• Spa Gardens

  • Flowers in the Gardens

  • Spa Gardens2

  • Flowers outisde the Spa Pavilion

  • Spa Gardens3

  • Hamilton Gardens

  • Plants in the Seafront Gardens

  • Seafront Gardens Logo

  • Wishing Well

  • Felixstowe circa 1904 (picture supplied by Elizabeth Brooking)

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 The Gardens developed in this prime location as a result of the popularity and fashion in late Victorian times (when the town was becoming established) 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. The Gardens allowed visitors to promenade next to the sea, to enjoy the sea air and walk – in addition to the reputed health giving qualities of the Felixstowe Spa water. Today, the Gardens still have much to offer residents, businesses and holiday-makers alike.

They enjoy a key position at the edge of the town centre; located at the seaward end of the main shopping street and bordered along the north-western boundary by residential areas containing substantial Victorian period properties. The Gardens are situated close to the Pier and leisure centre and to the north of the busy container port – its cranes and evidence of heavy industry being viewable from the Gardens on the south eastern sea horizon. 

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:

The Gardens are a fine example of their type (early 20thcentury public garden) 

The Gardens have retained a high level of intactness and original character

Part of the Gardens shows a good surviving example of 1920s design

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 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.