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Explore Ipswich in Suffolk

Ipswich is England’s oldest continuously inhabited town; East Anglia’s waterfront town; a cutting-edge arts and culture scene; home to world-class food and drink and all surrounded by the beautiful Suffolk countryside and coastline. 

Visit Christchurch Mansion and the Wolsey Art Gallery and discover an historic collection of China.  Here you will also find the most significant collection of Constable and Gainsborough paintings and drawings out of London. Ipswich Museum is filled with local Anglo-Saxon artefacts along with relics from Ancient Egypt and spectacular natural history exhibits.

Lovers of art and music will love Ipswich which boasts internationally-acclaimed dance, theatre and comedy and is a cultural hub within Suffolk. DanceEast regularly hosts some of the best dance companies and choreographers from across the world along with numerous world-premiers every year. The New Wolsey Theatre provides contemporary theatre and drama from both national touring shows and local drama groups. Modern art and popular design exhibitions can be seen in Ipswich Art Gallery.

Be enertained by great festivals and events with a vibrant mix of the old and the new, the traditional and the global. Ipswich's biennial Maritime Festival celebrates over 1,000 years of maritime history with boat trips, a fairground and firework displays. PULSE Festival brings the latest performance and drama to the town whilst Jimmy’s Festival and Ipswich Music Day fill the town with popular and local musicians. Celebrating the town's international connections, every year in Christchurch Park there’s the Indian Summer Mela, African Global Rhythm festival and German Oktoberfest.

With direct railway and road links to London, Ipswich is the perfect place to stay and explore the rest of our beautiful county – wander the shores of the Suffolk coast, explore the Shotley Peninsula or take a day trip to Bury St Edmunds or one of the charming Wool Towns. Then in the evening, return to Ipswich to enjoy the nightlife with waterfront restaurants and quirky bars.

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