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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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,...

Ipswich Transport Museum

The Ipswich Transport Museum has the largest collection of transport items in Britain devoted to just one town. Everything was either made or used in and around Ipswich, the county town of Suffolk....

Jerwood Dancehouse

Jerwood Dancehouse is DanceEast's new permanent home at the former Cranfields Mill site on the regenerated Ipswich Waterfront. The Jerwood DanceHouse was designed by John Lyall Architects and...

Kentwell Hall

Kentwell - a romantic, moated, mellow red brick Tudor mansion in a tranquil parkland setting....

Museum of East Anglian Life

With 17 historic buildings set in 75 acres of beautiful countryside, the Museum of East Anglian Life is the largest independent museum in Suffolk.  The museum is an educational charity...

Nancy Blackett

Nancy Blackett is a familiar sight, sailing on the River Orwell, the favourite yacht of author Arthur Ransome.  ‘Swallows and Amazons’ author Arthur Ransome bought her when he moved to this...

Oblensky Statue

Old Custom House

The Old Custom House is now the offices of Ipswich Port Authority and was opened in 1845. Whilst the Waterfront area has recently undergone a massive regeneration with restaurants, a hotel, marina...

Orwell Lady river cruises

Cruise the River Orwell – voted one of the most beautiful and historic rivers in England – aboard the motor vessel Orwell Lady. Cruises depart Ipswich Waterfront, passing through the lock gates, and...

Pykenham Gatehouse

The Pykenham gatehouse was built in about 1471 for William Pykenham, Archdeacon of Suffolk, as the entrance to his residence, it was then restored by the Ipswich Building Preservation Trust. The...