Situated within a stone's throw of the picturesque Suffolk coast, Ipswich is a town that brings together the best of both old and new. As one of England's oldest towns it is home to a wealth of intriguing architecture and elegant buildings, as well as bustling cosmopolitan areas full of places to shop, eat, drink and be entertained.
Such is Ipswich's long and varied history, there is plenty to explore in the town in the way of museums and historic buildings. Each one tells a different story, from medieval churches to renowned museums and art galleries, and no story is complete without a bit of mystery. Ghost walks are regularly run in the town, and are a captivating way to immerse yourself in its history and folklore.
One of the main attractions of Ipswich is its waterfront. Formerly an industrial dock, it has in recent years enjoyed a spectacular renaissance and boasts a huge variety of shops, restaurants, pubs and bars. You can also take a stroll along the waterfront to soak up the atmosphere, or even take to the water on one of the many cruises that operate from the area.
Ipswich's primary industries are agriculturally based, although it also has a strong technology and e-commerce sector, with BT's former Research and Development Centre now reborn as a digital commerce and high-tech science park that attracts a wealth of new businesses to the area.
Sports lovers are well catered for, with rugby, cricket and football all on offer. The city's speedway circuit is an ideal destination for some high-octane excitement, while Ipswich Gymnastics Centre is one of only three fully Olympic-accredited gymnastics facilities in the UK.
Whilst there is plenty to see and do within the town of Ipswich itself with many events and celebrations taking place throughout the year, it is also an ideal base from which to explore the rest of Suffolk and East Anglia, with the historic towns of Felixtowe and Colchester just a few miles away.