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About Ipswich

Ipswich’s architecture is a mish-mash of timber framed houses, Victorian terraces,1960s tower blocks and new modern developments - which have sprung up near the harbour and the new university campus. Some of the best places to stay in Ipswich are architectural delights, as well as comfortable and welcoming.

Ipswich has lost its position as one of the UK’s major ports, but it’s managed to comfortably switch industries, and is now is host to several large financial secondary offices, so there’s plenty of life to this city. And the new University of Suffolk campus certainly helps too.

As well as its architecture, which includes some ancient highlights as well as one of the UK’s youngest Grade I listed buildings, the Willis Building, Norman Foster’s first major project, Ipswich has several museums and art galleries and is known for its dance spaces, parks and its market.

On the waterfront

  • A fun conversation from an old salt warehouse, the Salthouse Harbour Hotel is right on the waterfront, by the harbour. There’s a good restaurant, funky decor and eye-catching modern art.

    Still not sure where to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Ipswich, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice. Or widen the net and look at all our Suffolk recommendations.

    Best Hotels in Ipswich

    • Salthouse Harbour Hotel 70 rooms from $233


      Contemporary funky hotel in a converted salt warehouse on the waterfront of Ipswich Harbour. Trendy rooms are comfy, individual and filled with modern art. The waterfront restaurant serves up local sustainable produce. Ideal for stealing away.

      Local exploring  -  Right on the waterfront this is the ideal location for exploring all Ipswich has to offer.
      Sights nearby  -  Christchurch Mansion and Park are only one mile away.
      Views  -  Views of Ipswich harbour
      Lively  -  Hip and happening.
      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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