Visit Ipswich to explore its medieval town centre and lively waterfront lined with cafés, galleries and shops, all surrounded by the rolling Suffolk countryside. This corner of East Anglia is easily reached from London and the south via the A12, connecting Ipswich to the M25 in just 55 miles. Or head in from the Midlands or the North via the A14. Once you arrive, you can explore a lot of the town centre without a car – most of the streets are pedestrianised and it’s an easy stroll from our Town Centre (Quayside) hotel.
Getting around Ipswich
It’s easy to navigate Ipswich without a car – you can avoid driving the network of one-way streets by sticking to public transport in and around the town. Old Cattle Market bus station is just a six-minute walk from our Town Centre Quayside hotel, offering both regional and long-distance bus routes. Pop on the bus to Woodbridge, Colchester and many other local towns, or there are National Express coaches running to London three times a day, as well as to Liverpool.
Or catch a green and white Ipswich bus to navigate most areas of Ipswich itself, with urban routes and connections to the surrounding suburbs and retail parks. A handy service for tourists is the number 38 – it loops around the town centre and is free to hop on and off.
Ipswich is well connected to both Stansted and Norwich International airports. Transfers take around 90 minutes to reach London Stansted by the X5 bus (which runs every two hours, 24 hours a day) and departs from the Old Cattle Market bus station. If you’re looking for a good night’s rest before or after your flight, don’t forget to check into our Stansted Airport hotel.
Alternatively, connections to Norwich Airport would take around 1–1.5 hours. Catch a train to Norwich railway station, which takes about 40 minutes, then there are local bus or taxi services to the airport.
Ipswich Train Station is less than a mile from our Quayside hotel. Trains run every half hour direct to London Liverpool Street, only taking just over an hour. It’s also easy to reach Norwich, Cambridge, Peterborough and more, with taxis and buses running straight from the station forecourt if you don’t fancy walking with your bags.