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Amazing things to do in Ipswich (Suffolk, England) for an authentic English countryside experience

One of the ancient towns in England, Ipswich at a short distance from London is a historical landmark. Its roots go back to Roman settlements, and the modern town is inspired by Anglo-Saxons. Along with this, close proximity with the capital, London and access to waterfront made this a centre for trade. There are numerous things to do in Ipswich for all age groups.

Montage of Ipswich highlights
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The present town will remind you of the charming English countryside seeped in culture and architectural wonders. You can plan to stay overnight or even take a day trip from London like a trip to Derbyshire. The Orwell riverfront adds a charming setting with numerous cafes and pubs. Look forward to enjoying an evening here with your loved ones over an English dinner. The town is famous for its famous English spirits and surrounded by historic mansions. Let us bring to you some must do things to do in Ipswich.

Also read: Top things to do in London

Top things to do in Ipswich

  1. Check out Christchurch Mansion and take a stroll in the Park.
  2. Take some time-out at the Ipswich waterfront.
  3. Try local cuisine at the Suffolk Food Hall.
  4. Pay homage to St. Mary at the le-Tower Church and witness a timeless piece of architecture.
  5. Explore the Colchester and Ipswich Museums.
  6. Visit Holywells Park – Contribute to a sustainable environment.
  7. Take a day’s out at Jimmy’s farm and wildlife park for family fun.
  8. Visit the iconic Ancient house.

1. Check out Christchurch Mansion and take a stroll in the Park.

The Christchurch Mansion
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An example of a well preserved Tudor brick mansion, it lies at the south entrance of the green Christchurch park. The mansion was completed in the 1550s. This has been through the hands of several noble families before coming to the public in 1884. It was bought by borough council of the city which converted this to a museum.

The Christchurch Park
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Subsequently, the council bought the park in 1894 and made it a public garden. Just taking a stroll here and admiring the manicured lawns and rolling greens will take you back in time.

2. Take some time-out at the Ipswich waterfront.

Yachts docked in Ipswich waterfront.
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A scenic promenade overlooking the Neptune marina the waterfront is a favourite evening haunt with upscale cafes and bars. Although the origins of the docks are somewhere in the 7th century, the completed dock in 1842 stands now. Also, you will be charmed by the neo-modern architecture which fringes the entire riverfront area. This definitely makes a visit one of the must-do things to do in Ipswich.
Must dos: Catch a Suffolk county cultural show, Enjoy a jazz evening in one of the pubs overlooking the marina.

3. Try local cuisine at the Suffolk Food Hall.

A mecca for foodies, the place gives an authentic experience of fresh English farms and daily produce. Apart from that, you can check into one of the restaurants for trying out some freshly made delicacies. The place revolves around the culinary and social history of the town and deserves a visit.
Must dos: Try a cuppa of fresh ground coffee or Rich English tea at the Cafe and beach hut. For a good brunch head out to the Cookhouse restaurant.

4. Pay homage to St. Mary at the le-Tower Church and witness a timeless piece of architecture.

St.Mary le-Tower Church in Ipswich
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The St. Mary-le-Tower is among a group of six Churches around the county dedicated to St. Mary constructed during middle ages. An ancient church was first built around 1200, the present tower replacing the same in 1860. The architecture retained much of the 15th-century style – giving it an eerie but neo-Gothic feel. The Spire stands tall at 60m and gives a distinctly feminine appearance dedicated to mother Mary. A visit to this place is definitely worth both for your eyes and soul.

5. Explore the Colchester and Ipswich Museums.

Colchester museum - front view
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This is a premier museum of Suffolk counties, preserving its arts, culture and heritage. The present museum founded in 1974 has amalgamated collections from different parts of East and West Suffolk counties from the 13th century. Also, the Churchchrist mansion forms a part of the museum identified as Colchester plus Ipswich Museums collections. A shining example of Tudor revival architecture, its definitely a must-do among things to do in Ipswich. The museum is a popular feature in Ipswich and visited by tourists from all walks of life.
Museum opening days/timings: Tuesday – Saturday (10.00am – 5.00pm), Sunday (11.00am – 5.00pm), Mondays closed
Ticket price: Admission to Ipswich Museum is free. You can buy souvenirs in the shop and also witness any ongoing exhibitions.

6. Visit Holywells Park – Contribute to a sustainable environment.

The Holywells Park in Suffolk
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An example of community action this park is protected and taken care as a wildlife conservation area by the locals. Spread over 28 Hectares, this picturesque park has forested and stunning open spaces dotted with ponds and trees. Children will find this park of special interest. There is a dedicated state of the earth play area designed around the galleon theme. Also, for admirers of equestrian nobility, check out the Stable block. There is also a cafe serving all meals near the Stable Block. You can wind up your tour to this scenic natural getaway.

Opening times/dates of Stable Block Visitor Centre: 10 am – 5 pm (1st May – 31st August). 10 am – 4 pm (1st September to 30th April).
Opening times of Stables Café: Daily from 10 am -4.30 pm (March to October)
. 10 am- 3.30 pm November to Feb.

7. Take a day’s out at Jimmy’s farm and wildlife park for family fun.

A place to have fun with your entire family, this park offers a bunch of interactive activities with animals. Apart from being educational this also helps to contribute towards sustainable farming. The farm has about 100 animals kept in close proximity to their natural environment. You can also look forward to organising special events around birthday, anniversaries etc at a nominal cost up close with nature. There is also a farm shop offering fresh daily produce along with having options for kids.

Opening times: Open every day, while booking you have to choose an hourly slot for entry
Ticket price: 10 pounds for Adult and 8 pounds for Child (2-16 years).Entry for infants free (<2 years)

8. Visit the iconic Ancient house.

The iconic Ancient house in Ipswich
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An example of magnificent 17th-century architecture, a visit to Ancient house in Ipswich is a must-do among Things to Do in Ipswich. It is an iconic building in the whole county with Pargeting, which is a form of decorative plasterwork. The pargeting of the house done in 1660 is really interesting to watch. The exterior facade depicts the four continents Asia, Europe, America and Africa. The original house dates back to 1483 and the most significant renovations happened around 1603 before the pargeting was added. The complex now is converted into upscale shops, making it intertwined with local culture and flavours.

Address/Timings: Buttermarket, Ipswich, Suffolk. Open from 9 am to 8 pm (Some eateries are open late night also.

Ipswich as evident from its glorious history and culture is surely a visit-worthy town as you explore the beautiful English countryside. The presence of docks manifested in making this county a prominent and powerful force in England for a long time. Plan a visit to this beautiful part of Europe to witness history in the vicinity of relaxing nature. You can always visit pickyourtrail to find more amazing packages for the UK and beyond.

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