Educational Visits

A unique and exciting learning experience for all.


Educational VisitsThe 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 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 Educational Visitsarchitecture 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.

  • Suitable for educational groups large or small, plus all ages from primary to adult.
  • Linked to the National Curriculum: Geography and History.
  • Other themes including Nature, Art, Architecture and Photography.
  • Risk Assessments are available.
  • Guided tours and visits tailored to group requirements.
  • Talks on specialist subjects.
  • Classroom, toilets, wet weather lunch rooms, outdoor eating areas, coach parking and bus link to town centre.
  • Visits to Fort and Museum from Easter to end of October, Nature Reserve all year (dependant on Ranger availability).
  • Suggested length of visit: Fort (1 to 2 hours), Museum (1.5 hours), Nature Reserve (1.5 hours).
  • Please book your visit in advance (see below).

Rates for Educational Visits

Landguard Fort - free entry for pre-booked educational groups (donations welcome).
Felixstowe Museum - (out of hours) £1.00 per child, teachers and supervisors free.
Landguard Nature Reserve - free guided tours with the Reserve Ranger for pre-booked educational groups (donations welcome).

Educational VisitsFor further information, or to arrange a visit, please contact the:

Landguard Partnership
Landguard Bungalow
View Point Road
IP11 3TW

Tel: 01394 444457/8.