The Waterfront

The Waterfront

The Port of Ipswich has been in operation since Saxon times but has recently become the place to visit for food, drink, live music and trips on the River Orwell.

Starting at Jerwood Dance House (DanceEast) and stretching all the way to the freehouse Brewery Tap, once site of the Tolly Cobbold brewery, the waterfront covers over a kilometre.

Standing as a reminder of Ipswich’s historic significance is the Old Custom House, opened in 1845 but now the home to Ipswich Port Authority. Surrounded by restaurants, bars, coffee shops, retail units and offices the building remains impressive.

Another impressive building is the home of University of Suffolk, looking out over yachts and motorboats moored on Haven or Neptune Marina makes it an impressive place to study.

And that’s only one side of the waterfront! Opposite is the ‘island site’ – home to The Last Anchor bar and restaurant.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a waterfront without regular boat trips and there are four to choose from – sightseeing boat Orwell Lady, river cruise restaurant Allen Gardiner and barges Victor or Thistle.

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