Felixstowe Dolphin

Felixstowe Dolphin

also traded as Station Hotel

North East, 51.95251,1.33499

Closed :
Currently closed and on the market

opened 1883 (rebuilt 1959)

last owner/operator: Heineken UK

41 Beach Station Rd, IP11 2EY

grid reference TM 292 334

The original pub is shown (as the Station Hotel) on this old OS map from about 1902 (interactive map)

old OS map

A traditional bar with accommodation, located close to the former Felixstowe Beach railway station which once offered easy access to the ferry terminus for foot passengers. Live music on Friday evenings. Good value accommodation (12 rooms).

The Dolphin is Suffolk's most southerly pub.





Historical interest

Historical interest





A dolphin is seen as a friendly animal that would help ancient mariners by twining itself round the anchor cable in a storm to prevent the anchor dragging. It also features in many coats of arms including the Fishmongers Company and the Company of Watermen. In France from the 14th cent. the eldest son of the king was known as "le dauphin".

Beach Station (opposite) was the first of Felixstowe's 3 railway stations to be opened - by Colonel Tomline, in 1877, when it stood at the end of a single line.

(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic book information from Bob Mitchell)

Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.