Suffolk’s county town Ipswich is the oldest Anglo-Saxon town in England, with a rich heritage. Not to be missed is its historic waterfront, now heavily punctuated with restaurants, bars and hotels. From here take a river cruise up the Orwell (which lent its name to author Eric Blair), under the magnificent Orwell Bridge and on to picturesque Shotley Peninsula.
In the town visit Ipswich Museum and Art Gallery and stroll the parkland of Tudor Christchurch Mansion before popping in to see the largest collection of Constables outside London. The painter, not policemen.
Enjoy culture at the New Wolsey Theatre, Regent Theatre and Corn Exchange and also DanceEast, the home of dance in the East of England.
Take a boat trip from Ipswich waterfront along the Orwell to Shotley Peninsula where you can see the cranes of sea port Felixstowe in the distance. There are three to choose from: Orwell Lady, Barge Victor and Allen Gardiner restaurant cruise.
Ipswich is also the perfect gateway to other places to visit in Suffolk, including the Shotley Peninsula, Woodbridge and Sutton Hoo, the Suffolk coast that includes Aldeburgh and Southwold, the Suffolk Wool Towns and Constable Country.