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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Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant

Welcome to Allen Gardiner, the River Cruise Restaurant offering brunch, lunch, sunset and candlelit dinner cruises along the River Orwell from the historic Ipswich Waterfront. Sailing all year...

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

This beautiful Tudor mansion is the jewel in the crown of Ipswich's historic past boasting over 500 years of history. Explore the period rooms from the Tudor kitchen to the sumptuous Georgian...

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...

Gemini Ghost Tours

Gemini Ghost Tours run on the first Thursday of every month, starting at 8pm outside the Tourist Information Centre. Ipswich is the oldest permanently settled town in England, and so has a rich...

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 and 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 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...

Ipswich Museum

Explore Ipswich's past with stories that will inspire you. This fascinating and unique museum – with FREE entry - gives you the opportunity to meet the famous Wool-I-AM, the woolly mammoth,...