Ipswich

Travel Guide
Ipswich Waterfront featuring a sunset and a bay or harbour
Built on a strong trading past, this port town retains historic charm and has grown to be an appealing cultural center.

Understand the reason for Ipswich’s long history as you stand at the Waterfront where shipbuilding and trading began nearly 1,000 years ago. The rather stern-looking Customs House is a reminder of the town’s mercantile past. Today this area has excellent shopping and dining just a short walk from the University of Suffolk.

Celebrating its long history, Ipswich’s museums appeal to varied interests. Bring kids to the Ipswich Museum to see taxidermied animals and learn about 70 millions years of history in the local area and other countries. Climb aboard all types of vehicles at the Transport Museum. The Ancient House, built in the late 1500s, displays fascinating exterior plaster decoration known as pargeting. Christchurch Mansion, of the same vintage, offers a peek into the past in a Tudor home now containing the Wolsey Art Gallery.

New Wolsey Theatre is much more modern, offering original plays, music, pantomime and other performances. See the Willis Building, constructed in 1975, with a sleek modern appearance but walls curved to match the path of the town’s medieval streets.

Thomas Wolsey, whose name appears throughout the town, is one of Ipswich’s most famous former residents. Wolsey’s Gate is the only remaining part of a school that he founded in the early 1500s. See the Cardinal Thomas Wolsey statue depicting this educator seated in flowing robes and extending a hand to encourage students.

The Question Mark sculpture is a more modern work of art, also intended to serve as motivation for students in its position outside the Waterfront Building of the University Campus Suffolk. Surrounding the university area, look for lively pubs and cafés serving students and faculty.

Ipswich is a Suffolk County port town on the River Orwell, leading to the North Sea. Drive here from London in less than 2 hours or take a train in 2 to 3 hours. While you’re here delve into the town’s fascinating past and enjoy all the amenities of a thriving modern city and cultural center.

Where to stay in Ipswich

Novotel Ipswich
Novotel Ipswich
4 out of 5
Greyfriars Road, Ipswich, England, IP1 1UP
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £53 per night from 17 Jul to 18 Jul
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Ipswich. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (981 reviews)
"The hotel was clean, the staff were friendly and we enjoyed the breakfast"

Reviewed on 5 Jun 2022

Novotel Ipswich
pentahotel Ipswich
pentahotel Ipswich
4 out of 5
Ranelagh Road, Ipswich, England, IP2 0AD
Fully refundable
The price is £69 per night from 17 Jul to 18 Jul
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Ipswich. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (960 reviews)
"Needs some TLC buttons missing from the lift. Bleach stains on the hall carpet. Tiny towels for the bathroom"

Reviewed on 9 Jun 2022

pentahotel Ipswich
Muthu Belstead Brook Hotel
Muthu Belstead Brook Hotel
3 out of 5
Belstead Road, Ipswich, England, IP2 9HB
The price is £69 per night from 10 Jul to 11 Jul
Stay at this 3-star spa hotel in Ipswich. Enjoy free WiFi, a marina and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
3.8/5 Good! (803 reviews)
"Plenty of parking. Good spa facilities. Helpful staff."

Reviewed on 28 May 2022

Muthu Belstead Brook Hotel
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Toothbrush Apartments Ipswich Waterfront
Toothbrush Apartments Ipswich Waterfront
4 out of 5
68-69 St Edmund House, Rope Walk, Ipswich, England, IP4 1NF
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly apartment in Ipswich. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and Netflix. Popular attractions Ipswich Waterfront and St. Helen's ...
4/5 Very Good! (2 reviews)
"Nice and comfortable. No problems at all."

Reviewed on 16 Jun 2021

Toothbrush Apartments Ipswich Waterfront
Ipswich Town Centre Apartment 6
Ipswich Town Centre Apartment 6
3.5 out of 5
Flat 6 Lower Brook St, Ipswich, England, IP4 1AP
Stay at this 3.5-star property in Ipswich. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 1 bedroom. Popular attractions Ipswich Waterfront and Ancient House are located ...
Ipswich Town Centre Apartment 6
Ipswich Town Centre Apartment 1
Ipswich Town Centre Apartment 1
3.5 out of 5
Flat 1 Lower Brook St, Ipswich, England, IP4 1AP
Stay at this 3.5-star property in Ipswich. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 1 bedroom. Popular attractions Ipswich Waterfront and Ancient House are located ...
Ipswich Town Centre Apartment 1
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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