Ipswich has historically been a prosperous town with a thriving trading port, as one of the oldest towns in England and with settlements in the area dating right back to Roman times. Today, you’ll find that the historic waterfront of industrial docks has become a hub of activity, with restaurants, bars, cafés and art spaces lining the marina. There’s plenty to see and do within the historic centre and beyond – you’ll find attractive Tudor buildings across the town and a beautiful collection of artwork at the Wolsey Art Gallery in Christchurch Park. The nearby Alton Water lake and the winding River Orwell offer plenty of opportunities to enjoy activities and watersports, or just as a charming backdrop for a few drinks at one of Ipswich’s waterside pubs. And with five different hotels in Ipswich to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect spot to rest your head after a busy day.
Things to do in Ipswich
From a stuffed life-size woolly mammoth (nicknamed ‘Wool I am’!) to an amazing collection of traditional transport, trams and trains, Ipswich’s museums offer plenty to explore. Take a journey through time from the Tudor Christchurch Mansion to the Victorian Ipswich museum.
Places to eat
Enjoy fresh sushi, Mediterranean mezze or gigantic burgers at one of Ipswich’s many restaurants, or head to one of the quaint cafés or casual bistros for a light bite and warming brew.
Head into the centre of Ipswich for a spot of shopping, with big name stores and quirky boutiques alike to be found along the historic streets, as well as the central Buttermarket Centre. We bet you can’t find another Lakeland shop within a Grade I listed building!
Nestled within East Anglia, Ipswich offers a medieval town, water-based activities and plenty of Suffolk countryside to explore. Easily reached by train (with direct connections to London Liverpool Street), coach connections all over the country and with two international airports nearby, it couldn’t be easier to enjoy a break in Ipswich.