If you are organising removals to Ipswich from Suffolk or another part of the UK, you will be pleased to know it has been declared one of the fastest growing towns in the country – and it is also said to be one of the happiest places to live! That's according to the Cities Outlook Report which has studied a string of towns and cities across the UK.
When moving house to Ipswich, with 40 years' experience in door-to-door UK and international removals, Suffolk based Greens Removals is the company to count on. Not only are we local to the area, but we also provide a trusty removals service, tailored to your requirements. We provide a range of options, including a full packing and unpacking service or we sell strong boxes and bubble wrap if you wish to do your own packing. We also offer removals insurance and we can organise storage on your behalf.
If you require removals to Ipswich, read on to find out more about the town you are moving to.
Housing – House prices are reasonable, with an overall house price average at £169,000. You can buy anything from substantial family period homes in the Christchurch Park area, to upmarket flats by the docks, or newish properties on estates such as Purdis Farm or the nearby Ravenswood, close to Ransomes Europark Industrial Estate.
Economy – Among the big employers in and around Ipswich are British Telecom at Adastral Park (a science park at Martlesham Heath), Suffolk Constabulary (whose headquarters are at Martlesham), Ipswich Hospital, Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk County Council, Suffolk New College and University Campus Suffolk. A number of major insurance companies such as AXA and Churchill are based here, and the town has a fully operational port.
Education – Ipswich has a range of public, private and religious schools. Popular state funded secondary schools include Northgate and Copleston High in the IP4 area of Ipswich. Private schools include Ipswich School, Ipswich High School for Girls, Royal Hospital School, and St Joseph's college, which is a Roman Catholic co-educational school for pupils aged 3 – 18.
Health – There are a number of GP surgeries, medical centres, dental practices and hospitals in Ipswich. The main hospital is Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust on Heath Road which caters for more than 356,000 patients in and around Ipswich. Nuffield Heath is a private hospital which offers a variety of treatments including orthopaedics, gynaecology and cosmetic surgery.
Parks – Ipswich has many green areas throughout the town including Christchurch Park, a beautiful town centre park which opened at the end of the 19th century. It has a museum, education centre, tennis courts, bowling greens and children's play area. It also hosts big events such as the 11th Ipswich Scout Group Fireworks Display and the annual Ipswich Music Day in the summer. Other parks in Ipswich include Alexandra, Gippeswyk and Holywells Park.
Shopping – Ipswich has a good mix of high street stores and independent shops. You can find a number of independents in the St Peter's Street/St Nicholas Street areas, and there are also two town centre indoor shopping centres: The Buttermarket and Tower Ramparts, which is behind the bus station.
Nightlife – The Ipswich waterfront is a popular place to head to for bars and restaurants, and there are several pubs scattered all over town. If you like to party into the night, there are a number of nightclubs including Liquid & Envy in Cardinal Park and KC's which is Ipswich's newest nightclub and bar. It has a number of theatres including Ipswich Regent, Sir John Mills Theatre and the New Wolsey Theatre. There is also a Cineworld cinema complex at Cardinal Park.
Sports – Ipswich has a number of private and council run gyms and pools to suit all budgets and these include Klick Fitness, Crown Pools, and David Lloyd Leisure. It is also home to Ipswich gymnastics Centre (which has Olympic accredited facilities), rugby league and rugby union teams and Ipswich Town Football Club on Portman Road, who play in the second tier football league championship. You can also find Ipswich Swimming Club, whose most successful member was world champion swimmer and commonwealth gold medallist Karen Pickering MBE.
Attractions – Ipswich has a number of attractions including Christchurch Mansion, where you can explore the rooms of the house and view artwork by famous names such as Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable. Among the other places to visit include Ipswich Museum, Ipswich Transport Museum and Clifford Road Air Raid Shelter, a small museum with some excellent reviews.
Transport – For those who require removals to Ipswich but work outside the town, the train journey into London's Liverpool Street takes an hour and ten minutes, so the town attracts a number of people who commute daily into the capital. Ipswich is also close to the A12 and A14 roads, the latter links to the A1, A1, the M1, M11 and M6. In addition, the town is well placed for international travel: it takes an hour to drive to Stansted Airport, and an hour and 15 minutes to drive to Norwich Airport. It is also within easy reach of all the London airports by train, and it is a 40 minute drive to and from Harwich International Port. For those who work in Ipswich and rely on public transport, the buses operate regularly within the town and also serve the surrounding villages.