Ipswich Area Guide

One of the great and ancient towns of England, Ipswich is nestled in the county of Suffolk. Steeped with fascinating history, recognised for its football club, and its flourishing art and culture scene.


Our VII Apartments are conveniently located in The Saints area of Ipswich, the main thoroughfare to the town centre where you will find a mix of independent homeware, giftware and concept stores combined with your usual high street stores. Pop into the two recently refurbished shopping centres, Sailmakers and The Buttermarket now home to the Empire (14 screens) cinema and new Superbowl (12 lane) Tenpin Bowling Lanes. Four times a week, the Ipswich market is on at the Cornhill offering lots of fresh local produce. Queens Street is home to the Food Quarter with a selection of food tents, serving a range of dishes including bagels, Indian street food, Mexican burritos, Jamaican jerk chicken, Syrian falafel and hog roast rolls.

Christchurch Park is a 70-acre area of rolling lawns, wooded area, and delicately created arboreta in the centre of Ipswich. Annual events are held in the park, the Ipswich Music Festival, open-air cinemas, Bonfire Night and Remembrance Sunday. The beautiful Tudor Christchurch Mansion within the park holds a public museum and art gallery. The Ipswich Museum also holds some exciting local finds and the famous Woolly-Mammoth - ‘Wool-I-Am’.


Portman Road - the famous home ground to Ipswich Town Football Club is a five-minute walk from our VII Apartments. The club offers behind the scenes stadium tours (available by booking). If you’re not a football fan they also host the open-air cinema in the summer and a few concerts.


A short walk from VII Apartments is Ipswich’s cosmopolitan Waterfront. The regeneration of the waterfront, which is still ongoing, has arguably given Ipswich a new lease of life and a modern twist to the historic maritime buildings. The University Campus Suffolk brought on rapid development along the waterfront area with new bars, restaurants and apartments lining the east bank of the river. The Jerwood Dance House home to DanceEast offers a diverse programme of activities, dance classes, the perfect venue to watch visiting dance and theatre companies. Not forgetting the town’s seafaring history, there is an annual celebration, Ipswich Maritime Festival with a weekend full of events.

Fancy a ramble? There are heritage trails and short walks in and around Ipswich Town Centre a great way to explore the town. As well as admiring the many Listed buildings, (over 675 Grade I & II buildings) many have a few folk tales/ghost stories to them.  For more information on guided walking tours of Ipswich visit the Tourist Information Centre at St Stephens Church.


A short drive down the road from our VII apartments is Jimmy’s Farm, you might recognise the rare breeds farm from the BBC documentary. Experience Farm Park, nature trails, farm shop/butchery and restaurant there is everything you need to enjoy a family day out. Annual events include Jimmy’s Christmas Market and Jimmy’s Festival one of the top music and food festivals in the country especially for sausage lovers. In the summer eves Jimmy’s becomes the perfect venue (weather permitting) for the spectacular Theatre in the Forest, each year the Red Rose Chain presents a classic Shakespeare play in their brilliantly unique way in this enchanting setting. 

If you miss the Theatre in the Forest, the award-winning The Red Rose Chain Theatre Company’s home venue The Avenue Theatre has always got great productions and community projects going on. The New Wolsey Theatre combine their own productions, projects/collaborations with others partners and touring work, while The Regent Theatre and The Corn Exchange, are both venues that offer a variety of entertainment including the latest comedians, theatre shows, live music and more.


Ipswich Town Centre map below