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 Seafront Gardens - Heritage Trail (Interpretation Boards found in the gardens).
Please note: these documents are in pdf format, and you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view or print.
The Seafront Gardens was awarded the prestigious Green Flag and Green Heritage Site Accreditation in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
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 East Suffolk Council, which owns the gardens.