The Landguard Peninsula offers a wide range of educational opportunities all in one place - unique experiences and hands-on learning outside of the classroom.
Landguard Fort is a fascinating view into the military history of the area from the 16-20th C. as coastal defence evolved to meet new threats. Whilst the Felixstowe Museum has a range of exhibitions including artefacts relating to naval and aviation history and coastal forces, particularly HMS Beehive and the WWII base at Felixstowe Dock. Other exhibits reflect local social history from Roman times up to the present day.
The Landguard Nature Reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because of its high wildlife conservation value, such as its rare vegetated shingle habitat and rare botanical species including Stinking Goosefoot. Traces of the area's military history can also be found on the Reserve which makes for a fascinating contrast between the military architecture and unique habitats. For school visits, please visit our Nature Reserve 'Visitor Information section' for further information.
Overlooking the Nature Reserve is the Landguard Bird Observatory which rings and records migratory birds as they pass by on their way in and out of Britain, as well as identifying and recording moths.
All of this is situated next to Britain's busiest container port where there is the John Bradfield Viewing Area - voted one of the top 50 things to do in Suffolk. A great place to witness the operations of the Port of Felixstowe and the vast container ships arriving and departing that are key to international trade.
Rates for Educational Visits
Landguard Fort - free entry for pre-booked educational groups (donations welcome).
Felixstowe Museum - 50p per child, teachers and supervisors free.
Landguard Nature Reserve - free guided tours with the Reserve Ranger for pre-booked educational groups (donations welcome). The Ranger is normally available on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
For further information, or to arrange a visit, please contact the:
View Point Road
Tel: 01394 444457/8.