Ipswich: To-do list

As the oldest English town and the culture capital of Suffolk, Ipswich is full of history. This historic town set on the River Orwell, surrounded by beautiful Suffolk countryside and coastline, has plenty to offer - so read on to find out more!

2019 November 05

River Orwell

Something which should definitely be on your Ipswich to-do list is a trip along the River Orwell. There are many options which leave from Ipswich’s Waterfront and marina, but whichever one you take will enable you to see the scenery dramatically change as you leave Ipswich, sail under the Orwell Bridge and pass by the Shotley Peninsula.


Ipswich Waterfront

This vibrant waterfront has a great mix of cafes, restaurants and luxury apartment buildings. Here you’ll also find the impressive Suffolk University building. Watch the world go by, enjoy a meal, or listen to some live music in one of the bars. One of our favourites is Briarbank - this microbrewery down on the waterfront is great to visit and regularly hosts beer festivals!


Getting to Ipswich Waterfront from easyHotel Ipswich Town Centre:

You can reach the waterfront within 12 minutes by foot.


Christchurch Mansion and Christchurch Park

This Tudor mansion was built in the 16th century as a gentleman’s town residence, and now has a range of displays and art collections for you to browse, all for free! The largest collection of Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable's work outside of London lives here, along with collections of Victorian toys and games and The Wolsey Art Gallery. With over 500 years of history, wander through a variety of period rooms - from the Tudor kitchen, the Georgian saloon, through to the Victorian wing. Events take place in Christchurch Mansion’s grounds throughout the year. There is also a cafe on-site, for tea, coffee, cakes, or a light lunch.


 Christchurch Park is Ipswich’s oldest public park. Although it opened in 1895, it was the site of an Augustinian Priory as  far back as the 12th Century. It is one of the wildlife hubs of Ipswich, with a wilderness area and over 100 species of birds. The arboretum is perfect to relax, while the children will love the children’s playground. 


Getting to Christchurch Mansion and Park from easyHotel Ipswich Town Centre:

You can reach the park within 2 minutes walking, and the Mansion within 5 minutes. 


Parks in Ipswich

Take a stroll in one of Ipswich’s parks. While Christchurch Park is just around the corner from easyHotel Ipswich, you can also take your pick from the likes of Orwell Park for great views of the river, to Alexandra Park in the heart of Ipswich, or Chantry Park on the outskirts of the town centre. Chantry Park hosts many open air concerts (one recent and pretty famous example: Ed Sheeran’s homecoming gig this August!).


Head to the theatre

Why not catch some theatre, live music or comedy while in Ipswich? The New Wolsey Theatre is central to cultural life in Suffolk and recognised for the diversity of its audiences and developing minority artists. Its recent musical revivals include Sweet Charity, The Last Five Years and Made in Dagenham. You can reach the theatre in less than 10 minutes by foot from easyHotel Ipswich Town Centre.


Head to the Regent Theatre to catch a few comedians (Tim Minchin, Jimmy Carr, Lenny Henry, to name a couple!) or productions such as ‘We Will Rock You’ - all that and just a 5 minute walk from easyHotel Ipswich Town Centre!


Directions to easyHotel Ipswich Town Centre

Getting to easyhotel Ipswich Town Centre from the train station: you can reach easyHotel Ipswich Town Centre in under 20 minutes on foot. In a bus, car or taxi, it will take you 11 minutes to reach the hotel. 

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