Ipswich Waterfront

East Anglia Spotlight: Ipswich

East Anglia's Waterfront Town, England's oldest continuously inhabited town, and home to world-class dance, theatre, food and drink. As the county town of Suffolk, Ipswich is the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful Suffolk coast and countryside..

Be uplifted by the contemporary culture scene...

Dance East Ipswich

Ipswich is a powerhouse of culture in East of England, especially for dance, theatre and contemporary performance. Venues such as DanceEast and New Wolsey Theatre regularly host world-premiers and world-class choreographers and theatre groups from across the globe.

Red Rose Chain is a local community theatre group that bring you Theatre In The Forest and a programme of hilarious comedies and heartbreaking dramas whilst the Regent Theatre brings in big-name comedians and blockbuster musicians to East Anglia. And don't forget The Wolsey Art Gallery in Christchurch Mansion, home to the one of the most significant collections of fine art from Constable and Gainsborough.

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Be amazed by over 1,000 years of history...

Christchurch Mansion

Ipswich is the oldest Anglo-Saxon town in England and combined with the historic waterfront, the town has a fascinating yet humble history. There are plenty of sites to visit, Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich Museum, the Ancient House, St Peters Street and of course the waterfront with which has seen ships and trade coming in and out of Ipswich for nearly 1,000 years.

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Eat and drink, local and global...


Suffolk is celebrated for a range of truly local food and drink produce, from fishing to farming and locally brewed beer, spirits and fruit juice; and all of this is available in Ipswich. As well as delicious local produce, the town's rich selection of independent eateries, global restaurants, cosy coffee houses and eccentric bars creates an eclectic mix of local and global, traditional and contemporary. Pan-Asian dishes cooked with local vegetables at Mizu and Aqua Eight, local fish served at the Salthouse and Suffolk beef at The Arbor House are just a glimpse of what's on offer.

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The gateway to Suffolk...


With a host of hotels and self-catering accommodations options and around 1hr from London by train, Ipswich is the perfect gateway to exploring the rest of Suffolk. Stay in the town and take a day-trip out to the Suffolk Coast and chocolate box towns such as Southwold or Felixstowe or explore the wild coastline of Dunwich or Orford. Explore the countryside of the Shotley Peninsula, discover Framlingham Castle, visit the Wool Towns or maybe visit Bury St Edmunds or Newmarket - and return to Ipswich in the evening to enjoy the vibrant nightlife of bars, gigs and theatre.

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