HeritageImage.jpg?mtime=20170810121552#asset:9020Ipswich is a town steeped in history and you’d be hard pushed to move far in the town centre without seeing something worth stopping for.

Ipswich is the oldest Anglo-Saxon town in England and has a rich heritage and proud history.

Suffolk’s county town was granted a royal charter in 1200 and has been closely linked with the discovery of the New World and with historical figures such as Cardinal Wolsey and Charles Dickens.

Its buildings match its illustrious past. The glorious Tudor Christchurch Mansion is set in a beautiful park close to the town centre and is now a free museum housing period rooms and a stunning art gallery, home to the most significant collection of Constables outside London.

Not far away from this you’ll find Ipswich Museum that is home to Wool-I-Am the mammoth and Rosie the rhino as well as thousands of years of history brought back to Ipswich by generations of explorers and collectors.

More modern but equally stunning is the Willis Towers Watson building, an iconic feature of Ipswich created by Norman (now Lord) Foster and the most recent grade I listed building in the country.

Bringing Ipswich up to date is the University of Suffolk on the stunning waterfront, part of Ipswich's Innovation Quarter and also adding to the transformation of this area. Alongside the quays are the Jerwood DanceHouseSalthouse Harbour Hotel, floating restaurant and marinas.

All can easily be enjoyed on foot over a weekend, or spread your exploration over a longer stay in the area.

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Blackfriars

The ruins of a 13th-16th Century Friary Church are the only substantial remains of a medieval community's foundation in Ipswich. The church of the Dominicans, the Blackfriars, whose Friary of the...

Christchurch Mansion

Magnificent Tudor Manor in Christchurch Park  The jewel in Ipswich's heritage crown, Christchurch Mansion is a stunning 15th-Century Manor in Christchurch Park, just a short walk...

Clifford Road Air Raid Shelter Museum

Hidden beneath a Suffolk school playground, among quiet residential streets, the shelter provides a vivid picture of life during World War Two. The shelter was built in Ipswich during the first...

Cornhill Square

The Cornhill has been at the centre of the town's life since Anglo-Saxon Times, and has been the focus of markets, public meetings, fairs and civic ceremonies. It was here in 1555-56 that the...

Forage & Folklore

Guided nature walks in the Suffolk Countryside. Learn about identifying edible plants, reading animal tracks, local ecology and old English folklore with Forage &...

Harwich Harbour Ferry

Foot and bicycle ferry connecting Suffolk and Essex since 1912  Where the rivers Stour and Orwell meet, Harwich Harbour separates Harwich on the Essex side and Shotley& Felixstowe on the...

Ipswich Art Gallery

The Ipswich Art Gallery is an exciting new contemporary gallery with a changing programme of art exhibitions featuring works of international importance and as well as providing a unique...

Ipswich Arts Association

Representing 50+ Arts Organisations in SuffolkIpswich Arts Association has 50+ member organisations, which means also that hundreds of individuals are associated with its activities. In 2017 the...

Ipswich County Library

Come and visit Ipswich County Library in Northgate Street. We're now fully open again for events, social groups and meet-ups. A list of current activities can be found here. Face masks and...

Ipswich Institute, Reading Room & Library

The Ipswich Institute provides lending library facilities and an extensive programme of leisure learning courses, talks and trips to over 2,000 members in the centre of Ipswich. It also serves as a...