A pleasant coastal town surrounded by the beautiful Suffolk countryside, Ipswich has plenty to offer the visitor. A great place to come and 'get away from it all', this historic town is awash with opportunities to relax and unwind – from coastal walks to trips to the theatre.
There are good public transport links between Ipswich and the UK, making it an increasingly popular destination for holidays and short breaks. Ipwich boasts an attractive waterfront that is steeped in history, handsome historic buildings and streets and plenty of shops, restaurants and bars.
A pleasant place to visit in its own right, Ipswich is also a good base for exploring the Suffolk coastline and countryside – home to picture-perfect little villages and breathtaking views.
Visitors to Ipswich will find arriving in the town is relatively straight forward. The town has good road and rail links with the rest of the UK and international visitors can arrive at London Stansted, less than an hour from Ipswich. Meanwhile, there are links by sea between Ipswich and Europe.
Those arriving by car will find Ipswich is connected to London and the South via the A12 trunk road and with the Midlands and the North and Scotland via the A14. An alternative way to arrive by road is to take advantage of the National Express coach service that runs between Ipswich and London Victoria, Nottingham, Sheffield and Manchester.
There are good rail links between Ipswich and London, with a regular train service between the town and London Liverpool Street station taking just over 60 minutes. Meanwhile, the East Coast rail line links Ipswich with the North of England and Scotland via Peterborough.
London Stansted Airport is just 50 minutes from Ipswich and served by a regular fast rail service. Meanwhile, ferry departures leave twice daily between Harwich, just over 30 miles from Ipswich and the Hook of Holland. There are plentiful local bus and train connections to destinations in and around Ipswich, while the leafy streets, abundant cycle lanes and pleasant views make getting around Ipswich by bicycle very popular with locals.
Things to See and Do
The historic town is a pleasant place to explore on foot or by bicycle, with lots of impressive buildings to take in and nice spots to stop for a bite to eat.
A key destination is the town's waterfront, which is undergoing a major facelift. The historic Wet Dock, which dates back to the 19th Century, is now complemented by new marinas and contemporary bars and restaurants. A popular spot for early evening eats and drinks, the waterfront is also a pleasant place to stroll around during the day. History buffs will be right at home in Ipswich, whose roots trace back some 1,500 years. A port town providing international links for centuries, Ipswich is home to imposing Medieval churches and other impressive historic buildings such as Christchurch Mansion and the Unitarian Meeting House. Boat trips and bicycle rides are popular ways to pass the time in Ipswich and the town's many green spaces make great picnic spots. There are abundant shops in the town centre and visitors will also find a cinema and theatres here. There are some good musuems and galleries too – arty types shouldn't miss the impressive Constable and Gainsborough collections at the Tudor Christchurch Mansion.
Eating and Drinking
This historic town has a suprisingly cosmopolitan drinking and dining scene, with a raft of international restaurants and chic bar-restaurants. There are also plenty of traditional pubs and inns serving traditional English food, along with late-opening nightspots for those who want to party into the night. There are opportunities to try food from Asia, Mexico, India and many European countries, while the town's many ice-cream parlours and burger restaurants are good spots for families.
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