Ipswich is the county town of Suffolk, set on the River Orwell, and is one of the oldest towns in England. Soaked in history, and with plenty of places to eat, drink, shop, and visit!
Ipswich has many beautiful historic buildings- if you walk to the waterfront you might stumble across Wolsey’s gate which has stood in the town since its construction in 1528. Take a stroll around the town centre (make sure you look up aswell!) to spot the historic architecture, the Ancient House is a real treat.
Ipswich has plenty of entertainment on offer, with several venues hosting a variety of performances and events through the year. The New Wolsey Theatre, the Cornhill Exchange, and the Ipswich Regent Theatre to name a few. Combined, these offer an eclectic programme including music, drama, comedy, amateur dramatics, cultural events, pantomimes, and much more! If you are interested in learning more about the history of Ipswich, the museum is free to visit and hosts many brilliant exhibitions – it is also the home of Wool-I-Am, a life-size Woolly Mammoth model!
By far one of the most popular attractions in Ipswich is Christchurch Mansion. This beautiful Tudor property is rich with history and has a fine collection of paintings to gaze at; including the biggest collection of Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable paintings outside of London. Take a walk around the beautiful grounds and at the very top of the park you might even see Mabel the Tawny Owl sitting in her favourite tree! This park really comes alive during the summer, with family picnics, sports, music events, and is such a great place to walk the dog.
The shopping scene in Ipswich has been evolving over many years, with big high street brands and an increasing presence of independent shops. This includes clothing boutiques, galleries, music shops, florists, crafts and gifts; take a walk down St Peter’s Street in the direction of the Waterfront to get a taste of what there is on offer, although these little independent gems are scattered all over the town!
Ipswich has an incredible range of places to eat, including an array of independent cafés such as the lovely Green Room which is just down the road from Christchurch Park, and there is also a growing number of Vegan/Vegetarian eateries. There are so many restaurants that Ipswich can cater for almost every culinary desire; Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Turkish, Indian, European, and good old fashioned pub grub! One of Ipswich’s most highly rated restaurants is the Mariners, docked on the Ipswich Waterfront Marina, this is a remarkable dining experience. The waterfront is also a brilliant place for a drink, with many places to sit and eat outside – Isaacs is extremely popular during the summer and has a fantastic atmosphere.
Ipswich is a lovely place to spend some time; explore the historic town centre, support some of the independent shops, have a picnic at Christchurch, take a stroll along the Waterfront, or just enjoy a delicious meal out!