Ipswich Travel Guide

  • Christchurch Mansion
    Christchurch Mansion
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    The church seen from Christchurch Park
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  • Goat has the feed in the blue box
    Goat has the feed in the blue box
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Ipswich Highlights

  • Pro
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    christine.j says…

     Good shopping and a lovely museum 

  • Con
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    Airpunk says…

     Too far away from anything, not easy to reach 

  • In a nutshell
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     Country lifestyle with cosmopolitan twist, great football club. 

Ipswich Things to Do

  • Walking tours

    Walking tours are offered by the tourist information office on each Tuesday and Thursday during summertime. They start at 2:15 pm and take about an hour and a half. Each week, the focus is on a different theme, so that you can go to different Ipswich walks without getting any information twice. The theme of my walk was “merchants and manufacturers”...

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  • Christchurch Park

    Christchurch Park, the large area north of Christchurch mansion, is the city's main park. Located within walking distance form the city center, it is a very convenient place to relax on a sunny day. On a day which just pretends to be sunny and suddenly changes while you were sleeping on the lawn, it is less convenient, of course... Anyway,...

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  • Ronald "Carl" Giles and "Grandma"

    Giles was a famous British cartoonist and maybe Ipswich's most famous son. Although he was not born in Ipswich, he spent most of his time there and was - of course - also a supporter of the local football team. But unlike Sir Alfred Ramsey, the statue dedicated to him does not show the artist. It is a bronze figure of Giles' cartoon character...

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  • Port Area and Customs House

    Ipswich’s former port has lost its significance during the centuries. Although Ipswich was a welathey trading town in the late medeival age as well as in the Tudor era, its significance as a port town vanished when overseas trade began to flourish in London, Bristol and other places in England. A couple of machinery factories settled down in...

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  • Blackfriars monastery (Dominicans)

    Once, five monasteries (two convents and three friaries) stood in Ipswich and none of them survives today. In fact, only the ruins of the Blackfriars Monastery give an idea of how a medieval monastery looked like while the others have completely disappeared. In 1263, the friary was founded and remained there for over 250 years. Like everywhere...

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  • St. Matthews Church

    Although St. Matthews is still a running church, services to not take place regularly here and the church is not open to normal visitors (by appointment only). That's a pity as it houses a medieval font (seven sacrament fonts of which only around forty remain in the UK, most of them in Suffolk and Norfolk) which is among Suffolk's best-known church...

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  • Ipswich Town, Sir Alf Ramsey and Sir...

    Although Ipswich’s reputation was quite low in the twentieth century, there is one field where this Suffolk town gained considerable respect at this time. Ipswich Town was one of the leading clubs in English Football in the 70s and early 80s. This was preceded by Ipswich’s sole Football League Champions Title in 1962. The manager of the victorious...

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  • St. Margaret’s Church

    Although Ipswich has 13 medieval churches still standing, St. Margaret’s is seen as the finest by far. Unlike the other twelve, it has kept most of its medieveal style. The masterpiece is the double hammerbeam roof which is known well beyond the town borders. St. Margaret’s was built as the church of the Augustinian monastery in the late 13th...

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  • Thoroughfare

    Half-timbered houses are not uncommon in Ipswich’s town center. Only few of them are from medeival ages, most of them were built in a medieval style in the latter centuries. The Thoroughfare, a small alley in the town center, is the place so see many of such buildings and to get a medieval feeling for a couple of minutes. As you may assume, this is...

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Ipswich Restaurants

  • Weekday Bargain

    For an inexpensive week day meal, try this Carvery where from Monday to Friday carvery meals are 2 for £10. a bargain !!! Saturday and Sunday Carvery is £7.65 per person.There is a bar area where you sit until your table is ready (there is no booking tables here), and an outside area with picnic tables for the sunny weather, where you can just sit...

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  • An common but fine, centrally located...

    While waiting for my coach to take me back home (Stansted Airport...), I was looking for a cosy place to drink a beer and read my book. There were at least three restaurants close to the coach stop. The largest one, which drew my attraction at first, had a dresscode. I don't remember how I looked like excatly, but I remember that I hate dresscodes....

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  • Venezia Pizza and Pasta Bar

    They serve some excellent Italian food here at a reasonable price. The service is good and I've never found a reason to complain about anything here.UPDATE 24 Dec 07:This place has been closed down for quite a time now

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  • Plenty to eat for a reasonable price

    This is a good place to eat if you are really hungry, want no nonsense food quickly. Some of the dishes are huge, but you can also get lighter meals. below are just a few dishes from the menu, there are starters, but I will consentrate on the main meal section:-these are served on a 17" big plate -Mad dog sizzle platter - 10oz rump steak in bbq...

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  • Zizzi Italian restaurant

    Zizzi's a quite nice Italian restaurant in Ipswich's town centre. Part of a national franchise (you can find dozen of Zizzi's in London, for instance), it has some nice modern decoration and good music (modern pop/rock selection, not exactly Italian songs...). They have a good selection of pizzas and pastas and a nice selection of Italian wines....

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  • Dosser's Heaven

    If everyone was rich, then Wetherspoons would go bust. As it stands, they continue to serve cheap drinks for an array of people, from red-flushed clubbers making their first stop of the evening, to the cackling old dossers in the corner.The atmosphere of a Wetherspoons doesn't change much, be it in Ipswich or Gatwick airport, but the Ipswich...

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Ipswich Nightlife

  • Best nightclub in town by a mile.

    There are two main areas to Ipswich nightlife, the town centre and the Cardinal park area. Liquid/Envy is in Cardinal park and is a great club with two parts. Liquid is over 18's and the larger of the two. Envy is on the side and is over 21's weeknights and i think over 23's weekends. In envy they play some old some new and mix it up a bit. Liquid...

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  • Curve Bar

    The curve bar is close to the town centre and is owned by former Ipswich Town captain and Ireland player Matt Holland.There are plenty of pictures on their website from the bar. The barmaids are cute and one was in the top 100 "High Street Honeys" in lads mag FHM (www.fhm.co.uk).I normally go there for a quite drink before football matches. There...

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  • Pals

    During the day Pals is a modern town pub offering a typical lunchtime pub menu. In the evenings, it opens as a nightclub with 3 separate rooms for music. They start charging for entrance after about 9pm but people start queuing up before then. The best plan is to book a table for an evening meal and then you are already in there. At night, they...

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Ipswich Transportation

  • Railways

    Ipswich is on the mainline to London Liverpool Street Station. Trains are currently operated by National Express although they will be losing the franchise in the next year or two. Journey times are quoted at about 1hour 10 mins between London and Ipswich but from my own experiences, I wouldn't plan any journeys on a train that involved tight...

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  • Good train services.

    Ipswich is on the mainline from London. Go to London Liverpool street station and get the train from there. There will be services to Norwich that stop off at Ipswich on the way through. These services by one railway also stop at Stratford, Chelmsford, Colchester and Manningtree before getting to Ipswich. You can also get services that terminate at...

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  • city sight seeing

    There is a city sightseeing red bus a hop on - hop off service that covers 9 stops, including ;Ipswich Museum, Ipswich Transport Museum, Wet Dock.Christchurch Park, Orwell BridgeBuy your 24 hr. ticket from the driver, ticket sellers, or from the Tourist Information Centre.- St. Stephen's Lane, Ipswichwhole tour if you stay on the bus takes 60...

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Ipswich Shopping

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    by joanj Updated Jun 5, 2006

    The Lakeland shop in the centre of Ipswich is housed in a bueatiful olde worlde building, see photo.

    Inside, although with new flooring and lighting, it still retains the wood panelling, huge open fireplaces, and rooms all up stairs, round bends, a real haven.

    Lakeland (originally Lakeland Plastics) caters for almost every type of cooking utensil, homewear and some specialised food.

    It is well worth a visit just to see the architecture.

    click on to the pictures to see what I mean.

    The second picture shows detail above the entrance

    there are many stores around Britain, log on to the website for information.

    photo joanj

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Ipswich Local Customs

  • Tolly Cobbold Brewery

    Ipswich is home to the Tolly Cobbold Brewery. The Cobbold family was, for years, also involved with the football club in the town. Personally, I don't drink real ale so I don't know what their beer is like. Tolly Cobbold are a typical local brewery found all over England.The bottle label below was a limited edition ale they brewed to celebrate the...

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  • You be a stranger

    No matter how long you live in Ipswich you will always be a stranger. Maybe it is the history of this part of the UK being invaded that make then wary of strangers, I don't know.There are certainly re-necked and uncosmopolitan now.

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Ipswich Off The Beaten Path

  • Ipswich Museum: A truly dedicated staff

    While googling for information about Ipswich, I came across the website of the Ipswich Museum and decided to go there.It's about 10 minutes to walk from the town centre, up a hill in a residential area.The Ipswich Museum - not to be confused with the Transport Museum there - has a large exhibition of local wildlife and local history.The staff were...

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  • Farm Trail

    Approx 12.9 miles from Ipswich on the A1141, is Hollow trees Farm, with a shop, cafe, plant shop, working farm and farm trail.The Farm is a 140 acre mixed farm, and the farm attracts lots of visitors. There is no entrance fee to the farm, trail etc., but they do like you to either purchase from the farm shop, or just buy bags of animal feed at 30p...

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  • Countryside strolls, watching the ships...

    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...

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Ipswich Sports & Outdoors

  • Ipswich Town

    Name Ipswich Town Nickname Stadium Portman Road League Play In The Championship Honours Home Kit Blue shirt, white shorts, blue socks Away Kit Orange and black shirt, shorts and socks To watch the match the only equipment you really need is a good strong voice to sing your club`s songs and encourage the team and your...

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  • Ipswich Town Football Club

    Portman Road is the home of Ipswich Town Football Club, a place where I have spent many afternoons and evenings watching matches since 1982. If for some strange reason, you want to see photos of me and my friends following Ipswich games, follow this link: www.tractorboys.net Match and ticket information is updated regularly on the official club...

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  • Information Centre -

    The Tourist Information Centre in Ipswich was situated in the lovely medieval building of St. Stephen's church, the picture was taken looking from inside the centre towards the entrance.I especially liked the stained glass window. At the bottom right hand corner, you can just see a font. I have shown it in close up in the next tip.photo joanj

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  • Sir Thomas Rush

    Thomas Rush, sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk, was the most powerful man in Ipswich during the early Tudor years. Although he was a close friend to Henry VIII’s chancellor Thomas Wolsey, he survived Wolsey’s downfall and became an ally of Wolsey’s successor Thomas Cromwell. As a wealthy businessman, he also had a large financial power in the city,...

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  • William Smart

    Next to Rush and Tooley, William Smart is one of the best known merchants of Tudor time Ipswich. He is better known for being the founder of the library in Ipswich. However, he has also made great contributions to the Tooley Almshouses by expanding the structure. So, there is also an inscpription dedicated to Smart with following text: “Let gentle...

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