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.



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...

Sailing Barge Victor

A majestic and historic sailing vessel. Sailing Barge Victor is a 19th-century barge with comfortable, modern facilities for boat trips and river cruises down the Orwell.  A sailing trip on...

St Bartholomew's Church

St Bartholomew stands guard over the double door entrance to this grand building. One of the finest churches of architect Charles Spooner, it was consecrated in 1895 but not finished until 1907....

St Clements Church

Built mainly in the 14th and early 15th Centuries, this handsome church was known as the ‘sailors church’. The walls and the elegant tower reveal the attractions of dark knapped flintwork....

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...

St Peter's by the Waterfront

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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...