Why Ipswich is Getting more Popular to Holiday

To many travellers, Ipswich isn’t the first place that comes to mind when they are planning a weekend getaway. Although there are highly-profiled neighbouring towns like Southwold, Aldeburgh, and Lowestoft, Ipswich has some modern attractions worth travelling for.

Take a long walk around the renovated docks on the River Orwell. Spend some time at the Ipswich Museum to behold natural history collection, including a huge replica woolly mammoth.

Shop through independent gift shops and homeware along St Peter’s Street. There are several reasons Ipswich is getting more popular as a holiday destination for travellers.

1. Museums

Explore Suffolk’s heritage and discover several other historical sights around Ipswich’s museums.

Ipswich Museum

Launched in 1881, you’ll discover everything about the town’s history at the Ipswich Museum. It offers impressive collections from all over the world, including geology, history, and archaeology. The museum has a very spacious gallery that displays an array of exotic exhibits such as one a collection of British birds. You can also learn about ancient artifacts of Suffolk, including glacial erratics and the teeth of an extinct megalodon shark.

The best part? Entry is FREE!

Sutton Hoo Exhibition

Run by the Anglo-Saxons in the 6th and 7th century, this popular archaeological site is now managed by the National Trust. Inside the exhibition hall, you will see a collection of ancient artifacts that represents a part of the history of the land.

Other things to do include:

2.      Ipswich Waterfront

The Ipswich Waterfront is more than just a nightlife spot; it’s the town’s luxurious promenade for thrilling dining and views. The harbour hosts several of the town’s famous restaurants, bars, and hotels.

Take an evening stroll along the scenic promenade and how beautiful it is inside and out. Practically, you can as well behold amazing views of yachts coming and going while you enjoy your delicious meal at the restaurant.

 

3. Christchurch Mansion

With its stunning buildings, Christchurch Mansion reflects the area’s history. Formerly an estate with expensive properties, the museum houses a fantastic collection of Tudor and Victorian artwork. Standing in front of the building, you’ll be impressed by its stunning façade of the Christchurch Mansion. However, the indoor gallery spaces are just breathtaking. Discover works by renowned artists, including the paintings by Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable.

4. Take a Picnic by a Lili-Pond at Kholo Gardens

Kholo Gardens is an ideal spot for an evening picnic with your family. I’m sure your kids will appreciate this as they can enjoy kicking a ball around on the grass.

Take a stroll through the wide-open areas of the lily pond as you behold the amazing giant Hoop Pines and Kauri Tree. Moreover, the gardens are not far from The Llama Farm. So, you can take a little time out, first to The Llama Farm, before the picnic at Kholo Gardens.

5. Visit Queens Park and Play on the Playground

A visit to Queens Park Café gives you the option of exploring the large Queens Park open to everyone. The playground offers multi-levels of facilities such as flying fox, large slides, and other equipment for kids’ activities.

You can explore the nearby Nerima Japanese Gardens which was designed with Nerima, Ipswich’s Japanese neighbouring city. Take a lovely walk through this ornamental garden and take memorable pictures.

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