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Ipswich guide

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

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.

Whilst you're exploring the marina, hop on board one of Ipswich's sailing barges and explore the River Orwell with Sailing Barge Victor or Sailing Barge Cruises. Or, if you prefer to take more of an active role, learn to sail with Viking Mariners or for a special occasion, exclusively hire one of their yachts and celebrate in style!

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. 

Useful Information

Public Conveniences and Baby Changing Facilities in Ipswich

Majors Corner IP4 2AS (Disabled facilities)

Chantry Park IP2 0BJ (Disabled facilities)

Norwich Road (Whitehouse Park) IP1 6JY

Gippeswyk Park IP2 9AA

Castle Hill Recreation Ground IP1 6NE

Dumbarton Road Recreation Ground IP4 3JN

Holywells Park IP3 8EJ (Disabled facilities and baby-changing)

Alexandra Park IP4 1NY (Disabled facilities)

Bourne Park (Gardens) IP2 8LF (Disabled facilities)

Bramford Lane Recreation Ground IP1 5JX

Christchurch Park - Reg Driver Visitors Centre IP4 2EE

Christchurch Park - Henley Road (Upper Arboretum) IP1 3SH (Disabled facilities)

Useful Links

For more information about Ipswich town, events, culture and history, please visit the Ipswich Town & Waterfront website: and All About Ipswich website:

How to Get to Ipswich - Public Transport

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

Timetables can be found at

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.

Car Parks in Ipswich

Athena Hall Car Park, Wykes Bishop Street, Ipswich IP3 0DT - 94 spaces including 4 blue bladge

Bond Street, Ipswich IP4 1JE - 20 spaces

Cromwell Square, Ipswich IP1 1UP - 64 spaces

Crown Car Park, Charles Street, Ipswich IP1 3JG - 236 spaces including 12 disabled bays

Fore Street Car ParkStar Lane, Ipswich IP4 1J - 30 spaces

Great Gipping Street Car Park, Portman Road, Ipswich IP1 2BS - 132 spaces

New Portman Road Car Park, Portman Road, Ipswich IP1 2BP - 563 spaces

Ipswich Village Car Park, West End Road, Ipswich IP1 2DZ - 329 spaces

Regent Theatre Car Park, Cobden Place, Ipswich IP4 2EA - 62 spaces

South Street Car Park, South Street, Ipswich IP1 3NU - 54 spaces

Upper Barclay Street Car Park, Upper Barclay Street, Ipswich IP4 1HU - 30 spaces

William Street Car Park, William Street, Ipswich IP1 3HX - 77 spaces

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:

Things to do in Ipswich