Plan a day trip to Ipswich in Suffolk. Shopping, waterfront restaurants and culture – there’s plenty to see and do.
From a blissful afternoon walk in one of the town’s parks, exploring history inside the museums, looking around the stores, or a beautiful evening stroll along the stunning waterfront — there is plenty to see and do in Ipswich.
Visit the beautiful parks of Ipswich
Ipswich is home to a wonderful selection of beautiful parks across the town; Christchurch, Holywells, Chantry and Landseer parks, just to name a few. A must visit has got to be Christchurch Park which has a fascinating history dating back to the 12th century, yet it officially opened back in April 1895. It is full of fantastic greenery, woodlands and wildlife.
Stop by Christchurch Mansion
It wouldn’t be a visit to Ipswich without seeing the beautiful Tudor Christchurch Mansion, which is situated just inside the grounds of Christchurch Park. Wander the period rooms and gaze at the art collections.
New Wolsey Theatre
Take yourself down to New Wolsey Theatre and treat yourself and your family to a wonderful production. From comedy, drama, family and even thriller, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Lunch at Jacey’s Coffee House
Jacey’s Coffee House is a lovely independent cafe located near the Buttermarket Shopping Centre. There is a superb choice of breakfasts, lunches and main meals. Tuck into a tasty jacket potato, big salad, cooked breakfasts and more, or enjoy an afternoon tea with a selection of homemade cakes, scones and sandwiches. There is a great choice of vegetarian and vegan options too, as well as options for gluten free!
Go shopping in the town
Wander through the high street and down the medieval cobbled side-streets and you will be able to find a wide selection of stores. Ipswich is home to High Street retailers and independent boutiques and businesses. There are two shopping centres filled with stores to explore; Buttermarket and Sailmakers. Now shop ‘til you drop!
Visit the Ipswich Museum
Take yourself on a journey through history and Ipswich’s past at the Ipswich Museum, packed full of thousands years of history to discover from the Iron Age to the Romans and Saxons. It is home to the famous Wool-I-Am, (the Woolly Mammoth) and Rosie the Rhino, as well as other interesting things to see and explore for the first time. This museum is fascinating and unique — and completely free too!
Discover Ipswich’s art
Once you are finished at the Museum, you could even pop next door to the Ipswich Art Gallery, which hosts lots of exhibitions and workshops all year round. The gallery focuses on modern and contemporary art and showcases work from many local artists.
Visit Jimmy’s Farm
Pop along to Jimmy’s Farm for a fun packed visit, situated in the beautiful countryside, just a few miles from Ipswich (ideal if you have a car). The farm and wildlife park can be enjoyed by families, children and well… everyone. Catch a fish with Dolly, explore Jimmy’s Butterfly House, browse the stores or visit the flower and vegetable gardens. There is always something fun going on down at Jimmy’s Farm, lots of exciting events for you to enjoy, so don’t forget to take a look what’s on before your visit.
Take a stroll along Ipswich Waterfront
On a beautiful evening, there is no where better than to spend it strolling along the Waterfront, enjoying the sights of the boats. There are plenty of bars, clubs and restaurants to enjoy such as The Waterfront Bar Bistro, Isaacs and The Salthouse Eaterie. Pick you seat by the water’s edge, sip a refreshing drink and watch the world go by.
Extend your visit
Salthouse Harbour Hotel is worth a visit if you are down by the waterfront — a contemporary boutique hotel with an award-winning selection of food and drink, popular wine nights and beautiful views. The contemporary rooms, offering great views and some with free-standing baths, are the perfect place to rest and wake up refreshed.