Places to Visit Ipswich

Discover Suffolk's County Town

The town of Ipswich is a simple 20 minute drive from The Lion at East Bergholt and offers a number of attractions for you to explore during your stay. Whether you wish to discover more about its rich history, browse its many shops or indulge in a wide range of food and drink, Ipswich is well-worth a visit when you stay with us

The History

Ipswich was first recorded during the medieval period (known then as Gyppewicus and Yppswyche) and is regarded as one of Britain’s oldest towns. To this day their remains much evidence of Ipswich’s historical past which can be explored.

The Waterfront

Ipswich’s picturesque waterfront has undergone significant and continuous development which has transformed this former industrial area into one of the most popular and recognisable parts of the town. The waterfront hosts many annual events including the popular Maritime Festival as well as food festivals and festive events.

Ipswich Waterfront is popular with locals and visitors alike for its selection of bars, restaurants and bistros. With views over the marina and onto the Orwell, the Waterfront is the perfect spot for a light lunch, a refreshing drink or a relaxed evening meal.

For those wanting to explore further, the Waterfront is also the launching point for river trips with both the Orwell Lady and Sailing Barge Victor departing from here regularly (booking recommended). If you’re happier with your feet on dry land then simply sit back, relax and while away the hours at one of the Waterfront’s alfresco eating or drinking spots.

Ipswich Waterfront

Christchurch Park & Mansion

A great place to start exploring Ipswich is at Christchurch Park. This sprawling park was the first public park in Ipswich (opening in 1895) and is home to the magnificent Christchurch Mansion. This impressive Tudor mansion was built in the mid-16th century and houses Ipswich Museum of Art. The mansion also provides further insight into the rich history of Ipswich with a collection of local artefacts and antiquities.

To the rear of Christchurch Mansion you will the Wolsey Gallery, named after Thomas Wolsey which was built in 1931. This gallery is home to artworks from famous local artists including Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable.

Asides from the historic mansion, Christchurch Park is an attraction in itself featuring a children’s play area, sports courts, cafes and refreshments as well as a visitor centre to help you get the most from your visit to Suffolk’s county town. The ponds and lakes in the park are also home to a number of bird species.

Ipswich Christchurch Mansion