Explore Maritime Ipswich in Suffolk
Ipswich in Suffolk is one of the oldest towns in the country, and its fascinating history is matched only by its cutting-edge arts and culture scene.
Situated on the River Orwell, Ipswich was a prime trading port with Europe for hundreds of years, and its seafaring history is celebrated every year at the Ipswich Maritime Festival.
During this weekend markets, historical reenactments, and a beer festival fill the glamorous Ipswich quayside, and a historic barge joins the luxury yachts lining the water’s edge.Unsurprisingly, one of the best ways to see Ipswich and the River Orwell is by boat, and several companies offer chartered cruises from Ipswich quayside. If you prefer to be behind the wheel, why not spend your time in Ipswich learning to sail?
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Back on dry land, lovers of art and culture will enjoy discovering the many things to do in Ipswich, including theatre, dance, performance art, galleries and museums. Among Ipswich’s must-visit galleries is the Wolsey Art Gallery at Christchurch Mansion, named after Cardinal Thomas Wolsey (Ipswich’s most famous historical figure), and home to the largest collection of works by Constable and Gainsborough outside of London.
Foodies will revel in the range of bars and restaurants in Ipswich, many of which are found on the marina. Just outside Ipswich on the banks of the River Orwell is another foodie hotspot, the Suffolk Food Hall, a market and restaurant that currently boasts the title of Best Local Food Venue in the UK & Ireland.
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