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The Ipswich Waterfront

The Historic Port of Ipswich

From early Saxon settlers and Viking invasions, to global maritime trade and luxury yacht building; the Waterfront has been the at the heart of Ipswich’s transformations over the town’s 1,500 year history.

Today, the Ipswich Waterfront is one of the most recognisable areas of the town, popular for the many bars, cafes and bistros perched along the waters edge, and with views over the marinas. Festivals and events are held along Waterfront throughout the year including Ipswich Maritime Festival in the summer and biennial festivals SPILL and PhotoEast.

The Waterfront is also home to DanceEast (a national centre for dance), the University of Suffolk’s Ipswich Campus, the Suffolk Archives’ new, cutting-edge visitor centre The Hold and two river trip operators: Orwell Lady and Sailing Barge Victor.

Waterfront Dining

Brought to you by Ipswich Central, the Business Improvement District (BID) for the town centre and waterfront thanks to Towns Deal funding.

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