• Ipswich Town Hall-credit Ipswich Waterfront
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Ipswich guide

Ipswich is Suffolk’s county town, and a place where life centres around the water.

Check out our handy ‘know before you go’ guide to make your visit a huge success! 

Situated 10km inland on the banks of the River Orwell, Ipswich shares the same coastal lifestyle, maritime history and foodie culture as many of the Suffolk Coast’s most famous towns and villages.

Things to Do in Ipswich

1. Explore Ipswich's Waterfront. No visit to Ipswich is complete without a stroll along the water’s edge, or an evening meal with a sunset view of the harbour. On Ipswich’s iconic waterfront, cafés and restaurants stand alongside galleries, shops and museums, while yachts and boats sail in and out of the marina. It’s a scene not dissimilar to Orford Quay, or Woodbridge’s riverside. Find out more about the town & Ipswich Waterfront here.

Whilst you're exploring the marina, hop on board the Sailing Barge Victor or the Orwell Lady and explore the River Orwell.

TTDA - Sailing Barge Victor - Sails

2. Dine on board the Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant Experience stunning views of the River Orwell aboard the Allen Gardiner. As well as enjoying a fabulous meal every cruise includes an informative commentary on both the intriguing history that made this area, and the wildlife which now inhabits it.

3. Soak up the Suffolk Culture Ipswich has an ingrained love of the creative arts. Looking out over the marina is DanceEast, the visionary dance house that brings the world’s best dancers and shows to Ipswich. The John Russell Gallery stands on Ipswich’s iconic waterfront, while further inland you’ll find the best collection of Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable paintings outside of London at Christchurch Mansion; and the New Wolsey Theatre, where theatregoers can see anything from a West End show to a local production.

4. Discover Ipswich's Maritime History The Old Custom House is a reminder of a time when thousands of international traders would stop in Ipswich to register their imports, before unloading them to sell or sailing on to other towns further up the River Orwell. You can dip into Ipswich’s maritime past at the Window Museum, a regularly changing display that can be found on the waterfront between the Old Custom House and Stoke Quay.

5. Shop till' you Drop! And if you’re after a spot of shopping Ipswich has a wide range of specialist shops mixed in with all the top national brands.

6.  Give yourself a burst of adrenalin take the family to Anglia Indoor Karting with indoor racing karts and their professionally designed, exhilarating multi-level circuit, Anglia Indoor Karting brings the thrill of motorsport to all adrenaline-seekers!

TTDA - Anglia Indoor Karting - Track

How to Get to Ipswich - Public Transport

By Bus: Good local bus services available plus national coach services too.

Timetables can be found at www.ipswichbuses.co.uk

By Rail: Ipswich is on the main London – Norwich line. Local services also up to Lowestoft. Greater Anglia operates frequent train services .

All train tickets can be purchased via the Greater Anglia Website or the app.

How to Get to Ipswich - By Car

From Norwich, take the A140

From Lowestoft, take the A12 From

London, take the A12.

Ipswich Tourist Information Centre

Ipswich Tourist Information Centre, St Stephen's Church, St Stephen's Lane, Ipswich, IP1 1DP 01473 432017 Open Monday to Saturday 9am-5pm; Email: tourist@ipswich.gov.uk

Travel Information & News

For the latest travel information listen to or visit BBC Radio Suffolk 

For local news, visit the East Anglian Daily Times of Eastern Daily Press websites.

Things to do in Ipswich