Welcome to Ipswich.

The oldest town in England and the county town of Suffolk. Home to a vibrant community of boutique hotels, waterfront bars, cosy pubs and indie stores.

Surrounded by beautiful Suffolk coastline and countryside, the historic port town of Ipswich is the oldest town in England; inhabited since the 600s and with so much of the heritage is still here to explore. Wander the Tudor streets, visit the newly redeveloped waterfront and take a trip to the beach or into the countryside.

Plan your trip to Ipswich, Suffolk.

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Historic sites

Delve into 1,500 years of English history from AngloSaxons and Vikings to maritime industry and cultural heritage.

From the impressive collections at Ipswich Museum and the magnificent 16th Century Christchurch Mansion to Ipswich's seven medieval churches, Wolsey's Gate and the ancient industrial port; there is plenty of unexplored gems in Ipswich for history-lovers to discover.

Explore the history of Ipswich.

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Escape to the River

Board one of Ipswich's fine river cruises and explore the historic River Orwell.

Set sail from the Ipswich Waterfront, under the iconic Orwell Bridge and out into the open river; taking in wildlife, quaint riverside villages and the magnificent port of Felixstowe.

Choose your boat trip

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The Gateway to Suffolk

As the county town, Ipswich is the perfect place to base yourself when exploring Suffolk.

Get the best of both worlds and make Ipswich the hub for your Suffolk holiday. By train or car you can get direct access in Ipswich to enjoy the town's quirky hotels, award-winning restaurants, cosy cafes, waterfront bars and indie shops whilst being just a short journey from Suffolk's beautiful beaches, coastline and countryside.

Explore Ipswich and beyond.

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