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.



St John's Church

Sir Arthur Blomfield’s magnificent Victorian edifice replaced an earlier flint built church that had been-built at the same time as the Freehold Land Society developed ‘California’. St John’s has an...


Suffolk Archaeology CIC


Suffolk Aviation Heritage Display Centre

Suffolk Aviation Heritage  Display Centre is being developed to promote a wider understanding, within the general public, of the County’s vast aviation related history. Together with informative...


Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB

The Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is an outstanding landscape along the Suffolk and north Essex coast, including the wildlife-rich estuaries of the Stour and Orwell...


The Ancient House

The Ancient House, also known as Sparrowe’s House, is a Grade I listed building dating from the 15th century located in the Buttermarket area. In 1980 the building was acquired and restored by...


The Cornhill

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...


The Giles Statue

The Giles Statue, also known as 'The Grandma Statue', depicts the popular cartoon family from famous Ipswich-based illustrator Carl Giles, Britain's best loved cartoonist  Carl Giles drew...


The Wheatsheaf

16th Century merchant’s house, contemporary with the Ancient House (Buttermarket) without the addition of the lavish pargetting of the latter. Formerly the Wheatsheaf Public House, it is now occupied...


The Willis Towers Watson Building

Ipswich is home to the Willis building, designed by the internationally renowned architect Norman Foster. The building was constructed between 1970 and 1975, and was said to be the start of a...


Unitarian Meeting House

As one of Ipswich’s most important historic structures, this Grade I listed building is one of the finest surviving Dissenters' Meeting Houses in the country. The House was opened in 1700 by John...