Out & About
A Suffolk town steeped in maritime history
A short trip along the A47 from Places&Faces HQ is the historic town of Ipswich. Set on the River Orwell, its waterfront is lined with cafes, galleries and shops, and the 19th-century Old Custom House, which recalls the city’s maritime history.
The town is split into various quarters, with the central and the waterfront areas drawing the most footfall. Central is home to most of the town’s retail shopping and the historical town square, the Cornhill. The waterfront is located south of the town centre on the bend of the River Orwell and is a picturesque setting housing the town’s impressive marina. The waterfront was historically an industrial port but has since been transformed into a trendy area lined with high-rise apartment buildings, restaurants, bars and cafés. The waterfront is also home to one of the UK’s newest universities, the University of Suffolk, which was formed in 2016.
What to see
Definitely worth a visit is Christchurch Park which is an historical area of rolling lawns, wooded areas, and delicately created arboreta close to the town centre. The park hosts various facilities such as a children’s play area, tennis courts, table tennis, bowling greens and outdoor gym equipment. The park was officially ‘re-opened’ in May 2008, after the completion of a £4.5 million restoration project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Ipswich Borough Council.
Mariners restaurant is at Neptune Quay and is one of Ipswich’s most original restaurants – being aboard a converted antique Dutch customs gunboat. You can enjoy wonderful food in a relaxed atmosphere whilst soaking up the views of the waterfront. Owned and run by husband and wife team Julien and Karine you are sure to have a memorable lunch. Head chef Julien has put together a tantalising French/Mediterranean inspired menu, which will please most tastes.
Revolution Ipswich is a bright, airy cocktail bar and restaurant located right in the centre of town. With three unique bars, comfy seating and bookable areas there’s something for whatever you fancy. It’s the perfect place to dine with friends on delicious dishes or work your way through the selection of cocktails on offer.
Stay the night
Salthouse Harbour Hotel
This stunning contemporary boutique hotel is set on the fabulous Ipswich Waterfront, which is a very popular part of the town. If you are lucky enough to stay in one of the suites with a balcony you can almost forget you are in Suffolk, gazing at the sunning views of the harbour and all of the beautiful yachts. The hotel itself has a wonderfully styled interior which oozes with luxury. The ever popular restaurant offers a good selection, but it is worth remembering to book your table quick as they go fast.