There are many must-see places in Ipswich when taking a Suffolk break during winter. And though it can be blustery and cold at this time of year, Ipswich maintains its charm for visitors all year round as it is brimming with history, cosy places to stay and see, and offering a bevy of great food and drink. We’ve added a few must-see destinations to start you off on your trip to Ipswich.
Even though it’s cold, with children in tow, there is always outdoor running around time needed, so rug up and head to Holywells Park. This place is an icon of the area with a history that dates back to mediaeval times. The park opened in 1936, and since then, it’s entertained generations while also enjoying Conservation Area status and protection. It’s currently home to family favourite Pirate Ship Park. Think of a playground built into a ship and surrounded on all sides by green space to run – sounds great, right? The best part for parents is it’s also close to a cafe, so relax and grab a cuppa while the children are off merrily imagining taking to the high seas.
Animal Fun for the Family
How about seeing some animals if you need more ideas to keep the family entertained? There are several animal farms around, including Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm, home to pigs, goats, sheep and many more, allowing children to feel like farmers for the day. Alternatively, try Hilly Ridge Alpacas to get up close and personal with these unique creatures. Both places will keep your family entertained for hours.
The local Ipswich Museum is a great place to discover Suffolk’s local and natural history. The space chronicles far back to the Anglo-Saxons displaying unearthed weaponry, jewellery and an assortment of burial objects all found in the area, offering a glimpse into the past. There is also a zoological collection from the Victorian era showing the science interests of the day, along with fossils spanning 70 million years, unearthed in Suffolk’s red crags.
The dock was first opened in 1842 as the largest inland launch dock in the country but fell into disrepair in the late 1990s. Recently, however, the area has been revived. Old warehouses that once stored freight have now become gourmet eateries, modern residences, and elegant apartments, making the dock an ideal destination to discover great food and drink with views out to the moored yachts.
While in Ipswich, a cruise on the River Orwell is a must. Launching from the waterfront, cruises run from 1-3.5 hours, brimming with historical points of interest, plus you may be lucky enough to spot peregrine falcons and seals. This is a great way to understand the area and its past while relaxing and watching the world go by.
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