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Things to do in Ipswich

Vibrant town surrounded by stunning Suffolk countryside and coastline

Are you looking for things to do in Ipswich? We've got plenty of great ideas for you across the town.

Known for...   Waterfront and Willis Building


Did you know...

  • The world’s first commercially marketed powered lawnmower was built by Ransomes in Ipswich in 1902.
  • Ipswich is one of England's oldest towns, and took shape in Anglo-Saxon times (in the 7th–8th centuries) around Ipswich dock.
  • Thomas Wolsey, the future cardinal, was born in Ipswich about 1475 as the son of a wealthy landowner. One of Henry VIII's closest political allies, he founded a college in the town in 1528.



 

  Attractions

Viking Mariners

Luxury sailing experience on the River Orwell.
1 Wherry Lane
Ipswich
IP4 1LG

01394421209

Recommended by Peter Hall, Ipswich

 

Christchurch Mansion, Art Gallery And Park

Impressive mansion and spectacular grounds.
Soane Street
Ipswich
IP4 2BE

01473433554

 

Ipswich Waterfront

Collection of bars, cafes, restaurants, art galleries and theatres.
20 Back Hamlet
Ipswich
IP3 0DJ

Recommended by Caroline Hickey, Ipswich

 

All Fired Up

Paint your own pottery cafe.
Tower Ramparts
1 Crown and Anchor Mews
IP1 3DJ

 

Birch Farm

Children's Play Centre including swimming pool and indoor soft play.
Silver Hill
Hintlesham
IP8 3NJ

01473652152

 

Suffolk Leisure Park

Load of fun activities for all the family.
Bourne Hill
Wherstead
IP2 8NQ

01473602347

 

Jimmy's Farm

Family day out.
Pannington Hall Lane
Ipswich
IP9 2AR

01473604206

Recommended by Jessica Mann, Ipswich

 

Inspire Suffolk

Local organisation using education and sport as a way of making a difference to the lives of people living in Suffol.
Lindbergh Road
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP3 9QX

Recommended by Tracey Morgan, Ipswich
“Brilliant coaching courses for the kids, and at an amazing price. My two did the football sessions and loved every minute. The staff were really friendly and knowledgeable, and the venue is easy to get to by bus (plus there is parking if you are a driver). Already booked onto the summer courses to give them something to do over the holidays.”

 

Stonham Barns Leisure And Retail Complex

Come and enjoy a fantastic day out or a short break at our fantastic Stonham Barns Leisure & Retail Village..
Pettaugh Road
Stonham Aspal
Suffolk
IP14 6AT

 
 

  Parks

Christchurch Park FREE

Christchurch Park was the first public park in Ipswich, opening in 1895. It extends over 33 hectares of picturesque grounds.
Ipswich
IP4 2BX

 

Orwell Country Park FREE

200 acres of woodland and shoreline walks. Great location for a family day out.
Holywells Park
Cliff Lane
IP3 0PG

01473433991

 

Oakfield Wood Nature Reserve FREE

This 7 acre site is a 'green burial ground' overlooking the Stour Estuary at Wrabness.
Wrabness
Essex
CO11 2TD

 

Wrabness Nature Reserve FREE

This 60 acre reserve offers fantastic views on the southern bank of the Stour Estuary. Grassland, scrub and woodland.
Wrabness
Essex
CO11 2TD

 

Holywells Park FREE

Holywells Park is a beautiful park situated just north of the emerging Waterfront area, between Nacton Road and Cliff Lane.
between Nacton Road and Cliff Lane
Ipswich
IP3 0PG

 
 

  Galleries

John Russell Art Gallery

Contemporary Art with a waterfront setting.
The John Russell Gallery
4-6 Wherry Lane
IP4 1LG

01473212051

 
 

  Bowling

Namco Funscape

Tenpin bowling and entertainment venue.
Sproughton Road
Ipswich
IP1 5AQ

 
 

  Cinema

Cineworld Ipswich

Multi-screen cinema.
11 Grafton Way
Ipswich
IP1 1AX

03303334444

 

Ipswich Film Theatre

Independent and World Cinema.
The Corn Exchange
King Street
IP1 1EG

01473433100

 
 

  Theatre

New Wolsey Theatre

Music and Drama Venue.
Civic Drive
Ipswich
IP1 2AS

01473295900

 
 

  Comedy

Jokers Comedy Club

Laugh a minute.
4 St Margarets Green
Ipswich
IP4 2BP

 
 

  Golf

Ipswich Golf Club

Ipswich is a traditional members club offering a warm welcome to visitors, societies and prospective members.
Purdis Heath
Bucklesham Road
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP3 8UQ

 

Brett Vale Golf Club

Golf Club.
Brett Vale
Raydon
Suffolk
IP7 5LR

 

Alnesbourne Priory Golf Club

Golf Club.
Priory Park
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP10 0JT

 

Fynn Valley Golf Club

Golf Club.
Witnesham
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP6 9JA

 

Hintlesham Hall Golf Club

Golf Club.
Hintlesham
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP8 3NS

 

Rushmere Golf Club

Golf Club.
Rushmere Heath
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP4 5QQ

 
 

  Leisure centres

The Gym

Affordable gym and fitness centre.
4 Civic Drive
Ipswich
IP1 2QA

0800699014

 

DW Fitness

Health and fitness club.
Ranelagh Road
Ipswich
IP2 0AQ

08443725365

 

David Lloyd

Tennis, gym, health and fitness club.
The Havens
Ipswich
IP3 9SJ

01473717600

 
 

  Water sports

Diving Oasis

Learn to scuba dive. All ages and abilities.
The Lodge
Tuddenham Road
IP4 3QH

08450569656

 
 

  Karting

Anglia Indoor Karting

Indoor karting centre.
Unit 12
Farthing Road Industrial Estate
IP1 5AP

01473240087

 
 

  Sport

Suffolk Ski Centre

Skiing and Snowboarding Centre.
Bourne Hill
Wherstead
IP2 8NQ

01473602347

 
 

  Riding

Newton Hall Equestrian Centre

Learn to ride.
Swilland
Ipswich
IP6 9LT

01473785616

 

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