Town Hall and Cornhill
The Town Hall was built in 1868 and is located on the Cornhill (town square).
The Cornhill has been the centre of the town's life since Anglo-Saxon times. In 1555-56, the "Ipswich Martyrs" were burnt at the stake for their Protestant beliefs. In 1644, Widow Lackland was burnt here on the orders of the notorious Witchfinder General, Matthew Hopkins.
To my knowledge, no-one has been burnt there recently. Whenever the football team win a major trophy or championship, there is normally a civic reception. The players are driven through the streets in an open-top bus to the Town Hall where they can stand on the balcony and address the thousands gathered below.
The last civic reception was held in 2000 after Ipswich won promotion to the Premier League via the play-off final. It was the last competitive game held at Wembley Stadium before it was demolished.
Countryside strolls, watching the ships sail in.
Ipswich is home to the river Orwell. The Ipswich docks are quite big and have some big ships sailing in and out, including some war ships on occasions. There are many different countrside walks to go on in various areas in Ipswich, but the walks alongside the river Orwell is one of the best. You head towards Holbrook or Shotley, two villages on the outskirts of town. To get to them you have to go alongside the river and under the Orwell bridge. The Orwell bridge is an impressive size and going directly underneath it whilst looking out across the main shipping channel over the Orwell river is a nice romantic walk. Drive a bit further, into Shotley village and there's a lovely little beach with a friendly quayside pub. You can enjoy a meal, drinks and stroll along the beach, whilst looking across the water to Harwich.
Ipswich, my old home and up and coming town/city.
"Up and coming Ipswich"
I lived in Ipswich for 12 years and when i first moved there it was very different than it is now. In the land of the farmers and fields there was little old Ipswich with it's small town centre and endless housing and industrial estates. Now 12 years on there's huge luxury apartments in blocks near the docks, thriving buisinesses and a built up town with everything on offer. You can have good nights out, plenty of places to find a lovely meal and some great bars and clubs. There's plenty of shops and a great choice of warehouses around the outskirts of the town, but once in the town centre a huge choice on offer in an ever expanding town and community. Also home to Ipswich town football club at Portman rd stadium. Hear you can go and see the blues play their football in the coca cola league championship against teams like West Bromich albion, Southampton, Preston north end and arch rivals Norwich city, all bidding for a return to the top flight in the premiership. With the stadiums capacity being a newly re built 30,300 not only do you get a great atmosphere for the football but lots of close season events and music gigs. Over the past few years we've had the likes of Red hot chilli peppers, Elton John, Neil Diamond and R.E.M. playing live at the stadium. Around Ipswich you'll find that you're not too far away from the rural side of life with endless little villages and fields for miles around. Huge estates and holiday homes galore and a beautiful setting in the countryside. There's loads of places close by to visit like Felixstowe, home to the docks and pier etc. Aldeburgh, with it's excellent sea side town and the best fish n chips you'll ever taste and Framlingham where you can go and visit the castle and various ancient sites. There's also the sailing town of Woodbridge set on the river Deben with it's take a step back in time lifestyle.
"Ipswich town football club."
My beloved team and club are one of the best things about Ipswich. There is such a passionate fan base in Ipswich. Everywhere you go you'll see the replica shirts and banners in pubs etc. A club steeped in history. Sir Alf Ramsey and Sir Bobby Robson, both former Ipswich and England managers, and Alf winning the world cup the only time with England in 1966. In the late seventies and early eighties was where the most success came for the club. Winning the FA cup against Arsenal in 1978 and winning the uefa cup under Bobby Robson. Players such as Kevin Beattie, John Wark, Mick Mills, George Burley, Paul Mariner to name a few. In recent years some of the highlites have been beating Norwich 5-0 in the league derby with goals from Alex Mathie, an Ipswich hero for tearing the city defence apart. Later still and our building of a team that produced many big names that unfortunately moved on to bigger clubs. Players such as Kieron Dyer, Titus Bramble and Richard Wright, who moved to Newcastle and Arsenal respectively. Town got promoted via Wembley in a play off final never to forget. After years of failures in the play offs, town managed to beat Bolton Wanderers over 2 legs in a thrilling encounter, with stunning goals and emotion. Then on to Wembley to face Barnsley who town secured a 4-2 win in front of the 79,000 crowd to send us up to the premiership. The match was the last competetive league match to be played at the old Wembley stadium. On towns first season back in the prem. they finished 5th, narrowly missing out on 4th place and a spot in the champions league. Players like Marcus Stewart, Matt Holland and Jim Magilton made it a pleasure to watch the football on display. The following season town were relegated back down to the championship, and the toll of travelling in the uefa cup was dere. Some memorable momemts from the prem. though, like drawing with Manchester utd, beating Liverpool at Anfield and nearly claiming victory over my other great team Arsenal, for them to get a late equaliser. In the uefa cup beating Inter Milan at home 1-0 was great. Now we are getting over losing our next crop of talent, some from our youth academy and some bought in. Darren Bent(moved to Tottenham for 16 million) Shefki Kuqi, Kelvin Davis and Tommy Miller etc. On the re build with ex player as manager Jim Magilton, who's brought some good players to the squad and things look good for the future.
"More about the football club and nightlife."
You can expect to pay £22.00 per adult to a match for the cheaper tickets ranging to £40.00 or so. The best stand to go on is the north stand if you like the atmosphere and the noise. Cobbold stand is for the family and away fans, Britannia stand's for the up market fans and quiter people and Greene King stand is for something in between noisy and quiet. North stand lower tier is the noisiest and cheapest tickets in the ground, but no child tickets available on the lower tier. There's a club shop, which is a 3 floor shop for all merchandise and loads of bars in and around the stadium. There's also the centre spot restaurant and other restaurants inside the ground. Around the rest of the town the nightlife is pretty good with Cardinal park being the best place to go. Cineworld cinemas, 11 screen cinema, Liquid/Envy nightclub with Liquid being over 18's and Envy being over 21's, both linked to each other so the older clubbers can go through into Liquid but if you're younger than 21 you can't get through to Envy. Punch and judy and Golden dragon restaurants, Old Orleans cocktail bar plus more. In the town centre you've got lots of smaller clubs and bars and you can pretty much just walk around until you stumble across something that takes your fancy, wether that be Yates's, Edwards or smaller low key bars. Plenty of restaurants and eateries, reccomending the places down the docks, any of them, they're all lovely.
In and around Ipswich ~ Downtown (1)
This is where the Suffolk County Council administration is housed in the once old Ipswich Courtrooms.
As you walk around the town you will find many original Tudor buildings still in use either as small Inns or shops.
"Old Tudor Street"
Walking down here you will discover how Ipswich streets used to look like. The houses were closely built together with many wooden overhangs like the one shown here.
"Busy Street Scene"
Ipswich town center is always bustling with people. Most of the center is pedestrianised and no traffic is allowed through here.
The town center is mostly pedestrianised and no traffic allowed. This is the heart of the town and here you will find just about anything from the main shopping mall to banks, restaurants, music shops, travel agents, boutiques and beauty shops etc.
"Drink and Dine"
Just one of the many pubs you can visit enjoying a meal and drink surrounded by Victorian decor and great atmosphere.
The Halberd Inn is the smallest pub in Ipswich. It is so small that there is standing room only at the bar. This is a very popular venue at weekends and they serve the famous Guiness.
Cornhill is the very heart of the town center. Here stands the Town Hall, Lloyds bank (formerly post office) and the Square where many events take place.