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Ipswich is one of those southern English towns with a long history that goes all the way back to the Saxon period. It sits at the foot of the river Orwell, a wide and deep channel that’s been important for British shipping for centuries. The port is still one of the busiest in the UK, and the city holds its maritime roots close, with a regenerated marina and waterside culture that makes it a charming place to while away the days.
Book a hire car in Ipswich and you’ll be free to explore the scenic Suffolk coast. You’ll also have easy access to important towns like Camberley, about two hours west on the A12 and M25, and the culture, nightlife and fine dining of London.
Ipswich has three airports within easy reach by hire car. The closest is Norwich International Airport, about an hour north on the A140. If you’re flying from further afield, you’ll probably arrive at London Stansted, from where it’ll take you about two hours to make it to Ipswich. Your final option is London Southend Airport, on the Essex coast. It takes a little over two hours to reach from Ipswich when you take the A12 and A140.
Book your hire car in Ipswich and you’re free to choose from a range of reliable and trusted providers, including Hertz, Firefly, Keddy and Avis. You'll also find a wide selection of models including luxury sedans, compact hatchbacks and people carriers.
You’re never far from the water in Ipswich, and the marina is a pleasant space to spend an evening. There’s a great selection of places to eat and drink, as well as the Allen Gardiner, a restaurant onboard a boat, which offers lunch, sunset and candlelit dinner cruises.
Back on dry land, take your hire car to Bury St Edmunds, 40 minutes north on the A14. The main draw here is the ruined Benedictine abbey, which has stood on the site since at least the 11th century. While you’re in town, call in at the Greene King Brewery for a pint. The local brewers produce many of Britain’s most popular beers and they’ve been based here since 1799. Book ahead for tours.
A little further up the coast, about an hour from Ipswich, is Aldeburgh. The coastal town is a cute jumble of pastel-shaded houses and artsy shops, as well as a selection of stalls selling incredibly fresh seafood. Each summer it hosts the Aldeburgh Festival of Music and Arts, a joyous celebration of classical music in all its forms.
Driving a rental car in Ipswich shouldn’t present any difficulties for anyone who’s used to driving in the UK. If you hold a valid EU licence you’re free to drive anywhere in Britain. Other licence holders shouldn’t have any problems, but make sure to check online before you book.
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