John Bradfield Viewing Point At Port Of Felixstowe

Did you know that the John Bradfield Viewing Area located between Landguard Fort and the Port of Felixstowe (PFL), Suffolk UK, was developed out of the initiatives of PFL workers and management? When it was noticed that many enthusiasts would come to a spot in Landguard to observe the busy operations of the port, the PFL team decided that attention needed to be given to accommodate these visitors. From this, a visitor centre, café and ferry station were born, becoming one of the most popular things to do in Suffolk.

Landguard Visitor Centre, View Point Cafe and Ferry

Eat, drink and enjoy the view.

Located between Landguard Fort and the Port of Felixstowe is the John Bradfield Viewing Area - voted one of the top 50 things to do in Suffolk.
From here you can enjoy stunning views across the estuary to the Shotley Peninsula and the towns of Harwich and Dovercourt (both in Essex). If the weather is really clear you can even see the off-shore wind turbines beyond The Naze.
Though the scenery is beautiful it is not what most visitors are here to see, they come to watch the hustle and bustle of thePort of Felixstowe and the vast container ships that come into the harbour following the natural deep water channel to berth up at the docks.

Landguard Visitor Centre and View Point Cafe

The Landguard Visitor Centre and View Point Cafe is a warm and friendly building with fun hands-on displays, videos and exhibits on the attractions of the Peninsula, public toilets and a 60 seater cafe (with both indoor and outdoor seating) serving all day breakfasts, snacks, fresh fish and chips, salads, cakes, ice cream, teas and coffees.
The centre is open daily 0900-1800. Closed Christmas Day. 
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For further information on the View Point Cafe, please call 01394 288002 or email

Harwich Harbour Foot Ferry

If you are arriving at Harwich in Essex by ferry or cruise ship, and have some spare time then why not pop across the water to visit us? The Harwich Harbour Foot Ferry runs from the Ha'penny Pier in Harwich to the John Bradfield Viewing Area at Felixstowe. It is the only public ferry service connecting Essex and Suffolk.
The vessel runs from Easter to the end of September. 2015: 3 to 6 April (Easter), then weekends only until 1 May. Daily service from 2 May to 6 September. 7 to 30 September, weekends only.
Please visit the website for full timings and fares. Please note: the vessel carries a maximum of 12 passengers. Booking is not essential, but is advisable during busy periods.

Things to Do

  • Enjoy a delicious all day breakfast or some fresh fish and chips at the View Point Cafe.
  • Stroll along the shingle beach to the wooden jetty which offers even more spectacular views.
  • Take a trip on the Harwich Harbour Foot Ferry for a view of Landguard from the water.
  • Watch the little tugs as they help the giant ships to arrive and depart.
  • Learn more about Landguard at the Visitor Centre with its videos and shipping information.
  • See some of the world's biggest cranes unloading and loading up the ships.