Football and families

Football and families

By Helen Dodman
All About Ipswich

If you’re thinking of making a weekend out of the football fixtures, Ipswich provides the perfect location to do so. Brunch at Isaacs (before it gets too busy) followed by a leisurely stroll along the waterfront is a great pre-match warm up.

As you head to the ground, don’t forget to take a walk around the stadium to see the statues of local legends Sir Alf Ramsey and Sir Bobby Robson. Stadium tours don’t run on match days but if you’re here for a longer stay, you can join a tour to learn more about the history of the team and the ground.

For those not heading to the match, we’d recommend walking up to Christchurch Park to discover the Christchurch Mansion which is home to the largest collection of Constable and Gainsborough paintings outside of London. From there, it’s just a short walk to Ipswich Museum where there’s more history to discover.

Once the game is over, why not meet halfway at the Greyhound for a rustic pub dinner, or if you’d like to try something more sophisticated, then don’t miss @Twenty5.

If you’re staying overnight, there’s a mix of hotels to suit all budgets – from Premier Inn to the exclusive Salthouse Harbour Hotel.

Upon waking on the Sunday morning there’s nothing better than sitting and watching the world go by at one of the waterfront cafes before heading into town for a spot of shopping. The town centre is just a few minutes walk from the train station which means it isn’t too far to carry all those bags of purchases!

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