As mentioned in another tip (off the beaten path) the Orwell Bridge is well worth a look either from driving across it on the A14 (to Felixstowe) or on the road to Shotley Peninusla.
The bridge is celebrating it's 25th anniversary this year, and it took 3 years to complete, is 1,2878 metres, and was first opened to traffic on December 17th 1982. Piles were sunk 40 metres into the river bed to support the two concrete box sections that hold up the centre span of 190 metres. The bridge carries in the region of 60,000 vehicles each day and is used to 80% of it's capacity. It also takes mega tonnes of Port of Felixstowe road freight away from the town of Ipswich.
This is the Civic Church of Ipswich and has lovely stonework, it is nestled up a narrow street, so cannot capture the full beauty of the whole church on camera.
If you are interested in visiting old churches when visiting a town, check this one out.
The Victorian parish church of St Mary le Tower dominates the town centre. This beautiful church is the town's largest. A church has stood on this site since at least the time of the Norman invasion of 1066. The present one dates back to 1850.
Strolling about the town centre, one can see a number of historic buildings and various other points of interest. These include the Ancient House, with its representation of the continents of the world, the old Town Hall, and some nice parks.
This magnificent 16th century Tudor mansion houses a fine collection of art, and has exhibits on local people, history, and culture. The artwork includes paintings by old English masters such as Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable, as well as a great collection of vintage porcelain.
The site was originally occupied by an Augustinian priory. King Henry VIII ordered the dissolution of all the monasteries in 1539, this property was taken over by the crown. It was later sold to the Withypoll family. Claude Fonnereau, a wealthy London merchant, bought it in the 18th century. Felix Cobbold purchased it in 1892, and donated it to the city. Since 1896, it's been a museum.
This is like a huge fair, or trade show. There are many attractions, ranging from various boats, to displays of marine life, to music, to antique cars, to a hand-to-hand combat demonstration by the Royal Marine Commandos (who warn against trying this at home). And there is a lot more, including local seafood.
Ipswich Town Football Club have provided 2 managers to the English national team and argueably, they were the 2 most successful managers in English history.
Sir Bobby Robson also lead Ipswich during their most successful period during the late 1970s and early 1980s. During his reign he won the FA Cup and UEFA Cup but should have added 1, if not 2 league titles to his collection as well.
He will always be fondly remembered at Ipswich and his statue stands proudly outside the stadium on Portman Road
Ipswich Transport Museum has a host of vehicles to view. They do recommend that you allow at least one hour to view.
Admission prices are
Adult Pound sterling 3.00
Children pound sterling 1.75p
Concessions pound sterling 2.50
Family ticket pound sterling 8.00
phone for opening times. they vary with school holidays and bank holidays etc.
The area around the waterfront is very well restored, and there are a few nice looking places to eat, drink and socialise
I didnt go in any of them, they were closed when I was there
this boat is used as a restaurant
Here is the remains of Blackfriars priory, it was founded in 1263 on land gifted by Henry III, and demolished almost 200 years later during the reign of Henry VIII
The shape of the buildings are clearly visible, and there are tourist information boards at the site
Any English football fan will know who Sir Alf Ramsey was. He was the man, who in 1966, masterminded England winning the Jules Rimet trophy, now called the World Cup.
Before becoming England manager, Sir Alf, was manager of Ipswich Town FC, who he led when we won our one and only league championship 1961-62.
After Sir Alf retired, he lived in Ipswich with his wife until his death in May 1999. This statue was unveiled by former Ipswich player, Ray Crawford, in August 2000 before Ipswich's league game with Manchester United.
Well not my colour choice for a building, but it sure does catch the eye. The orange coloured building is now a book store, old, sought after books.
the funding for these almshouses was provided by Henry Tooley, who left money in his will for them
they were rebuilt in 1846
there were some gorgeous boats moored in the basin, and it was very picturesque
it covers an area of 35 acres, and when it was developed in 1842 was the largest inland basin in England
this is an impressive building, it was built in 1842 and is now the offices of Ipswich Port Authourity
apologies for the light reflection on the picture