Nestled along the River Orwell on the stunning Suffolk Coast, Ipswich is the oldest continuously inhabited town in England, boasting a rich and proud history. Today, Ipswich is known as a centre for culture, thanks to world-class galleries, museums and theatres that sit alongside picturesque parks and a dynamic waterfront.
Things to see
Discover over 500 years of history at the Christchurch Mansion, the pearl of Ipswich’s rich English heritage. Wander through the museum to explore its period rooms, including a Tudor kitchen, elegant Georgian saloon and immaculately detailed Victorian wing. The mansion also showcases a permanent collection of fine art from John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough in the Wolsey Art Gallery.
Stroll through Christchurch Park to enjoy its tranquil setting of rolling green lawns and formal gardens. Relish the fresh air of the Suffolk countryside while you play a traditional game of croquet or enjoy a picnic by the pond.
Musical enthusiasts shouldn’t miss a show at the New Wolsey Theatre, which features nationally touring and local drama groups. Those who love to dance can enjoy the best dance companies and choreographers in the world at the internationally-acclaimed DanceEast.
Immerse yourself in Ipswich’s rich maritime heritage with a visit to Ipswich Port, which has been operating since Saxon times. The best way to capture the essence of the port is to board a cruise down the River Orwell. Once you’ve found your sea legs, relax with live music at the old Tolly Cobbold brewery or enjoy a seafood feast at The Last Anchor.
Getting around Ipswich
Ipswich is 90 kilometres from London, with direct road and railway links. Both London Stansted Airport and Norwich International Airport are within 90 minutes by bus or train. Local taxis, buses and open-top coaches make exploring this pedestrian-friendly city easy.