beautiful landscaped and sumptuously planted gardens were created a hundred years ago, as a result of the popularity and fashion in late Victorian times for visiting coastal locations, in pursuit of improved health and relaxation. The natural springs occurring along the cliffs, together with the proximity to the beach, encouraged this site to be developed as a pleasure ground around a pump room for people to take the spa waters.

Today the interconnecting gardens stretch for almost a kilometre along the promenade, with a significant proportion of original planting still surviving and the original path layout little altered. Take time to wander through the gardens on the 'Heritage Trail' and uncover the many historical features, structures, colourful and unusual planting.

Explore all eight gardens: Town Hall Gardens and the South Cliff Shelter; Pram Walk; Ivy Terrace and the Ranelagh Steps; Spa Pavilion approach, the Wishing Well and Dripping Pond; Pavilion Terrace; Serpentine Steps and the Round and Octagonal Shelters; Rose Garden; Cliff House Garden and the Arch Cascade.

Click here to download The Seafront Gardens map

Click here to download the History of the Felixstowe Seafront Gardens leaflet.

Please note: these documents are in pdf format, and you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view or print.


Green Flag AwardFelixstowe Seafront Gardens was awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award and Green Heritage accreditation in 2016 and 2017.



Seafront Gardens Restoration Project

The multi-million pound Seafront Gardens Restoration Project was completed in late 2015. The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded the project an HLF Parks for People grant to restore, adapt and enhance the heritage assets of the gardens. This grant was match funded by Suffolk Coastal District Council, which owns the gardens.


Friends of Felixstowe Seafront GardensFriends of Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

If you are interested in horticulture, community involvement, meeting like-minded people and willing to help, then why not join the fun and sociable 'Friends of Felixstowe Seafront Gardens'.

Friends help out in many different ways: practical gardening; improving the provision and future development of the gardens; promoting high standards of management and maintenance; promoting the history and heritage of the site; ensuring the gardens remain a valuable community asset.

So why not get involved... whatever time you can spare, however great or small, it makes a valuable contribution and is appreciated.

Saturday Friends Group:
The Friends meet on the third Saturday (1000-1200) of each month, from April through to October.

Wednesday Friends Group:
The Friends meet every Wednesday at 1000 throughout the year, dependent upon weather conditions.

Click here to download the Friends of Felixstowe Seafront Gardens leaflet

Please note: this document is in pdf format, and you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view or print.


For further information on the Felixstowe Seafront Gardens please contact:

Felixstowe Forward
Felixstowe Town Hall, Undercliff Road West, Felixstowe, Suffolk IP11 2AG
Tel: 01394 444576/444577. Email: felixstowe.forward@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

To report general maintenance, litter, acts of vandalism in the Felixstowe Seafront Gardens please contact:

Suffolk Coastal Norse (responsible for the ongoing maintenance of Felixstowe Seafront Gardens).
Tel: 01394 444000. Email: scs@ncsgrp.co.uk