Ipswich is a historic Town, however the town is horribly laid out with just your bog standard high street shops. The town was recently voted as the worst place in the UK for customer service and satisfaction...i cant think why. The only redeeming quality of Ipswich is Christchurch park
Unfortunately, Ipswich is now well-reknowned for the terrible goings-on from three years ago. However, don't let that put you off visitng this town!
There are two good-sized shopping centres, which hold New Look, Topshop, Warehouse, Boots, Julian Graves and more! They also often have mini-stalls selling customised bags and t-shirts which is great if you want something individual.
The shopping streets are well laid out, two paralell streets which run from one to the other, which makes shopping pretty straightforward.
The nightlife can be a bit varied to be honest. As an East Anglian town it's no surprise to find an abundance of pubs. There is also available an Ollie's cocktail bar, and recently a string of other bars have sprung up near Pals. Now for clubbing this is a different matter. I would highly reccommend NOT visiting the Fire and Ice club, it is empty and quite a dark and dingy club. Liquid however is usually pretty good - great size, and offers a variety of nights, including alternative nights for rockers, cheese nights and ladies nights!
There is also a large Cineworld with a grouping of nice restaurants such as Ask and Nando's. It is a bit of a walk to get there but worth it, and right by Liquid if you want to make a night of it.
Negatives to Ipswich are that you need to keep in mind it is really not up to the 'city' name the council hope to claim to soon. As a university town I would say it doesn't have anything against larger, more well-known cities for student life. However, it depends on what suits you. Ipswich is actually a relatively safe town as long as you stay in the centre. It is well-policed, with good shops and lots of cafes and locally run shops.
Ipswich has the slight disadvantage of being classed as 'East Anglian'. Any East of England tag tends to mean one of three things - that no-one really has much knowledge of it...no-one's that interested...or it's assumed to be a bit backward. Well listen up non-believers. Ipswich has a lot to be proud of.
The regeneration around the docks is underway. It's a sight to behold on a crisp sunny day; as the cranes arch over the bustling cafes on the waterside.
Spend some time in this lovely little town and you'll see a place that's unafraid of the future. Though its heritage is apparent wherever you look (I don't know many other places that can boast a cook shop in a 16th Century building), it's blanced beautifully by a forward thinking spirit.
Ipswich is soon to be a University town (in fact they've already got the signs up). There's a surge in youth and the bar and cafe scene is lively. Housing is affordable and surroundings are safe and rural. The shopping's great and the theatres have astoundingly good names - Foo Fighters acoustic anyone? People are starting to use the town as commuter belt (an hour and 10 away from London). Plans are approved for a giant snowdome pleasure park - SnOasis. In short - life feels good. Come visit, I think you'll like it.
Ipswich town is the county town of suffolk and is one of its biggest towns with over 128,000 inhabitants. Ipswich is one of Englands oldest towns and began to take shape in the Anglo-Saxon times aswell as forming an important route to access local docks and coastal areas during the roman times. There was also a period called Ipswichian before the last ice age over 120,000 years ago which is where ipswich got its name from.
Although Ipswich has had some bad press recently mainly due to the recent prostitutes killings aswell as featuring on Britians roughest pubs it is usually a calm and relaxing village with alot of history behind it.
As Ipswich is out in the sticks there is also alot of wildlife around this area although it is beggining to be spoilt as it has recently undergone an extensive gentrification programme.
They have a very busy town with many well known shops in and a good night life around the busy area of cardinal park.
Ipswich is also known for having a successful football club ITFC (Ipswich Town Football Club).
Ipswich is located towards the south of Suffolk with a population of around 125,000 people. Although Ipswich is the county town of Suffolk, it is still a town, not a city.
Ipswich has a long history, and there are many historic buildings still left, such as Christchurch Mansion and Ancient House. There are also many ancient churches, although sadly, many of these are no longer in use, and a few look quite out of place, especially those near the docks development.
Arguably one of the town's most famous previous residents was Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, who became one of Henry VIII's most important advisers, before falling out of favour after failing to secure an annulment for the King.$
Wolsey's former house was long thought to be a building which is the profile photo used above to depict the town. However, more recently it has been decided that Wolsey's original house was actually just opposite this, the location now part of a modern office building, but there is a plaque which notes its original use.
Wolsey also attempted to build a college in Ipswich which would become as famous as the Oxford and Cambridge colleges. This location, near the docks, no longer exists and had only limited success. The original Wolsey gateway into the college however, in tudor designed brick, is still visible, although a little the worse for wear.
There is a harbour in Ipswich, and there has been substantial redevelopment in the docks area in recent years. Many of the large buildings, such as flour mills, which were in use until only a few years ago, have been reconstructed internally into apartments. Much of the town has seen growth and reconstruction, and there has also been much work near the college, which is in the process of being turned into a university.
Pubs wise, there is a good selection. There are two Wetherspoon pubs, numerous other chain pubs, but also some older pubs as the Cock and Pye (so named as it used to have a cockpit in the back of the pub) and the Plough. There are also clubs such as Liquid, recently redesigned internally, and Fire and Ice.
