Ipswich Tourist Information

Tudor Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich

Tudor Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich

Ipswich Waterfront & Marina

Ipswich Waterfront & Marina

Historic centre Ipswich has a distinct market town feel and this Suffolk capital is also a chic and lively centre with cutting edge museums and galleries and a spectacular heritage waterfront lining the River Orwell.  Ipswich also makes the perfect base for touring nearby Constable Country just to the south around Dedham Vale. Christchurch Mansions in the heart of the town centre is home to one of Britain’s best collections of John Constable’s artwork so you can browse this premier collection before heading off into Constable Country. Ipswich accommodation includes a wide choice of hotels, from modern budget chains to unique waterfront hotels around the stunning waterfront. Heritage pub B&Bs also feature around the centre. Alternatively opt for a holiday cottage in surrounding countryside or a budget hotel just off the A12/A14 near Ipswich.

The town centre won’t fail to wow any first time visitor with its wealth of ancient and modern architecture including what has to be one of Britain’s most spectacular Victorian town halls situated in central Cornhill Square and the ground breaking Grade listed modern marvel the Willis Building designed by architects Foster & Partners and featuring a roof top garden.

Relax in a waterfront inn, chic cafe or fine restaurant around Neptune Marina. You can pick up boat trips here and soak up heritage buildings like the old Custom House dating from 1845. Entertainment is also plentiful including a large 11 screen cinema, a cutting edge waterfront Dance Centre and discover great shopping in Ipswich centre with its diverse mix of Cornhill markets, unique specialist shopping around Tavern Street and stylish modern shopping centres Buttermarket and Tower Ramparts.

Ipswich also boasts great transport links including fast train links to London Liverpool Street via Stratford. Nearby international ferry services are at Harwich and Stansted Airport is a mere 50 miles to the south west. Find a place to stay in Ipswich and book accommodation now.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.