Ambition Ipswich

Around Suffolk

Ipswich, the county town of Suffolk, is surrounded by some of the most unspoilt countryside in Britain. It is also a short trip to the magical heritage coast with its solitary beauty, the "lost" town of Dunwich, the fish and chips and Scallop sculpture at Aldeburgh, the mere at Thorpeness and the charms of Southwold, home to a lighthouse, pier and Adnams beer.

To the south of Ipswich lies Constable Country, with the timeless River Stour. John Constable was born in East Bergholt in 1776 and you can still see the landscapes that inspired him. Ipswich's Christchurch Mansion has the most significant collection of Constables outside London.

Aldeburgh is home to a music festival begun by Benjamin Britten, although most concerts take place at nearby Snape Maltings, which has shops, galleries, restaurants, pub and caf├ęs. One of the joys of the Suffolk coast is Minsmere, the RSPB bird reserve, featured on TV's Countryfile.

To the south is Orford, with its castle, church and quayside along with the haunting Orfordness shingle spit, now owned by the National Trust.

Finally, at the very south of the county, lies Felixstowe, a popular family holiday resort, with beaches, promenade, amusements and the Spa Pavilion theatre.

To the north and west of Ipswich are the picture postcard villages, such as Kersey, Chelsworth, Lavenham and Debenham. Long Melford has Kentwell Hall, a Tudor house which holds historical recreations.

Half an hour west of Ipswich is historic Bury St Edmunds and its cathedral and the peaceful Abbey Gardens.

Just seven miles from Ipswich is Woodbridge, a sailing and market town on the River Deben. Woodbridge has many unique shops and fine restaurants and is just down the road from the famous Sutton Hoo Anglo-Saxon burial ground centre run by the National Trust.

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