There is a good range of shopping outlets, with two relatively small shopping centres in the town. Although it has numerous independent outlets, compared to its rival city Norwich which has two large shopping centres in the city centre (Chapelfields and Castle Mall) it is less impressive range-wise.
Ipswich has superb public transport links, with good road access and nearby to the docks of Felixstowe and Harwich. There are also train services to Norwich, Lowestoft and the town is just over an hour away from London. This has made the town in recent years much more appealing to live for those wanting to commute into London.
Unfortunately the town hit the national headlines in late 2006, when five women were murdered in Ipswich. The largest police case in the force's history ended in a conviction and life imprisonment for Steven Wright. The judge advised that he should never be released from prison, although Wright continues to protect his innocence and is continuing appeals to get released.
Sports-wise, the town has a realtively successful football club, Ipswich Town. Like their great East Anglian rivals, Norwich City, they are currently in the Championship, which is the second highest division for football in the UK. They have been managed in the past by Bobby Robson and Alf Ramsey, who also became England football managers.
It's inevitably difficult to describe such a large town in a short review such as this, but I've always liked Ipswich as having a nice compact pleasant town centre, with a good range of shops. There are many old buildings in the heart of the town, and it has slightly multi-cultural feel to it which is less obvious in some other parts of East Anglia, and makes it feel quite a vibrant town.
For those wanting to take a holiday in the area, Ipswich is near Woodbridge (and the site of Sutton Hoo), a 30 minute train journey from Norwich, and nearby to Bury St Edmunds, and the east coast, to towns such as Southwold.
A pleasant town, well located and definitely worth a visit.
I have lived in Ipswich all my life, I'm only 20 years old now so it's not that long!. I have mixed feelings about Ipswich in all honesty... there are some very lovely parts of the town, which are quite quaint and dainty, and other parts that are rather dangerous and best avoided (but then again, most towns have parts like that!).
The town itself features a long stretch of high street, which houses all the normal shops you'd expect to find in a busy town setting. There are also 2 undercover shopping malls - Tower Ramparts and The Buttermarket, both of which are easily accessible and feature a good selection of shops to cater for all styles and tastes.
There are also a few little boutique style shops, which can be found down St. Nicholas's street, these offer some lovely clothes and are well worth a look!.
The nightlife in Ipswich is pretty fair, there are 4 main nightclubs - Pals, Liquid, Fire & Ice and Bettys, and a vast selection of pubs and bars. There's a venue to suit every musical taste and if you're a bit of a rocker, you should make a trip to the Black Horse pub (next to the police station) - drinks are pretty expensive, but it's a beautiful pub and the juke box is full of classic rock. McGintys is another popular pub in Ipswich - it's the resident Irish pub and there's always a friendly atmosphere there.
If you're visiting Ipswich, I'd recommend spending a few days in the town center, to see Christchurch park and the mansion, and to do a bit of shopping, however, the most rewarding part of your visit would be to visit the surrounding countryside villages such as Lavenham and Hadleigh. These towns and villages are easily accessible via bus and are incredibly old and beautiful.
I've lived just outside Ipswich for nearly 20 years (I'm 19 ;)), and for the first time I actually feel as if I can recommend it as a place to visit. The town may not have the conventional attractions of a major tourist town, but it has plenty to offer for all. Shopping -------- I'll do this section first, as it's a major part of the town. The town has one main street, plus two shopping centres - Tower Ramparts off the main street and The Buttermarket, adjacent to the Cattle Market bus station. The former is the more established of the two, with some major shops, Boots, Littlewoods and Top Man for example. The Buttermarket is relatively new, and holds a good food court, and a few popular shops (another Boots come to think of it!). I've been able to get what I want almost all the time, except for sometimes moving out of town to places like Sainsbury's and some of the other larger warehouse-type shops (like Sports Division). Prices are comparable to the rest of the country in my experience, but beware if you're going on a Saturday, because it will be absolutely full to the rafters. It seems every man, woman child and their pets come out to play on a Saturday, so watch out. Eating and Drinking ------------------- There are quite a few decent places to eat in the town, besides the mass-produced McDonald's and Burger King. The Golden Panda is a favourite for Chinese, and the Cafe France in "The Walk" (next to the Buttermarket) serves a mean breakfast. The food court in the Buttermarket offers food for everyone - pizza, hot potatoes, salads, and of course the unavoidable Burger King. Cheap meals can be picked up in any of the out-of-town supermarkets, and also in Debenhams and Littlewoods spring to mind. Drinking isn't a problem either, with literally loads of pubs strewn about the place. Don't forget to stop into PJ McGinty's - they sponsor the Suffolk an
d Ipswich league (or at least they did!). Drinks aren't exactly cheap, but most places have a happy hour at some time during the day. There are plenty of places to get a non-alcoholic drink as well, with department stores fielding cheap options as well. The top floor of Tower Ramparts is a good place to start though. Entertainment ------------- The town boasts two cinemas, the UGC in Cardinal Park on the way into town (from the south) and Odeon on the way out. The UGC is the more expensive of the two, but is the better and newer cinema. They also refund your parking fee - parking to get to the Odeon can be difficult, far away or illegal. The football club is a big attraction for most, but you've more chance of getting into Gordon Brown's wallet than getting a ticket to Portman Road. and you wouldn't want to go there at the minute, it's a proper building site. There are a couple of pool and snooker clubs, but they're not cheap. Some won't let you play unless you're a member ("You can't play if you're not a member. And you can't order a drink at the bar either. And you can't breathe either. And I'm not phoning the emergency services unless you join"). The town boasts some very good clubs. Kartouche is my pick of the lot, with Liquid second and Sound Academy third. Kartouche is very spacious (as is Liquid), and has specials on drinks most nights, so whatever the special is, I'm drinking it until I get out of debt). The music isn't always choice, but it doesn't get too hot. It can be VERY busy though. Be prepared to queue (or go dressed as Lara Croft, then you'd have no problems girls). Overall ------- This has been a relatively condense review of Ipswich, with leaving some bits out, but I imagine this is what most you reading will be looking for - food, drink, shop, fun. I go every week, I get tired of it sure, but it'
s better than a lot of places to live.
