Once labelled as one of Britain's fastest growing economies, if you are organising Suffolk removals, Ipswich is a town of opportunity; recent years have seen a rapid rise in residential and commercial development, swelling its 130,000 population. It is largely a service driven economy with many people employed in IT, insurance, civil service, healthcare and education. However, it is not all about work here; the town is surrounded by countryside and has plenty of attractions to explore which makes it such an appealing place to live. Read on to find the top ten places to visit in and around Ipswich.
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Ten Best Places to Visit in the Ipswich Area
Christchurch Mansion – This imposing, Grade II listed Tudor mansion, set within 70 acres of town centre parkland, is a prime tourist attraction. You can wander the ancient rooms – which are left just as they would be in bygone years – see a collection of pottery and glass, or visit the ground floor art gallery to view masterpieces by Suffolk's most famous painters, Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable. Guides are on hand to answer any questions you might have.
Ipswich Museum – This town centre museum has an excellent reputation and has exhibits for all ages including the popular Woolly Mammoth and giraffe. It's free to enter and you can find out all about the history of Suffolk from the Iron Age, right through to Saxon Times and beyond. It has an interesting WW1 display and fascinating exotic artefacts in the Egyptian Gallery.
Ipswich Waterfront – The Ipswich Waterfront is the place to head for high quality restaurants, bistros and lively bars. Various events are held here throughout the year, of which Maritime Ipswich is the most popular. If you like life on the water, there are various cruises to enjoy; find about launch times either at the Tourist Centre, or pick up a leaflet at the waterfront.
Clifford Road Air Raid Shelter – Built during the Second World War, you can find this small but captivating museum under the playground of Clifford Road Primary School. The shelter, which was capable of holding several hundred people, shows what life was like for civilians in WWII. The construction lay largely forgotten until it was discovered in 1980's by workmen commissioned to carry out work at the school.
Ipswich Transport Museum – From buses to old fire engines, trams, trolleybuses, and horse drawn vehicles, this museum is the largest devoted to transport in one town. See more than 100 exhibits including 85 old vehicles. It's a huge hit with children and adults alike and there's also a café on site.
Jimmy's Farm – He may be a friend of Jamie Oliver, but Jimmy is a celebrity in his own right and his farm is a popular venue for families. You can buy home grown food, browse the shops, eat in the restaurant; while children love to wander the nature trail and feed the animals. Various events are held here throughout the year including live music, comedy and theatre.
Suffolk Aviation Heritage Museum – This museum, based on Foxhall Road, Kesgrave, just outside Ipswich, is where you can discover all about the county's aviation history. Entry is free, although there's a small charge for some of the special exhibitions. The museum is open on Sundays, from March to October, and Bank Holidays.
HMS Ganges Museum – This museum, dedicated to the history of the Royal Naval Training institution HMS Ganges is at Shotley Marina, just outside Ipswich. See old photos, memorabilia, and documents relating to life in Shotley. It is open weekends and bank holidays from Easter to October.
Martlesham Heath Control Tower Museum – Sited at the former home of aviation and research development, this popular museum charts Suffolk's role in aviation history from 1917 to 1963. The museum also hosts monthly meetings on aviation-related topics.
Suffolk Ski & Leisure Park – If you enjoy trying out new sports, this dry-ski slope centre in Wherstead, just outside Ipswich, is open all year round. Try out winter sports such as snowboarding, tobogganing, ringo (riding down a slope on an inflatable ring), or have a go at the climbing wall, golf driving range or high rope climbs.
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