• View of the Round Shelter

    View of the Round Shelter

  • Rustic Bench

    Rustic Bench

  • View

  • view

  • The Rose Garden at night (by Julie Earrye)

    The Rose Garden at night (by Julie Earrye)

  • Collage picture supplied by Kevin Rendall

    Collage picture supplied by Kevin Rendall

  • The Friends of the Seafront Garden

    Enjoying a social evening with the Friends of the Seafront Gardens

  • Overlooking the Octagonal Shelter and Lilly Pond

    Overlooking the Octagonal Shelter and Lilly Pond

  • South Cliff Shelter

    Completed South Cliff Shelter

  • Crest Bed and Spa Pavilion Approach

    Crest Bed and Spa Pavilion Approach

  • Ivy Terrace, from Ranelagh Steps

    Ivy Terrace, from Ranelagh Steps

  • View from Serpentine Steps

    View from Serpentine Steps

We are pleased to announce that restoration of the 
Seafront Gardens is now complete

All eight gardens are fully open

Come and visit

The Gardens developed as a result of the popularity 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 the Gardens to be developed as a pleasure ground for people to take the spa waters. 

The Gardens allowed visitors to promenade next to the sea, to enjoy the sea airand to take the reputed health giving qualities of the Felixstowe Spa water. Today, the Gardens still have much to offer residents, businesses and holiday-makers alike.

The Gardens extend approximately 1 kilometre and are situated close to the Pier and leisure centre.   

 

The Gardens are of significant historic interest. They display a cross-section of over 100 years of municipal and private gardening trends, which illustrate Felixstowe’s history as a prime east coast resort of late Victorian, Edwardian and inter-war character. This has been acknowledged through their status as a Grade II Registered Garden of Special Historic Interest, designated by English Heritage due to the following important historic aspects.

A significant proportion of original planting has survived and the original path layout is little altered. The Gardens now comprise a series of interconnected gardens, defined spaces, stone and water features together with ornamental planting which impart an impression of historic character, municipal quality and a great diversity of visual interest.

In addition to the cultural heritage of the Gardens, the location is geologically significant at a county level for outcropping areas of Red Crag within the Gardens and the associated natural springs within the cliff. 

The Gardens are also an important wildlife site within the town as they provide a variety of natural habitats, allowing visitors to experience the changing nature of the coast throughout the seasons.