HISTORY AND HERITAGE

HISTORY AND HERITAGE

Ipswich is a town steeped in history and you’d be hard pushed to move far in the town centre without seeing something worth stopping for.

Ipswich is the oldest Anglo-Saxon town in England and has a rich heritage and proud history.

Suffolk’s county town was granted a royal charter in 1200 and has been closely linked with the discovery of the New World and with historical figures such as Cardinal Wolsey and Charles Dickens.

Its buildings match its illustrious past. The glorious Tudor Christchurch Mansion is set in a beautiful park close to the town centre and is now a free museum housing period rooms and a stunning art gallery, home to the most significant collection of Constables outside London.

Not far away from this you’ll find Ipswich Museum that is home to Wool-I-Am the mammoth and Rosie the rhino as well as thousands of years of history brought back to Ipswich by generations of explorers and collectors.

More modern but equally stunning is the Willis Towers Watson building, an iconic feature of Ipswich created by Norman (now Lord) Foster and the most recent grade I listed building in the country.

Bringing Ipswich up to date is the University of Suffolk on the stunning waterfront, part of Ipswich's Innovation Quarter and also adding to the transformation of this area. Alongside the quays are the Jerwood DanceHouse, Salthouse Harbour Hotel, floating restaurant and marinas.

All can easily be enjoyed on foot over a weekend, or spread your exploration over a longer stay in the area.

 

 

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