Reasons to visit Ipswich

People should come and visit the town because of its impressive Waterfront area. Large amounts of money were put into developing the front and the results have been widely acclaimed. With a great variety of places to eat available and beautiful views over the water this area of the town is really one to behold.

In addition, Ipswich Museum provides an excellent opportunity to improve your knowledge about the town as well as finding out some surprise stories. So for any keen historians this is the perfect day out especially as it doesn’t cost a penny either.
Christchurch Mansion is one of the town’s most historic and momentous buildings.
A stunning mansion that is the jewel in the crown of Ipswich’s historic past showing over 500years of history, any visitor to the town should definitely spend a day at one of Suffolk’s greatest spectacles. The mansion delves deep into the history of Ipswich whilst at the same time impressing with its beauty and sheer size. Any art fans would love a visit as there are a great number of paintings displayed around the house.

The Willis building is another reason why people should come and visit Ipswich. Originally built in 1974 and designed by well known architect Norman Foster it attracts people from far and wide due to its impressive exterior, which is made completely out of dark glass. Furthermore, what makes the building unique is that it has a garden on the roof as well as a staff restaurant. It is only open to the public a few times a year, but when it is it is well worth a look.

Portman Road the home of Ipswich Town Football Club should attract people to come to the town. The club have an illustrious and successful history having won both the FA cup and UEFA cup in 1978 and 81 respectively. Also the stadium itself has stood for over 130 years and can hold over 30,000 people at its capacity, which makes it the largest in East Anglia.

Not only does Ipswich have a lot to offer but it is also near to Felixstowe and Woodbridge which between them have the facilities to keep people entertained for days!

Felixstowe’s extensive promenade is perfect for beautiful walks with views over the North Sea, and the pier provides youngsters with the opportunity to have hours of fun attempting to win various prizes. Moreover, there are a great variety of quality fish and chips shops giving you chance to eat this classic British delicacy while enjoying the views Felixstowe has to offer.

Tidemill-3_10_14-6Woodbridge is also full of a great variety of activities for people to do. From precious parks to magical museums you really can’t go wrong with a journey to one of Suffolk’s finest town’s. If you are willing to venture slightly out as well Sutton Hoo is a nearby attraction point which gives you the chance to learn about the amazing story of the burial of an Anglo-Saxon king. Additionally, the Tide Mill at Woodbridge is a very popular tourist destination. Man has worked for over 800 years harnessing energy from the tides to drive a mill producing flour and animal feed. It was the last commercially working tide mill in the UK and has now been restored to working order. So if you want to see it in action as well as learning about its fascinating history it is well worth a look.

– Written and compiled by Daniel Ford, Ipswich24 –

If you would like to discover more about the town Ipswich24 highly recommends:
The fully trained Guides have a wide knowledge of Ipswich’s past, present and future. Find out more about

  • the town’s Anglo Saxon origins
  • a variety of buildings from medieval churches and timber framed houses to a 20th century Lord Foster masterpiece
  • famous Ipswich residents and visitors

and much, much more on one of the scheduled walks

Every Tuesday & Thursday from 1st May to 30th September
Time: 2 pm
Place: Ipswich Institute, 15 Tavern Street, Ipswich IP1 3AA.
Cost: £5 per person.
Advance Booking (advisable but not essential):

October to April
Watch out for the popular programme of Afternoon Tea Walks – themed walks followed by tea and cake in one of Ipswich’s great cafes. Advance Booking essential

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