Ipswich the capital of Suffolk is without city status despite the towns attempts to win that crown this town, all the same Ipswich slips into our Student City Guides due to
the growing student population.
The town one of the oldest in England started its life as a small Roman port, which prospered in the middle age’s from the export of Suffolk wool, textiles and agricultural products.
The town’s port is of significance in British industry as when combined with Harwich and Felixstowe, is second in Europe only to Rotterdam by scale. The waterfront and historic quayside are located just a few minutes walk from the city centre, an area which has been rejuvenated, with numerous chic restaurants and modern bars that look out over the many yachts and cruisers moored in the marina.
Students of modern architecture will appreciate the Suffolk University Campus at Wet-Dock which opened in 2007 and is one of the newest Higher Education institutions in the UK.
Ipswich is also the place to find cutting edge creative arts, its also home to the SPILL festival, and the Pacitti company an arts organisation that creates and presents experimental performance work internationally.
The town has a lively nightlife, with the range of pubs, bars and clubs catering to the tastes of all partygoers. The Cardinal Park leisure complex provides a multiplex cinema, and restaurants.
Points of Interest
- City Centre
- University of Suffolk
- Ipswich, in the UK, is home to the oldest circle of church bells in the world.
- The world’s first commercially marketed powered lawnmower was built by Ransomes in Ipswich in 1902
- Ipswich-based company Ransomes and Rapier built the first railway in China: