Things to do in Ipswich

Ipswich is perfectly positioned for every visitor to explore the great quality and variety that Suffolk can offer.

Explore the local shores of the Shotley Peninsula or pop up to Woodbridge only 5 miles away to explore the heritage and history of this market town and the Anglo-Saxon treasures of Sutton Hoo.

The Suffolk Coast is famed for its beauty and popularity boasting the famous destinations of Aldeburgh and Southwold or enjoy the traditional seaside attractions of Felixstowe.

Bury and the Wool Towns are an equally beautiful destination perfect for either shopping or discovering the medieval towns of Lavenham, Long Melford, Cavendish and Clare.

For a slower pace of life, the walking trails in the heart of Suffolk around the towns of Stowmarket and Needham Market offer the seduction of the tranquil landscape. It’s all on the doorstep of Ipswich and all within an hour’s reach so make Ipswich the hub of your visit to Suffolk.


Sutton Hoo (National Trust)

Discover the awe-inspiring Anglo-Saxon burial site. This hauntingly beautiful 255 acre estate, with far-reaching views over the river Deben, is home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time.

Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3DJ

Adastral Park

From pioneering work in optical technologies and digital switching through to work in advanced software techniques and protocols, Adastral Park is recognised as one of the leading centres of technical innovation in the communication world.

Adastral Park is home to BT’s Global Research and Development Headquarters and Innovation Martlesham – an established cluster of 89 high-tech ICT Companies and thriving hub for like-minded individuals sharing knowledge and expertise. Events are held throughout the year.

Adastral Park, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich, IP5 3RE

Flatford (National Trust)

Flatford lies in the heart of the beautiful Dedham Vale. This charming hamlet was the inspiration for some of John Constable’s most famous pictures, for example, the Hay Wain or Boatbuilding near Flatford Mill among many others. Wandering beside the River Stour or looking at Flatford Mill and Willy Lott’s House you can feel as if you are actually walking through one of his paintings.

This is great walking countryside so you can take the family out, walk the dog or simply step back in time and absorb the places Constable knew and loved.

Tel: 01206 298260

Framlingham Castle (English Heritage)

Framlingham is a magnificent late 12th-century castle, its striking outline reflected in the nearby mere. Surrounded by parkland and estates, it was once at the centre of a vast network of power and influence. Its owners for over 400 years were the Earls and Dukes of Norfolk, the supreme magnates in East Anglia – rich, ambitious and influential both at home and abroad.

Church Street, Framlingham, Suffolk, IP13 9BP

Tel: 01728 724189

Ipswich Waterfront

The place to visit for food, drink, live music and trips on the River Orwell.

Starting at Jerwood Dance House (DanceEast) and stretching all the way to the freehouse Brewery Tap, once site of the Tolly Cobbold brewery, the waterfront covers over a kilometre.  Standing as a reminder of Ipswich’s historic significance is the Old Custom House, opened in 1845 but now the home to Ipswich Port Authority. Surrounded by restaurants, bars, coffee shops, retail units and offices the building remains impressive.

And that’s only one side of the waterfront!


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