Ipswich town guide
Ipswich is one of the principal towns of the East Anglia Region of England. The town has over1,400 years of colourful history. You can stroll through the streets and discover 12 medieval churches; a Tudor mansion; the 17th century Ancient House; the setting for scenes in Charles Dicken's Pickwick papers; and what was once the largest wet dock of its kind in Britain, now a fascinating waterfront with two marinas and a wealth of maritime heritage.
Standing on the river Orwell, Ipswich is renowned for its beautifully maintained parks and gardens. Many situated close to the heart of the town, they offer the chance of a surprisingly quiet and gentle stroll through grand old trees, past astonishing flower borders and water packed with wildlife.
Ipswich is also home to a stunning collection of paintings and artefacts. They include one the finest collections of Constable and Gainsborough paintings outside London, housed at Christchurch Mansion; the largest collection of transport exhibits in Britain and a fascinating collection of historic and wildlife exhibits at the Ipswich Museum.
The surrounding area is full of interest for the visitor with a hire car. There is the Constable Country, where some scenes painted by this quintessential landscape painter are little changed to this day.