Live the Life
Ipswich is a thriving and bustling waterfront town located in the county of Suffolk and part of East Anglia. Whether you’re visiting local museums and heritage sites, enjoying the town’s collection of famous art works, being entertained by local festivals and events, or simply relaxing with some retail therapy and a meal out there’s something for everyone to enjoy close to your new home in Ipswich.
Things to see and do
Ipswich has an interesting past with many buildings and places of historical interest in and around the town. A visit to any one of the museums including Ipswich Museum, Ipswich Transport Museum and Christchurch Mansion will help you get up to date on the history of the area. You’ll find many parks in and around Ipswich catering for family days out such as Chantry Park, Alexandra Park, Wherstead Park and Holywells Park.
As a cultural destination, Ipswich provides a lot for both residents and visitors. At Christchurch Mansion you’ll find the Wolsey Art Gallery and a fantastic collection of paintings by John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough. Other galleries in Ipswich include the John Russell Art Gallery, and Ipswich Art School & Gallery.
The heart of the town offers much in the way of retail therapy with both high-street and boutique shopping options, whilst the marina is the place to be for food, drink and live music. The surrounding Suffolk countryside is fantastic for families looking to get out and explore the best that nature has to offer.
For families moving to the area, there are a number of outstanding schools in Ipswich including St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Springfield Junior School and Thomas Wolsey School.
If you or your older children want to study for a degree, the University of Suffolk is located in Ipswich with one of the campuses in a great location on the waterfront.
Getting to Ipswich
Ipswich is well connecting by road and rail, perfect for when you’re visiting family and friends or commuting further afield. Norwich is just over 45 miles to the north and an hour and a quarter away in the car, while Chelmsford is under an hour’s drive and Colchester 30 minutes both via the A12. London can be reached in under two hours.
The town has two railway stations; Ipswich and Derby Road. Direct services to Liverpool Street run three times an hour from Ipswich station, with a journey time of under an hour and a half. Norwich is 45 minutes on the train, with Colchester 20 minutes away and Chelmsford around 45 minutes.
When the time comes to enjoy a well-earned rest, Stanstead International Airport is an hours’ drive or 90 minutes on the train and bus. Harwich International Port is 40 minutes away, providing ferries to the Hook of Holland.