Ipswich is a fantastic place to live - trust me I've lived here for 32 years ! Situated in the heart of Suffolk, which incidently happens to be Constable County, it is surrounded by gorgeous countryside. Windmills and castles are just a stones throw away, and if you travel out towards Debenham you can really get lost in between quaint little villages that really take you back in time. There's a massive park near the town centre (Christchurch Park), and here you can visit Christchurch Mansion with its original Victorian rooms, and galleries - well worth a visit, and it's free ! If it's serious shopping you're looking for then it's here too. Ipswich has two major undercover shopping facilities - Tower Ramparts and The Buttermarket. Both of these are in the Town centre, and the Buttermarket facility has underground car parking at very reasonable prices. Debenhams and Marks and Spencers dominate the main street - both stores offering the shopper a multitude of buys. It doesn't stop there, Woolies, a new British Homestores (and it's big !), Virgin Records, John Menzies and Top Shop are all in the centre. It's not just the big names in retail that trade in the centre - there's loads of smaller shops offering bargains on just about anything you can think of. QD and Wilkinsons are larger stores for the bargain hunter, and they're here too. The major banks are all in Ipswich, so getting hold of money in town is never a problem. The cashpoint machines are dotted everywhere. Car Parking is adequate, there's the Buttermarket facility, the Co-op car park, one in museum street, two multi-storeys and a few pay and displays too. There's also two Park and Ride schemes, one at Copdock (Tesco's) and one on the A14 besides Asda. If it's a bit of the old nightlife you're looking for the Ipswich has all that too. The best bars are around the Buttermarket area - t
here's the Falcon, the Newt and Cucumber, Clowns Restaurant, Black Horse, Golden Lion, The Swan, Butts Wine Bar - or if it's clubbing then Hollywoods, Liquids etc. The Cinema is well catered for - there's a large Odeon complex, but the best has to be the UCP cinema near the main Post Office sorting building. There's a very large car-park (which is free if you're going to the flicks), as well as a Mc Donalds, a Pub, two Nightclubs, a Health-clud and a Kentucky on the same complex. The cinema has six screens, and a bar/shop of it's own - it's great value for money. Fancy a swim - no problem just drop into Crown Pools in Crown Street. It boasts an Olympic size pool, a childrens pool, a fun pool with a wave machine, drinks, snacks - and all just two minutes (literally) from the town centre. Ipswich is surrounded by large shopping stores - there's Asda on the A14 approach from Bury, Tescos on the Copdock interchange (Colchester/London into Ipswich), Sainsburys out to the West of Ipswich on the way to Felixstowe, Homebase on the A14 as well as all the major DIY multiples - they're all here too. Ipswich has it's own Premiership football club - and at present the ground capacity is being increased with the extension of the South Stand. It's very difficult (if not impossible) to get tickets to a match however. To sum up I would say Ipswich has something to offer everyone - whether you want to get away from it all and into the country (some great little pubs and places to eat there too), or get stuck into life in a busy town. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else !
I'm a new resident of Ipswich. Having lived there now for about a month, I feel I can start to make some comments about life in the town. Ipswich, for the geographically challenged, is "County Town" of Suffolk, and is located about half an hour from Colchester, and an hour from Norwich. So apart from a premiership football team, what has Ipswich got to offer? There is a good selection of shops and services in the town, ranging from the major high street chains, to some smaller independent retailers. The "Tower Ramparts" mall in the centre of town provides a good "rainy day" shopping solution, and there are some good out of town retail parks, such as "Ransoms Europark" and the development at Copdock off the A12. The town has a good variety of pubs, encompassing both the traditional, and more modern types of watering hole. The dockside area is home to a particulary good vodka bar! There are plenty of take-aways and resteraunts, so even the culinary inept, such as myself, will be able to ward off starvation! (there are some reasonable kebab shops....) The locals are friendly, and the quality of life seems good so far. Ipswich has the advantages of urban living, such as the services - but is surrounded by a nice, rural environment for when you need to escape!