Ipswich Mini Guide
About the City
Ipswich is located on the River Orwell in Suffolk, England. The name probably came from the medieval name ‘Gippeswick’ relating to the River Gipping, which is part of the River Orwell. It is one of England’s oldest towns, developing from the dock area in Anglo-Saxon times.
How to get to Ipswich
The nearest airport is Stansted Airport
, an hour away by car. The city is also on three rail routes, so easily accessible by train. There are several bus services in the city and National Express operates a coach service to destinations further afield. By car, the A14 and A12 allow you to drive easily around the East Anglia region.
What can I see There?
The dock area has been recently renovated into a commercial and residential area and reflects on the city's maritime heritage, so you can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the waterfront. Nearby, you will find St Mary Le Tower, one of the grandest Victorian churches in the area, it may look plain on the exterior, but inside it’s a different story! You could also visit the Tolly Cobbold Brewery built in the 19th century, it’s the finest example of a Victorian brewery in England.
What can I do There?
You can see a play, dance performance or comedy at the New Wolsey Theatre. To discover more about the city, visit the Ipswich Museum and the Ipswich Transport Museum.
What’s the Shopping Like?
There are two shopping centres in the city, Tower Ramparts and The Buttermarket, these offer high street shopping with a few specialist shops thrown in. Boutiques and antique shops can be explored on The Walk and St Peter’s Street and don’t forget to try local produce at one of the delicatessens here. For something a little different, browse around the outdoor market at the Cornhill or be tempted at the occasional continental or farmers market.
What Kind of Food can I try?
The city has a huge variety of places to eat, whether you are looking for a vegetarian cafe or just want to try the local fish and chips, you will find them there. There is something for everyone, no matter what their culinary taste.