Felixstowe – Accessible days out
Felixstowe town centre is fully accessible and hosts a variety of shops, boutiques and high street shops to choose from along with numerous places to refuel. For an idea of what’s on offer, check out Visit Felixstowe’s website which offers A-Z listings.
Langaurd Point has an easy access trail up to 2.5 miles long, on firm paths throughout – including a boardwalk onto the shingle beach taking in the Landguard Nature Reserve. There are seats along the route, and it also passes the John Bradfield Viewing Area proving views across the estuary to the Shotley Peninsula, the towns of Harwich and Dovercourt and the Port of Felixstowe with vast container ships coming into the harbour. Plus there is the View Point Cafe to provide refreshments and the Landguard Visitor Centre providing information on the Peninsula. A map of the walk is available on the Discover Suffolk’s website, and further information about the café and visitor centre can be found on Discover Landguard’s website.
Landguard Fort is one of England’s best preserved coastal defences. With such a long and dramatic military and maritime heritage stretching back nearly 450 years, it is well worth picking up an audio guide (free with admission) or joining a guided tour to learn about the Landguard Fort’s history. The ground floor and grounds are accessible for those in wheelchairs but the first floor can only be accessed via stairs. For opening times and prices check the Landguard Fort’s website.
The Felixstowe Museum is housed within the Landguard Fort and follows the military life of Landguard from Henry VII to the 1950’s along with the social history of Felixstowe. The museum is wheelchair accessible and is spread through fourteen different rooms and with new themed exhibitions each season, special events and learning activities. Further information can be found on Discover Landguard’s website here.
The Seafront Gardens are actually eight gardens linked together covering a kilometre in length: 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. There are seating areas and step free routes through the gardens and a downloadable map along with historical information can be found on the Visit Felixstowe website.
Martello Park offers play, picnic and wildlife areas, walking and cycling routes. The wheelchair accessible play areas include specialised equipment designed to allow inclusive play. The community toilet scheme, a ‘Changing Places’ facility, allows carers to attend and support people with greater or more specialised needs.
Felixstowe Leisure Centre provides for those with additional accessibility requirements with purpose built accessible changing facilities and a hearing loop available at Reception. All staff are provided with Disability Awareness training and available to assist on request. They also have a pool hoist for easy access to the main and learner pools, and a lift providing access to the Gym and Indoor Bowls Area. More information can be found on the Places Leisure website.