With buildings and landmarks spanning the ages, Ipswich may be a small town but it has a huge amount to offer. With a rich history, Ipswich was once amongst the richest and most prosperous cities in the UK, with much of this past still visible in the town today. Despite the historic elements of the town, there is plenty here that is thoroughly modern. Fantastic restaurants sit beside cosmopolitan bars, while modern retailers are being developed on a regular basis.
As the roads are of a good condition throughout, a city car will easily navigate the narrow streets with ease.
Driving in Ipswich
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Important things to note
Much of the centre of the town is made up of one-way streets, which can make navigating around the town somewhat difficult. To avoid confusion, it is recommended that drivers use either a GPS or up-to-date map.
Traffic can be heavy throughout the day, with rush hour traffic in particular being at its heaviest. As such, it is advised drivers avoid travel midweek between the times of 6.30-8.30am and 4.30-6pm.
Parking is available throughout the town and near major attractions, though many of these parking lots will require payment. However, there are some free parking spots available for those willing to walk.
Highlights & Hotspots
Christchurch Park is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the town and during the summer months, it is nothing short of delightful. Hours can be dedicated to exploring the park itself, while Christchurch Mansion holds a museum and art gallery.
For those looking for history that’s a little older than the norm, Sutton Hoo is the site of some incredibly old cemeteries dating from the 6th and 7th centuries. Within the cemetery is the undisturbed site of a ship burial.
Based on the High Street, Ipswich Museum is a registered museum of culture, history and natural heritage, and as such is a fantastic look back at the history of the town. With exhibitions dating from the Iron Age onwards, there is also a great coverage of the Romans and the Saxons.
Ipswich Transport Museum is a great location for children and adults alike and as the largest of its kind in Britain, there’s plenty to be discovered. There are more than 100 exhibits in this large museum, including the Ipswich Engineering Collection.
Ipswich is well connected to the airports of London Stansted and Norwich International and as such can be accessed internationally throughout the year.
The travel times between airports and the town will vary widely depending upon the traffic in the local area, meaning drivers should stay well aware of any traffic reports whilst travelling.